THE FRIDAY FILE || OLDER TV SHOWS TO BINGE

POP CULTURE

Happy Friday! Phew, it has been a long and eventful week with all of the Halloween and school festivities. I’m definitely ready for a little couch surfing this weekend. There’s something about the weather getting cooler that makes me want to curl up with a cozy blanket and binge watch TV shows. Do any of you feel the same? Granted, there are TONS of new series out there, but sometimes it just feels good going back to basics and reliving my younger days with the characters that I grew up with. Even though I’ve watched some shows LITERALLY a hundred times, it doesn’t matter. I just love them, and the nostalgia gives me endorphins!! I’m acutely aware that I love television a little too much (hahaha) but today I’m sharing the best ‘older’ TV shows to binge watch.

If any of you are looking for some older series to get into, this post is for you. I’ve divided up my picks into two lists: the shows that are a bit girly and best for you to enjoy alone, and the shows that can be shared with a significant other. I think there’s a little something for everyone here!

SHOWS TO ENJOY ALONE:

1. FELICITY
** This is my favorite dramatic series of all time… it just is. If you’ve watched the entire series, then you know exactly what I mean. I’m sure it’s cemented in my brain because Felicity was in college at the same time I was, and we experienced so many of the same things. Aside from that, this show is so well-written and brought so many lovable characters into our lives. Keri Russell and Scott Speedman are forever two of my faves. Sorry, “Team Noel” fans, but I am all about Ben Covington! I vote for a Felicity reunion movie!

2. SEX & THE CITY
** Is there anyone in the world who doesn’t know who Carrie Bradshaw is? This iconic series has some of the best writing around and makes you long for good fashion, female friendships and New York City living. Every girl can identify with at least one of the four main leads. Are you a Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte or Samantha? This show will never go out of style!

3. GILMORE GIRLS
** This is an adorable series about the close bond between a single mother and daughter living in the charming town of Stars Hollow filled with all kinds of lovable and off-beat characters (including Melissa McCarthy). The intensive dialogue between Lorelai and Rory Gilmore is laced with every pun and pop culture reference imaginable and is a marvel to watch for 154 episodes.

4. GOSSIP GIRL
** Hey Upper East Siders, Gossip Girl here. Tell me, are you more of a Serena van der Woodsen or a Blair Waldorf? Hahaha. This series grabs you from second one of the phenomenal pilot episode as it throws you into the world of Manhattan’s elite. Everything about this show works beautifully and also gives us the gift of Blake Lively, with her traffic-stopping blonde hair and impeccable fashion. “You know you love me. XOXO, Gossip Girl”

5. PARTY OF FIVE
** Five siblings living in San Francisco are left to raise themselves after their parents are killed by a drunk driver. The premise sounds like it could be a downer, and this show definitely has a slower, more dramatic pacing to it, but it really is so good. It will have you reliving the 90s with a heavy dose of teen angst and heartfelt family drama. The Salinger family gives us all the feels.

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SHOWS TO WATCH W/ YOUR PARTNER:

1. FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
** “Texas forever”! Give me some Tim Riggins and I’m all good! This series is masterfully done and the music is amazing. The characters will stay with you long after you’re done watching. This is a must-watch, even if you don’t like football at all.

2. PARENTHOOD
** How badly do I want to be a Braverman? Really really badly!! The original family ensemble that gave us all the feels before This is Us came along. Parenthood is still tops in my book!

3. DEXTER
** Such a good series with phenomenal acting by Michael C. Hall. Still one of the best opening title sequences EVER! All of the seasons are great except for one, but the series finale is unfortunately a real let down. It is 100% still worth the binge for sure!

4. MAD MEN
** This series transplants you to the 1960s and makes you want to stay there. Jon Hamm’s brilliant portrayal of advertising executive Don Draper made him one of the most iconic TV characters of all time. You will live for the moments when you think Don Draper is down for the count but then pulls a magnificent ad tagline out of thin air. The series finale is extremely satisfying and ties everything up in the most beautiful way… “I’d like to buy the world a Coke” (wink wink).

5. BREAKING BAD
** Although it can be dark at times, this series has a unique artistic style and superb storytelling. It always finds you rooting for seemingly unlikeable characters.

6. DAMAGES
** This is an addictive legal thriller centered around Glenn Close as a master manipulator and ball-busting litigator. One of the first series to use “flashforwards” as a way to drive the narrative and give you peeks into how each season would end.

7. ENTOURAGE
** Just good, light-hearted Hollywood fun. Jeremy Piven’s one-liners are soooo good!

8. FRIENDS
** I mean c’mon… it’s a classic and I’m convinced this series will always be relevant!

Please comment below what some of your favorite older television shows are so we can all share in the glory days. Have a great weekend!

Thanks so much for reading and sharing! xoxo, JB

15 Comments

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    Stylemymind_jenn
    November 2, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    SATC & GG are two of my all times! Just watched SATC last night!!

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    Chantelle
    November 2, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Agree with all of your choices!!!!! Love it! 💖

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      Jennifer Basa
      November 6, 2018 at 8:28 am

      Oh yay!! Thank you!! xoxo

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    Ben
    November 2, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    My wife and I have been watching “Cheers” on Hulu every night before bed and it’s amazing how good and funny it still is, even 30+ years later. Today’s sitcoms could learn a lot about story-telling from ‘Cheers’!

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      Jennifer Basa
      November 6, 2018 at 8:25 am

      You are SO RIGHT!! I totally forgot about Cheers! That’s a great pre-bedtime ritual 🙂

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    Polly
    November 2, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    My So Called Life!!!!

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      Jennifer Basa
      November 6, 2018 at 8:26 am

      YES!!!! Good one! xoxo

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    Debbie
    November 3, 2018 at 5:17 am

    Great choices, although some of them I have never watched. Friends is still my all time favorite!

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      Jennifer Basa
      November 6, 2018 at 8:26 am

      It never gets old!! xoxo

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    Vidhi
    November 3, 2018 at 7:11 am

    This is a great list of shows. I absolutely love Mad Men!!
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      Jennifer Basa
      November 6, 2018 at 8:26 am

      Thank you!! And ME TOO!! xoxo

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    Jamie Yarbrough
    November 3, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Girl I always love to see what you recommend. I need to check out some of your recommendations. I am not a big TV watcher so I have not seen most of these. I probably avoid most TV because it is terrible these days but I am sure your recommendations will be good! I totally trust you!

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      Jennifer Basa
      November 6, 2018 at 8:27 am

      We need to set you up with a TV protocol!! Hahaha!! xoxo

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    Courtney
    December 22, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    I love this! You know I love Mad Men but you mentioned a lot of terrific shows! Great blog post

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      Jennifer Basa
      December 22, 2018 at 11:11 pm

      Thank you!! So glad you enjoyed it!! xoxo

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