With streaming services at an all-time high, it's easier than ever to explore a diverse range of TV shows at the touch of a button. However, as much as we all love a new obsession, our old favourites never cease to draw us back.
For me, that show is LOST. Set on a mysterious island seemingly in the middle of nowhere, the narrative follows a group of plane crash survivors on their quest to be rescued. Sadly for the characters, they soon realise this isn't an ordinary island.
"Unpredictable and addictive, Lost is a new kind of TV mystery that grips as often as it guffaws."Credit: Rotten Tomatoes Season 1 Review of 'LOST'
Debuting in 2004, the show's pilot set a record for the most expensive premiere of all time at a whopping $14 million. Little did the writers know, this would be the start of a journey spanning six seasons (when they had only actually written two!)
What will always bring me back is the deep character development and entanglement of all of these beautifully crafted people. The sheer detail in the flashbacks, flash forwards and the island itself makes LOST one of television's masterpieces.
LOST is not the type of show you put on in the background. If you watch it, you must be committed to the experience. Every single scene holds some significance, with more information released about these complex characters in every single episode.
How I Met Your Mother
Breakdowns, breakups and exams… all have been softened by How I Met Your Mother. Like my best friend’s hug or my favourite blanket, the American sitcom can be described in one way: comforting.
I know, I know, there are heated debates between the fans of Friends and How I Met Your Mother, but from what I have noticed, both of these sitcoms have one thing in common: sentimental value. Is How I Met Your Mother the best sitcom out there? I don’t know and, frankly, I don’t even care.
It feels like home, no matter where in the world I may be
I come back again and again to this series. Not because of its exquisite dialogues, impressive character development or ground-breaking filming techniques, but because it feels like home, no matter where in the world I may be. This year, in particular, this has become more important than ever. So, whenever I feel grim, I click on a random episode. The enjoy the jokes I already know by heart, the plot twists that ceased to surprise me a long time ago, the upbeat intro, which all bring a sense of comfort into this chaotic time.
That being said, although I’d like to believe that my taste in TV series and cinema has developed over time, I’ll always come back to this sitcom.(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
The Umbrella Academy
Steve Blackman’s acclaimed adaptation of the beloved comic book series, The Umbrella Academy, written by Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Ba, is the ultimate re-watchable show. After watching it on repeat about seven times when the first season came out in 2019, I have nothing but praise for the series.
It has everything you could possibly want in a TV show
The plot itself is wonderful, a blend of superhero action, mystery, suspense, comedy and dysfunctional family relationships – it has everything you could possibly want in a TV show. Each character is fantastically written; the Hargreeves siblings are wildly different from each other, yet each one manages to go through brilliantly heart-wrenching character development throughout the two series.
Not only are the plot and characters amazing, the soundtrack, cinematography and writing work in perfect harmony to create one of the most visually satisfying TV shows I have ever seen. You need only watch the very first episode, with the carefully choreographed ensemble routine to Tiffany’s ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ to fall completely in love with the story and (almost) the entire Hargreeves family. I have no doubt that I will be recommending this show for years.
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