Rewatching Favorite TV Shows

As most of you reading this, we have watched our fair share of TV in the last couple of months. We have plowed through most of the shows, documentaries, and movies that we had on our list of things we hoped to watch before the World got locked down back in March. I have also watched a few things on my own as my husband trudged through the longest Tax Season that ever lived.

“It’s obvious, mom, you use Halloween as a way to show people you have edge. It’s like accountants who buy a Harley.” –Alex Dunphey

At some point, we decided that we wanted to watch something lighthearted and we wanted to laugh. For us, that show is Modern Family. We watched some seasons of the show when it was live when we were in college but never fully finished the series.

So thanks to Amazon Prime, a couple of clicks, and a credit card charge, we started with the Modern Family Pilot.

This sounds crazy town and would have sounded even crazier if my pre-corona self had read this sentence a couple of months ago, but rewatching some of the series and watching the remainder of the series has been one of the greatest joys in my life. We watch a couple of episodes a night before bed. We literally laugh out loud and go to bed with happy hearts. We both have said, “I love this show so much” on at least one occasion.

One of the reasons this has been so great is that we are in a totally different phase of life now that we were when we first watched the show. I remember watching Modern Family when I was a really young college student. My husband and I had only just started dating and the only “family” we knew was the one we were each a part of but not the one we were going to create ourselves.

So, we are now rewatching Modern Family as parents with older siblings and parents than we had when we first watched the show. Our perspective has completely changed and we are able to appreciate so many of the roles these family members play.

So no one told you life was gonna be this way . . .

We have gotten this same joy out of watching Friends. Friends first aired when we were five years old. We likely did not watch many Friends episodes live but instead rewatched episodes as they aired on TV when we were in high school and college. Now, when we watch episodes of Friends, we are OLDER than the ages the cast members play in the show. And let me just say — that is a rude awakening. Anyway, our perspective has changed and we are able to watch Friends having already lived through some of the life trials that are being depicted — getting married, getting and keeping jobs, having babies, not being able to have babies, and paying for overpriced Lobster. It is almost like watching a brand new show!

Where you lead, I will follow.

I first watched Gilmore Girls in high school. I remember calling my sister-in-law after one of my first semester freshman college classes to tell her that I HAD FOUND MY LOGAN.

L. O. L.

Spoiler alert — it wasn’t him.

As I sit here as a thirty-two-year-old, I am now on my third watch of the Gilmore Girls series. I have thoroughly enjoyed each episode each time I have viewed it. My husband has watched enough episodes to know enough about the characters. He sometimes watches an episode with me or listens in the background while he works. He probably will not admit it, but he likes the show, too.

”Why don’t I just put them back in me and cook ’em until they’re civilized?” Lynette Scavo

I recently just started Desperate Housewives over again and just keeping thinking what their World would look like in a pandemic . . .

And y’all. Remember Ugly Betty? Yeah, that first aired in 2006 (the year I graduated high  school) and it’s on Hulu! She’s up next!

Anyway, I have blabbed on about some of the greatest TV to ever grace the screen just to tell you to not be afraid to rewatch something that you already watched. Life changes, you have changed, and shoot — normal has changed. So we can all learn some life lessons and gain perspective and joy from something that did that for us years ago.

Oh and if the Amazon Prime or iTunes or Hulu charges are not in your budget or if your keeper of the budget has something to say about it, remind him/her that your social budget has decreased significantly in the last couple of months. And shoot — it may even be cheaper than therapy. 😉

Rebecca Autin
Rebecca is an attorney by day and a toddler wrangler by night. She is a product of divorced parents and grew up in both Thibodaux and Franklin, Louisiana. Rebecca attended Loyola University of New Orleans and Southern University Law Center. Rebecca married her high school bestie in 2012. Quinton and Rebecca went through months of infertility before giving birth to Maxwell Lincoln in 2015. In 2016, they were surprised by a baby boy due in June 2017. But, in February 2017, they suffered with incompetent cervix and delivered sweet Theodore Paul too soon. In October 2018, after an incredibly difficult pregnancy, a cerclage, and a whole bunch of bedrest, Fitzgerald Joseph was born -- a happy, healthy, and perfect rainbow. If you can't find Rebecca, you can summon her with pot of freshly brewed coffee or look for her in Target or behind the kitchen island where she is hiding from her kids with a very generous pour of red.