Several months ago, somewhere in between the holiday specials that run incessantly from Halloween on and the debut of new shows and return of old favorites, I found myself lost in Rerun Land.
Not only lost in a full line-up of repeats, but without a remote because my husband was holding it hostage. Never did I imagine I’d long for the days of Pawn Stars and Mythbusters, but when even ridiculous reality television shows went on hiatus, my husband resorted to watching shows about a crazy exterminator in Louisiana, Vanilla Ice flipping houses and some angry men cutting down trees.
It was a dark time.
As I endured cursing loggers and handy rappers, I wondered why I was so incredibly irritated by the lack of good TV. And then I remembered: When rerun season has hit in the past, I’ve taken the opportunity to watch through canceled TV shows I missed when they first aired.
Actually, that’s how I’ve found some of my favorite TV shows! Some of my favorites (so far) are:
- Arrested Development (I need to watch this one again, now that I think about it.)
- Freaks & Geeks (If you’ve been around for a while, you might remember my slight obsession with this one.)
- The Middleman (Very quirky and, possibly, very nerdy. But yeah, I loved it.)
- Better Off Ted (It’s a little bit like a mash-up of The Office and Arrested Development. And it’s a lot [dark and] hilarious.)
- Firefly (Look, I know “space cowboys” sounds like a joke…or a Joker, get it?!…but I’m very serious about how great this show is!)
- Veronica Mars (season one – after I’d already watched the other two seasons. This made everything make so much more sense!)
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer (season one – and I’ll admit, I loved it. But one season was enough.)
- Warehouse 13 (season one – just in time to watch the second season last summer!)
- Felicity (Watching these slightly out of order, as reruns, was crazy confusing. But still so good!)
And last, but most recent, Parks and Recreation. Which is a problem, because this show is still on. And that means I just added another 30 minutes to my already-packed schedule of shows.
I tend to prefer canceled, short-lived series, because the time commitment is small enough to keep me occupied and entertained until my favorite shows have new episodes, but not so long that I have to dedicate months to them. I have friends, though, who have spent many an evening watching the multiple seasons of West Wing, Monk and Psych.
Oh – and I can’t wait to someday watch Friday Night Lights from start to finish. That should keep Swamp People and presidential biographies at bay for a good long time!
What do YOU watch when reruns are on?