There are so many great new TV shows airing every single year. So, naturally, it makes sense that we'd watch the same five shows over and over again! Can we help it that there are some insanely rewatchable TV shows out there?! When you're scrolling through Netflix and can't pick what you want to watch, Friends is always just staring you in the face, begging you to watch your favorite ep. There are some TV shows that never get old. There are some comedies that will still be funny the 100th time around. Just as there are still TV dramas that we dissect something new from each watch through!
The criteria for the most watchable TV shows is pretty easy: shows that never cease to entertain us. Some shows we watch once and then realize there is no entertainment value in watching them again. Most of the shows we can watch again and again are among the most revered of all time. The shows that go down in the history books as "bests" are the ones that find themselves with fans that just can't quit them no matter how long they've been off the air! Here are the most rewatchable TV shows (and, honestly, some of the very best TV shows) of all time!
The animation was a bit cruder in the early seasons, but the comedy was spot on from the start. That's probably why this satirical cartoon for adults is one of the most rewatchable TV shows! South Park has always had a knack for skewering pop culture and politics. Looking back at past eps in different eras always brings new insight into the events of today. Because, as they say, history repeats itself! With over 20 seasons to watch, it's not surprising that this one can be watched again and again — by the time you've finished it, you've probably forgotten the first episode!
This is one of those shows that is super rewatchable for two reasons. One, there is so much detail and period-specific background pieces included that you'll want to catch every little thing. Second, y'all seen Jon Hamm's face? As Don Draper, he's manipulative, suave, loving, and dastardly. He's one of the most complex anti-heroes in modern television. As such he's fascinating to watch and the many layers of Hamm's performance can only be appreciated when watched several times. This in-depth look at the advertising industry is also hyper-relevant today in a world where not much has changed when it comes to people trying to sell you stuff! That makes the show continually relevant.
Suprisingly, this show about "nothing" has quite a bit that keeps us coming back for more. A huge part of it is how viewers relate to Jerry Seinfeld & co. They're not superficially nice or even exceptionally good people. They're real people, who have flaws and make mistakes. It makes them more interesting to watch because they feel like real New Yorkers. Aside from that, though, there are just too many hilarious episodes you can't watch just once! There's a reason "No soup for you!" and the holiday of Festivus have become part of the zeitgeist. The show is too quotable, too absurd, and too relatable to just check out once!
On the surface, this may seem like another boring procedural, but fans of Psych know it's so much more than that. Shawn (James Roday) is a faux-psychic (he's really just super perceptive) and uses his "skills" to help solve cases for the Santa Barbara Police Department. Each episode introduces a new case, but it's so much more than a "case of the week" show. With inside jokes, fast-paced tidbits (you have to rewatch to catch every nickname Shawn gives his partner!), and reoccurring villains, the show is infinitely rewatchable. You pick up on new under-the-radar jokes each time you watch! With eight seasons there are so many cases, jokes, and pineapples to catch, it's almost impossible to do it in one watch through.
This is one of those rewatchable TV shows that gets by solely on the crazy drama! So many bonkers things happen to the Tree Hill gang it's hard to comprehend it all the first time around. But even when they aren't dealing with school shooters, crazy nannies, and evil dads, there is so much to love about this show. Fans come back for the dramatic monologues and some of the best musical cues on TV. One Tree Hill is often completely off the rails, but it's so endearing you'll want to watch it again and again.
Let's be honest, the country needs The West Wing more than ever. The tale of a President doing his best and the entire staff that makes the White House run seems far better than the circus we have in real life. So maybe that's why The West Wing is so timeless. We're always holding on for some kind of hope that the people leading us are leading us with dignity, like President Bartlet (Martin Sheen). The political plot points and policy-making decisions we see on the show will probably ring true forever in this country. That's likely why the show will never be dated!
This is the definition of a perfect "background show." One: you can throw on while you do things and not have to pay 100% attention to. Meaning you can watch it again and again and always pick up new jokes and jabs that you missed the first 100 watches! Most comedies make great rewatchable TV shows simply because they're easy to get into (and out of, if you're busy) and move so quickly that you'll never catch every single joke even if you tried! Bonus points for Parks and Rec: it's just so pure. Having the positivity of the Pawnee gang in your life more isn't even a question. It's the perfect "I'm feeling sad" rewatch!
This classic drama about drugs, government, and media in Baltimore, Maryland is one of the most praised shows of all time. As such it's also one of the most rewatchable. Each season manages to look at the city from a new POV — from prisons to drug dealers to schools to journalists — while continuing on the overarching stories. The series is highly realistic, even casting Baltimore locals in roles throughout the series. The gripping drama and true-to-life aspects of the show keep you hooked and coming back for more. There are so many literary themes and nuances to the series that it's impossible to be fulfilled with just one watch through!
As I've said before, comedies are the ideal rewatchable TV shows. But this one is a little bit different from the rest. Community begins with a community college study group forming friendships but turns into one of the most meta shows of all time. The crazy pop culture references, inside jokes, and oh-so-meta plotlines gives this comedy plenty of depth. They'll reference something on a season four episode that happened in season one, always staying reverential to the history of the show. For that reason, you have to watch the series through a few times to pick up on each and every joke and reference!
This one is rewatchable for one huge reason: fans cannot wait to find out how it ends — on TV and on page! Since George R.R. Martin is really dragging his feet with the new installment of the book series, and the final season of the show won't roll around until Spring 2019, there's really only one thing for a Game of Thrones superfan to do: rewatch the series again and again. This show lends itself to rewatching nicely as every watch through helps fans formulate theories, pick up on new bits of dialogue, and spot the crazy guest stars that sneak into the background. This is the quickest way to enjoy the Westeros world while waiting for new content!
The tale of Walt (Bryan Cranston), Jesse (Aaron Paul), and bright blue meth is still as captivating now as it was when it first aired. Many dramas can be a bit boring to rewatch; when you know what happens what's the point? But it's more than the rise and fall of Walt and Jesse that keeps fans coming back time and time again. The relationships, thematic elements, and gorgeous directional choices all contribute to how rewatchable the series is.
There's a reason fans are still fighting about Angel vs. Spike all these years later. Buffy is a forever fan favorite, meaning it's in a constant streaming rotation. There is so much to love about the series! The romance, the baddies, and the Scooby Gang dynamics are just a few aspects of the show that make it unforgettable. There are countless memorable moments on the show and a cast with unbelievable chemistry. Buffy rarely falters in quality and that Joss Whedon dialogue will never bore us!
However you may feel about the ending of Lost, no one can deny that it's one of the most multifaceted shows to ever exist. There is so much going on! It's impossible to follow everything the first time around, so multiple rewatches are necessary to pick up on all the little hints and clues you missed along the way. There is so much to decipher on-screen, from character dialogue to small details hidden deep in the island. Lost is a gift that keeps on giving because there is such a richness to the story that begs more exploration. There are still loose ends and opportunity for theories which keeps the show alive in fans' minds.
This is one of the most rewatchable TV shows for many of the same reasons Parks and Recreation is. They're both so pure, hilarious, and upbeat that it's hard not to want that in your life all the time! Feeling down? Watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Super happy? Watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine and keep that feeling going. It's truly a perfect feel-good show for any occasion, making it a perfect go-to no matter how many times you've seen each ep! Plus, we could watch that Backstreet Boys-inspired cold open 20x in a row itself.
This is one of the most quotable comedies to ever be on TV. That doesn't happen if no one is watching the show! Tons of rewatches and streaming binges have turned this into a comedy that's bled right into real life. The quotes and references are ingrained in society by now. Who doesn't work on their night cheese or known the age-old rule that you never follow a hippie to a second location? The whip-fast dialogue and joke-a-minute pentameter make this a perfect show to watch multiple times. You'll always find something funny you missed the last time and the jokes are so clever they never get old upon further rewatches!
There's a reason one of the most pervasive memes on the internet is about not being able to pick a show on Netflix and throwing on The Office instead! It's the perfect show to watch when you don't know what to watch. It never lets you down, always makes you laugh, and is way more reliable than some new show you know nothing about! The jokes feel fresh even on the 100th rewatch and we'll always swoon over the slow build of Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam's (Jenn Fischer) love story. Let's be real, you're never going to watch that hot new show on Netflix everyone is recommending. You're going to watch The Office for the millionth time and love every second.
This is not only one of the most rewatchable TV shows of all time but one of the best to ever air. The mafioso drama, which also provided plenty of laughs, has become an eternal classic. James Gandolfini's performance as Tony Soprano paved the way for all of the anti-heroes that came after him. The lasting effect of The Sopranos is evident in how popular the show still is all these years later. Fans still grumble about the Columbus Day episode, fawn over "Pine Barrens," and are as active as ever on forums discussing the show. This is the series that defined "peak TV" and its effect on television that came after it is enough to keep fans watching it constantly.
Could this show be any more rewatchable?! Friends has been in heavy syndication since the show ended, but it was when the series finally appeared on Netflix that the world realized just how rewatchable it really is. People watch it so much on the streaming giant that they paid $100 million to keep it on their platform until 2020. Netflix dropping that kind of dough is evidence that a lot of people are spending their days watching their favorite six New Yorkers. Can you blame them? Friends is a black hole of quotable moments and hilarious episodes. There is no shortage of laughs in an episode even if you know the entire damn thing by heart. Over twenty years after the show first aired, fans are still watching it like it's must-see TV!