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Unless I have grown nostalgically fond of the story, setting, characters, and practically everything about a television show, I rarely watch anything for the second time because there are way too many shows on my list that are waiting to be watched. But then, there are three exceptionally awesome shows that I’d like to share in this article because these are the only shows that I can watch more than once. Two of these are television shows that I have watched back in the day, and one is a sitcom that I’ve just started watching this year. From Central Perk in New York, to Stars Hollow in Connecticut, to Los Angeles, each episode of these long-running television shows holds a special place in my heart. The great thing is, I can watch them over and over because they’re all available on Netflix!
Friends is an American television sitcom created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman. It aired on NBC from September 22, 1994, to May 6, 2004, which lasted ten seasons. The main cast are Jennifer Aniston as Rachel, Courteney Cox as Monica, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe, Matt LeBlanc as Joey, Matthew Perry as Chandler, and David Schwimmer as Ross. The show revolves around six friends in their 20s and 30s who live in Manhattan, New York City with a usual hang out place at Central Perk.
I can’t remember how many times I’ve watched Friends over and over! From my teen years to young adolescent age, and up to the present time, every time I’m done watching all ten seasons, I feel the need to watch it again after some time. Watching it makes me reminisce the happy times when I was growing up, so it’s a sitcom that really lightens me up. I love the different quirks of each character, and the fact that they are so relatable because the theme speaks so much about friendship and romantic relationships between friends. Although I love them all, I’d say that the character who cracks me up the most is Chandler. Chandler has this distinct mannerism in talking where he always says something like, “Could that report be any later?” with emphasis on ‘be,’ and with a higher intonation on the succeeding words. He also never fails to crack me up with his sarcastic comments. Another thing that makes him stand out is his interesting family background because his biological father is a drag queen under the stage name, Helena Handbasket, and his mom is an erotic novelist. He also has the most annoying ex-girlfriend named Janice, who has the most insane laugh and cumbersome appearances in the sitcom, making things hilariously awkward for Chandler.
Gilmore Girls is an American comedy-drama television series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino. It aired on The WB on October 5, 2000, and became a flagship series for the network. The show moved to The CW network during its 7th and final season, which ended on May 15, 2007. It stars Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore, and Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore. The show is mainly about mother-and-daughter relationship, and their very open and interesting life at Stars Hollow.
When I re-watched this on Netflix, I couldn’t believe how I had forgotten much about it, as if I was actually watching it for the first time. I remembered the characters, but the happenings were a bit of a blur to me, so I’m really glad that I’m watching this again. I love Stars Hollow so much that it’s very ironic because I don’t like people, and I hate neighbors who snoop around. I don’t like people getting involved with my personal life, career, or anything at all about me. Lorelai and Rory’s life are an open book because everybody knows everybody in Stars Hollow, and everybody knows everybody’s business. Ironically, though I’d hate having a life like that, watching Gilmore Girls make me want to be in a place like Stars Hollow where life is simple, fun, and sometimes chaotic but memorable. Another thing that I love about this show aside from the setting, is its mother-daughter theme. Again, ironically, though I don’t like Lorelai or Rory’s personality, they’re just so interesting and entertaining to watch because of the witty dialogues and the many adorable moments. Lastly, I can relate with the kind of relationship that Lorelai has with her mother because I don’t have a good relationship with my mother either.
Modern Family is an American mockumentary family sitcom television series created by Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan for the American Broadcasting Company. It aired from September 23, 2009, to April 8, 2020, and lasted eleven seasons. The cast includes Ed O'Neill as Jay Pritchett, Sofía Vergara as Gloria Maria Ramirez Delgado-Pritchett, Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy, Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker, Sarah Hyland as Haley Dunphy, Ariel Winter as Alex Dunphy, Nolan Gould as Luke Dunphy, Rico Rodriguez as Manny Delgado, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Lily Tucker-Pritchett, and Jeremy Maguire as Fulgencio "Joe" Pritchett. It follows the lives of three diverse family set-ups in suburban Los Angeles.
I have just started watching this sitcom this year and I love it! I’m currently on season 4, so I have a long way to go, but I’m sure that once I finish it, I will watch it again after some time. Though this is a comedy sitcom, it makes me cry sometimes because I envy the ‘close family ties’ that they have. It’s a value that Filipinos are known for, but is currently nonexistent in my life. Also, despite the many chaotic moments that are just plain hilarious, I love their bonding moments. My favorite characters are Gloria and Claire because they are the most that crack me up, plus I can relate with them in terms of parenting. I also adore Stella, the French Bulldog played by Brigitte. She’s a dog actress who won the award for “Best Dog in a Television Series” at the inaugural Golden Collar Awards back in 2012.
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