Television is everywhere today. You can find shows in a variety of genres, from sitcoms and cartoons to fantasy and drama.
Some shows, however, just aren’t as good as those that ran years ago.
If you ever want to kick back and watch an older show but are sick of bingeing Friends for the thousandth time, I have a few shows in mind for you.
1. Everwood (2002-2006)
Synopsis: Andy Brown, a famed neurosurgeon in New York City, is left a widower when his wife dies in a car crash. Shortly after, he packs up his life and two children, and moves to the small town of Everwood, Colorado, starting a free walk-in clinic. Viewers may recognize two familiar faces: Chris Pratt stars as Bright Abbott, while Revenge star Emily VanCamp plays his sister, Amy. Available on CW Seed.
2. The O.C. (2003-2007)
Synopsis: Juvenile delinquent Ryan Atwood is arrested for attempting to jack a car. As it’s his first offense, he is sent home. When his mother kicks him out, and later disappears, his lawyer takes him in, inviting him to the wealthy town of Newport Beach, California, where his whole world changes. Available on Hulu.
3. Party of Five (1994-2000)
Synopsis: After his parents die in a car accident, Charlie Salinger is left to take care of his four younger siblings. He also is left to look after his father’s restaurant, and hires a nanny, whom he quickly falls in love with. Available on Netflix.
4. The West Wing (1999-2006)
Synopsis: If you’re into U.S. politics, you may like this show. It follows the day-to-day business of fictional President Josiah “Jed” Bartlet, and his White House Administration. It shows how they deal with national issues, such as racism and natural disasters, as well as international problems, such as ongoing war and conflict. Available on Netflix.
5. The Wonder Years (1988-1993)
Synopsis: The show, set in the suburbs from the late 60s-early 70s, follows Kevin Arnold’s adolescence, as he gradually grows from pre-teen boy to high school graduate. During this time, he has an on-again, off-again romance with Winnie Cooper. Real events are shown in this series, such as the rise of The Rolling Stones, the introduction of color television, and the war in Vietnam. Available on Netflix.
I watched all of these shows over the past few years and found them excellent. I hope you will give these a try, and enjoy them as much as I did.