Hi all! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, mine was as usual fairly quiet and getting even quieter because once again we’ve hit a lull period at the vaccination centre.
Anyway, it’s Tuesday, and so that means another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s topic was supposed to be Comfort Reads, but believe it or not, I don’t actually tend to go to books when I need comforting. Instead, I usually watch some familiar and favourite TV shows and movies, so that’s what I’m going to be sharing today instead, for my 370th Top Ten Tuesday. Here are some of my Comfort TV Shows/Movies:
Yes, Friends is massively dated but the first notes of the theme song and I can’t help but feel instantly soothed. There is something eminently comforting about a show that you’ve seen so many times that you can practically recite it word for word, so Friends is always something I turn to when I need something familiar, or just need something on in the background whilst I work.
2. Gilmore Girls
I’m actually currently in the middle of my annual rewatch of Gilmore Girls, there’s something about returning to Stars Hollow with Lorelai and Rory that instantly makes me feel better, and I never get bored of spending time with them no matter how many times I’ve seen the show (and it is many by now).
3. Gossip Girl
We’re talking OG Gossip Girl here, not reboot GG, because reboot GG SUCKS. Whenever I’m needing a dose of over the top drama, I always come back to Gossip Girl, even if the later series did significantly decline in quality!
Merlin never fails to make me laugh so when I need a dose of funny, escapist fantasy, it’s definitely one that I find myself turning to often! If you’ve not seen the BBC retelling of Arthurian legends, I highly recommend it, it’s a lot of fun.
I’m very sad that Netflix UK has taken off the first six series of Heartland, not least because that means that I can’t rewatch my top two favourite series of the show whenever I want (S3 and S5 if you’re interested), but also because it means doing a full rewatch is now impossible, unless I wanted to pay for the first six seasons on Amazon Prime (which I don’t). But anyway, this show is one I always find comforting to return to, I love the horses and the beautiful Canadian scenery, and the close knit family dynamics.
6. 10 Things I Hate About You
I’ve actually lost count of how many times I’ve seen this film by now, but whenever I need a serotonin boost, Heath Ledger singing “I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” to Julia Stiles from the school bleachers really does the trick!
7. Hairspray (2007)
Hairspray is one of those musicals that never fails to make you smile, so whenever I need cheering up, I tend to go for either this or Mamma Mia. By the end, I’m singing and dancing along so much that I’ve forgotten whatever made me sad in the first place!
8. The Great British Bake Off
There’s something about watching people get incredibly stressed over baking that is just perfect comfort material apparently! It’s incredibly low stakes competition (they win a cake stand!) and everyone helps each other and it’s just like a warm hug on dark Autumn evenings. I can’t wait for it to come back in September!
9. Legally Blonde
Another one of those films that I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve watched it. It’s just such a fun film that I never get bored of, no matter how many times I watch it.
10. Moulin Rouge!
Okay, maybe an odd choice for a comforting film, given that the entire premise is tragic, but it is my favourite movie of all time and aside from the very end, is actually a lot of fun to watch with all the bombastic musical numbers and the incredible costumes!
So there we go, those are some of my Comfort TV Shows/Movies. Have you seen any of these? Did you enjoy them? What TV Shows or Movies do you turn to when you need comforting? Let me know in the comments!
I’ll be back next week with another Top Ten Tuesday, this time we’re doing Books With A Unit of Time In The Title. I’m not sure how many books I’ve read that come under this category, but I guess we’ll see!