Classic shows you should binge-watch this mid-sem break

March 28, 2016
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Bingeing television shows has ceased to exist as something we should be ashamed of, and become something we celebrate. Hard to blame us, though, when we have shows like Game of Thrones, House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black gracing our screens. But maybe it’s time to dig through the archives and get acquainted with these classic gems.

Twin Peaks

For fans of: Broadchurch (which, in my opinion, straight-up jacked the show’s plot)

I hate to throw the term “flawless” around, but if any show deserves the accolade, it’s this one. Sadly cancelled after two seasons, this early ’90s crime drama, created by visionary David Lynch, took the world by storm for its unique style, its highly quotable lines and memorable scenes (which are still referenced today in shows like The Simpsons), its vast array of quirky characters that all hold some sort of dark secret and, of course, the eternal question: who killed Laura Palmer?

Side note: You’ll be pleased to know that after its tragic cancellation, Twin Peaks has finally received the green light for a reboot, airing in 2017 complete with the original cast.

30 Rock

For fans of: Parks and Recreation, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Often noted as a critical success (and a commercial flop), Tina Fey’s comedy, which is based on her time as head writer at Saturday Night Live, pushed all the boundaries in a way only Fey is able to do. Starring herself, Tracy Morgan, Alec Baldwin and Jane Krakowski, the show is jam-packed with extensive insults, side-splitting cut scenes and Jenna Maroney, who may be one of the most ridiculous sitcom characters of all time. Actually, who am I kidding? Everyone on the show, besides the relatable Liz Lemon, is ridiculous - but that’s what makes it so great.


For fans of: Pretty Little Liars, Supernatural, Buffy

If you’re into all things magical, then Charmed is 100 per cent the show for you. Centred around a group of witch sisters - portrayed by Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Shannon Doherty and Rose McGowan - this family has been assigned to protect the innocent from evil, while also trying to balance jobs and relationships. Does the plot sound corny? Look, a little, but the content from episode to episode, coupled with the main cast’s believable and realistic portrayal of human emotion, more than makes up for it.

Arrested Development

For fans of: Bob’s Burgers, Flaked, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Look, this show is so bloody ridiculous it’s hard to believe it had any success at all. But, thanks to some unknown cause, Arrested Development stands to be one of the most underrated sitcoms in recent memory. Starring Will Arnett, Portia de Rossi and a young but still awkward Michael Cera, the show surrounds the incredibly dysfunctional Bluth family who must go on with life after the father is arrested on fraud charges. If for nothing else, watch the show for its iconic running gags – the family’s inability to correctly imitate a chicken is Emmy-worthy alone.

Anything during the Disney Channel Golden Age

This includes That’s So Raven, Hannah Montana, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Lizzie McGuire, Phil of the Future and Wizards of Waverly Place. Always remember, folks, before she was the most followed person on Instagram, Selena Gomez was a teen wizard who had one weird friend and worked at a sandwich shop. They grow up so fast. 

Jackson Langford

Jackson is studying a Bachelor of Communication degree at the University of Newcastle and is the rightful heir to the throne.

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