There are new TV shows and series popping up all the time now. Especially now when there are streaming services, and some shows are tailored for that audience. Despite the new offerings, sometimes we cannot help but fallback into the old series that we once enjoyed. Here are 10 off air shows that you could binge on.
Full House was the story of widower, Danny Tanner, and his three daughters, DJ, Stephanie and Michelle, as he struggles to bring them up with the help of his best friend, Joey Gladstone, and brother-in-law, Jesse Katsapolis. The show had a stellar cast with Bob Saget, John Stamos, Laurie Loughlin (who joins later as Rebecca Donaldson), Candace Cameron, Jodie Sweetin and twins Ashley and Mary Jane Olsen. It ran for eight seasons originally. Later it was picked up for a Netflix series called Fuller House which was a reboot of the original with DJ in a similar situation as her father had been.
One Tree Hill
A lot of the present day fans of One Tree Hill joined the fan base after the show started streaming online, years after it had gone off air! One Tree Hill at heart is the story of two half-brothers, Lucas Scott (Chad Michael Murray) and Nathan Scott (James Lafferty) and their rivalry with each other. But they begin to realize that the common enemy is their father and not them. It was a pretty decent show that addressed issues that are relevant even today – including school shootings, peer pressure and love triangles that never seem to die! This show went on for nine seasons. Now, that’s too much to be binged at once. So if you do want to start watching this show – do slow down.
Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) and Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel) have been a close-knit mother daughter duo to the point that they are more like best friends than family. Being pregnant with Rory at sixteen, Lorelai had run away from her upper class family and they now live in little town called Stars Hollow. Over the seasons the other characters develop as well and sometimes serve as a comic relief with more serious themes playing in the foreground. This too was a good show and there was a revival – Gilmore Girls: A Year in A Life. But for what it’s worth, this show is definitely binge-worthy.
The main characters, Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) and author, Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) meet unexpectedly when she arrests him when someone commits copycat murders as the ones in his books. He decides to help her on her case, and thus begins the start of a strange friendship. Because Castle has recently killed off his most popular character, Derek Storm, and needs inspiration. He finds that by shadowing Kate in all her cases, much to her chagrin, and much to her fellow detectives, Ryan and Esposito, and her Captain’s amusement, and using those experiences to help him write his next novel.
Even though this show ran for just four seasons, it was possibly one of the best concepts I’ve ever come across. A vampire, a werewolf and a ghost are stuck together playing house – pretending their best to be human. However much they try to keep away from the supernatural something keeps pulling them back. This was originally a UK series that was made into a US series. And it is definitely worth checking house. Especially if you like supernatural with a plate of humor on the side.
This one ended pretty recently. Fans are still not over saying goodbye to Scott McCall (Tyler Posey), Stiles Stilinksi (Dylan O’Brien), Peter Hale (Ian Bohem), Derek Hale (Tyler Hoechlin), Liam (Dylan Sprayberry), Malia Hale (Shelly Hennig), Lydia Martin (Holland Roden) and the plethora of other talented cast and intriguing characters. The series begins with Scott having to deal with a life with lycanthropy after being bitten by a werewolf, fighting evil that never seems to stop coming after him, and juggling high school. It ran for six seasons and finally ended last year, with fan still screaming bloody murder. It was a good show and definitely something that will only pick up more fans as time goes by.
Jennifer Love-Hewitt starred in Ghost Whisperer as Melinda Gordon who could see and communicate with the dead. Earthbound spirits as her grandmother called her. It was her job to make sure they go into the light to find peace, and move on from their past lives. I remember watching this show when I was still in school so it has to be way more than a decade ago! But the stories were all interestingly done. This one ran for five seasons. If you like watching supernatural shows, this one should make it to your to be watched soon list.
Tru Davies (Eliza Dushku) starred as a wayward medical student with the ability to go back in time when the person who just passed away asks her to ‘help’. It was a supernatural drama with a lot of interesting premise and promise. Eliza had witnessed her mother’s dead mother but it wasn’t until years later that she learns her mother had the same gift she had. While the show stopped abruptly mid-season, the writers have a blog where they talked about what they wanted to explore in the show in the later episodes. While the show is interesting enough to be looked into, you would be distraught if something you invested your time in ended in major cliffhangers.
America Ferrara stars as Betty Suarez in Ugly Betty who is hired by Daniel Meade’s (Eric Mabius) father as his new assistant in order to make sure his philandering son doesn’t sleep with his assistants anymore, and take the family business seriously for once. Betty and Daniel, although clearly unhappy with the situation, begin to learn from each other, get into scrapes together and finally when we all thought it would lead to a happily ever after – the show got cancelled, leaving fans with burning questions. It was only four seasons long.
From 1994 to 2004, F.R.I.E.N.D.S. ran for ten seasons and we grew to love all the characters. The six titular characters are still relevant in pop culture today. And even though the show has been off-air for so long, everyone tunes in to the re-runs. This is perhaps one show that we have actually binged on our entire lives without realizing it. So join Ross Geller, Monica Geller, Chandler Bing, Joey Tribianni, Rachel Green and Phoebe Buffay, as they navigate the streets of Manhattan, try to make sense of life and have way too many misadventures.