With our favorite summer shows coming to an end and the fall just around the corner but not quite near enough to keep us occupied for a few weeks, you’re probably feeling just as lost as we are. Now, you could use this time to sort out your expenses, get some paperwork done, the spring cleaning you’ve been putting off since, well, spring. Or, you could kick back, relax, and watch some of these old shows we think are worth revisiting before the fall brings you a strict TV show schedule and a DVR full of new episodes you have yet to watch.

 

Here are the top five TV shows you should re-watch on your down time:

 

1. 30 Rock (2006-2013): “30 Rock” is one of those shows that serves as a time capsule from the past if you watch it starting from season one (most of the political references from the first two seasons are about the Bush administration) because the show spanned all the way from the year 2006 to last year. The show is a quirky little thing that ran for longer than anyone would have guessed; with its offbeat humor and eclectic group of cast members, the show appealed to a small group of dedicated fans, who lauded it as collective insanity, and to everyone else, it was sheer madness.

 

2. Arrested Development (2003-2006, 2013 – ): “Arrested Development” is one of those shows that was under-appreciated in its time and as a result was cancelled, causing a chain reaction leading to a post-cancellation cult-following — a cruel reminder that you don’t know what you’ve got ’till it’s gone. But it’s never too late to jump on the bandwagon; thanks to the invention of Netflix, the show was re-aired and will return for a second comeback season this year! So really the show was never cancelled for good — it just went on a 6-year hiatus, allowing all of the cast members to age dramatically and almost recature the magic the show once had in a brave attempt at a series reunion. Although it isn’t quite the same as it was back in 2003, the show features some brilliant actors playing the lovable characters we missed so much (Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Jessica Walter, Tony Hale, the list goes on and on), and the writing is so clever, it never disappoints.

 

3. Summer Heights High (2007): This hilarious comedy series made by our Australian brothers is a must-watch. It is yet another show that went unnoticed while it was on air and then gained in popularity after its untimely end. Although it only aired one season, there are a number of equally hilarious spinoff shows that also feature comedic genius Chris Lilley, who plays a number of different roles in the series. He is famous for his versatility as an actor and comedian; one minute he is playing a self-absorbed private school girl (yes, girl, he does drag, and it is great), and the next he is the misinformed music teacher. Watch “Summer Heights High, Ja’mie: Private School Girl” (the spinoff show that will air season two this year) or “Angry Boys,” to see more of Chris Lilley’s hilarious roles.

 

4. Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000): “Freaks and Geeks” (rest its soul) was and is a late, great television show about high school life in the 80’s. It was good (and once again, under-appreciated) when it first aired, but looking back on it now, it is possibly even better. Now that the entire cast (even the minor roles) has gone on to become enormously successful, it is like the blast from the past that you always wanted; you get to see your favorite actors and actresses right in the thick of their awkward phases, before they made it big, and then suddenly everything clicks. Celebrity after favorite celebrity show up at unexpected times during the open-ended series and every time it is like a little prophetic surprise. What if you could go back in time and tell little Shia Labeouf (who plays a minor role in a few episodes) what was in store for him down the road? Or James Franco or Rashida Jones. Who knew all of these diverse actors and actresses even knew each other!

 

5. Seinfeld (1989-1998): Although “Friends” may be the no-brainer, go-to 90’s television show nowadays, we often forget that “Seinfeld” was also darn good in its time and remains so today! Jerry was the king of observational comedy at the time, and looking back at his self-titled TV show, we can appreciate his skill as a comedian and laugh along as if we were back in the 90’s ourselves. Seinfeld is the perfect show to watch when you just want the familiarity of the quirky characters you know and love and the humor to match.

 

 

What are your go-to TV shows? Leave a response in the comments below or shoot me a tweet @JenksUOhMeASoda