My favourite category of television show is 90s sitcoms. I greatly enjoy Frasier and Seinfeld. I have watched both series many times, although on many occasions I have had the show on in the background before I go to sleep. I enjoy going to sleep after watching something funny. I remember reading an article in The Atlantic at the beginning of the pandemic that spoke about the comfort of watching shows you have already seen before. This idea just came to mind again.
I maintain a public list of television shows that I want to watch. I keep this record to remind me of what I have found in the past that I thought I may enjoy. This makes it easier for me to decide what to watch should I choose to watch a television show (or indeed a movie). But, despite having a list of things I want to watch, I keep re-watching Seinfeld and Frasier (even if only in the background).
After watching Seinfeld many times over, I still find myself laughing at some scenes. The scene where Kramer tries an alternate sleep cycle and ends up falling asleep while making out with another character amuses me every time. I remember watching the scene for the first time and I couldn't stop laughing for minutes. Upon reflection, it is awesome (in the traditional sense of the word) that a television show can make you laugh so many times even after you have seen it before. Knowing that when I sit down to watch a show that I'm likely to laugh makes me happy.
What activities do you find comforting in your downtime? Do you, too, enjoy watching the same shows over again?