The Five: Comfort shows
We've all heard of "comfort foods," those foods that we always return to, the ones that we love and make us feel good and maybe even bring back good memories. But TV shows can be the same way. They might not be our "favorite" shows (though they very well could be), but they certainly make us feel so good we want to keep watching them (and now with DVDs, it's even easier). Here are mine:
1. The Dick Van Dyke Show: My favorite TV show of all time, but it's also a feel-good show: a positive family show and a clever showbiz show at the same time. A childhood favorite that never lost any appeal for me, even as I became an adult.
2. The West Wing: this is one of the very, very, very few shows that I can watch over and over again. I'm talking about the same episodes over and over again. I have the DVDs and I often find myself watching the same exact episodes from the first three seasons. Aaron Sorkin's words are like music, the acting is flawless, and there's something so unbelievably comforting about that workplace and those people.
3. Ed: The last season wasn't too hot, but the first two seasons of this show has such a great atmosphere to it and the writing/cast are so great I often return to it.
4. Star Trek: TNG: Reminds me of where I was living in the early 90s, with my best friend and other college students, watching this and ordering subs and Chinese food and hanging out. It's funny: sure this show has aliens and photon torpedo battles and planets exploding, but really, it's a warm workplace comedy about a bunch of coworkers who care about one another. It just happens to take place in outer space.
5. The Andy Griffith Show: I'm not really a small-town sort of guy, but if I was, I'd want to live in Mayberry.
Damn, no room for the CBS Saturday night lineup of The Mary Tyler Moore Show/Bob Newhart Show/Carol Burnett Show when I was a kid. Oh well.