It’s like this meme doesn’t know me.
I’m a consummate re-watcher and binge watcher. I love rewatching my favourite shows or seasons often. It’s a comfort thing. It’s a learning thing. And back when I lived with terrible internet I would have to very carefully curate my tv watching so as I was downloading a new episode I’d watched the previous one, or two, or depending on the day, three. When I lived with no internet I’d buy boxsets and just go. Now with streaming services you can quickly jump into your favourite moment in a show/season and go forth or back.
I’ve easily watched all of Friends, a show I don’t love, but my brother does at least five times. Same for Avatar: The Last Airbender. That one was super easy, especially with the shorter episodes length. I think I looped the series for a month straight. And that goes for almost all my favourite animes: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Cowboy Bebop, etc. I’ve watched all of Charmed roughly three/four times, so not quite five but it’s a long ass show. The year I lived abroad with only a DVD player, the box set to Sex and the City my mother bought on a visit would also be looped frequently when Italian TV got boring. When I used to screencap more regularly I can’t even talk about how often I’d watch an episode.
It’s very easy to rewatch shows and episodes in this day and age and especially if you are in fandom a lot. When I asked my brother to help me with this question he laughed in my face, is what I’m getting at.
So yeah I’ve definitely watched The Rashomon Job (Leverage) more than five time but also Jose Chung Is From Outer Space (The X-Files), Prometheus Unbound (SG-1), The Choice (Farscape), The Constant (Lost), Ariel (Firefly), Hush (BTVS), Downloaded (BSG), Blackwater (Game of Thrones), The Painted Lady (Avatar: The Last Airbender) about the same or more times. Then kept watching the rest of the series.
Now, if this meme had said “ten times” I would have had a longer think. (Would probably something from Friends. What can I say my brother really liked watching it. A lot. A lot.)
Instead what I’m gonna tell you is an episode you should watch more than five times:
“Hope”, Black-ish. This was such a powerful episode to watch especially in the current U.S. political climate. Here’s a snippet and honestly this episode was so impacting and amazing to watch. I sat and watched and could feel my heart in my chest. The cast was phenomenal, the story poignant, the writing and acting heartbreaking in the best way. Definitely an episode to watch, think about, then watch again. Here’s a snippet:
And because I love a good list, here’s four more episodes that I feel are amazing to watch and rewatch.
- “Pilot”, Lost. This was one of the most impacting pilots of that television season and one of the most visually stunning and amazingly shot series pilots I’ve ever seen. It feels like a movie. I still love it.
- “San Junipero”, Black Mirror. This is not a happy go lucky series and a lot of the episodes are stories about the darker aspects of technology and how let it manipulate and control our lives, but this episode was so beautiful and caring and hopeful. It’s an episode about love and second chances, and just beautiful to watch.
- “Middle Ground”, The Wire. Talk about AN EPISODE where everything happens. It’s such an intense ride from beginning to end and what and end it was.
- “In or Out”, Ugly Betty. This is such a lovely episode that really stabilizes and grounds the shows in what made it best, the relationships between all these people, but especially the relationship between Betty and Daniel. The bridge scene remains a favourite forever.