By Amy Chesler
There’s nothing like binging on a TV show that you love: hours and hours of characters you adore and a storyline and dialogue that intrigue you. But what about all the shows you never got to binge on? The ones that captured your attention week by week at their allotted time slot, that made you learn the true meaning of patience (and stalking the mail for the TV guide), the ones you never got to binge? Here’s a list of some of those gems that you never got to marathon, but can now, thanks to DVD Netflix:
There’s nothing like the original Magnum P.I., and all the short shorts that come with it. Tom Selleck stars in this witty, quintessential early eighties show about beefy Magnum, a private investigator who works for a mysterious Hawaiian novelist. All four seasons are totally bingeworthy.
With a killer cast and grittier setting, Hill Street Blues was an instant classic. It followed a metropolitan police department and all of its crime-fighting characters. Unfortunately, it only snagged two seasons on-air, but both are well worth a re-watch.
One of TV’s best shows was Designing Women, a charged Southern comedy about a firm of interior decorators and their employees. Its six seasons are hilarious and pushed several eighties boundaries with its women-centric storylines.
There were few shows with the inane humor of Perfect Strangers. Mark Linn-Baker and Bronson Pinchot are long-lost cousins who reunite as new roommates. Hilarity ensues amidst Chicago’s streets, and while I’m a lil’ sad that only two of the six seasons are available for rent, those two are funny enough to keep me laughing for a while.
So sue us for loving ‘70s and ‘80s crime dramas. With that said, Barney Miller is anything but ordinary. The show ran for three seasons and documented a Greenwich Village police station and its very interesting visitors.
In this classic show (which has been redone several times), Doctor Who is a scientist in possession of the TARDIS, a machine with time-leaping abilities. This take on the series sets the precedent for countless remakes, so we highly suggest starting here (and going on for as long as you’d like).
Amy Chesler is an author, content creator, blogger, and family woman from Los Angeles, California. Her most recent publications include four different contributions in six different Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, as well as her first solo children’s book, A Man and His Books. Follow her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ABCauthor1), Twitter (@abcauthor), or Instagram (@abc_author) for updates, giveaways, and much more!