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December 24, 2019
If You're Bored, Catch Up on These Bingeworthy Vintage Shows

BY PAUL SCHRODT 

Photograph courtesy of NBC

Netflix and Hulu keep throwing money at their own new, original TV series, which is fine and good (especially when the content is, you know, truly good), but part of the pleasure of bingeing is diving into nostalgic favorites. Luckily, the digital behemoths have robust catalogues of vintage shows that are, in a word, epic. Literally: TV seasons used to be long, and while that resulted in filler at times, for the good ones, it meant more thrills, shocks, and joyful moments. 

Check out our favorites from the ‘80s and ‘90s. Pair them with the attention span-boosting cerebral quality of Dosist’s Bliss dose pen, or sink a little farther into that couch with the indica-forward DomPen Midnight Berry disposable vape.

Cheers (1982-1993)

Cheers, the fictional Boston bar where everyone knew your name, is one of the longest running, critically praised comedy shows of all time. Anchored by Ted Danson’s Sam Malone as everyone's favorite barkeep, you'll laugh, cry and root hard for the beloved characters. 

Available to stream on Netflix and Hulu

The Golden Girls (1985-1992)

Creator Susan Harris did something explosive at the time by creating a show around the lives of four older, strong-willed women who live together in a home in Miami. With only a glancing look at the men in their lives, it challenged typical gender roles. The entire cast, which includes the late Bea Arthur and the still-kicking-and-perfect Betty White, deliver hilarious lines without skipping a beat.

Available to stream on Hulu

Seinfeld (1989-1998)

The show that’s famously about nothing was also, sneakily, about everything. With its detached, ironic, and pitch-black humor from creators Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the series still gets referenced twenty years later. Who else could coin Soup Nazi, yadda yadda, and The Puffy Shirt?

Available to stream on Hulu

Twin Peaks (1990-1991)

David Lynch’s cult-turned-mainstream murder mystery series set in a fictional Pacific Northwest town is much more accessible than his surreal film work. Watch it for the lush visuals and then deep dive into all the internet rabbit holes surrounding the Red Room and Log Lady.

Available to stream on Netflix and Hulu

Living Single (1993-1998)

If you love Insecure, you definitely need to watch Living Single. Centered around six friends who lived in Brooklyn, the sitcom explored life, love and friendship. Plus, it’s Queen Latifah’s breakout acting role. 

Available to stream on Hulu

The X-Files (1993-2018)

Nothing compares to cult of The X-Files, which had new episodes even as of 2018. Start from the beginning and get to know FBI special agents Mulder and Scully as they attempt to think through the unthinkable in freaky monster-of-the-week cases. It’s a delicious combination of science fiction, conspiracy theories, and the vast unknown. Plus, it’ll scare the hell out of you.

Available to stream on Hulu

Cowboy Bebop (1998)

Cowboy Bebop didn’t really make it to American shores until it was broadcast on Cartoon Network in the early aughts but the series is a unique product of the ‘90s that has a devoted fan base. While technically only one season long, the Japanese show consists of 26 “sessions” (aka episodes) that nimbly cross genres including Western, space exploration, and crime noir. A crew of bounty hunters on the Bebop spaceship takes on crackling cases with a thumping bebop jazz soundtrack. 

Available to stream on Hulu

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