I don’t think that I’m the only one who has a few movies and TV shows that I put on when I’m feeling down. I have my list of things that I’ve seen a million times but they always make me feel better.
When I’ve had a really bad day or when I’m at home sick and I need a pick me up, I’ll usually put on one of these movies/shows. They’re a distraction from the rest of the world and they’re the entertainment equivalent of comfort food. Also, when I’m sick, I know that I’ve seen these a million times so if I fall asleep, it’s no big deal.
Now, I wouldn’t say these are my ‘favourite‘ movies and shows. I have so many more that I love (I recently talked about Chicago Fire/PD in my December favourites post) but these are shows that I don’t have to think about. I can kind of just turn my brain off. I hope that makes sense.
I think that everyone has at least one comfort show or movies and I like talking to people about what theirs is. It’s kind of a fun way to get to know someone. So I thought that I would share mine with you.
01. Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Set in the fictional world of Middle Earth, the trilogy follows the hobbit, Frodo Baggins, as he and the fellowship embark on a journey to destroy the one ring, and thus ensure the destruction of its maker, the dark lord Sauron.
If you have never heard of the Lord of the Rings, I have some questions for you. The first book was published in 1954 and the first movie released in 2001. When the movies started coming out, I was nine years old. I latched onto these movies pretty quick and I was fully obsessed. The entire world of Lord of the Rings really raised the bar for fantasy world building and all through my childhood and my teenage years, I could put these movies on and just get sucked in. Nothing else mattered when I was watching these. Beyond the movies alone, I fell in love with the making of features on the DVDs. The fellowship of characters was reflected in the fellowship from the cast and crew and the extended editions have hours of behind the scenes stuff. They became friends to me when I felt like I didn’t have anyone else.
02. The Devil Wears Prada
Starring Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly, a powerful fashion magazine editor, and Anne Hathaway as Andy Sachs, a college graduate who goes to New York City and lands a job as Priestly’s co-assistant.
I fell in love with fashion partly because of this movie. It’s funny and witty and smart and the fashion is beyond. It’s a brilliant movie that I can put on time and time again and can quote over and over again. I will never get tired of this movie.
03. The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride tells the story of a farmhand named Westley, accompanied by companions befriended along the way, who must rescue his true love Princess Buttercup from the odious Prince Humperdinck.
When I was a little kid, the local library had this movie on VHS. I used to rent it about once a week. Now, I didn’t want to be selfish so I would always take it back when it was due and let everyone else have a chance to see it, but then I would walk back to the library within a few days and get it again. You know that part in Matilda when she’s walking herself to the library to get books and she can’t even see over the counter? That was me with this movie. I can’t begin to explain how broken hearted I was when I went to go get it and it wasn’t there. Then, weeks later, the librarian told me that whoever rented it never brought it back. I was devastated. It was my favourite movie and it was gone. So when I started making my own money, this was one of the first movies I bought myself. It’s got everything..fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles…
Hook acts as a sequel to J. M. Barrie’s 1911 novel Peter and Wendy focusing on an adult Peter Pan who has forgotten all about his childhood. In his new life, he is known as Peter Banning, a successful but unimaginative and workaholic corporate lawyer with a wife and two children. However, when Captain Hook, the enemy of his past, kidnaps his children, he returns to Neverland in order to save them.
Every kid loves Peter Pan. Throw Robin Williams and Maggie Smith into the mix and you have total gold. Like The Princess Bride, Hook is a movie that I have been watching for as long as I can remember and it’s always made me feel so good. It’s like the chicken soup of movies. I can’t wait for the day that I have kids and I can watch this movie with them.
05. Mamma Mia
A musical set to the music of ABBA, the plot follows a young bride-to-be who invites three men to her upcoming wedding, each one with the possibility of being her father.
When I think of this movie, it brings to mind images of sunshine and smiles. Is it cheesy? Yes. Is it over the top? Yes. Will it bring you nothing but joy and have you dancing by the end? YES! This movie (and the sequel) are the very definition of happiness and you can’t up but dance, sing along, and smile like a fool.
Rent is an adaptation of the 1996 Broadway musical of the same name, in turn based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohème. The film, which features six of the original Broadway cast members reprising their roles, depicts the lives of several Bohemians and their struggles with sexuality, drugs, paying their rent, and life under the shadow of AIDS. It takes place in the East Village of New York City from 1989 to 1990.
My dream is to see Rent on stage but until that day comes, I will stick to watching the movie. This is one of my all time favourite movies and anyone who knows me personally will tell you how obsessed I am with it. If you are a creative person and have dreams of following your art, following your dreams, I think the story of this will connect to you. There’s just something about risking everything and living in New York City, pursuing your art, that feels so romantic. Rent taught me so many lessons and I am forever grateful.
01. How I Met Your Mother
The series follows the main character, Ted Mosby, and his group of friends in New York City’s Manhattan. As a framing device, Ted, in the year 2030, recounts to his son and daughter the events that led him to meet their mother.
I have seen HIMYM a million times. I know far too much about this show. Yes, some of the jokes do not age well, but this show still just gets me every single time. It’s a really easy show for me to put on in the background when I’m cleaning or cooking or even writing. I’ve had episodes of this show on while I’ve been writing many of the posts on this blog. Because I have seen it so many times, I put this on when I’m sick often so that when I pass out and sleep through 4 episodes, I still know exactly what’s going on.
02. Queer Eye (2018)
Queer Eye is a reboot of the Bravo series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, featuring a new Fab Five: Antoni Porowski, food and wine expert; Tan France, fashion expert; Karamo Brown, culture expert; Bobby Berk, design expert; and Jonathan Van Ness, grooming expert. They travel around at give ‘make betters’ to people who are nominated.
If you’re not watching Queer Eye, what the hell are you doing? This is not your typical make over show. They reinforce the idea that you are perfect the way that you are, that the outside isn’t everything, and that you deserve to feel love, confident, and proud. Every single episode will make you laugh, cry, and walk away feeling a little better about yourself. I promise you.
03. One Tree Hill
The show is set in the fictional town of Tree Hill in North Carolina and initially follows the lives of two half-brothers, Lucas Scott and Nathan Scott, who compete for positions on their school’s basketball team, and the drama that ensues from the brothers’ romances.
This is a teen drama show but there’s something about this show that always felt different to me. Maybe it’s the story, maybe it’s the voice over quotes at the end of the episodes, maybe it’s the music. I don’t know. But there’s always been something about One Tree Hill that touched me on a deeper level. I’m a romantic and a bit dramatic, everything having a deeper meaning and I LOVE a good metaphor. That’s what One Tree Hill is to me. It lasted for nine seasons for a reason.
04. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
This series revolves around Jake Peralta, an immature but talented NYPD detective in Brooklyn’s 99th Precinct, who comes into conflict with his new commanding officer, the serious and stern Captain Raymond Holt.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine makes me laugh so hard I cry nearly every episode. Need a distraction from the world? This is a solid sitcom to do it with. It’s smart and silly and so well written. You should be watching this show.
05. RuPaul’s Drag Race
The show documents RuPaul in the search for “America’s next drag superstar.” RuPaul plays the role of host, mentor, and head judge for this series, as contestants are given different challenges each week. RuPaul’s Drag Race employs a panel of judges, including RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Ross Mathews, Carson Kressley, and a host of other guest judges, who critique contestants’ progress throughout the competition.
I am not one for reality TV shows. There are very few shows like this that I watch but I do LOVE Drag Race. It’s funny and it’s exciting, one of the most quotable shows around, and full of love. It is giving a platform to incredible members of the queer community and making things like drag something that you can talk about around the dinner table. You need to watch this show. You’re seriously missing out if you’re not watching.
Two brothers follow their father’s footsteps as “hunters”, fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds, including monsters, demons, and gods that roam the earth.
Okay. Supernatural has been on for fourteen seasons. FOURTEEN. It’s clearly got a pretty dedicated fan base if it’s been on for that long. This is just such a great show and like a lot of movies/shows on my list, this series takes you away from the real world. You can totally get lost in this world and for that reason, we keep watching.
What are the shows that you put on when you need a pick me up? What are your ‘comfort food’ movies and shows?