21 TV Shows People Can’t Stop Rewatching

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TV shows can be marvelous. Their excellent storylines and unforgettable characters can inspire viewers for generations. However, some shows impress us so much that we can’t stop watching them. Some shows stay in our minds for years to come, whether for nostalgia or one-of-a-kind cinematics.

Today, we would like to look at some TV shows that audiences can’t move past. This list has some of the best TV series ever produced, from sitcoms to thrillers. While some of these shows have been around for generations, there are some surprising newcomers. So settle in; let’s figure out the shows America can’t stop watching. 

1. Psych (2006-2014)

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This series follows a fake psychic detective and his partner as they solve local crimes. Psych is not just any comedy. It’s a beloved one that continues to impress audiences with its wacky hijinks. The chemistry between Shawn Spencer and Gus provides a shining example of how to pull off the buddy comedy effect. People continue to rewatch Psych for its clever humor, pop culture references, and unique blend of nostalgia, keeping them entertained and engaged. 

2. Impractical Jokers (2011)

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Possibly the best prank show around, Impractical Jokers has been around for over a decade. The show follows Sal, James, and Brian as they deliver humiliating pranks on one another. Most episodes consist of seeing who can commit to performing the most humiliating public performance for their friends. 

With a dozen seasons and multiple special episodes to choose from, it’s no wonder fans continue to watch this series over and over. The over-the-top comedy style lends itself to rewatch value. The series is filled with inside jokes and references that are best experienced on rewatches.

3. Doctor Who (1963-Present)

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The science fiction show to end all science fiction shows. Doctor Who is a staple of pop culture around the world. However, the series has been around for so long that it is almost impossible to start from the beginning and make it to the current episodes.

Instead, fans often pick their favorites and work through that period. This allows fans to slowly piece together the world of Doctor Who. You can watch this show dozens of times and never pick up on some references and details the showrunners hide in for the audience. 

4. Star Trek (1966-Present)

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This series had high hopes for humanity’s future. Star Trek has been on the air in one form or another for over 60 years. The series presents an idealistic human future in which we have gone past the need to struggle for resources.

As such, audiences love being drawn into this fantastic world time and time again. Star Trek presents a future that is as it could be, unlike the one we are currently heading to, where corporations will likely own the universe. 

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5. Parks and Rec (2009-2015)

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Many have tried, but Parks and Rec is the best Office clone ever made. The series presents government work in a fun and whimsical way, and the variety of characters allows anyone to imagine themselves in Parks and Rec.

Ten years after the series concluded, audiences still rewatch the program. The beautiful characters and easy storylines create a safety blanket you can’t resist. 

6. Adventure Time (2010-2018)

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Children’s programming often defines a generation. However, Adventure Time is a series beloved by people of all ages. Its mixture of philosophy, politics, and ethics continues influencing people today. 

Adventure Time is one of the rare shows that can take complex ideas and make them easy to understand. Combine that with its fantastic tales, and it’s easy to see why people still enjoy the warm embrace of Adventure Time

7. The Office (2005-2013)

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The American version of The Office has dominated pop culture for almost twenty years. Its fantastic hijinks, beloved casts, and intense romantic drama have made it a fan favorite for generations. 

The Office follows a documentary format that allows audiences to understand the characters more deeply. As a result, people will play the show in the background to feel like friends surround them. Since it entered the streaming world, viewers have repeatedly played The Office

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8. Goosebumps (1995-1998)

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If you were a child in the 90s, Goosebumps was likely a huge part of your childhood. These terrifying children’s tales took the nation by storm later in the decade. Although it had competition from shows like Are You Afraid of the Dark, Goosebumps has stood the test of time as the best children’s horror program. 

The series delivered just the right amount of terror to young people’s minds. Because of this, adults now return to enjoy the terror they once felt. Some even show the series to their children, leading to a new generation of Goosebumps fans. 

9. Community  (2009-2014)

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Dan Harmon’s other gift to television is Community, which follows a group of students at a community college. However, like most of Harmon’s shows, it quickly goes off the rails. The students soon find themselves in wacky misadventures, such as destroying the campus in a life-or-death paintball game.

As if that weren’t enough, every character in the show feels fleshed out and alive. Audiences continue to rewatch the show to revisit the laughter and find all the Easter eggs Harmon hid throughout the series. A decade after the series ended, fan enthusiasts have finally pushed the network to create a Community movie to give them the closure they desperately need. 

10. Gilmore Girls (2000-2007)

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This series influenced the early 2000s like no other show could. Gilmore Girls follows a young mother and her teenage daughter as they navigate life in Stars Hollow. The show’s iconic dialogue style, talking as fast as you can, has grown on audiences over the years and has become its trademark.

This well-researched show has more to offer than what is on the surface. Each Gilmore Girls episode provides viewers with emotional, political, and social education. The series is so jam-packed with information that audiences are still finding jokes and references almost twenty years later. 

11. Bob’s Burgers (2011-Present)

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This lighthearted comedy has been a fan favorite for over a decade. Bob’s Burgers follows a family trying to keep their restaurant above water. Audiences continue to rewatch the series for its fantastic voice acting, simple comedy, and genuinely heartfelt moments. 

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12. Supernatural (2005-2020)

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This is the show that just couldn’t die. Most people wouldn’t define Supernatural as good, but they can’t stop watching it. The series jumped the shark after the fifth season but continued for another nine years.

Soon, the plot of Supernatural mattered very little. Instead, it became about people’s love and admiration for the Winchester brothers. Audiences continue to rewatch Supernatural to laugh and enjoy the wildest TV show plot ever aired. 

13. Futurama (1999-Present)

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This series is the smartest animated sitcom you will ever see. Futurama has been canceled repeatedly and returned from the dead due to audience outcry. The series features lovable characters engaging in futuristic space adventures.

However, Futurama is so much more than that. The cast of characters has grown with us, becoming part of our world. Every time the show is canceled and brought back, audiences engage in a binge-watch marathon to remember why it is so important. 

14. Friends (1994-2004)

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Once the kingpin of television, Friends has become a nostalgic rewatch for many people. The series follows six friends living out their lives in New York City. Although not as popular as it once was, audiences enjoy rewatching Friends for the nostalgia of a simpler American life. 

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15. The Simpsons (1989-Present)

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This series wears the crown for the longest-running American animated series, sitcom, and scripted primetime television show. As such, the Simpson family has evolved past TV show characters and become more like family.

It may be rare for people to rewatch the series as a whole. Instead, many people have episodes of the show that are special to them. Binge-watching the Treehouse of Horror episodes is a typical Halloween tradition in many households nationwide. 

16. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1990-2023)

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It is nearly impossible not to have seen an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The series is replayed on television so often that many people watch it by mistake.

However, stopping isn’t easy once you get wrapped up in the story. On the air for over 30 years, Law & Order SVU holds a special place in many viewers’ hearts. It’s easy to understand why so many people rewatch the series because of the nostalgic feeling it gives them. 

17. Breaking Bad (2008-2013)

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One of the best shows in recent memory, Breaking Bad, is an intense drama about a man falling from grace. The series follows Walter White as he struggles to make ends meet after his cancer diagnosis. He turns to a life of crime in an attempt to care for his family after his death.

The biggest reason people rewatch Breaking Bad is to watch White’s slow descent into madness. Something is mesmerizing about watching a good man become corrupted by power and influence. 

18. The Sopranos (1999-2017)

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The most incredible show ever made, The Sopranos follows a Mafia kingpin as he deals with his mental health struggles. The series has a fascinating way of humanizing its characters. Even though we are aware that Tony Soprano is the bad guy, we can’t stop rooting for him during the series. 

The Sopranos is ripe with complex characters, morally gray situations, and intense drama. Audiences continue to rewatch The Sopranos simply because there is no other television series to compare it. The show set the bar in 1999 and has never been beaten. 

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19. American Horror Story (2011-Present)

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Possibly the best TV horror franchise of all time, American Horror Story is an anthology show like no other. Each season, audiences are exposed to a new storyline featuring their favorite stars.

Not only does it offer genuine scares, but it is also filled with interlocking details for fans to hunt down. This allows audiences to rewatch the show season after season, piecing together the breadcrumbs left for them by the writers. 

20. The Good Place (2016-2020)

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This series manages to be profoundly unserious and enlightening at the same time. The Good Place is a series about where we all go when we die. It takes something as complex as the afterlife and delivers it in a quirky and lovable way. Audiences continue to rewatch The Good Place for its charm and lighthearted nature. 

21. The Haunting of Hill House (2018) 

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Created by Mike Flanagan, The Haunting of Hill House is a profoundly unsettling show. The series follows a broken family living separate lives after their mother’s death. It is not only terrifying but also filled with Easter eggs and references for viewers to find.

The series was released in 2018, and audiences still don’t have concrete answers to its elements. Because of this, people continue to watch The Haunting of Hill House repeatedly, hoping to gain some insight they may have missed. 

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