Just like comfort reads, I have comfort shows. When I’m sick, exhausted, or in a generally grumpy mood, there are certain shows I like to watch, again and again; they offer comfort, and sometimes actually help me feel better.
Back in the old days of VCRs, I had about 20 tapes stashed away in a cupboard. The tapes were filled with shows designed to make me feel good. I had numerous episodes of Scarecrow and Mrs. King and Remington Steele. Then there were the copies of each and every Chicago Bulls’ NBA final win during the golden years of the Bulls (Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen….).
My VCR tapes made many moves with me. But I pitched them years ago, after I converted to DVR, and my last VCR player bit the dust. I realize now I could have had the tapes converted to DVD, but it’s too late now.
In theory, the shows on my DVR offer me the same opportunities for comfort viewing. The problem is, I’ve moved three times since I switched to DVR. Each move has meant using a different cable company, and turning in my old DVR box and starting fresh.
I finally have a number of comfort views on my latest DVR. I have most of the episodes of season 1 of Glee, the movie The Holiday, the last two episodes of The Vicar of Dibley (yes, the Richard Armitage episodes!), and the last few episodes of West Wing (President Jimmy Smits!).
I’m still hoping to capture Nottinghill again, but if I can’t, will probably purchase it. I am afraid, though, that some things are lost to me forever. I had a couple episodes of Survivor that were very fun, but aren’t available for purchase. Portions of some Survivor episodes are available on YouTube, but not the entire episodes. Then, of course, there are all those old Remington Steele and Scarecrow and Mrs. King episodes. I can watch a few of them on Hulu, but the offerings are very limited.
Do you have any particular comfort shows? If so, are they recorded on DVR, or do you purchase DVDs?