I’m a serial TV monogamist. Yes, that’s a thing. When I pick a show on Netflix, and we start seeing each other, I see it through. I’m a one show girl. When I fall, I fall hard. I am always crying over someone’s break-up, panicking that someone’s father is dead, dying,—or worse, was dead, and now alive again. One could even say I’m a bit clingy with my Netflix shows, as Netflix likes to point out by constantly asking,
“ARE YOU STILL WATCHING?”
Yes, yes, I am still watching. No, I don’t care if it’s been 6 hours and I’ve seen that message three times. I am always still watching. You will never catch me not watching Netflix, so you can stop right there. I will only pause to retrieve the big jar of Nutella and a spoon. And occasionally refresh my coffee.
But there comes that time we all dread. When we realize we’re on the last season and that pang of loneliness hits us. And you can prolong the inevitable, you can drag out the last few precious episodes of Gilmore Girls, Dawson’s Creek, or LOST – but the moment is going to come where after endless hours of love and devotion, it’s just over. You won’t see Joey and Pacey anymore on that damn creek. Lorelai won’t be getting coffee at Luke’s anymore. You’ll never see that god forsaken haunted island and its smoke monster again. What do you do? Where do you turn?
Luckily, I’ve had a few rough TV show breakups in my time. After several days of feeling despondent and mumbling to my fiancé how much I “miss my TV friends,” I’ve managed to get back on my feet (okay, couch) and start TV-dating again. Here are a few shows that will help you when you think all is lost.
Betty Suarez waltzed into my heart at a time when I thought there was no more TV for me. I tried other shows and we just weren’t clicking. I thought I had Netflixed all the Netflix. But I kept seeing those glasses and braces pop up on my screen, and finally I hit play. I have shed so many tears of laughter and despair over the Suarez family and MODE magazine – and I’ll never regret a second of it.
Pretty Little Liars
PLL used to be a shameful secret for me. I had just come out of a deep relationship with Dawson’s Creek (Read: Pacey) and Netflix kept suggesting this show over and over. Like I would want to watch an ABCFamily drama about four girls trying to figure out who murdered their friend while they are secretly being tortured by a mysterious character only known as “A”. WAIT A MINUTE – OF COURSE I WANT TO WATCH THAT. I totally realize that this show is aimed at 15-year-olds – but here is how I will comfort you: one of the Liars is played by a 29-year-old. So that makes it okay.
Once PLL was out of the way, I knew I was on a slippery slope TV-wise, but I didn’t care anymore. I had to follow my heart. I tried to stay away from Gossip Girl – I couldn’t fathom watching a show about vapid rich kids on the Upper East Side. Until I did. And then Blair. And Chuck. (#CHAIR) And DOROTA, let’s be honest. I fell for Gossip Girl so hard that I watched all of it in 2013 AND THEN AGAIN in 2014.
My final recommendation is for those of you just not ready to commit again. I understand it can be hard. My one true love, forever and always, is 30 Rock. Liz Lemon and I are soulmates and she keeps me coming back. Pop it on and soon you’ll be lizzing so hard that all of your heartbreak over still not knowing who “A” is will just fade away. Just let Liz take care of you for a while and before you know it, you’ll be ready to start again. After my recent parting with Gilmore Girls, I’m nearly there.
Watch out Netflix, my Nutella and spoon are on standby.