Thanks to the pandemic, everyone has been streaming a LOT of TV. And, the ones that get the most viewers are older shows!
“The Office” was the most-streamed show last year, despite going off the air almost 10 years ago. Other popular old shows include “The Sopranos”, “Friends”, “New Girl”, “Seinfeld “, and “Vampire Diaries”.
Hulu currently has all seasons of Seinfeld streaming…
A new BBC report suggests that people may PREFER old shows to new ones because it’s more familiar, comforting, and stress-free especially sitcoms. A few years back, a researcher looked into the concept, and found that repeats create a sense of “social surrogacy” or kinship with the characters. She said, quote, “There is an association between favorite narratives and feeling better, which doesn’t occur if we’re watching something new.”