The good ol’ days. As a society we are constantly captivated by the “simpler times”, whatever that might mean. We are constantly reminiscing the past and we are constantly seeking that familiar feeling of peace and belonging that a smell, taste, or place might bring us. This is oddly translated into our viewing habits.
It is true that when looking for entertainment and inspiration “new is always better,” quoting Barney Stinson. However, there is a sense of comfort that comes from hearing the familiar “I’ll be there for you” at the beginning of every F.R.I.E.N.D.S episode, or the blue castle at the beginning of an old Disney movie. This trend has only grown stronger with the amount of sequels that storm the movie theater, but more accessible with the ability we have to stream any show we want as long as it is one of the 1, 197 titles Netflix has to offer.
With titles such as “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” and “Fuller House” it is clear that Netflix understands the nostalgic need we have for the shows that were part of those “simpler times” we are so inclined to go back to.
And blockbusters are not left behind. With an addition to the Star Wars series, “Rogue One” being released this month we see how the movie fanatics crave a sense of familiarity just as much as the Netflix binge-watchers. Another great example is “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” satisfied thousands of the Harry Potter series fanatics, many of whom felt a lot of emotions as soon as the WB logo and familiar tune were shown in the screen. With these two titles come a series of revivals such as the new Power Rangers, Bewitched, Dirty Dancing, The Exorcist, That’s So Raven, etc.
Revivals are not new for Netflix, “The “bring back a cult hit” move is one of Netflix’s favorite, dating back to the Arrested Development revival that was the cornerstone of its first original programming slate in 2013,” said K.M. McFarland for wired.com. And, he is right. The recipe that involves bringing back original actors only grown up and with kids seem to be working over and over again. People want to know what happened to the characters that accompanied them so many years ago, and companies can keep profiting from past projects.
The romance of nostalgia will continue to hold our TV (or computer) screens, and sequels will continue to flood the movie theaters, but until I get a F.R.I.E.N.D.S reunion I will settle for the reruns available in Netflix.