Five programmes I would like to watch as new

It occurred to me recently that there are a few TV programmes I would like to go back and watch as if new. There are plenty of shows that I need to catch up on, but that’s a different matter. These are episodes I have watched, but would do anything to wipe my mind clean so I can enjoy them all over again.

  1. Jonathan Creek. I had the biggest crush on the lovable magician’s assistant when he first appeared on our screens, and I watched the first few series several times over. The problem is that a whodunit with a twist isn’t particularly engaging once you already know how it’s going to end. There were only a couple of episodes where I guessed what was going on, and I’d like to rewatch now and see if I am any smarter. (I am not.)
  2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. My overriding memory of this show is my friend telling me to watch a late night repeat of an episode I had missed – the one where Buffy’s mother dies. I watched and didn’t cry and that’s when I realised that I have a heart of stone. Therefore, now I have come to terms with that, I would like to go back and watch, and enjoy the series without feeling guilty that it doesn’t make me sad.
  3. Hornblower. Ahh, I am partial to watching a little bit of Ioan Gruffudd on screen, even if he is dressed up to the nine’s in dodgy18th century sailor outfits. I remember being particularly dismayed when Mr Hornblower had his first on-screen kiss. Not allowed. Anyway, the stiff-upper-lipped-ness of the show appealed, but makes it hard to enjoy over and again. I’d love to go back and watch as new, though.
  4. Doctor Who. I hold my hands up and say I am one of those annoying people who has only watched the new series with the ninth and tenth doctor and still considers herself a fan. The problem is that the show is repeated endlessly on the iPlayer, and I get annoyed at seeing it. With only four new episodes this year, I’d love to go back and have the prospect of an entire brand new series to enjoy.
  5. Thunderbirds. Although any episode of Thunderbirds is easy to watch repeatedly (you know that the crisis will be averted in the end), my introduction to the puppets came when I lived with my parents. They were debuting on BBC2 for the first time in a long time. I was older than the target demographic, but watched them with my dad, and those were good times.

As an aside, the film I would want to watch as new is Back to the Future 3. I may have mentioned previously how I saw the first and third films before the second one, so it made no sense. Having the benefit of watching the second film many, many times now, it would be good to go back and fix that.

I’ve also realised a programme I am going to have to go back and watch as if new again anyway is LOST because it makes.no.sense.

9 thoughts on “Five programmes I would like to watch as new

  1. I agree about Jonathan Creek, it’s a brilliant watch – although I don’t have any sort of crush on Alan Davies! They are making a new one this summer, but one-offs just aren’t good enough – we want more!

    Personally, I’d quite like to watch The Sixth Sense again without knowing Bruce Willis was dead the whole time. I saw it on probably the day it was released and genuinely didn’t know that’s what the big twist was going to be – when it was revealed, my mind started clicking it all into place. It was brilliant, but never to be repeated now I know the ending – unless you patent your mind wiping process.

    As for Lost, I’m really enjoying it at the moment – perhaps because the end is in sight and every now and again we get an answer or two. Normally followed by two new questions! I’d like to think that one day I will watch it all again from the first episode, but with full knowledge of later events not with a wiped mind – I’d like to see if the writers genuinely did set all this stuff up from the earlier episodes as we’ve seen in flashbacks!

    I was lucky enough to miss roughly the first five seasons of 24, and watched the first couple of episodes from the first one to see if I like it. I did, very much, and so was in the fortunate position of being able to watch all five seasons in quick succession. The wait for season 6 seemed to take forever though!

    Haven’t seen any of Prison Break yet so that may be another one to watch someday…

  2. They are making a new one this summer, but one-offs just aren’t good enough – we want more!

    The problem with the one off, particularly the one over Christmas, is that they tried to fit too many mysteries in the one episode. At least with a series there is less of a rush to progress the story, and they can take their time investigating each one.

    …unless you patent your mind wiping process.

    I’m working on it 🙂

    Re: Prison Break, I also haven’t seen it, I don’t know whether it’s any good. My dad recommended Heroes but then unrecommended it after the first series, so I never got round to that either. I watched about ten minutes of an episode of 24 and the unsteady camerawork made me dizzy. I should, perhaps, give it another try. I think it’s in the iTunes store.

  3. Ah, Heroes – I had forgotten about that! Watched the first series, and the second is on DVD lying around the house somewhere so must catch up with it too at some point.

    Plus I seem to have about 40 episodes of The Wire on Sky+ which I started to record when they announced they were showing them on BBC2. Haven’t watched any as yet, hopefully it’s good!

    Definitely give 24 a chance, if you get hooked you will get hooked big time – lots of abbreviations at times, so can get quite nerdy which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

  4. Yeah but would you rather go back in time and not watch Lost? I mean, it’s so confusing and so many people are frustrated watching it solely to find out what happens… I think it will end in a way that those people will be angry because it will have so many unanswered questions or be some kind of mysterious cliffhanger… 😦

  5. Yeah but would you rather go back in time and not watch Lost?

    Not a chance. With LOST, it’s all about the journey. I complain all the time about not having a clue, but the conversations it has sparked are well worth it. There are only a few episodes I haven’t liked which were vastly outweighed by the ones that left me open-mouthed.

  6. Thunderbirds is a fantastic choice and it’ll make my top 5. After the Borg discussion the other night in the SPC comments I want to watch Star Trek: The Next Generation all over again with a clear mind, and DS9 for that matter (but not Voyager).

    I’ve only seen series 1 of Lost (damn Sky for stealing it from C4) so I would watch that again before moving on to the later ones.

    I’ve watched all of Heroes – top geeky superhero goodness applied to supposedly normal people. Can be a bit frustrating but that’s how these long series go these days. Give it a chance.

    I want to watch Battlestar Galactica and 24, I’ve only seen series 1 of both but I got the Battlestar box set the other day. Will find time for that over the summer. A friend has all of the 24s so I want to borrow those, and BT Vision has The Wire so I need to remember to watch that before they take it away again.

    I could watch the box set of Firefly over and over, mindwipe or not…

  7. Can be a bit frustrating but that’s how these long series go these days. Give it a chance.

    I will add it to the list, it’s also on the iTunes store, I think, which moves it up the order somewhat 🙂

  8. Not a chance. With LOST, it’s all about the journey. I complain all the time about not having a clue, but the conversations it has sparked are well worth it. There are only a few episodes I haven’t liked which were vastly outweighed by the ones that left me open-mouthed.

    Awesome. It’s the best feeling in the world to like a show in that way – to be able to talk to fellow fans about it, to have to think about it, to enjoy it and be surprised and shocked by it… It’s not as common these days but it’s still possible!

    Me? I’m trying to get into ‘Mad Men’ while Mrs. Goat has become hooked on Grey’s Anatomy… other than that, sadly we only watch stuff very casually 😦

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