From September’s back-to-school specials, October's costumes and candy to December's cheesy holiday movies — this is an undeniably nostalgic time of year.
Whether Friends fills you with warm fuzzy feelings or the opening credits of Frasier make you time travel, you can't deny the magic of curling up and escaping the high-speed demands of adulthood with some nostalgic content.
When you sign up to Crave, you'll get access to a massive catalogue of timeless favourites. If you're ready for a trip down memory lane, here are 26 iconic titles straight from the vault that you can stream right now on Crave.
Embrace peak-2000s content
Characters from 'True Blood,' 'Entourage,' and 'Friday Night Lights."
'Friday Night Lights'
From high-school love triangles to pre-credit PSAs, FNL is a beautiful concoction of early-2000s sports drama starring a cast of talented hot people with Texan accents. It picked up three Primetime Emmys in its day, and now you can stream it exclusively on Crave.
Nothing summarizes how men dressed in the 2000s quite like HBO’s Entourage. The plot follows Vince Chase (a fresh-faced Adrian Grenier) and his entourage (bingo!) as they move from New York to LA to chase fame and fortune. All eight of the original seasons are on Crave if you want to see how well that plan goes.
It might seem like a goofy premise (telepathic waitress falls for charming gentleman vampire), but HBO’s True Blood had a surprising amount to say about power, oppression and equal rights. Based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series by Charlaine Harris, this show deserves a rewatch.
Iconic holiday episodes from beloved shows
Characters from 'Friends,' 'The Sopranos' and 'The Office.'
Want to get festive without committing to a movie? Go for a themed episode of The Office. Their side-splitting holiday specials cover every celebration, from Valentine’s Day to Diwali. To quote Michael Scott, "Don't invite any zombies."
Tony Soprano gets a visit from the ghosts of Christmas past in episode 10 of season three, "To Save Us All From Satan’s Power." The HBO hit series may not be known for its feel-good cheer, but this episode of The Sopranos brings all the highs and lows of a holiday dinner.
One of the most-watched sitcoms of all time, Friends is arguably the ultimate comfort show. For seasonal fare, try "The One With All The Thanksgivings" or "The One With Christmas In Tulsa." Plus, Crave currently has a "Best of Chandler" category honouring the actor, a forever friend.
Characters from 'Corner Gas,' 'Letterkenny' and 'Canada's Drag Race: Canada vs The World.'
You'd be surprised how much actually goes down 40 kilometres from nowhere in Dog River, Saskatchewan. Very much inspired by the life of series creator and star Brent Butt, Corner Gas was an absolute hit in its day, spinning off into an animated show and a movie — all of which you can stream on Crave.
Canada's Drag Race: Canada vs The World
Granted, this is a touch recent to be nostalgic, but if you want to see Canada's best drag queens take on the international competition, Canada's Drag Race: Canada vs The World is the place. Plus, Crave has all of the Drag Race content you could wish for.
The decade's best dramas
Characters from 'Six Feet Under,' 'The Wire,' and 'Boardwalk Empire.'
If you didn't catch the critically acclaimed HBO’s Boardwalk Empire when it first aired, this is your chance to watch some seriously good drama. Martin Scorsese even directed the pilot episode. Set in the early days of prohibition in Atlantic City, New Jersey, it's a gritty period drama like no other.
'Six Feet Under'
The richly developed characters and the relationships between them are the backbone of this quirky drama about two brothers who inherit a funeral home. You can watch all of HBO's Six Feet Under, including the fantastic final episode, on Crave. Keep some tissues near.
'The Wire'What makes HBO’sThe Wire stand out from other crime dramas of the era is its humanizing of everyone in its depiction of Baltimore's drug scene. With no "good guys" or "bad guys" per se, you can't predict how things will shake out, making it perfect binge-watch material.
Remember all those shows about work?
Characters from 'Veep,' '30 Rock,' and 'Parks and Recreation.'
'Parks and Recreation'
This mockumentary-style comedy follows Leslie Knope and her colleagues as they try and keep the wheels turning in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana. If you love a heartwarming moment with a dash of side-eye, Parks and Rec is for you.
Set behind the scenes of a live sketch show, 30 Rock is perfect if you love witty humour and getting meta. It's strongly inspired by Tina Fey's actual experiences, which suggests that she really did "work on her night cheese" back in the day.
Who wouldn't want to watch Julia Louis-Dreyfus in literally anything? This show sees her playing the newly inaugurated Vice President of the US; comedy ensues as her best-made plans come tumbling down. Filled with insightful criticisms of politics and bureaucracy, HBO’s Veep should be on your list.
Check out baby Kumail Nanjiani in this hilarious show that takes a well-aimed kick at the tech industry. If you're a fan of awkward comedy, check out HBO’s Silicon Valley as it follows a programmer's attempt to make his app a thing in the start-up frenzy of the early 2010s.
Nineties humour at its best
Characters from 'Frasier,' 'Mr.Show,' and 'Curb Your Enthusiasm.'
Here's for some real nostalgia. Spinning off from Cheers in 1993 was Frasier, featuring Kelsey Grammar as a psychiatrist with a call-in radio show. These days he'd have a podcast. It still holds up though, especially if you love the format of comedy filmed in front of a live studio audience.
You'll recognize these faces! David Cross and Bob Odenkirk star in Mr. Show, a sketch comedy show that first aired in 1995. Does the humour hold up? You'll have to watch and see.
'Curb your Enthusiasm'Technically the first episode aired in 2000, but we'll let it slide since Larry David worked with Jerry Seinfeld, and if that's not peak '90s comedy, what is? HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm is a rare classic that comes right up to the current day — season 12 is set to drop in 2024 and you can catch it all on Crave.
If you missed these gems, now's your chance
Characters from 'Bored to Death' and 'Flight of the Conchords.'
'Bored to Death'
Jason Schwartzman plays a bored writer who turns private detective with nothing but old mystery novels as his training. Supported by Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis, Bored To Death is a laugh-out-loud absurd comedy that doesn't take itself too seriously.
'Flight of the Conchords'
When this New Zealand musical comedy duo arrives in New York to "make it big," they run into a couple of hurdles. Flight of the Conchords is a surreal exploration of getting by in Brooklyn peppered with the most fantastic accents, musical interludes and occasional side-splitting Rhys Darby scene.
Reflecting on the '90s
Tiger Woods and his mom.
The world had never seen anything like golf's Tiger Woods, but then a massive public downfall made people wonder if he'd ever recover. HBO’s Tiger is a two-part documentary that tells the story from the very start and perhaps gives a clue to Woods' future.
'Dark Side of the 90s'
Baywatch, Beanie Babies, grunge music and Jerry Springer: no '90s topic goes uninvestigated in this series that digs deeper into the memories of this pivotal decade. Dark Side of the 90s features 10 episodes that will take you right back to the final years of the 20th century.
Shaquille O'Neal is not only a giant on the basketball court, but also in the memories of anyone who lived through the '90s. This documentary series, Shaq, invites you to learn more about this NBA legend over four episodes and is a must-watch for any basketball fan.
Titles to rekindle the girls-only vibes
Characters from 'Girls,' 'Gossip Girl,' and 'Sex and the City.'
'Sex and the City'
Fashion, sex and friendship — HBO’s Sex and the City has it all, and the title sums the plot up well. Just one question remains: Are you more of a Carrie, a Charlotte, a Samantha or a Miranda?
Watch Blake Lively in her breakthrough role slow-mo throw her flip phone into a trashcan in this legendary series. The plot of Gossip Girl is simple: Rich kids run amock in NYC while a mysterious blogger leaks their private information online. Voiced by Kristen Bell, the titular character says "x-o-x-o, Gossip Girl" at the end of every episode. It’s incredible.
Lena Dunham aimed to bridge the gap between Sex and the City and Gossip Girl when she created HBO’s Girls. The premise isn’t that far off from either; it’s about a group of young women in New York City. The biggest difference is that this show is drained of all glamour and the friendships are messy as heck. Still, it’s hilarious.
Whether you’re late to the party on some of these classics or you’re brushing the dust off a teenage obsession, you can find timeless nostalgia in Crave’s deep content library.
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