While we never run out of a new series to churn out, sometimes we just want to jump into the old school and remember the series we loved. The kind that made us laugh at dinner, have third degree burns in our throats from the shepherd’s pie being too hot just for us to sit in front of the TV and watch our favorite show.
Fortunately, you can still feel the warm embrace of the ’90s shows and 2000s thanks to the epic old-school Netflix offering. From American teen soap operas to local Australian dramas, here are the best nostalgic shows on Netflix.
Puberty blues hit free TV years ago and honestly we don’t think he got the love he deserved. Based on the book of the same name by author Kathy Lette, this coming-of-age drama takes place in the late 1970s in the seaside town of Cronulla, Sydney. It follows best friends Debbie and Sue as they encounter first love, heartbreak, high school, and the ups and downs of puberty. And yes, it will give you ALL the sensations.
The secret life of us
Operating from 2001 to 2006, The secret life of us sets the bar for Australian dramas and we’re not sure we’ve fallen so much in love with a show since then. Set in Melbourne, the show follows a group of friends in their mid-twenties and thirties who all live in an apartment building in St Kilda. By working, playing, and partying together, friends experience love, heartache, career triumphs and, of course, drama. It featured a star cast including Claudia Karven, Deborah Mailman, Joel Edgerton and Samuel Johnson.
While this beauty just scored a brand new reboot of the same name, nothing (in our opinion) beats the OG. Voiced by Kristen Bell, Gossip Girl follows the lives of New York’s most privileged and genetically blessed teens. While they’ve got a perfectly polished veneer, underneath they’re dealing with broken families, indelity, sanity, and heartbreak. Trying to party to solve their problems, no secrets remain buried for long with the mysterious Gossip Girl constantly spilling tea via text blasts.
I mean, does that even need an intro? If you need a refresher on the healthy series that made us all wish we lived with our BFFs in New York City, the series goes like this: six friends from different walks of life live in neighboring apartments in Manhattan. Together, they find themselves in fun, quirky storylines while navigating their twenties, falling in (and out of) love, and growing up in general. Honestly, a vision of Friends feels like a warm hug.
Gilmore Girls, which ran from 2000 to 2007, proved so popular that designer Amy Sherman-Palladino even created a limited series in 2016 to give fans a glimpse of what happened to their favorite mother-daughter duo. The OG series takes place in the tight-knit town of Stars Hollow and follows Lorelei, a “30-year-old” single mother, and her teenage daughter Rory. While Lorelei is quick-witted, free-spirited and often clashes with her wealthy, straight parents, Rory is a calm and intelligent mind, but despite their differences, the duo are the best of friends.
Running for five glorious seasons, this show will bring you up to speed. With Katie Holmes, Joshua Jackson and Michelle Williams, Dawson Creek set in the late 90s and yes, you’re going to want their entire wardrobe. Centered around childhood best friends Dawson (James Van Der Beek) and Joey (Holmes), the series follows the duo as they go through the various stages of adolescence together. The constant “Will they, won’t they fall in love” will keep you going until the early hours of the morning.
The twist turn
If you went to school in the 90s you were probably watched The twist turn if it was raining outside and the playground was off limits. Set in an isolated lighthouse on the Australian coast, the series follows Tony Twist and his three children who reside there. While it is beautiful from the outside, the family quickly realizes that the lighthouse is haunted by a number of ghosts. Ready for the good news? There are four glorious seasons for gorging.
Creation in 2010, The offspring barely falls into the nostalgic category, but we have to include it because it’s so good. The romance / comedy / drama takes place in Melbourne and follows newly divorced obstetrician Nina Proudman (Asher Keddie) as she juggles work in a large hospital, new loves and unusual life choices of her eccentric family. It is a must see.
A crash course in adolescent turbulence is still on the Hartley High School student curriculum in this 1990s series set in Sydney. If we had to make a modern comparison, we would call High crush a less intense Euphoria. He also has a cast of epic Australian talent like Callan Mulvey (Avengers: End Game), Jeremy Lindsay Taylor (Underbelly), Simon Baker (The Mentalist, The Devil Wears Prada) and Rose Byrne (Iam Mother), and that’s that the beginning.
It’s time to go back to the mid-90s in Australia where Sorcerer reigned supreme as one of the best shows around. For those unfamiliar with it, he was a science-loving teenager who landed in a parallel world where magic reigns supreme. But to return home, he must team up with new friends and escape the evil powers that be.
Kath and Kim
When looking for a LOL-worthy frenzy, there is nothing better than Kath and Kim. If you haven’t blessed your viewing schedule with this series, she follows Kath as she prepares to marry fine meat supplier Kel. But everything is turned upside down when her daughter Kim returns home after being disappointed with her two-month marriage to Brett.
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