Old Sitcoms: A Great Stress Buster

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We're all under so much stress these days that it can get overwhelming. We all know that laughter is one of the best stress relievers there is. That's why I love old sitcoms! I have become a TV Land and Nick at Nite addict. And luckily there are other channels that show old shows too. I used to watch reality tv shows until I couldn't stand the drama of it all. They also became rather idiotic, in my opinion. I also watched the popular "crime shows" (I don't quite know what else to call them) until I got sick of seeing car chases, blood and guts, and depressing stories.

I used to watch Nancy Grace and followed every story avidly. One day I just couldn't stand hearing one more horrifying story. It just got to be too much. I wandered across TV Land one night. The Nanny was on and for some reason I got sucked into it. I say that, because when The Nanny was originally on, when it was new, I never watched it. To be honest, I found her voice totally annoying. Now, I find it comforting. Quite a surprise, I know!

I think one of the major attractions is that I can relax while I'm watching these shows. I know nothing horrible is going to happen and that it's just relaxing humor. Even the corny ones are refreshingly funny at times. I'm discovering all kinds of shows that I didn't have any interest in years ago, maybe because I wasn't as stressed out.

I leave the tv on while I'm going to sleep (I put in on a timer, so it doesn't stay on all night) and it's comforting to just listen to one of these shows as I drift off. I think that the newer sitcoms are not as clever or funny as the old ones. Maybe I'm just getting old, but some of the newer shows are just ridiculous and actually more corny than the old ones. That's just my opinion, of course, but for me the old sitcoms are gems in their own way.

All I know is that anything that helps me feel relaxed and less stressed is a treasure. And the laughs I get are great medicine. So if you're stressed out, turn off the news, crime shows, reality shows and tune into an old sitcom. You might be amazed at the good feelings it brings.

  • Some of my favorites:
  • The Nanny
  • George Lopez
  • That '70s Show
  • Cheers
  • Becker
  • Golden Girls
  • Everybody Loves Raymond
  • Seinfeld
  • The King of Queens
  • Home Improvement
  • According to Jim

What are some of your favorites?


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia

Old sitcoms are always good for a laugh, the older the better. Greenacres would have to be my all time favourite but in recent years, Frasier. They're all good.


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Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country

I haven't watched most of the shows on your list except for Golden Girls. That one was good because the characters were so diverse and well defined, they played off each other beautifully.

I guess my sitcom days go back a bit more, we always watched Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, MASH, Cheers and the best, Carol Burnett (which wasn't really a sitcom- but a series of sketches).

Some of the Brit sitcoms were very funny-- We liked Are You Being Served and some Fawlty Towers.


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catgypsy 5 years ago from the South Author

Karanda, I forgot Green Acres, it was good! There are so many!


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catgypsy 5 years ago from the South Author

Rochelle, you're right, a lot of them were good because they had a perfect cast that worked together. I used to watch "Rising Damp". It's too bad that some of these aren't shown anymore, or at least on the channels I get.


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MOEFLATS 5 years ago

They were good because they were directed and had actors that were motivated to make you feel good. NOW, most television is a subliminal propaganda tool designed to make us feel: frightened, agitated, demoralized and confused. Less sensitive people might not notice the stressing effects of the media, but they WILL notice a LACK of: intensity, normal display of human emotions and that it really doesn't entertain them at all.


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catgypsy 5 years ago from the South Author

Moeflats, you are so right!


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trusouldj 5 years ago from Indiana

Dick Van Dyke, The Honeymooners, All in The Family ... old friends are like comfort food. Great topic.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

You have listed some great shows and the readers even more. let's see what I can add...Bonanza (some drama but it always end well), Little House On The Prairie, Hart to Hart, I Dream of Jeannie, and so many more beloved icons of television land. Thank you so much for a great Hub.


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MOEFLATS 5 years ago

Man, we need some UNEDITED 6-million-dollar man, some Buck Rogers and TV-Movies like "I Desire". See, people were more SPONTANEOUS back then......not all boring like now! It's like TV IS PROGRAMMING US TO BE: DULL, CONFORMIST, UN-IMAGINITIVE STICKS-IN-THE-MUD. Un-EDITED AIRWOLF would also be awesome!


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catgypsy 5 years ago from the South Author

trusouldj, you are so right...they are like old friends.


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catgypsy 5 years ago from the South Author

Hyphenbird, that's a great list. There are so many good ones! Glad you enjoyed the hub.


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catgypsy 5 years ago from the South Author

MOEFLATS, that's true. The newer shows are so lacking in imagination. Thanks for the comment.


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

Really entertaining and fun hub. Watching older shows is actually one of my favorite hobbies. It's completely comforting and relaxing to curl up with these shows. We have a lot in common with the choices you have. My favorite show of all time is Everybody Loves Raymond. Roseanne is another great one and Boy Meets World. Voted up, awesome, and interesting (: Wonderful hub.


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South Author

Thanks Cashmere. I can curl up and just lose myself in these shows, with no tension involved...it's great, isn't it? Now I should watch them through my blue tinted glasses...haha. :)


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Julie DeNeen 4 years ago from Clinton CT

Old sitcoms are the best. Some of my favorites are The Brady Bunch, Friends, Saved by the Bell, and Full House!


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South Author

Thanks for the comment Julie! Nick@nite has Friends on right now, so I've been watching a lot of those!


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SallyTX 4 years ago from Only In Texas!

Those aren't old TV shows, girl! Think Andy Griffith, Dick Van Dyke, Carol Burnett, the Addams Family, Green Acres, Petticoat Junction, Family Affair, Gilligan's Island, Mary Tyler Moore, Columbo! Now those are old shows - good ones, too! ;D

Voted up!


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South Author

Haha...you're right SallyTX! Thanks for voting and reading!


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

I agree with Sally! These aren't old! Weren't they just on in the last few years? (or am I just older than I think I am?lol) I do love the shows on your list, though! And the ones on Sally's list! Love me some Andy Griffith!


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South Author

I guess they aren't as old as I think! Sally's list is a good one for the real oldies! I didn't watch the shows I listed much when they were "new", so to me the reruns I see now make them old...does that make sense? I hope so. I love the shows on Sally's list too.


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SallyTX 3 years ago from Only In Texas!

Isn't it just wonderful that Dick Van Dyke won the Screen Actor's Guild lifetime achievement award today (Sunday, January 27, 2013) for his 80 year career? ;D


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JayeWisdom 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

I like to find the real oldies from the '50s on Netflix. I recently watched a segment of "Date with the Angels", a 1957 sitcom starring a young Betty White playing a newlywed. It was enjoyable to watch such an iconic actress in what must have been one of her earliest TV roles. The plot was predictable and schmaltzy, but that's part of the fun of watching early TV shows.


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South Author

Sally, that is terrific! The actors back then were the real deal!


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South Author

JayeWisdom, that is one of the terrific things about the really old shows, seeing these people in their early years. I enjoy the fact that I know when I watch these shows, nothing horrible is going to happen, it's just humor...even if it is predictable or shmaltzy :D I can relax. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!


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SallyTX 3 years ago from Only In Texas!

I just love George Burns, and I just watched a DVD called The Bobby Darin Invasion. It was one of his variety shows from 1970. He and George did the cutest softshoe dance together. You just don't see that kind of thing any more. I've been watching Carol Burnett on DVD, too. So funny! I miss those good variety shows that showcased the different talents of performers.


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South Author

Sally, I forgot all about the variety shows! I used to love those too. George Burns, Carol Burnett...such classics. They sure don't make 'em like they used to!

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