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Must-watch TV & Movie Classics Curated by Toast

Published on January 18, 2021

Make new “long-term friends” with our hand-picked collection of Toast favourites

We’re living in a strange time, where increased lockdown measures are back, cold weather… is also back (sigh!), and you have officially watched everything there is to watch on TV. To offer you some comfort and to help with the overwhelming choice of “what should I watch tonight?” we curated some must-watch TV and movie classics to enjoy.

If you haven’t watched these time-tested hits, we highly recommend that you dive in and make some new “long-term” friends. If you have watched these gems, here’s your chance to rewatch, and to soothe your need for a world more familiar. Either way, we invite you to cozy into the couch and entertain yourself with tales — new and old — of dysfunction, absurdity and hilarity.

Arrested Development is one of Toast’s must-watch TV & movie classics

One could say this comedy is a predecessor to Schitt’s Creek — a wealthy, dysfunctional family loses everything, and son and brother, Michael Bluth, is forced to keep them in line. This series has everything, including long-running jokes, clever narration and a snobby, out-of-touch matriarch whose breakfast consists of Martinis and a side of snide. But there’s more: Arrested Development also involves a vapid socialite sister, a jailbird father, a magician (sorry — illusionist) brother, a banana stand and “the chicken dance.” This star-studded series starring Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Will Arnett and Portia de Rossi will make you laugh until you cry.

One of our favourite quotes: “I mean it’s one banana Michael, what would it cost? Ten dollars?” — Lucille Bluth

Watch on: Netflix

A group photo of the cast from Arrested Development, one of Toast's curated must-watch TV & movie classics
Arrested Development, one of Toast’s curated must-watch TV & movie classics | Image Credit: Netflix

Grey’s Anatomy

Omg. The DRAMA, the intrigue, the secret love. While we acknowledge that everything after McDreamy just wasn’t the same, the seasons that came before were some of the best entertainment that graced primetime. The array of characters that drive this long-running hospital drama have many relatable qualities — some we might see in ourselves, and some we see in the people we love… but, maybe a tad less dramatic than the TV portrayal. Dive in (or back in)  and surround yourself with those more dysfunctional than you. It’s great for perspective.

One of our favourite quotes: “Pick me. Choose me. Love me.” — Meredith Grey

Watch on: Netflix

A photo of the cast of Grey's Anatomy, one of Toast's must-watch TV & movie classics
The cast of Grey’s Anatomy, a Toast curated favourite TV series | Image Credit Shondaland

Community – one of our four must-watch TV & movie classics

Another show bedazzled with stars! Characters played by Alison Brie, Donald Glover and Chevy Chase form an unlikely community (a Spanish class study group) when they attend community college.

Watch friendship, romance, competition and the occasional paintball battle play out among this group of quirky characters as they meander their way through Greendale Community College.

One of our favourite quotes: “I was so unpopular in high school, the crossing guards used to lure me into traffic.” – Annie Edison

Watch On: Prime Video

Toast's must-watch TV & movie classics includes the TV series Community, and the cast is pictured here
Community is one of Toast’s curated must-watch TV & movie classics | Image Credit Prime Video

Bridget Jones’s Diary

We can’t publish this list without mentioning the hilarious, the klutzy, Bridget Jones. Technically, it’s not a series, but the Jones franchise has enough movies to get you through at least a couple of winter nights. Every woman can relate to Bridget at some point in her life, which makes her so loveable and enjoyable to watch.

If you ever need a pick-me-up, get your pajamas on and enjoy the dramatic opening solo where Bridget performs “All by Myself” by Celine Dion, while shitfaced and alone on NYE. Then, be equally entertained by Bridget’s ridiculous mother, her supportive-yet-dysfunctional urban family, the swoony Mark Darcy and his arch-enemy Daniel Cleaver. This is British comedy at its chick-flick best. If you haven’t watched this, you most certainly have a gap in your pop-culture education and we urge you, nay, command you to watch this, A.S.A.P.

One of our favourite quotes: “Christ, is that blue soup?” – Daniel Clever.

Watch On: Netflix

An upset Bridget Jones sitting on the couch in pajamas, one of Toast's curated must-watch TV & movie classics
Bridget Jones’s Diary, a Toast-curated movie classic | Image Credit: Netflix
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The Author
Jeanie is a South African born Canadian living in the Dominican Republic with her husband. She is a brand strategist and creative director by day and a pseudo writer by night. She loves cats, wine, books and the ocean, and when she’s not working, she spends her days thinking about life, feeding and befriending stray cats, volunteering at the local animal shelter, chatting to her friends around the world and searching for seashells on secret beaches.