Top 8 classic throwback shows to cure your isolation blues

As self-isolation and social distancing are kicking into full gear, it’s time you to kick back, bunker down and binge watch some of our favourite throwback movies and TV series. Thankfully, a host of streaming services have made it easy. Netflix, Stan and Disney+ mean that there is a whole library of screen media at our fingertips, and all of these platforms have prepared us to fill our time while indoors.


1. Full House (1987)

A feel-good family with an odd structural dynamic is just the type of TV series we need in our lives. And luckily for us, we have an all-access pass to watch them to our heart’s content on Netflix. So, join up with friends on Netflix Party and watch the Tanner family grow through the ages. A sequel, Fuller House, is also available.

Platform – Netflix

Seasons – 8


2. Friends (1994)

Have you been feeling like you’re always stuck in second gear? Like it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month or even your year? Well we know who’ll be there for you, and it’s our friends Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Chandler, Joey and Ross. It’s time for you to go back and watch – and re-watch – the classic TV series Friends.

Platform – Stan

Seasons – 10


3. Clueless (1995)

As if you aren’t already planning on watching Clueless during your isolation. Log into your Netflix account now and start streaming Clueless; let Paul Rudd as Josh and Alicia Silverstone as Cher lead you through the process of how to cope with adolescence and the high school experience.

Platform – Netflix


4. Dirty dancing (1987)

If you feel like watching a romantic drama, then this is the movie for you, Dirty Dancing is a classic film where we watch the forbidden love story between Frances ‘Baby’ played by Jennifer Grey and Johnny played by Patrick Swayze. Jump onto Netflix now and see the iconic dance lift and remember, nobody puts Baby in a corner.

Platform – Netflix


5. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

10 Things I Hate About You is a budding love story about overcoming social distances, which was adapted from William Shakespeare’s play “The Taming of the Shrew.” With Heath Ledger as Patrick Verona and Julia Stiles as Kat Stratford, we are taken along for the journey of a turbulent, blossoming romance.

Platform – Disney +


6. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

The movie follows high school wise guy Ferris Bueller as he spurs countless shenanigans in his determination to enjoy a day off school, all despite the efforts of this school principal. The movie’s comical tone will have you laughing all throughout the film. It’s a fantastic spirit-lifter and a certified classic.

Platforms – Netflix


7. Grease (1978)

If you love an incredible soundtrack, then this movie is for you. This classic film follows the journey of Olivia Newton-John as Sandy and John Travolta as Danny Zuko. Grease is a summer romance turned love story and an all-round feel-good film. So, get some friends and start belting out the songs that we all know so well, and settle in for a great night.

Platform – Stan


8. The Breakfast Club (1985)

Don’t you forget about the Breakfast Club! When you put five high school students – a rebel, princess, outcast, brain, and jock – in a Saturday detention, you get to see more than the surface and start to dig a little deeper. Through the movie, perceptions are challenged, making them see each other in a different light. An iconic film for the ages, Breakfast Club is a must-see throwback movie.

Platform – Foxtel GO.