Need comforting? Try some mac-n-cheese and an episode of ‘Seinfeld’


If you like to watch televised reruns of your favorite shows … you’ll want to listen to this. Latest research shows watching reruns may be good for you. Chris Davidson reports:



If you like to watch reruns you’re not alone.

“ Seinfeld,” oh my God. I love “Seinfeld.”

That’s Kelly Monroe of Boardman.

The situation comedy, “Seinfeld,” which originally aired from 1989 to 98 airs nightly on TBS. Here’s Austintown resident, Rose DoCampo.

I still think that is the funniest show. The writing is brilliant.

YSU’s Dr. Amy Crawford, fresh from a Hollywood conference, says reruns provide  us with a comfortable world.

So we can go in and hang out and spend time with these characters, who we’ve known for years, on sets that are familiar to us.

Crawford says the latest research shows watching a rerun may boost our will power and self-control.

We only have so much ability to pay attention and to follow a schedule and to be disciplined and studies have shown this, that we need downtime and sometimes following something that is so formulaic and as familiar as the repeat of a television program that helps us. It’s like resting our muscles.

Monroe also likes the CBS crime drama, “NCIS.”

My mom is the person that got me into “NCIS.” She started watching it.

It was a nice thing getting off of wor  just to kind of catch up on them and

I definitely like that show, it keeps you on your toes.

Monroe may be onto something. People who watch reruns usually perform better on puzzles after watching an episode they’ve seen before. Crawford says shows like, “NCIS,” “CSI” and “Law and Order” are easy to watch formulas.

 It’s easy to pop in and out of because I have a clearly developed hero, each show can have its own self-contained villain and we know what’s going to happen, we are going to introduce the crime, we’re gonna start to look at the crime, we’re gonna think we know who did it, it’s all gonna fall apart. we’re gonna have to start from scratch, things will be revealed.

Crawford says reruns are a lot like comfort food.

We know what it is. It’s not necessarily good for us, but we’re not looking for it to play that role, we’re looking for it to distract, to entertain … just for this moment right now 

Increasing puzzle power and boosting self control may be the unintended side effects but DoCampo says no matter what, she’s hooked on “Seinfeld.”

It’s terrible, it’s terrible ’cause, I’m like addicted. I love it.

For, I’m Chris Davidson.