We’re only a few more weeks out from it officially being fall and I feel as though I’m counting down the hours. I’m printing off my autumn bucket list today and getting it all pasted into my planner so that I can start checking things off. One of my favorite things about the season is watching all the movies and TV series I save for this part of the year and just feeling the cozy vibes. I like bringing the comforter from my bed to the couch, brewing a cup of tea, creating a snack board and just spending a whole weekend day getting into the fall mood.
As we prepare for fall, stock up on essentials like the ones above and then dive into my list below of cozy TV shows and movies:
The West Wing
Washington, D.C., politics, smart dialog, and 90s outfits all amount to something very quintessentially fall to me even if the whole show isn’t necessarily set during that season. The West Wing is one of my all-time favorite shows but I especially like it in the latter half of the year.
My So-Called Life
This short-lived series has a cozy vibe about it along with all of the emotional angst and pining for young Jared Leto. It’ll make you want to wear flannel and feel oddly nostalgic for high school despite how dramatically it’s portrayed.
The first season of Stranger Things was peak fall cozy, if you ask me. Set around the start of the new school year and Halloween, there’s lots of nostalgia and monsters, making it perfect for an October binge watch.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
The new adaptation of Sabrina is the number one show I look forward to watching in the fall these days. The show has a real sense of place and that place is incredibly autumnal. That paired with the dark humor, witchcraft, and appearances by the devil himself make it the best fall show.
Outlander is the TV show equivalent to a strong cup of tea. It’s a bit abrasive at times, but ultimately very scenic and cozy, set in 18th century Scotland. I like watching this show on rainy days with a big blanket.
Another show I’d like to catch up on before the movie is Downton Abbey. I’ve watched the first season and a half and it’s such an atmospheric, relaxing show to watch, especially in the fall because the formality of the setting feels very crisp and autumnal to me.
You’ve Got Mail
Is it really fall if you don’t watch this movie? I don’t think it is. I watch it every year, without fail, and it never gets old. Honestly, is there anything better than Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks set to the backdrop of 90s Upper West Side? Nope!
I’m making it my mission to watch all three Little Women (1933, 1949, and 1994) before Greta Gerwig’s adaptation comes out this fall. I find the 1949 one to be especially cozy as it features the most gorgeous fall scenery and performances by Janet Leigh and Elizabeth Taylor.
There is nothing in this world more cozy than Harry Potter, so watching each of the films is a must for the autumn season. My particular favorites that I find the coziest are The Sorceror’s Stone (1), The Prisoner of Azkaban (3), and The Half-Blood Prince (6).
Remember the Titans
I remember first seeing this movie when I was probably in third grade and it was so popular with everyone I knew. It’s the quintessential fall movie, set in 1971, following a Virginia high school football team as they become racially integrated.
Pride & Prejudice
This is one of the coziest movies of all time, in my eyes, and I can’t wait to see a local production of it later this month. I personally prefer the Keira Knightley, Matthew McFayden version as the cinematography is so lush and full of English countryside landscapes and beautiful language.
Dan In Real Life
Love this story about a single father played by Steve Carell who takes his three daughters to the family lake house where they have the coziest time ever playing football in pajamas, putting on talent shows, and fighting with his siblings. He even falls in love with Juliette Binoche, which is good too.