While unimaginable circumstances are unfolding, revisiting a time when things weren’t so unpredictable can provide a sense of contentment.

“During a time of stress, strangely enough, people find it much more comforting to look backward, rather than to look forward,” says Krystine Batcho, a professor in the psychology department at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York.

“The future, even in the best of times, has always got some uncertainty to it. Now that we’re surrounded by uncertainty with respect to the pandemic, we don’t really want the uncertainties of the future.”

To hopefully help put you at ease, USA TODAY’s entertainment team has compiled a list of cherished, throwback entertainment.

The VHS tape (or DVD) that you practically wore out

“Rookie of the Year”: The 1993 movie about a boy (Thomas Ian Nicholas) whose injured limb heals in such a way that it gives him an incredible pitching arm was one of my favorite movies as a kid, despite the fact that it gave me false hope about the athletic future of my own broken bones. A rewatch proves that my cinematic taste of yore was, well, not the most sophisticated. But I don’t need highbrow movies right now! – Carly Mallenbaum

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