Vote Now: Our Favorite Time Loops

Shandy LawsonIn The Loop, by Shandy Lawson, Ben and Maggie meet and fall in love. But this isn’t your typical teenage relationship—they’re trapped in a time loop that keeps resulting in their murders, leaving them to start their whole romance—and try to avoid their impending deaths—over, and over, again. Intrigued? You can start reading The Loop right here on Figment!

We’re totally hooked on Ben and Maggie’s time-traveling adventures, and it got us thinking about other time loops. While it’s got to suck to be trapped in the same day forever, we love watching our favorite characters navigate the crazy world of time. We’re counting down our top six time loops. Vote for your favorite below, and let us know which ones we missed in the comments!

Bill Murray, andie macdowellGroundhog Day

Getting trapped on Groundhog Day would be annoying for anyone, but if you’re a weatherman like Phil (Bill Murray), being forced to relive the day when your job is taken over by a rodent is a total drag. Phil’s initially pretty bummed that he’s living the same day over and over again. But eventually, he uses his time-travel powers for good: making friends, learning skills, falling in love, and even saving lives.


Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore50 First Dates

Although there isn’t any actual time travel, we still love the time loop in 50 First Dates. Lucy (Drew Barrymore) has amnesia, so she can’t remember anything that happened the day before. Even so, Henry’s (Adam Sandler) determined to make her fall in love with him. It seems like a tall order, but by recreating their first date in increasingly adorable ways, Henry makes himself unforgettable.


rose tyler, billie piper, Doctor who, the doctorDoctor Who: “Father’s Day”

Unsurprisingly, there’s a lot of time-travel confusion in Doctor Who, but one of our favorite time loops is when Rose keeps going back in time to try and meet her dad. Instead of just sitting with him while he dies, she kind of accidentally saves his life. Between the evil monsters and the car that keeps turning up to try and hit Rose’s dad, this time loop shows us why you really, REALLY shouldn’t mess with time.


Lauren OliverBefore I Fall

In Lauren Oliver’s novel, Samantha’s life seems totally perfect—she has everything from great friends to an awesome boyfriend. But when she dies unexpectedly, she loses it all. Or does she? After she dies, Samantha relives the last day of her life seven times, uncovering clues to what caused her death, and changing the way she interacts with her friends, her boyfriend, and her family. There’s some deep self-revelation going on here.


Audrey NiffeneggerThe Time Traveler’s Wife

Henry is born a time traveler. Sounds awesome, right? Well, not so much. It comes with its perks, like getting to hang out with his wife when she was a child, long before they meet in the present. But we’re pretty sure he could live without the loop that keeps bringing him back to the moment of his mom’s death. As far as time loops go, this one’s a definite tear-jerker.



Buffy the vampire slayer, sarah michelle gellar, joss whedonBuffy the Vampire Slayer:
“I Only Have Eyes for You”

And now for a totally creepy variation on the time loop. In this episode, the ghosts of two former lovers keep re-enacting the events that led to their deaths. To do this, they possess different people and actually have them kill each other, then they move on to the next unsuspecting pair. There might not be any time travel involved, but like we said, totally creepy.



Which of these time loops is your favorite? Vote now, and let us know which ones we missed in the comments. Want more crazy time repetitions? Start reading The Loop now!



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32 thoughts on “Vote Now: Our Favorite Time Loops

    • Yes! And on the subject of Disney Channel time loops, what about the one on the Suite Life on Deck? The International Date Line episode.

  1. Best time loop ever: Cause and Effect. Star Trek: The Next Generation; Season 5 episode 18. What’s not to like? The ship blows up 5 times and everybody is experiencing deja vu.
    And my vote went to Groundhog Day because it was the only one I knew other than the Doctor Who but I’m not a fan of Rose or the ninth doctor and I remember how hilarious Groundhog day was when I was little.

    • I love star trek, and I love doctor who too but I voted for Groundhog Day because I like that movie but I don’t like Rose Tyler much. But star trek is awesome, I saw that episode and I loved it, I was taking to my mother while I watched that and she couldn’t figure out why they were repeating their day over and over again, and so I told her and she was shocked that I knew, I had never seen I before then so she was flabbergasted.

  2. I was so torn beween 50 dates, groundhog, and b4 I fall….

    -What about harry potter and hermione using the time-turner in number 3? It’s not much of a loop, but they do see themselves…

    • I like Doctor Who as well! I actually voted for the Doctor Who time loop (but that was because it was the only one I was familiar with.) That episode just about made me cry, too.
      Although I would really like to read Before I Fall.

  3. I feel too guilty to vote when I’ve only seen two of these. 😛 I must fix that by watching/reading the rest.

  4. I’m a massive Doctor Who fan, but the Groundhog Day loop is waaay better than the Father’s Day one. Sorry, Rose.

  5. I would have said Doctor Who or Groundhogs Day, but that episode of Buffy made me laugh way too much for me to not pick it!

  6. I ended up voting for Groundhog Day because I like it, and because I’ve never seen the other five. But there were two great ones you missed. Star Trek: NG “Cause and Effect” is one of my top favorite Star Trek episodes (the others involve time but not loops, “Yesterday’s Enterprise” and “City on the Edge of Forever.”) But one time loop story nobody mentioned was the first season finale of “Charmed.” The demon Tempus kept resetting time, and the sisters finally had to let Inspector Andy Trudeau die in order to break the loop. How can you beat a demonic time loop?

  7. Oh, I didn’t even think of that time loop in Buffy. I actually wouldn’t consider it a time loop myself, just a re-enactment. The one I thought this was going to talk about was the one in season 6, with the Trio- was this one Jonathan’s doing?- to keep reliving Buffy’s attempts to be a worker at the magic store that Giles and Anya worked at. It’s pretty funny, but Buffy gets wicked annoyed by having to do everything over and over again. So yeah. You’d actually have to watch past season 2 (where the example here came from) in order to find it. Maybe a real Buffy fan could’ve helped.

  8. Star Gate SG1 Season 4 episode 6: Window of Opportunity! You can’t tell me you don’t want to play golf through the active Stargate. I don’t even like golf!

  9. What about Charmed??? It had multiple time loops, but the best three are Deja Vu All Over Again (S1,E22); The Good, the Bad, and the Cursed (S3,E14); All Hell Breaks Loose (S3,E22).

  10. My favorite time loop is not on this list…come on, Homura’s constant struggle to save her best friend in Puella Magi Madoka Magica is easily one of the most heartbreaking time loops ever.

    • YES. I wholeheartedly agree with that!
      Although I have to say that Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles had a pretty bittersweet one near the end.

      And on the subjects of timeloops that hurt…
      The Endless 8 from Haruhi Suzumiya season 2. 8 ENTIRE EPISODES of the same 2 weeks over and over and over again. You can practically recite it word-for-word by the end.

    • Indeed. I personally love the whole doomed timeline aspect – you can time travel, but you mess with the script and EVERYTHING DIES.
      Plus, Davesprite.

  11. Ahem! I would like to point out that there is a Buffy time loop. The episode where she’s working in the Magic Box, and the Troika hexes her to relive the same frustrating customer over and over? How could you forget that? Heavens to Betsy!

  12. Argh!! That was a really hard decision. It was between Before I Fall and Doctor Who, if i could vote for both I would have!!

  13. There’s a whole lot of good time loop stories on this list that I’m a bit torn. I really enjoyed Father’s Day Doctor Who, but I’m not sure if it’s my favorite time loop of the series. The Day of the Doctor had a really interesting time loop too. I also enjoyed the episode where they end up in a parallel dimension and sort of wonder what would happen if you time looped into a different dimension. All the same, Groundhog Day is a classic.

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