Sometimes you just want a feel-good show.
Something comfortable and cozy when you’re feeling anxious. Something funny to distract you from all the responsibilities and cares life throws at you.
I feel this way pretty often…yet when I do a quick internet search, a lot of the articles I find are outdated or just not for me. So I put together a quick one for you lovely people!
At the time of sharing this, all of these shows are on Netflix in the US! I know this won’t be the case forever…but then I’ll just come up with a new list! 😊
Put on your comfies and head over to Netflix for…
1) Parks and Rec
And, of course, the show that we can thank for P&R, The Office.
The first few seasons of both shows aren’t super great; they’re still finding their footing and figuring out their style and characters. P&R really finds its stride when Ben and Chris show up. When I first started the show, I felt meh about it, but told myself, “I gotta make it to Rob Lowe. It has to get better when he shows up.”
And it did!
The cast has such a good chemistry and the characters feel like people—even if they’re a bit over the top. The craziness that happens in Pawnee is endless and we get to see pieces of all of it; from the entrepreneurial schemes of Tom and his friend Jean-Ralphio (who I love 😅), to arguments over what to put in a time capsule, to a miniature horse who steals the hearts of even the most stoic of characters.
As a Midwesterner according to everything but my birth certificate, I hope people from elsewhere don’t think we’re all like the (less than health-conscious and not too bright) people of Pawnee. But the setting is a big part of the show’s charm and humor, too!
This is a great show to turn on when you need a laugh; I can’t tell you how many times I’ve rewatched it and the jokes still get me!
2) North and South
Do sad things happen in this show? Yeah. But not on the same levels as other wonderful period dramas.
Nah, North and South is a much more mellow period drama, and Richard Armitage’s soothing voice is magic that makes everything better. He plays a mill-owner named Mr. Thornton, and an adorable gal by the name of Daniela Denby-Ashe plays the role of Margaret Hale, a girl who moves north from southern England when her dad leaves the clergy. Margaret soon gets involved with the unfortunate mill workers—but also finds herself attracted to the upper-class Mr. Thornton.
It explores themes of classism, and Margaret is definitely a woman who ignores the rules of how she should be living in in the days around the Great Exhibition.
In the end, it’s also an adorable love story that, in my opinion, is even better than Pride and Prejudice.
If you’re looking for something comforting that you can turn on without it feeling mindless, this is a good one.
3) The Great British Baking Show
Sugary food. Adorable accents. A competition that remains not only civil, but kind? SIGN ME UP.
The hosts and professional bakers on this show are funny, and the contestants are relatable and adorable. Even when I’ve had favorites contestants, I’ve never been angry over who’s won.
One of my favorite things about this show is that the critiquing is still kind. Gordon Ramsay’s explosive critiques and harsh criticism can be entertaining now and then, but that’s not what you’re here for. The judging is still kind and, unlike some other competition shows, it doesn’t feel like there was a lot of studio interference or anything—it’s nicely impartial.
Another thing I really like about this show is that it lacks a lot of the drama of other competition shows; the contestants don’t share the same living space and they aren’t away from their families forever, so the tensions never get too high and there isn’t any drama between the contestants. They often go out of their way to help each other, and it’s absolutely adorable.
Maybe best enjoyed with some snacks on hand, this show is funny and sweet, good for…anytime, in any circumstance.
4) Round Planet
Nature documentaries are perfect for when you want something calming in the background—and this one is uniquely funny besides. It’s like someone took a typical nature documentary, then narrated it in the style of Monty Python. The facts aren’t wrong, but they’re presented in an off-beat way that keeps you engaged and laughing while you learn.
This show is great for a laugh and for nice footage of this beautiful spherical planet we live on.
This quirky musical is funny—the songs written largely by the incomparable Alan Menken—and has a great cast full of beautiful, funny people. If you couldn’t tell by the title, it follows the story of a knight trying to win back the favor of his lady love…but with a few more twists to the tale.
With all the flare of a twisted fairy tale and some heart-warming cameos, this show is a fun romp all the way through! The storyline is easy enough to follow even when you don’t feel like investing in a new story or new characters. Plus there aren’t many episodes, so it isn’t a big commitment!
If you love musicals and funny fantasy stories, this one is for you!
What’s your go-to feel-good show? Are you going to add any of these to your list now?