When you’re exhausted and overwhelmed by hardships, you need an immediate dose of feel-good TV shows to break through the thick atmosphere, to ward off the clouds of stress, and to bring a surge of joy from within your soul. Fortunately, there is no shortage of such television sitcoms in the media industry. You just have to find the right titles, curl up under a soft blanket and binge-watch the spirit-lifting episodes till your heart desires. The following TV shows are the best in the biz, which you can stream right now. Without further ado, let’s check them out.
The Good Place (2016 – 2020)
Created by Michael Schur, The Good Place is a lighthearted show that mixes comedy with a bit of fantasy, and puts you in the shoes of Eleanor Shellstrop, played by Kristen Bell, as she navigates her way through the afterlife, being put in a heaven-like utopia by pure mistake. With the help of her new friends and soul mate, Eleanor realizes that it’s never too late to change and becomes determined to leave her old ways of life behind. The story arc of The Good Place is super-interesting, enriched with ethics and philosophy, and keeps you hooked throughout the four seasons, which is one of the reasons why the series has won critical acclaim, including a Peabody Award, three Hugo Awards, and several Emmy nominations. You can watch this hilarious sitcom on Netflix or stream it on the NBC app with your Cox cable subscription.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013 – Present)
Another number by Michael Schur, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is our ultimate go-to TV show for when we’re feeling down and out. This police procedural comedy series first aired on Fox, then on NBC, and is now an essential part of the Netflix library. The show centers on Detective Jake Peralta of the 99th precinct in Brooklyn, played by the evergreen Andy Samberg, as he solves one case after another with the help of his peers, and often comes into conflict with his stern commanding officer, Captain Raymond Holt, played by the eloquent Andre Braugher. Though the story arc in itself isn’t too engaging, the lighthearted comedy, the seamless acting, the cold starts, the rib-cracking snarks, and the detective bonding, as represented by the chant “Nine-Nine!” is amusing enough to make you feel good in this lockdown.
The Great British Bake Off (2010 – Present)
Who doesn’t love to see pastries, cakes, tarts, and meringues in the making? If you are a kitchen connoisseur, then you’ll find The Great British Bake Off right up your alley. Produced by Love Productions, this feel-good TV show features a number of contestants who compete throughout the rounds to win the approval of judges and to escape elimination. See the interesting challenges, feel the adrenaline rush, and root for your favorite bakers. Though you’re stuck in quarantine, this sitcom will help you forget the worries of the outside world and make you feel motivated to experiment with the oven yourself. You can watch The Great British Bake Off on BBC for a sweet family time.
Once Upon a Time (2011 – 2018)
Combine the classic fairy tales from your childhood with the modern functional reality and you have Once Upon a Time, an American fantasy adventure drama, starring Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Josh Dallas, and available for viewing on ABC. The show takes you into the heart of Maine, to a place called Storybrooke, where Emma Swan and her 10-year-old son, Henry, move in and slowly discover that the neighbors resemble fairy tale characters from a fantastical world, including Cinderella, Prince Charming, Captain Hook, and Rumpelstiltskin. If you wish to experience warm nostalgia and be wrapped in a feeling of optimism that the show generates, then add Once Upon a Time to your binge-watching list.
The Office (2005 – 2013)
Now that most of the people are working from home in this Covid-induced crisis, it is natural to miss the dynamic atmosphere of a workplace and the bittersweet relationship with the colleagues. The Office brings you precisely what you need right now. This American mockumentary series depicts the work lives of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company employees as they interact with one another, break the fourth wall, throw jibes and pranks around, and overall, bring a smile to your face throughout the run-time. I know several people in my circle who’ve binge-watched The Office seventeen times in a row because it is light, effective, and eye-friendly. It is for this reason that the sitcom has won several awards, including a Peabody, two Screen Actors Guilds, four Primetime Emmys, a Golden Globe, and many more. Its series finale has also garnered critical acclaim and is absolutely worth watching.
It’s all about the mood. Sometimes, it calls for a tragic series, while other times, it forces you to look up the best comedies. This post lists the ultimate feel-good TV shows, which are backed by fans and enjoy everlasting popularity among the American viewership. Give them a go, and you’ll not feel disappointed. That’s a guarantee!
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