Are you in the throes of quarantine blues? Have you binge watched too many TV dramas? Can you recall with absolute clarity the last time you legitimately laughed? Not to worry – I’ve got a solution for you in the form of feel-good TV. Now, personally, that’s all I’ve been watching since quarantine began back in March. My knee-jerk tendency when faced with dismal situations is to fall back on feel-good TV shows. Even if I’ve watched something a million times, I’ll still switch on a series that’ll inevitably to make me feel good. Some might call that depression, I call it proactively raising my endorphin levels. Positive spin, folks.
Below, I’ve compiled a list of my personal top 10 favorite feel-good TV shows. Perusal at your peril.
Noice and toight! Brooklyn Nine-Nine is just plain fun. It doesn’t take itself too seriously. While the series has tread some controversial waters in the past by addressing hot button topics, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is most known for bringing the laughs. Not to mention, it’s chock full of lovable characters and instantly quotable one-liners. If you love whimsy, check out Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It has the Melody (me) stamp of approval – guaranteed to make you feel good.
The Good Place
Everything is fine! The Good Place took its final bow this year, which is what I attribute to 2020’s drastic nosedive. Here’s a series wherein you can kill two birds with one stone – you can laugh and learn! Who doesn’t love multitasking? The Good Place is rife with award-worthy performances, poignant stories, and complex characters. Feel-good TV of the highest caliber.
Schitt’s Creek is a quaint Canadian comedy about a well-to-do, upper echelon family ousted from their opulent mansion and forced to move to a quaint town. How quaint. The Rose family struggles to adapt to small town life and its host of quirky residents. Schitt’s Creek also boasts wonderful performances from the entire cast and delivers laughs aplenty. There are some heartbreaking moments, so be wary. However, I’d categorize Schitt’s Creek as feel-good TV. Plus – Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy! Enough said.
Streets ahead! Community is, undoubtedly, one of my favorite shows of all time. That’s saying a lot, because I watch way too much TV as it is. Anyway, Dan Harmon‘s comedic juggernaut is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. It’s highly innovative, creative, and just downright entertaining. The writing is brilliance personified. If you don’t believe me, just watch the paintball episodes. Community is filled with sidesplitting one-liners and hilarious scenarios. You’ll feel good while watching it and then some.
Impractical Jokers may come off to some as “reality TV,” but I’d categorize it as a hidden camera comedy series. This is a show I discovered via quarantine and I may be physically incapable of turning it off. The comedy troupe behind Impractical Jokers, known as The Tenderloins, are incessantly improvising some of the funniest bits I’ve seen on TV – traditional sitcom or not. I’m definitely guilty of laughing so hard my face hurts. Give it a gander, folks. Do what makes you feel good (I’m really nailing this theme)!
Superstore is another sitcom that doesn’t take itself seriously. This series knows exactly what it is, which is a whimsical comedy meant to make you laugh. For me, sometimes that’s all I want in my TV. Again, it’s another comedy with intermittent moments of tragedy, but occasionally a sitcom needs to balance the levity with the dreary. It keeps the material interesting. I’m curious to see how the series will fare with America Ferrera‘s impending departure in tow. Regardless, Superstore will deliver all the feel-good you need.
Parks and Recreation
Now, Parks and Recreation has been off the air for five years now, with the exception of the latest one-hour virtual reunion special courtesy of NBC. I’ve always been a fan of The Office (both UK and US versions) and Parks and Recreation adopts a similar “mockumentary” style. But there’s something so charming about Parks and Recreation. Jovial, even. You can’t watch this show while frowning. It’s physically impossible. These characters are so endearing, you can’t help but root for them. Brace yourselves for all the feel-good. All of it.
Central Park is the latest brainchild from the creator of Bob’s Burgers. It’s a musical animated comedy, which is a rarity in and of itself. Seldom do we get legitimate musical series on TV anymore. Central Park suffers from some inconsistencies but overall it’s a fun watch. The songs are catchy and the performances are comedic gold. Seriously, it boasts one stellar, A-list cast. I like to think of Central Park as “cotton candy” TV. Fluffy, cotton-y, and pink. And cotton candy usually makes me feel good.
Galavant suffered a painful death by cancellation ax. A premature death, by the by. Galavant was another musical comedy a la Central Park. Alan Menken was one of the masterminds behind the brilliant music. Alan Menken. Unfortunately, not even one of Disney’s greatest musical artists could keep Galavant atop his trusty steed. This show incessantly poked fun at itself and I love comedies that are hyper aware in that regard. In addition, Timothy Omundson was the true MVP in Galavant, portraying a delightful antagonist that we all grew to love. So watch it, laugh, and proceed to muse on what might have been if Galavant exceeded beyond two seasons.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was an inevitability for me. I’m a big 30 Rock fan and I adore Tina Fey in general. This show is whimsy in every sense of the word. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt reminds me of musical theater – boisterous, vibrant, and with larger-than-life characters. As a musical theater nerd, I definitely liked the cut of this show’s jib. Not to mention, the outlandish dialogue and said larger-than-life characters provide a sense of escapism. As if I’m dancing around in a cotton candy-filled dream. It makes me…wait for it…feel good.
What are your favorite feel-good TV shows? Sound off in the comments below!