Few would disagree with the fact that we’re presently witnessing the Golden Age of television. Over the last decade, we’ve seen some of the most profound, thought-provoking shows that have been well-received by critics and audiences alike. During this extended period of social-isolation and quarantine, one can’t help but seek comfort in the world of television and cinema. While we all enjoy complex narratives that offer relevant social and political commentary, there are times when you simply want to sit back and laugh. That’s where feel-good TV shows come in.
We’ve rounded up some of the most quirky, fun and uplifting shows on television and streaming platforms that are guaranteed to help you leave behind your gloomy thoughts and offer some respite during this time of global loss and grief.
Here Are 5 Feel-Good TV Shows That Will Leave You Beaming With Joy
1If You Enjoy Sarcasm And Wry Humour – Schitt’s Creek (Netflix)
Created by father-son duo Eugene and Dan Levy, ‘Schitt’s Creek’ is a little known Canadian sitcom that has slowly gained mainstream attention thanks to Netflix. This half-hour delight chronicles the life of the wealthy Rose family that is forced to move to a quaint little town (yup, it’s called Schitt’s Creek) after losing all their wealth. Spanning six seasons, the show follows its eccentric characters as they learn to lead a ‘middle-class’ life, free of any luxury or opulence. ‘Schitt’s Creek’ is laugh-out-loud funny thanks to its bhiting dialogue and stellar cast. It’s the perfect pick-me-up for anyone looking to leave all their worries behind.
2For Everyone Who Has An Overachieving Sibling –The Other Two (Comedy Central)
The most striking thing about ‘The Other Two’ is its hilarious premise. Two 20-something siblings, Brooke and Cary, find themselves questioning their lives after their teenage brother becomes an overnight musical sensation. The titular ‘other two’ are thrown into a world of high-profile parties and fancy music launches as they watch their brother Chase revel in his new-found fame. During the course of its 10-episode run, Brooke and Cary reevaluate their own failures and learn to be better siblings to each other. ‘The Other Two’ is a light-hearted, breezy watch and the perfect show to binge on in one sitting.
3If Dark Humour Is Your Thing, Look No Further Than – Dead To Me (Netflix)
Netflix’s black comedy ‘Dead To Me’ stars Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini as two women who form an unlikely friendship. Without giving too much away, it’s safe to say it’s a heart-warming examination of female solidarity that has plenty of laughs along the way. Sure, the core of the show is rather dark, but its brand of comedy allows it to mine humour from particularly dark times, something all of us will relate to.
4Rom-Com Fans, You’re In For A Treat With – Run (Hotstar)
‘Run’ starring Merritt Weaver and Domhnall Gleeson is about a pair of ex-lovers who decide to leave their lives behind and get on a cross-country train as part of a pact they made years ago. The premise is enough to get you to start watching the show that is an intriguing mix of action, romance and comedy. With only seven episodes in the first season, ‘Run’ will have you hooked on its lead pairs’ crackling chemistry and the break-neck pace of every episode.
5For Some Slapstick Humour Watch – Chewing Gum (Netflix)
Quirky doesn’t even begin to describe this British comedy. ‘Chewing Gum’ is unlike anything you’ve seen before all thanks to its eccentric lead character, Tracey, who is played with an amusing intensity by Michaela Coel. Tracey is brought up in an orthodox religious home with a mother who forbids any kind of moral transgression. The show looks at how Tracey comes to terms with her budding sexuality in the most hilarious ways and also focuses on the lives of other equally kooky characters in the small neighbourhood that she lives in. ‘Chewing Gum’ is distinct in its style and tone with a lead character who is refreshingly unapologetic about being herself, which makes it an incredibly interesting show to watch.
Trust Good Television To Come To Your Rescue
Things may seem bleak right now as the future continues to remain uncertain and daunting. However, we must strive to stay optimistic, and one of the ways to do that is by losing yourself in the enjoyable world of television shows and all that they have to offer. Let us know if you have any other recommendations for feel-good TV shows by commenting below.