Feel-Good TV for Battling the COVID-19 Blues

Mar 17, 2020

Like many of you, I'm currently quarantined due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Times are scary right now! So if you're like me and looking for a way to escape the madness going on, I've got you covered.

Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+ have all mastered the art of providing convenient, awesome TV shows at your fingertips. Here's a list of ten feel-good shows to keep your spirits up during the quarantine:

1) Parks and Recreation

Let it be known that I'm a huge Parks and Recreation fangirl. Leslie Knope is one of the most badass, empowering female characters on television and I admire her more with every re-watch of this brilliant comedy series. But Parks and Rec is more than just Leslie Knope; in fact, every character charms in their own way. For a show that hits on some pretty heavy stuff (feminism, sexism in the workplace), it always seems to do it in a fun-loving, lighthearted way that keeps your attention while still driving the point home. Ultimately, it's a big ball of laughs and tears, and if you've never watched it before, get ready to fall in love.

Find it on Netflix & Hulu

2) Broad City

I can't believe this show flew under my radar for its entire run on cable. A friend recommended it to me a couple months ago and I've been obsessed with this offbeat comedy ever since. Sure, Broad City is definitely not something you'll want to watch with your grandparents or children, but it's always beyond hilarious. This show is packed with girl power goodness and BFF shenanigans, and there's never been a more relatable character for me than the adorkably awkward Abbi.

Find it on Hulu

3) Schitt's Creek

Schitt's Creek is currently on its final season (still in denial about that) and it's everything I never knew I needed in a TV show. Father/son co-creators Eugene and Dan Levy legit created a dramedy masterpiece. The show is hilarious and heart-felt...I can't even count all the times I've happy-cried watching it. The growth that these incredible characters go through is so darn uplifting so if you haven't watched it yet, now is the perfect time.

Find it on Netflix (minus the current season which you can pay for on Amazon)

4) Queer Eye

Bet you can't name a show that's more feel-good than Queer Eye because seriously, such a show doesn't exist. The Fab Five are masters of positivity, self-love, and acceptance and they're the perfect remedy for anyone who needs a dose of happiness right now. Follow along as each episode, the Fab Five work with different men and women to turn their lives around for the better. It's part social commentary/part style advice/part all the warm fuzzies.

Find it on Netflix

5) The Good Place

The Good Place recently aired its final season and I'm still crying over that last episode. For a show that deals with something as complicated as human morality, The Good Place manages to pack all sorts of light-hearted laughs and inspiring moments into each episode. The characters' flaws only manage to make them more charming and relatable, and you can't help but root for them despite their mistakes and mishaps. I'd say this is definitely one of the easier-to-binge shows on the list so if you haven't watched it yet, get ready to watch it at least three times through before the world goes back to normal.

Find it on Netflix (first 3 seasons only)

6) Grace and Frankie

I didn't expect to love Grace and Frankie as much as I do, but now I can't imagine a world in which these two unlikely BFFs don't exist for my viewing enjoyment. The show is perfectly cast with each character bringing something special to the table along with lots of teachable moments. The final season should air sometime next year, so if you haven't yet, it's time to watch the first six (!!!) seasons for all sorts of laughs, hi-jinks, and life lessons.

Find it on Netflix

7) High School Musical: The Musical: The Series

If you've been on the fence about watching High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, I'm here to tell you to go for it. It is SO much funnier than I had anticipated, and I love that they didn't try to recreate the OG movies. They basically paid tribute to the originals while bringing something fresh to the table with lots of millennial goodness. The show definitely has some cheesy moments but that makes it all the more lovable, and the character growth is tremendous and so damn sweet.

Find it on Disney+

8) The Mindy Project

Mindy from The Mindy Project is one of my all-time favorite female characters. She's confident and fabulous while being sensitive and flawed...but like, she's perfection, come on. Watching Mindy stumble her way through life and develop into a more mature (but still whimsical and goofy) woman was so much fun, with lots of heart-felt moments and humor. If you're looking for some girl power awesomeness, look no further.

Find it on Hulu

9) Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was co-created by one of my favorite people (Tina Fey is bae) and it's such a joy to watch. Despite all the shit she's gone through, Kimmy manages to stay her upbeat, kooky, selfless self. Combined with her quirky cohorts and their misadventures, the show is comedy gold. Not going to lie, the last season was a smidge disappointing, but it still managed to wrap up beautifully and stay super sweet. If you still haven't seen it, you're missing out!

Find it on Netflix

10) The Masked Singer

The Masked Singer may be a bit of a dark horse on this list but I couldn't help adding it. Yes, this show is weird. Like, it's really weird. But it's fun and upbeat with lots of bright, happy colors and unique characters. I could do without the judges...they are definitely the cringiest part of the show (the awkward, staged audience reactions are a close second) but you'll learn to tune them out. Just enjoy the show for what it is: an easy way to turn your brain off and relax for a bit while everything goes to shit around us.

Find it on Hulu

Over to you!

What TV shows are you watching to make the quarantine more bearable? Drop your show recommendations in the comments below!
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