Life is hard nowadays. To quote Harry Potter, “These are dark times, there’s no denying.” The bees are dying, the US government is being controlled by a reanimated sock puppet, Brexit is actually happening I guess, they just took the X Files off Netflix.
It’s been rough.
So sometimes, you just need to get lost in some good old fashioned light hearted escapism. It’s the American pastime! I decided to round up a list of 10 feel-good shows and movies that you can watch on Netflix RIGHT NOW to take your mind off the dark pre-apocalyptic times we’re livin’ in.
1. Gilmore Girls
I mean, I am biased because it’s like my favorite show of all time, but it’s funny, witty, smart, sweet, romantic, dramatic… you name it, Gilmore Girls has got it.
2. A Series of Unfortunate Events
I know you’re thinking a show called A Series of Unfortunate Events can’t possibly be a feel-good program, but hear me out. Yes, when you really stop and think about all the bad situations the Baudelaires are in, it’s really horrifying, but the show itself is hilarious, smart, and very aesthetically pleasing. They finally did right by one of my favorite book series and I’m SO excited for season 2.
3. Parks and Recreation
What can I say? Parks and Rec is also one of my favorite shows of all time. I’m not joking when I say that it’s nearly always playing in my house. We just keep it on in the background half the time because it makes everything seem more warm and happy. Plus it’s hilarious and Leslie Knope is my soul sister.
4. One Day at a Time
I recently binge watched the first season of this Netflix original and I was so pleasantly surprised – it’s hilarious, heartwarming, and has some really good representation. It follows a Cuban-American family as the mom, Penelope, deals with being a single mother and an Iraq combat veteran. Her mother Lydia is hilarious and the kids are great too. I highly recommend this one!
5. The Lizzie McGuire Movie
So they recently added the Lizzie McGuire movie to Netflix and I FREAKED OUT because I lived for Lizzie McGuire in elementary school. The first concert I ever went to was Hilary Duff and I was so obsessed with her. So I watched it, of course, because nostalgia (and wine) and was pleasantly surprised to find that it actually held up quite well. Sure, nostalgia helped a bit, but it was still just a really fun movie to watch.
6. Bob’s Burgers
Something about this show just hits me exactly right, because I die laughing at least once every episode. Gene and Louise are so funny to me. I usually put this on if I’m bummed out or in a bad mood and I feel better in no time!
7. Moonrise Kingdom
I love Moonrise Kingdom so much. It’s so aesthetically pleasing for one thing, like all Wes Anderson’s films, but it’s so sweet too. And really drily, darkly funny. I always feel happier after I watch it.
I was really skeptical of this because, I dunno, despite the way this list is leaning, I’m not all that into animated/kid’s movies anymore. But I watched it when it was released on Netflix and it was so fun and surprisingly hilarious. Plus it has a really good message on tolerance that I think more adults need to hear than kids nowadays. Hmph.
This is another movie that’s just sweet and happy and romantic and really aesthetically pleasing. If you don’t mind subtitles, I’d highly suggest it – plus it’s being turned into a Broadway musical soon, starring the woman who originated the role of Eliza in Hamilton, and who is completely amazing.
This is another one of those shows where, I don’t really get why I’m laughing so hard, but I am. It’s so delightfully weird and funny. And surprisingly accessible for someone who’s never been to Portland? It seems really niche but is just hilarious. My friends and I quote this show all the time, and still die laughing at the episode where they’re all going on a nature hike/rafting trip.