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5 TV Shows to Watch for a Mood Boost

I admit it— I’m a sucker for a good TV show. I kinda feel like we’re in a golden age of television right now, too! There’s so many great series out there that it’s hard to decide which ones are most worth your time.

I love a good dark story from time to time (looking at you, Black Mirror!), but those shows tend to bring me down after I watch too many.

This is actually a conversation that came up a few times within the PBYP group! People were asking for some recommendations of good, light shows to watch that are uplifting or funny. Dark is cool, but usually we need a good “palette cleanse” for the mind when we sit down for a Netflix binge 😉

In no particular order, here’s my list of current faves from Hulu to Netflix:

1. The Good Place. (Netflix)
Kristin Bell is in this one and that pretty much sold me. It’s about a girl who dies (in a absolutely absurd, ridiculous way), ends up in “the good place” after death by mistake. It’s all about her adventure to become a better person so she can “earn” her place in the good place! It’s SO funny, relatable, and actually explores some big questions about ethics in a fun, conversational way. It’s super brightly colored and upbeat, so I’ve been loving this one as a way to cap off a stressful day.

2. Silicon Valley. (Hulu)
This one’s on Hulu’s HBO section and is HILARIOUS! It’s especially fantastic if you have a business or do any kind of independent work. It illustrates the struggles so perfectly. It’s about a group of guys who have a tech start-up in Silicon Valley. It captures every stereotype you can imagine and pokes fun at the lifestyle in a fun way. It took me a few episodes to get into it, but I LOVED it after the first few.

3. New Girl. (Netflix)
I thought this was a little campy at first but started to find it funny (WE ARE ALL JESS) after a couple episodes. Girl moves in with a group of guys and it’s basically a non-stop string of awkward moments, miscommunications, and figuring each other out. Classic.

4. Modern Family. (Netflix)
This show CRACKS.ME.UP. from episode one. I actually love the entire series until the last two seasons which I think they’re trying too hard with. But the earlier seasons on Netflix are, hands down, my favorite shows ever. A perfectly feel-good, funny show to remind you why life is so sweet.

5. The Crown. (Netflix)
Okay, so this isn’t exactly “funny,” but it’s SO beautifully produced, I had to include it. The first two episodes are a little heavy because there’s some death involved, but after that it lightens up into a fascinating look into Queen Elizabeth’s life. I’m not a history buff, but THIS is captivating. I could go on and on about how beautiful and interesting it is to watch, but I’ll spare you. Just see for yourself 😉

These are some of the ones I’ve been losing lately. What are the ones you can’t get enough of? I have some other classics I didn’t include like Friends, Frasier (LOVE!), The Office, Parks & Rec… I throw these on when I’m cooking or cleaning the bathroom, haha!

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  1. Pála Margrét

    Pála Margrét

    December 11, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Friends and How I met your mother are mine. Also love Big bang theory 🙂

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      Erin Motz

      December 11, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      I’ve tried so many times to get into HIMYM and I just can’t! But I do love Big Bang 😉

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    December 11, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    You’ve got to watch Life in Pieces. It’s four short stories per episode about the “Short” family. It’s so fun and lighthearted. It’s my new go to show to relax. Two seasons now on Netflix!

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    December 11, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Me too Pala! I’m a huge HIMYM fan!!!

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    December 11, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    4 out of 5 for me. Love these shows

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    Ana Porras

    December 11, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    You need to watch Blackish and my favorite show Jane the Virgin, it’s funny, light-hearted, full of emotion and story, all in one. It’s simply perfect.

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    December 11, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    I so want to watch modern family but I can’t find out where!

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    December 11, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Agree with all! Need to check out The Crown, but Friends is always my go to on Netflix!

  8. Federica Cusumano

    Federica Cusumano

    December 12, 2017 at 4:56 am

    Hey there,
    Here are my favorites:
    1. ”Sex & the City”:
    Funny fact: when I am little bit down, I watch and re-watch S03, when Carrie met the perfect man Aidan; to boost my mood. You will find here the utmost romanticism.

    2. ”The Mindy’s Project”
    A comic, more realistic, version of Grey’s Anatomy and totally worth to watch it to have a proper belly laugh at the end of the day.
    3. ”New Girl”
    As Erin said, we ALL are Jess.

    4. ”Vikings”
    Amazing portrait of the Northmen past glory with spicy love intrigues.

    5. ”Westworld” (absolutely insane!)
    Okay this sci-fi masterpiece needs a full review due to the geniality of the plot, the psychologies of the characters and the masterly performances as the one of Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood. Moreover, I have to say that I always disliked western movies or everything related to them but, as a mater of fact, HERE what we called ” western scenario” is just a coverage 😉
    I don’t want to be a spoiler so just hurry up and enjoy.

    Thanks you all for the suggestions above !

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    December 12, 2017 at 11:24 am

    I need to try The Good Place, I adore Kristen Bell so there’s little chance I won’t like that show.

    For me right now, Grace & Frankie on Netflix is a must watch! It’s about 2 women in their 70s who get dumped by their husbands who are gay and want to get married to each other. It’s funny and sad at the same time but extremely refreshing to watch a show that’s not all about teenagers or young-ish adults. Plus it touches on older women sexuality… so kuddos for that! And it has Jane Fonda…

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    December 17, 2017 at 10:36 am

    I can’t say enough about Stranger Things!

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