9 TV Shows To Binge-Watch When You’re Feeling Sad
When you’re feeling down, it can seem impossible to find something to pull you out of your funk. *The Sound of Silence plays*
Yeah, you can practice a little self-care, hang out with some friends, or tell yourself that “it do be like that, sometimes,” but sometimes the best remedy for a spot of sadness is (temporarily) becoming a total garbage person.
This means hitting the couch, ordering 18 servings of garlic bread to be delivered to your door, and bingeing some trashy TV.
So, if you’re feeling a little down, here are some TV shows that’ll take your mood from a 2 to at least a 7.
I’ve noticed an influx of people who think it’s cool to shit on Friends, but here’s the thing: people who don’t enjoy this iconic piece of television need to be stopped immediately.
It’s one of those shows you don’t necessarily have to watch in sequence (though I recommend it) and it is perfect if you’re just after some background noise while you play on your phone.
Besides all that, it’s bloody funny.
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Drag Race and me have been through some SHIT, okurr?
Regardless of what or who you identify as, I reckon this show is the ultimate form of self-care.
Despite it teaching you groovy things like self-love, inclusion and self-acceptance, at the end of the day, it’s just a bunch of men in wigs showcasing their entertaining-as-hell art (and a little lot of drama).
Feeling down? You better believe watching a queen like Kennedy Davenport jump off the stage into the splits, is going to give you all the life you need. But seriously, if the show is anything, it’s bloody entertaining.
Plus, it’s not a queer-only club – everyone’s invited to the party.
What do you get when you take a baking show, throw in a bunch of terrible bakers as the contestants and have the whole thing hosted by a hilarious POC? Nailed It!
This show doesn’t pretend to be anything it’s not – what you see is what you get, and what you get is 40 minutes of absolute fuckery.
Yes, you read correctly – Hannah motherfuckin’ Montana. There’s something about the shows we watched as kids that’s just so comforting.
Maybe it’s because it reminds us of a simpler time, or perhaps it’s because these shows straight-up fucking SLAPPED – I’ll let you decide.
Oh, and Hannah Montana is totally interchangeable with any of the following: That’s So Raven, The Amanda Show, Spongebob Squarepants, Wizards of Waverly Place, or whatever other nostalgic goodness you’re in the mood for.
The Office (US)
Do yourself a favour. If you haven’t watched The Office (US version, duh) yet, just do it.
It has it all – the LOLs, the tears, an iconic (and maybe the greatest) TV love story, and, I mean, it has Rainn Wilson, Steve Carrell and Mindy Kaling all in the one show… need we say more?
Just watch this clip from the show – if you weren’t already convinced, you will be.
Ah, reality TV, what did we do to deserve you?
This show is filled with DRAMA and – like most reality TV – attempts to handle some pretty sensitive subjects from time-to-time.
All that aside, watching people be total monsters who don’t have their shit together is totally going to make you feel better about yourself and the shitty situation you’re in.
Love is a Netflix gem following the lives of totally dysfunctional adults trying to navigate life and their bizarre relationships.
Seriously, nobody in this show has their life together, and that might just make you feel better about not having your life together, ya know?
Plus, it’s hilariously funny, and Gillian Jacobs and Claudia O’Doherty are angels sent from heaven with the sole purpose of warming your cold, dead heart.
Parks and Recreation
Parks and Rec is a special show that you can always count on to cheer you up when you’re feeling shitty.
Leslie Knope’s optimism is contagious, which we all need right now in this shitstorm of a world. If she was able to deal with the horrendous citizens of Pawnee and still make the city better, then you and I can get through today.
I’m not willing to disclose at this time the amount of times I have watched Bob’s Burgers start to finish, but let me tell you it’s comedy GOLD.
There’s not one weak link in this animated family ensemble. The jokes are smart, funny and the right amount of stupid.
Go forth, my friends and binge to your heart’s content. I love you.