What are some shows that make you feel... better?
Posted: Posted February 8th, 2018 by Cetasaurus
Like, if you're tired/depressed and just want to feel uplifted.
I've re-watched Parks and Recreations too many times now (not that I'm gonna stop, apparently). I've thought a lot about why it's so comforting to me, though. I'll distill those thoughts in a list:
Conflicts within the show don't get too heavy/melodramatic and stress me out. The stakes really don't get that high. The tone is very light.
The main characters are lovable, well-intentioned, and supportive. They always seem to end up doing the right thing and have their own ways of doing so.
The show imparts positive values – optimism, hard work, friendship, perseverance, mental and physical health, etc. – while generally avoiding some of the entertainment culture's more negative pitfalls, like casual nihilism and commiseration. (Not that there isn't dark humor).
Romance, which I find myself tuning out in other shows, exists as an accessory to the characters' lives, senses of self, and other social relationships (rather than consuming those completely). There's balance.
Relationships between characters are the epitome of healthy. Or, when a character is doing something toxic, they learn to correct it. Conflicts are (eventually) resolved maturely.
The show is socially responsible and progressive. Jokes aren't made at anyone's expense. Delicate topics are handled delicately.
There's some clever writing and diverse characterizations to keep me engaged and make me laugh.
This is just a list of why I find it comforting; my list of reasons for liking it would be bigger (and I'm probably forgetting some stuff). The sum of it all is that it just gives me faith. Faith in people, faith in love, faith in the fight to be good and to make the world better.
I need some recommendations for other shows (or movies, I guess) that are comforting. Obviously, I'm not expecting something to hit the exact same points as Parks and Recreation. But let me know if you have anything to recommend!
Also, do you have any comments on what's already been suggested to me? Gonna check these out:
This Is Us
Friends (I watched a good chunk of season one and am already bored)
How I Met your Mother (ditto)
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