The Best Comfort Shows to Watch When You Need a Pick-Me-Up

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Life can be a whirlwind, can’t it? Sometimes, all you need is a reliable comfort show to hit pause on the chaos and bring some cosy vibes into your day. You know, those series that feel like a warm hug or a familiar chat with an old friend. Whether you’ve had a tough day, are feeling a bit down, or just want to unwind, comfort shows are like a gentle escape to a world where everything feels right.

From classic sitcoms that never fail to make you laugh to heartwarming dramas that tug at your heartstrings, and even those delicious cooking shows that inspire you to whip up something tasty, there’s a treasure trove of feel-good TV out there. These shows aren’t just about entertainment; they’re like a mini-vacation for your mind, reminding you of life’s simple pleasures — laughter, camaraderie, and a good story.

Whether you’re in need of a good laugh, a nostalgic trip down memory lane, or simply some feel-good vibes, these shows are akin to a warm blanket on a chilly evening — comforting, familiar, and oh-so-satisfying. Below, find the best comfort shows to lift your spirits.

Best Comfort Shows to Watch When You Need a Pick-Me-Up

Emily In Paris

Emily in Paris is like taking a stylish, romantic vacation to the heart of Paris without leaving your couch. It follows Emily, this upbeat American marketing exec, as she tries to figure out life and love in the City of Lights. You’ve got picturesque settings, chic fashion, and Emily’s adventures navigating through cultural quirks, making new friends, and maybe finding romance along the way. It’s perfect for when you want to unwind and soak in a bit of Parisian charm from your living room.

The Summer I Turned Pretty

This series follows a young woman through a transformative beachside summer filled with deep friendships, juicy secrets, and romance under the sun. So, are you Team Conrad or Team Jeremiah? Experience the nostalgia and pick your favourite beachside heartthrob in this captivating coming-of-age tale.

Where to watch: Prime Video

The Sex Lives of College Girls

Relive those awkward college days with four freshman women navigating life on their own in this Mindy Kaling-produced comedy series, featuring Queen Renée Rapp and Timothée Chalamet’s sister. Just a heads-up: If you have college-age kids, you might find yourself wondering what they’re really up to away from home.

Where to watch: BINGE

Only Murders In the Building

Comedy legends Martin Short and Steve Martin team up with Selena Gomez as a trio of amateur sleuths-turned-crime-podcasters in this charming cosy mystery series set in a stunning New York apartment building. Get ready for laughs, intrigue, and unexpected twists as they unravel mysteries right from their own doorstep.

Where to watch: Disney+


Nothing is better than spending time with old Friends. This beloved sitcom remains some of the best comfort viewing, given its simple premise and sweet comedy, the familiarity we have with each of the main six cast members and their storylines, and how easy it is to dip back into the story time and time again.

Where to watch: Netflix

Sex and the City

Similarly, there’s something so easy about a Sex and the City rewatch. It’s like catching up with your most fun girlfriends, the ones with the best stories, the best gossip and an incredible wardrobe. We don’t have to include And Just Like That if we don’t want to, but the original six seasons of Sex and the City are such fun comfort television. So breezy to watch at 30 minutes per episode and so enjoyable. We’ve never regretted a Sex and the City re-watch.

Where to watch: BINGE

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

A precinct filled with eccentric detectives led by the endearing Captain Holt makes Brooklyn Nine-Nine a joy to watch. With its witty humour, diverse cast, and strong sense of camaraderie, this comedy series delivers laughs while celebrating friendship and justice.

Where to watch: Netflix

Parks and Recreation

Leslie Knope’s unwavering optimism and her team’s misadventures in Pawnee make Parks and Recreation a feel-good series. Full of humour, heart, and memorable characters, this show celebrates small-town quirks and the power of friendship.

Where to watch: Stan

Sex Education

Follow high-school student Otis as he gets an unexpected education in, well, sex. Don’t worry, it’s not as scandalous as it sounds. With his sex therapist mom (played by the iconic Gillian Anderson), Otis ends up knowing more about respectful and safe practices than his own experiences would suggest. It’s British, it’s funny, it’s timely — definitely worth a watch!

Where to watch: Netflix

Bob’s Burgers

The Belcher family’s misadventures in running their burger joint are a delight for animation lovers. Bob’s Burgers combines quirky humour, endearing characters, and heartfelt moments, creating a feel-good animated series that’s perfect for unwinding.

Where to watch: Disney+

Ted Lasso

Ted Lasso is a heartwarming comedy about an American football coach who moves to England to coach a soccer team, even though he knows nothing about the sport. What makes it special is its celebration of kindness, teamwork, and positivity. With Ted’s optimistic and empathetic approach, the show is full of humour and uplifting moments. It’s perfect for unwinding and getting a feel-good boost that leaves you smiling.

Where to watch: Apple TV

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