If you're looking for some feel good TV to watch while staying at home, we have you covered with the perfect distraction — comedy series!
What better way to pass the time than to tune in to a show you know will make you laugh? Maybe you're going to use this opportunity to check out a show you've been meaning to watch but haven't yet. Or maybe your plan is to rewatch a favorite you already know you love.
The spot-on jokes. Midge’s fabulous wardrobe. Her national tour. The award-winning comedy is a welcome return to a time in America when things were a little easier — and a lot funnier.
Grace and Frankie (Netflix)
If you’ve seen The Golden Girls so many times you can recite the dialogue, you should try Grace and Frankie. There are only two senior citizen women friends in this comedy — the invaluable Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as the title characters — but plenty of laughs. From their ongoing ideas to help other older folks, surviving new romances, and trying, but always loving, times with their grown children.
In this exceedingly gentle series, mild-mannered comedian Joe Pera plays an even milder-mannered version of himself, a choir teacher in Michigan’s upper peninsula who loves his grandmother and knows lots of facts about beans. In Pera’s world, even a routine trip to the supermarket is full of small pleasures worth remarking on.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
If not comforting then it is certainly reassuring to watch John Oliver put it all into perspective on Sunday nights. Right now it’s nice to know that there are still smart people out there who are clear-eyed about what’s going on and can turn what feels like hysteria into hilarity.
Would I Lie to You? (Prime Video, BritBox)
Competing on two teams, entertainers and other celebrities tell outrageous tales, and their opponents try to ascertain how honest they are. The droll observations, quick wits of the comedians and the quizzical expressions have us laughing so hard that this British panel show is salve for the soul.
The one-season wonder that originally ran on ABC Family stars Broadway triple threat Sutton Foster as a Vegas showgirl turned small town dance teacher. Lighthearted but not too frothy, the comedy-drama treats the joys and problems of adolescence with respect and humor. And did we mention the choreography?!
Zooey Deschanel’s charming — but super awkward — Jess Day moves in with a posse of three guys while she’s rebounding from a major breakup. The resulting close-knit group of friends will make you want to throw a Zoom party with your own pals.
The Canadian comedy, airing on Netflix in the States, follows the Kim family and the antics surrounding the convenience store they run in Toronto. Feel good comedy at its finest with an occasional heartfelt moment, too.
With sharp wit matched only by its big heart, this award-winning spinoff of Cheers delivers big laughs in brilliantly farcical packages. As the bickering fussbudget Crane brothers, Kelsey Grammar (Frasier) and David Hyde Pierce (Niles) are perfection, even if we’ll never figure out how they possible came from crusty retired-cop dad Martin (John Mahoney). Enjoy with some tossed salad and scrambled eggs.
The theme song’s uplifting lyrics (“thank you for being a friend…”) are so familiar, hearing them is like getting a hug from an old friend. Speaking of old friends, the sassy Miami roommates remain unparalleled when it comes to serving up zingers. “Can I ask a dumb question?” ditzy Rose asks at one point. Without missing a beat, wry Dorothy replies, “Better than anyone I know.”
Mindy Kaling’s rom-com about a New York gynecologist looking for (and ultimately finding) love feels, at first, like a frothy escape but develops over its six seasons into heartfelt portrait of friends and family you won’t want to forget.
Schitt's Creek (PopTV, Netflix, IMDb TV)
The once wealthy Rose family, led by Emmy nominees Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy, hits rock bottom when they lose everything except the keys to adjoining motel rooms in the middle of nowhere. Watching them all grow closer — as the adult children (Dan Levy and Annie Murphy) finally grow up — will bring happy tears to your eyes.