Because sometimes you want a TV show that feels like a big, warm blanket, we’ve compiled a list of 10 shows available on Netflix to help you relax and bring you a little comfort. We’re living through unprecedented times and turning to a show to help you focus on anything other than your newsfeed is exactly what you need.
There are plenty of shows to help you achieve a state of calm. Classic TV shows like The Office and Cheers started to trend on Netflix over the last couple of weeks. Many of us are turning to our favorite feel-good shows to help us cope with the uncertainty that’s unfolding around us. Watching a comforting show is a great way to relieve stress and to take a breather from the mounting stresses of any day. Here’s our list of the top 10 most comforting shows on Netflix that work like a charm.
10. Jane the Virgin
If you haven’t seen this fantastic show, you really must give it a shot. A young woman gets accidentally inseminated at a routine visit to her gynecologist and her world gets turned upsidedown. Gina Rodriguez plays the title role of Jane and won numerous awards including a Golden Globe for her performance. All five seasons of the show are available on Netlix (that’s 100 episodes, but you’ve got plenty of time now).
It’s a smart, charming, heartwarming, and very funny show that we think you’ll love. If you’ve already seen the show, give it a revisit. Because the plot is just as unhinged as a telenovela, you’ll catch way more on the rewatch.
This deeply stupid sketch comedy show is everything you could wish for from a parody of life in Portland, Oregon. Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen come up with some of the funniest characters ever put on screen. The show’s surrealist bent makes it perfect to lose yourself in. The show originally aired on IFC, but Netflix has all eight seasons of the show available.
If you’re someone who thinks laughter is the best medicine, treat yourself with this hilarious comedy series.
8. The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes
Part travel show and part architecture show, Extraordinary Homes is an escapist dream. The show is hosted by two offbeat presenters: Caroline Quintin and architect Piers Taylor. The homes the pair find are truly breathtaking. Many of us are cooped up in our tiny apartments and modest homes and this show allows you to wander around some of the most architecturally significant residential spaces on the planet.
Netflix is the US home for this BBC import. There are three seasons of the show available and you’ll be able to get through them in a weekend if you casually binge.
7. The Repair Shop
Another British import, The Repair Shop is truly a soothing show. A team of restoration experts lovingly breathe new life into cherished family heirlooms and other objects. People drop off their antiques that range from pretty standard items like pieces of furniture to some truly bizarre ones like cuckoo clocks and centuries-old toys. The show steadily moves along as the repairs take place and then you get to witness the objects being reunited with their owners which is delightful.
Netflix currently has two seasons of the show available with over 30 episodes for you to enjoy. If you like to tinker and consider yourself the slightest bit handy, you’ll love this show.
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6. The Good Place
“Are you forking kidding me!?” Kristen Bell stars in this beloved show that originally aired on NBC. At its core, The Good Place is a hilarious show about ethics and morality. Bell’s character, Eleanor is sent to “the good place” which she thinks is somewhat like heaven. When she finds out that she, a bad person, was sent there she realizes there has been a mixup. The series has an incredible cast of characters played by Ted Danson, Jameela Jamil, and William Jackson Harper.
If you missed the show when it was on the air, give it a try. Netflix has the first three seasons of the show available.
5. Ugly Delicious
Where the foodies at? We all love food and there’s no better way to veg out on the couch than to watch funny, charismatic people preparing and devouring it. Chef David Chang travels around the world for the show tasting different foods and learning about different cultures. If you are a fan of Anthony Bourdain, you’ll enjoy this very fun and very heartfelt show.
Netflix currently has two seasons or sixteen episodes of the show available. You should check them out.
4. The Crown
While The Crown is generally loved by TV critics many viewers found the first season a bit dry. If you tried this show but didn’t feel moved by it, give it a second chance. The show does pick up the pace and Claire Foy’s turn as Queen Elizabeth II is truly remarkable. In the third installment, Olivia Colman’s wonderfully colorful interpretation is also a joy to watch. Considering the US has recently gotten some royalty of its own, you might enjoy a closer look at royal life in this calming drama.
Currently, Netflix has three seasons of the show available and it’s currently making a fourth.
3. Arrested Development
We weren’t the biggest fans of the return episodes of this show, but the original first three seasons of the show are gold. Netflix has a total of five seasons available and we guarantee you can’t make it through without a laugh. The show centers on the wildly dysfunctional Bluth family and each member of it is batsh*t in their own funny way. If you like Schitt’s Creek, you’ll definitely enjoy this comedy because they’re essentially based on the same premise.
The show originally aired way back in 2003 and gave us the amazingly talented actors Alia Shawkat and Michael Cera. If it’s been some time since your last viewing, you should revisit this classic Tv comedy.
2. Salt Fat Heat Acid
Based on Samin Nosrat’s popular book, Salt Fat Heat Acid is a triumph that everyone talked about when it was first released in 2018. If you missed this amazing show about cooking and culture, you should definitely watch it. The creator of the show takes such joy in describing the foods she’s cooking and sampling. It’s a fantastic, elevated show that takes you all around the world.
You’ll feel so relaxed sitting back and watching this chef bop around the world. Meanwhile your host, Nosrat is speaking like 25 different languages to get to the bottom of how an acidic element is transforming a dish. It’s captivating. Netflix has only released one season of this award-winning show, but don’t let that discourage you. A modest binge is still a binge.
1. The Great British Baking Show
The Great British Baking Show was a smash hit when it first aired on the BBC. It crossed the pond and landed on PBS before finally finding an American home on Netflix. There are currently seven seasons of the show available with more to come. The show is a cooking competition, but it doesn’t have the high-stakes drama that comes standard with American cooking competitions. The show features bakers baking traditional British desserts, breads, and savory pies that are oftentimes a bit weird.
Competitors on the show often help others who might be struggling in the last seconds of a challenge and it’s so charming and lighthearted. If you want to really zone out and think about eating carbs, there’s a masterpiece waiting for you on Netflix called The Great British Baking Show.
These ten shows are some of the most peaceful, calming, funny, and endearing shows that are all pretty chill. In a world full of chaos, these Netflix series never fail to slow things down a bit and let you revel in the moment. Take a breath, make some snacks, and relax with these soothing TV shows.
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
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