I don’t want to rub my life in anyone’s face right now but just like many other students I currently have quite a long summer break ahead of me and am already at a loss of what to do during some of the rainier days. So, like many people of my generation and beyond, my solution this problem is not to tidy the house as my mum has suggested numerous times, but to find a new television show to binge watch.
While most people would probably suggest Game of Thrones since it feels like the only thing that has happened this year, I have actually never watched it because I am a wimp when it comes to those graphic, violent scenes. Instead, I am always on the lookout for a more feel good show, preferably one where they won’t kill off some of the best characters because I am fed up of the grief Grey’s Anatomy has put me through for ten years.
Therefore if you are looking for a new feel-good show then here are my top ten favourites:
Ok so I know that the majority of the planet have already watched Friends but if you are one of the select few who in some way almost humanly possible has never seen it then you need to watch it now! That’s all I have to say since the show’s greatness speaks for itself.
- The Office (US)
I have watched both versions of The Office and while I feel slightly like a traitor for saying this, I really prefer the US one. Ricky Gervais is awkward and hilarious but Steve Carrell wins all day every day. Besides from this, Jim and Pam will fill your heart with love and joy; every character is hilarious in their own way, especially Creed. It is one of the rare comedies where I actually couldn’t stop laughing out loud, so please watch it if you haven’t already!
- Gilmore Girls
Whenever my dad makes fun of this show I always try to point out how smart and witty the dialogue is; the amount of books, movies and television shows they reference make it any Arts student’s dream. It may be slightly cheesy at times but it is one of my favourite shows ever; it will just make you feel happy inside and you will immediately want to move to Stars Hollow.
- Schitt’s Creek
I discovered ‘Schitt’s Creek’ on Netflix with my sister and we both fell in love with it. If I attempted to explain it, I think it would make it sound awful so instead I would just say watch it for yourself and stick with it because it is hilarious (Alexis wears some very nice clothes which is always great).
- Sex and the City
Speaking of nice clothes, it’s impossible for me not to mention perhaps the most stylish show ever. The show is quite old now but it’s like the best vintage clothes that never go out of style- the first time I watched it I tried so hard to relate to Carrie but I can’t help but be Charlotte.
- Younger This show is my most recent binge watch- I watched the first 5 seasons last week and I don’t even regret it. Some of the other shows I have mentioned are quite old now but this one is a modern take on millennial culture- it was written by the creator of Sex and the City so of course it takes place in a very fabulous New York City with lots of stylish people and fancy jobs. It is my current obsession; it is funny, cheesy, stylish and has made me want to move to NYC immediately and get a job in publishing. I am counting down the days until season 6 comes out.
- Parks and Recreation It is the was written by the same people who created ‘The Office’ in the same mockumentary style, stars Amy Poehler, Adam Scott and Chris Pratt amongst many others so obviously it is hilarious. Again, I binge watched it embarrassingly quickly.
- Gossip Girl
‘Gossip Girl’ isn’t always the most feel good show and there are also a lot of inconsistences with the plot( am I selling it?) but it is so easy to sit back and escape into this heightened reality of rich socialites in New York City wearing the most amazing clothes and causing lots of drama.
- Ugly Betty
If you couldn’t tell already, there is a definite theme of stylish shows set in New York. I used to watch ‘Ugly Betty’ when it originally aired and recently went back to watch again and remembered how witty and original it was.
- 30 Rock
This is the next show on my list because I think Tina Fey is a comedic genius so I have little doubt that it will be amazing.
I realise by writing this post I am painting myself as someone who does nothing but binge watch TV shows all of the time(not that far from the truth) but hopefully if you are looking for something less gruesome and heavy to watch from time to time, these suggestions will help!