Times are tough, so take a load off with these happy-go-lucky binge-worthy series.
Between climate change, problematic politicians, and online trolls, our world is going through a lot. While staying informed is incredibly important, flipping on the news can oftentimes be kind of depressing. To stay in the know without losing your mind, feel free to do a little carefree binge-watching in between your New York Times updates. After all, not everything has to be so serious.
1. That ’70s Show
This nostalgic sitcom is the perfect thing to watch when all you want is to remember simpler times. Except for those moments when Red says something really demeaning and misogynistic to Kitty…then we remember how grateful we are to live in such a progressive society:)
2. The Office
An absolute classic, The Office is sure to brighten your mood anytime. The Gifs from the show alone are enough to crack you up. All we need in our lives is a little Michael Scott.
3. Freaks and Geeks
A feel good show that’ll get you in your throwback feels, Freaks and Geeks is a great option to escape the woes of today and focus on those of the 80s instead. Young James Franco makes for a pretty good distraction, too.
4. Jane the Virgin
Hardworking, lovable, and an epitome of girl power, Jane Villanueva and her crazy family make you laugh, cry, and everything in between. Don’t worry, it’s a good, cathartic kind of cry. Not the “I’m fearing for the state of our nation” cry that’s been all to prevalent as of late.
Another binge-worthy classic, Friends goes without saying as a Netflix. Between Ross and Rachel’s on again, off again romance and Chandler’s corny jokes, you’ll undoubtedly feel better after watching.
6. Chewing Gum
Quirky enough to crack you up and bizarre enough to entertain you out of your agony, Chewing Gum is a great pick-me-up. Sometimes, we just need a little weirdness.
7. Gilmore Girls
The love and witty banter between Rory and Lorelai is just enough to make up whatever cruelty the universe decides to put us through. Now that you’ve got the follow-up series on Netflix, you’re set.
8. Young & Hungry
With the trouble Gabi Diamond always gets into, our reality doesn’t seem all that bad. At least we’ve never accidentally dated our boss’ high school aged neighbor…or at least I hope not.
9. New Girl
It may not be as soothing as Tran cradling you in a swimming pool, but New Girl will get the job done when it comes to lifting your mood.
10. The Wonder Years
Another blast from the past that will make forget the woes of the present. Personally, nothing makes me feel more mushy inside than throwing myself into the love story of Kevin Arnold and Winnie Cooper.
11. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
I don’t think I need to explain the power behind the unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Living underground may have been a disadvantage for her, but it sure has provided some quality entertainment for us. Kimmy Schmidt surely is “a miracle!!!”