Feeling Down? 12 TV Lovers Share Their Go-to Comfort Shows for You to Enjoy

If you’re in need of a little comfort in your life you can always borrow one of these go-to comfort shows for a little pick me up. And if one of these happens to be your favorite show to put on when you’re feeling down then take comfort in knowing that you’re not alone!

Some of these are pretty unique: there’s documentaries, comedies, and even some more serious shows on the list!

Wildlife Documentaries

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A lot of people agreed with this one (over 4 thousand!). But while wildlife documentaries provide comfort to these folks (especially ones narrated by David Attenborough), others find them anything but relaxing.

Some said they get upset when animals die, others had a bit more extreme views. “Wildlife documentaries for me have gone from being one of the most uplifting things to watch, to filling me full of existential dread.” That’s not good!


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This is a great example of a show that isn’t just comforting because of the show itself, but also what was going on in your life when you watched it.

One fan who sees Futurama as their go-to comfort show said, “I have so many good memories laughing at it with friends, it brings me back.”


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For the person who suggested Monk as their comfort show it was a lot more than just the clever writing in this popular series. As someone with quirks and social anxiety, they find it comforting to see a TV show character they can relate to so well.

Star Trek: The Next Generation

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Not everyone who suggested this one (and there were a lot!) as their go-to comfort show had a reason, but one person said it was a show they watched together with their dad. It’s amazing how a TV show can be tied to connection and childhood memories, but it totally happens – and it’s great when it does.

Malcolm in the Middle

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A lot of people find that watching Malcolm in the Middle as an adult makes them appreciate this older series a lot more.

One person also pointed out why we tend to find this one so comforting. “They’re a troubled family but ultimately have great lives. It’s comforting,” they explained.


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Lots of folks agreed with this one as their comfort show or responded with quotes from the series. If you haven’t seen it, this show’s about an amateur detective who remembers a lot of details and convinces the police he’s a psychic.

Parks and Recreation

Amy Poehler and Chris Pratt in Parks and Recreation (2009).
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Since Parks and Recreation is so funny (especially after season 1) it’s easy to see how this series is a comfort show for some people. The general vibe for this one is that it’s just generally feel good – something that we definitely need when comfort is in order.


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Another great feel-good show, Community, gives us hope for humanity and the power of friendship. It’s also super funny.

The Great British Bake Off

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In our stressful world it’s so nice to just turn your brain off and enjoy something that’s exciting but relatively low stakes. That’s what The Great British Bake Off or any other baking reality TV show offers. Which is probably why it’s a comfort show for some people!

The Golden Girls

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Sitcoms are almost always comforting because they give us a way to laugh at real life. What The Golden Girls offers is a blend of dry wit and feel-good moments. The result? A comfort show that fans have seen countless times when they’re feeling down.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

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What better way to make yourself feel better than by watching people doing so much worse than you are? No matter what’s happening in your life at least you’re not like the characters in this show – and that’s pretty comforting.


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If you haven’t seen it, Scrubs does a great job of blending medical shows and comedy. It also ran for a long time which means reruns are comforting without you needing to watch the same ones over and over again.

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