These are strange times and the world feels weirder and weirder every day. We barely managed to make it through 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic brought our lives to a complete halt. And now, as we are slowly trying to move on, more news of gloom from everywhere in the world is becoming increasingly hard to ignore. What we all need is a good dose of laughter and something comforting to feel better about ourselves and our lives.
For many, Netflix serves as that distraction and getaway. If you're looking for a few recommendations, here are 8 charming light-hearted shows on Netflix that are sure to put you in a good mood. Watching these shows will feel like a comforting blanket that will distract you from all the negativity right away. Try them out!
This endearing show tells the story of three generations of a Cuban-American family living in the same house in Los Angeles. A reimagining of the TV classic with the same name from the 1970s, the series features a vast array of funny characters: a newly divorced former military mother, her teenage daughter, her pre-teen son, and her old-school mother.
The storyline is primarily focused on how the mother navigates her single life while raising her children and constantly clashing with her own mother. As you can imagine, this leads to many hilarious and heartwarming moments. ‘One Day At A Time’ ran for four seasons and won two Emmys.
'Grace and Frankie' follows the adventures of two septuagenarian women who are brought together under unusual circumstances. Once rivals, the two women are forced to reinvent their lives and find out that they have a lot in common.
Starring yesteryear stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, this comedy gold is a light-hearted tale of love and friendship that will resonate with everyone. The show, which began in 2015, has had a successful six-season run so far and is gearing up for a fresh season this year. So, if you haven’t watched Grace and Frankie yet, now is the best time to start watching it.
You are unlikely to find a story that deals with such serious problems as death and the afterlife in a more charming and funny way. This critically-acclaimed comedy revolves around Eleanor, a self-centered woman who, after suffering a humiliating death, finds herself in ‘The Good Place’ - a colorful town where those who have been good all their lives are sent once they have passed away.
Eleanor soon learns that she ended up in this special place due to a clerical error, and she finds it hard to blend in with all the other “good” characters there. Eventually, she finds a way to redeem herself. Her journey, which is the crux of the story, is filled with plenty of laughs and many heart-warming moments. The Good Place ended its four-season run in 2020. The delightful show is perfect to watch before you hit the hay, as it is bound to leave you in a good mood.
What better way to lift your spirits than to watch a nature docu-series narrated by the legendary David Attenborough? ‘Our Planet’ is a phenomenal show that takes you on a wonderful journey through the diverse habitats around the world - from the remote Arctic wilderness to the rainforests of South America.
The camera work is extraordinary, and Attenborough’s narration, like always, makes you feel as if you are in a safe space. Our Planet will make you appreciate the natural beauty of this world while learning important things about Mother Earth and how she is being influenced by external factors.
This recent Canadian series acquired quite a following in the past few years, and for good reason. Schitt’s Creek is the story of a rich family that loses everything and is forced to move to a backwater town. The family, which consists of a businessman father, an actress mother, an image-obsessed son, and a socialite daughter, has a hard time getting used to the town.
However, as they mingle with the eccentric and adorable townsfolk and learn a little humility, they begin to appreciate the finer things in life. Schitt’s Creek is charming and emotionally-fulfilling, and you will find great satisfaction in watching these weird yet likable characters grow and mature as they wade through many unusual situations. The series ended its six-season run recently and won many awards along the way.
You don’t have to love baking to enjoy The Great British Bake Off. This quaint cooking show stole the hearts of many. The Great British Bake Off features elaborate cakes, pies, scones, and treats to satiate your soul. Every year, a group of amateur bakers assembles in a tent in the idyllic English countryside.
Here, they face a series of baking challenges that, thankfully, don’t include any over-the-top drama. In fact, the delightful show allows the bakers to do their best and help each other out. Moreover, there’s no prize money at stake! The Great British Bake Off is a wonderful show that will leave you in a good mood. The only drawback is that it will also make you crave baked treats right away!
The Movies That Made Us is a unique mini docu-series. It shows you the behind-the-scenes of classic movies like Home Alone, Ghostbusters, and Dirty Dancing, which were absolutely adored by generations of movie-goers. You will get to meet the actors, directors, and industry insiders who made these movies happen. You will also learn how these stories managed to bring us, the viewers, together.
The Movies That Made Us is extremely informative and fun. It will provide you with tidbits about the classic movies you didn't know before. Most importantly, the show has good-natured humor and gives you that warm and fuzzy jolt of nostalgia that we all enjoy from time to time.
Kim's Convenience is a lovely little ongoing series about the misadventures of a Korean-Canadian family running a convenience store. Mr. and Mrs. Kim are the store owners who have worked very hard to give their young children a good life in Canada.
However, the personalities of each of the family members are so different from one another that they often clash, resulting in some amusing situations. This screwball comedy will make you laugh out loud and warm your heart at the same time. The series has six seasons so far, and it will be back with more soon.
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