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The Best Feel-Good TV Shows 

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Updated April 6, 2020 4.3k votes 729 voters 17k views 62 items

List Rules Vote up the TV shows that are best to throw on when you're feeling down, and always cheer you up.

You’ve had a bad day and just want to put the TV on and forget your troubles. These positive TV shows should do the trick. Many will make you laugh, some will warm your heart, and others may make you crave a macaroni and cheese hamburger from a local dive. If you’re feeling down, check out these uplifting TV shows.

Although the mantra of Seinfeld is “no hugging, no learning,” that does not mean that it’s not part of feel-good television. There is no better remedy for sadness than laughter. Many of these top feel-good shows are considered the most hilarious in television history, from the timelessness of I Love Lucy to the biting satire of The Simpsons.

There are no serial killer shows or heavy, weighty dramas on this collection of good, ol' feel-good television. Not that there is anything wrong with those kind of shows, there’s simply a time and place for everything. So grab a snack, wrap yourself up in a blanket, and binge watch these top feel-good shows. You can always check out the feel-good movies as well.

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Friends is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
Friends (NBC, 1994) is an American sitcom television series created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman. The personal and professional lives of six friends (Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa ...more

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, NBC 2013) is an American police television sitcom created by Dan Goor and Michael Schur. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), an immature but talented NYPD detective in ...more

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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
Parks and Recreation (NBC, 2009) is an American television sitcom created by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur. The series stars Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, a perky, mid-level bureaucrat in the ...more

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The Office is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
The Office is an American television comedy series that aired on NBC from March 24, 2005 to May 16, 2013. It is an adaptation of the BBC series of the same name. The Office was adapted for ...more

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Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
Gilmore Girls (The WB, 2000) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino. In the fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, a thirty-something single mother ...more

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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
Modern Family (ABC, 2009) is an American comedy television sitcom created by Francisco Bobadilla. The series follows the lives of Jay Pritchett and his family, all of whom live in suburban Los ...more

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How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
How I Met Your Mother is an American sitcom that originally ran on CBS from September 19, 2005, to March 31, 2014. The series follows the main character, Ted Mosby, and his group of friends in ...more

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New Girl is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
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The Good Place is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
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The Good Place (NBC, 2016) is an American fantasy comedy television series created by Michael Schur. Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) wakes up to discover she has entered the afterlife. When ...more

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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
The Golden Girls is an American sitcom, created by Susan Harris, that originally aired on NBC from September 14, 1985, to May 9, 1992. Starring Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and ...more

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Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
Scrubs is an American medical comedy television series created by Bill Lawrence that aired from October 2, 2001 to March 17, 2010 on NBC and later ABC. The series follows the lives of employees ...more

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Hart of Dixie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
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Hart of Dixie (The CW, 2011) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Leila Gerstein. Rachel Bilson stars as Dr. Zoe Hart, a New Yorker who, after her dreams of becoming a heart ...more

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The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
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Community is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
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The Great British Bake O... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
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I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
I Love Lucy is an American television sitcom starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley. The black-and-white series originally ran from October 15, 1951, to May 6, ...more

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Full House is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
Full House is an American sitcom created by Jeff Franklin for ABC. The show chronicles a widowed father, who enlists his best friend and his brother-in-law to help raise his three daughters. It ...more

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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmid... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
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One Tree Hill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
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Frasier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
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Glee is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
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Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
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The Andy Griffith Show ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
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