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The Best Feel-Good TV Shows  

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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.

Make your voice heard. Vote up your favorite TV shows for when you're sad.

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Friends is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
Friends is an American television sitcom, created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, which originally aired on NBC from September 22, 1994, to May 6, 2004. It lasted ten seasons and is now in ...more
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The Good Place is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
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Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) wakes up to discover she has entered the afterlife. When she is told by Michael (Ted Danson), her facilitator, that she is in "The Good Place" because ...more
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, 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 Brooklyn's ...more
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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
Parks and Recreation is an American television sitcom starring Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, a perky, mid-level bureaucrat in the parks department of Pawnee, a fictional town in Indiana. Created ...more
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Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
Gilmore Girls is an American comedy-drama series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. On October 5, 2000, the series debuted on the WB to widespread ...more
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New Girl is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
New Girl is an American sitcom television series that premiered on Fox on September 20, 2011. Developed by Elizabeth Meriwether under the working title Chicks & Dicks, the series revolves ...more
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The Office is listed (or ranked) 7 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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How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
Modern Family is an American television sitcom that premiered on ABC on September 23, 2009, which follows the lives of Jay Pritchett and his family, all of whom live in suburban Los Angeles. ...more
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Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 10 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) 11 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
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Hart of Dixie is an American comedy-drama television series that aired on The CW from September 26, 2011 to March 27, 2015. The series, created by Leila Gerstein, stars Rachel Bilson as Dr. Zoe ...more
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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Community is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
Community is an American television sitcom created by Dan Harmon that premiered on NBC on September 17, 2009. The single-camera series follows an ensemble cast of students at a community college ...more
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Full House is listed (or ranked) 14 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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I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 15 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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The Great British Bake Off is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
The Great British Bake Off (also called Bake Off or GBBO) is a British television baking competition, produced by Love Productions, in which a group of amateur bakers compete against each other ...more
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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by the ...more
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One Tree Hill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
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One Tree Hill is an American television drama series created by Mark Schwahn, which premiered on September 23, 2003 on The WB. After the series' third season, The WB merged with UPN to form The ...more
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The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
The Big Bang Theory is an American sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, both of whom serve as executive producers on the show along with Steven Molaro. All three also serve as head ...more
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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is an American sitcom created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock and starring Ellie Kemper that has streamed on Netflix since March 6, 2015. Originally set for a 13-episode ...more
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God Friended Me is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
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God Friended Me (CBS, 2018) is an American fantasy drama series created by Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt. An atheist's (Brandon Micheal Hall) life is turned upside down when he is ...more
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Bob's Burgers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
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Bob's Burgers is an American animated sitcom created by Loren Bouchard for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Belchers—parents Bob and Linda, and their children Tina, Gene, ...more
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Skam is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
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Skam (NRK, 2015) is a Norwegian teen drama web series created by Julie Andem. The series focuses on the daily life of teenagers at the Hartvig Nissen School, a prestigious preparatory high ...more
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Frasier is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
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Frasier is an American sitcom that was broadcast on NBC for eleven seasons, premiering on September 16, 1993, and concluding on May 13, 2004. The program was created and produced by David ...more
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Encore! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
Encore! (Disney+, 2019) is an American musical reality television series and a spin-off of the 2017 special of the same name. Host Kristen Bell reunites now-adult cast members to re-stage ...more