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The Best Feel-Good TV Shows 

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Updated May 18, 2020 4.7k votes 798 voters 18.6k views 64 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 (NBC, 2013) is an American police procedural comedy television series created by Dan Goor and Michael Schur. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), an immature but talented NYPD ...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 follows Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), a perky mid-level bureaucrat, and her ...more

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The Office is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
The Office (NBC, 2005) is an American mockumentary sitcom television series developed by Greg Daniels, based on the 2001 British series. Led by manager Michael Scott (Steve Carell), the office ...more

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How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 2005) is an American sitcom created by Craig Thomas and Carter Bays. Through a series of flashbacks, Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) recounts to his children the journey he ...more

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Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 6 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) 7 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
Modern Family (ABC, 2009) is an American comedy television sitcom created by Francisco Bobadilla. Three different but related families face trials and tribulations in their own unique way from ...more

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New Girl is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
New Girl (Fox, 2011) is an American sitcom television series created by Elizabeth Meriwether. A quirky teacher (Zooey Deschanel) moves into a Los Angeles loft with three men (Jake Johnson, Max ...more

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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) and three other individuals (William Jackson Harper, ...more

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Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
Scrubs (NBC, 2001) is an American medical comedy-drama television series created by Bill Lawrence. In the unreal world of Sacred Heart Hospital, intern John "J.D." Dorian (Zach Braff) ...more

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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 11 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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The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 2007) is an American television sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady. A woman (Kaley Cuoco) who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but ...more

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Hart of Dixie 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
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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Full House is listed (or ranked) 16 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) 17 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 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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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
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The Andy Griffith Show ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
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Frasier 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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Glee is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Feel-Good TV Shows
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