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13 Wholesome Netflix Shows That Will Put You In A Better Mood

Updated January 5, 2021 634 votes 142 voters 4.5k views13 items

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Ever get tired of all the intense action and unnecessary cussing of modern television? Do you wish you could take a step back, reminding yourself that there is still purity and goodness in the world? Then you've come to the right place! These wholesome TV shows on Netflix are perfect for when you need a break from the harshness of reality. They're clean, good natured, and chock full of life-affirming themes. You won't find much violence in them, making them top choices for family viewing. Whether it's older classics like The Andy Griffith Show or newer fare such as the Anne of Green Gables adaptation Anne with an E, these shows will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Some picks are Netflix originals, including the touching family comedy Atypical and the hilarious cooking competition show Nailed It!

So if you're looking to lift your spirits, look no further than Netflix. Be prepared to laugh out loud and cry happy tears — these shows bring out all the feels. This list has all the best wholesome shows on Netflix, hand-picked for your viewing pleasure. Keep reading to learn more about each series currently streaming on Netflix, and vote up your favorites! 

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  • Photo: Gilmore Girls / The WB

    Gilmore Girls is an early 2000's classic. Running for seven seasons, this sweet series is the ultimate "comfort food" TV show. It stars Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel as Lorelai and Rory, a mother-daughter duo who live in a sleepy Connecticut town named Stars Hollow. Because Lorelai gave birth to Rory when she was so young, the pair act more like best friends than parent and child. 

    Filled with worthwhile relationship lessonsGilmore Girls is a lovely, tender portrait of maternal love and growing up. 

    • Actors: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Melissa McCarthy, Keiko Agena, Yanic Truesdale
    • Premiered: October 5, 2000
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  • Photo: Nailed It! / Netflix

    The tensions on traditional baking shows can run high. Everyone is operating at an expert level, and one tiny flaw can send everything downhill. But on Nailed It!, there are no stakes. None of the contestants are professional bakers. In fact, they're far from it. They're asked to create professional-tier baked goods in a laughably short amount of time. The results are seldom pretty, but it's not about being pretty. It's about doing your best, and anyone can get behind that message.

    The format of the show itself follows its own principles, leaving in outtakes, mistakes, and bloopers. On top of that, host Nicole Byer's infectious energy makes this show one heck of a good time.  

    • Actors: Nicole Byer, Jacques Torres, Zac Young, Dave Arnold
    • Premiered: March 9, 2018
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  • Photo: Kim's Convenience / CBC

    The Kims are a Korean-Canadian family that run a convenience store together in Toronto. Each day, they deal with eccentric customers and the happenings of their Moss Park neighborhood. Kim's Convenience is kind of like a live-action Bob's BurgersIt's sharp, bright, and full of heart. Not to mention, its central family dynamic makes it perfect for viewing with your own family. 

    Bottom line? Kim's Convenience is a modern comedy with a classic sitcom feel that will satisfy members of every generation. 

    • Actors: Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Jean Yoon, Andrea Bang, Simu Liu, Andrew Phung
    • Premiered: October 11, 2016
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    Atypical

    Photo: Atypical / Netflix

    Atypical is a Netflix original family comedy-drama with a twist. Sam Gardner (Keir Gilchrist), a high schooler on the autism spectrum, decides he is ready to start dating. His family learns to adjust to his newfound independence. It's not easy at first — his mother Elsa (Jennifer Jason-Leigh) struggles to find a new purpose, since her first priority has always been her son. Sam's journey allows the family to grow and bond in new ways.

    The tagline for Atypical is "Normal is Overrated", and it's spot-on for this heartwarming show. Each character's quirks are portrayed in a positive light, reminding us that it's our differences that bring us together.

    • Actors: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Keir Gilchrist, Michael Rapaport, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Amy Okuda
    • Premiered: August 11, 2017
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