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!
- Photo: The Andy Griffith Show / CBS
This family-oriented comedy from the 1960's is overflowing with wholesomeness and virtue. But not in an annoying way. Andy Griffith stars as Sheriff Andy Taylor and Don Knotts plays Deputy Barney Fife, a pair of law enforcers who live in the sleepy town of Mayberry, North Carolina. Like your favorite apple pie, The Andy Griffith Show is a pure slice of Americana that just makes you feel good inside.
Plus, it features an adorable child-aged Ron Howard as Andy's young son Opie. Seriously, he's so precious it hurts.
- Actors: Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts, Frances Bavier, Elinor Donahue
- Premiered: October 3, 1960
- Photo: The Good Place / NBC
Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) is a woman who finds herself in the highly-selective, utopian section of the afterlife, known as "The Good Place". However, she soon learns that she entered by mistake. On Earth Eleanor was selfish and amoral, but she believes she can turn her life around — after she's already lived it. She recruits her assigned soulmate Chidi (William Jackson Harper) to teach her the ways of goodness, in an attempt to straighten out her unsteady ways.
The Good Place is an engaging comedy about self-betterment, even when we believe it is too late.
- Actors: Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, D'Arcy Carden
- Premiered: September 19, 2016
- Photo: Anne with an E / Netflix
Those who grew up with L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables will be delighted by Anne with an E. In this version, the titular plucky orphan is played by Amybeth McNulty. In the 1890's, brother and sister Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt an orphan together, as neither is able to start a family of their own. They asked for a boy, but were instead given Anne, in all her exuberant, awkward, red-haired glory.
Bursting with warmth, charisma, and charm, this refreshing adaptation is sure to soften even the hardest of hearts.
- Actors: Amybeth McNulty, R.H. Thomson, Geraldine James, Lucas Jade Zumann, Dalila Bela
- Premiered: March 19, 2017
- Photo: Jane the Virgin / The CW
Jane the Virgin's fresh spin on the telenovela genre has earned it critical acclaim. Its expert blend of satire, wit, and honesty carried it through five seasons. Gina Rodriguez plays Jane Villenueva, a young woman who has decided to remain a virgin until marriage. She's en route to becoming a doctor, engaged to a handsome detective. But her life is turned upside down when she learns her gynecologist artificially inseminated her by accident, leaving her pregnant. Uh oh!
Throughout it all, Jane exhibits decency and goodness as she figures out what to make of pregnancy and motherhood. In the process, she learns about what she really wants out of life, and gains the courage to pursue her dreams.
- Actors: Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo, Justin Baldoni, Yael Grobglas, Ivonne Coll
- Premiered: October 13, 2014