Netflix shows to binge watch when you’re feeling low

When it comes to films and TV, I tend to be drawn towards the darker, disturbing and mind-fu*k options as opposed to the light, funny and warm choices available. I’m sure that says something about me as a person, I’m just not sure what yet… But like with books, I love a dark show that’ll shock me, confuse me but ultimately have me completely hooked. Think Lost, Dark, American Horror Story, Ozark, Breaking Bad, those kind of shows. BUT, when I’m feeling low there’s definitely a small part of me somewhere deep in my messed up psyche that craves that warmth of something a bit lighter, a bit more easy going and something that isn’t going to leave me awake at night. It’s not often that I opt for a “lighter” show but I’ve certainly come across some really bloody good ones. These are all perfect recommendations for when you’re feeling a bit ‘bleugh”.

Grace and Frankie

Grace and Frankie is one of the most underrated shows on Netflix, I can’t believe I don’t see it spoken about more! Grace and Frankie is a truly heartwarming show about two older women who find out their husbands have been having an affair with each other. Grace and Frankie really doesn’t go where you think it’ll go but when you’re feeling blue, the glorious Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin will definitely warm your hearts.

F.R.I.E.N.D.S

Bit of an obvious one but Friends is my go-to easy to watch show when I’m feeling down, bored or just want something to distract me for a little while. Although I have an entire Netflix list worth of shows I want to watch, I always find myself coming back to Friends again and again and again. I think for my generation, Friends will always be ‘that show’. That comfort show that reminds us of how great the 90’s were and allows us to spend time with our favourite characters (even the annoying ones – like Ross).

Good Girls

I’ve recently finished Good Girls and I thought it was one of the best things I’ve watched in a long time. Granted, this one isn’t totally light and airy and there’s certainly some very serious plot lines throughout it but on a whole, it’s an amusing and humorous show with an absolutely incredible cast and it’s just… different. It’s different from the usual drug related story-lines you get in TV shows. Good Girls was totally addictive, I’d highly recommend it as a perfect show which will allow you to switch off!

Amazing Interiors

Clearly a bit different to the above because it’s not Fiction but I really loved Amazing Interiors. For anyone that likes interiors anyway, this one should definitely interest you! Each half an hour episode follows around 3 houses from around the world with… you guessed it… an amazing interior. Some of them really are jaw-droppingly amazing.

Santa Clarita Diet

I bloody loved (oooh pun not intended) Santa Clarita Diet. I loved the cast (Drew Barrymore is just heaven on Earth), I loved the story-line and I loved that the show didn’t take itself seriously. This is a totally binge-watchable show and also perfect for when you’re feeling down because it’s just so funny, it’ll definitely take your mind off of whatever is bothering you. Plus it’s so gross, you’ll be pretty distracted anyway.

What are some things you like to watch when you’re feeling down in the dumps? Have you seen any of the above? Let me know!

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103 thoughts on “Netflix shows to binge watch when you’re feeling low

  1. Thanks for the list. I’ll definitely check it out. Sometimes i go through Netflix for a long time with nothing that sparks my interest.
    Oh and my preference when I’m feeling down is the horror genre. I like to take my mind off of the stress by in-your-face kind of a distraction

  2. Cool post! FRIENDS is always a good one – background noise or otherwise. I’m rewatching right now.
    Unfortunately I couldn’t get into Santa Clarita Diet – just didn’t grab me…
    Definitely How I Met Your Mother also, and Girls – both my favourites!

  3. These are great recommendations & I’ll definitely have to check them out since I haven’t watched any of them heh
    When I’m feeling meh I like to watch reality tv especially cooking/baking shows like Nailed It! & Worst Cooks in America

      1. That’s a great show too! I always watch it when it comes on tv. They also started showing 24 Hours to Hell and Back & it’s just like Kitchen Nightmares but all the changes happen in 24 hours.

  4. I honestly thought I was the only weirdo that seriously enjoyed The Santa Clarita Diet. I’m a bit of a Drew fan anyway, but honestly have no idea why people don’t talk about this show more!

  5. I feel like I’m the only person who hasn’t watched Friends! I’ll have to have a Netflix binge and give it a watch! 🙂

  6. I’m not sure what I go to when I’m feeling low – I think that tends to be more when I turn to Disney rather than series. Definitely making a note of these though now I’ve actually got Netflix – escapism is always good.

  7. I love friends it’s like Gavin and Stacey for me. You can watch them over and over and never get bored. Great for a duvet day. I love sabrina at the moment have you seen it? #teacupclub xx

  8. I have just recently bought Netflix (Very late to the party), but love how much choice there is on there! The only one I have watched on your list is F.R.I.E.N.D.S, but Grace and Frankie sounds up my street for something easy to watch.
    I am currently watching Gilmore Girls, which is quite good if you’re looking for something else to binge watch!

    Sophie x

    https://sophies-thoughts.com/

  9. I’ve never actually seen any of these shows! My favourite comedies are The Good Place, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Jane The Virgin, and when I need some cheering up I also love to watch Queer Eye 🙂

  10. Thanks for sharing this, the only one I’ve actually heard of Friends but I love discovering new shows to watch. A feel good comedy show is always my go to… or another Buffy marathon.

      1. 😮 I’d highly recommend it! Or if you only watch one episode – Once More with Feeling (if you like musicals) or Hush.

  11. I can’t believe I still haven’t watched Grace and Frankie, it seems so up my street! I’m another sucker for Friends, it’s always my go-to option when I can’t think of anything else haha. I also really love Friday Night Dinner and The Inbetweeners, silly humour always makes me feel better when I’m sad. I need to check out Amazing Interiors though, sounds incredible!
    Beth x Adventure & Anxiety

  12. Friends is my go to show when I want a good laugh and something that isn’t too heavy on the mind, I also started watching Amazing Interiors and it’s so cool seeing the creative spaces people live in! My other go to show when I want something lighter is Ugly Betty – such a great series, lots of humour but also heartwarming too x

  13. Friends will ALWAYS be on the list! But some shows I watch is greys anatomy, hallmark channel holiday movies, and I just discovered a whole heap of new movies on Hulu… daddy’s home 2! So funny. 🥰

  14. Friends is one I can’t touch anymore – Ross Geller (Nice Guy™) reminds me too much of an abusive ex-partner that I just can’t watch any episode he’s in without either cringing really hard or wanting to throw something at his selfish, sexist face.

    Usually when I’m feeling low, I tend to watch something that brought me great satisfaction when I was younger. I recently binged all of the seasons of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and I would happily start from the beginning and do it all over too!

  15. I love your list and some new ones for me to try there. I’ve gotta say my favourite heart warming show has to be Atypical – it’s absolutey fantastic. Melis

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