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What Are You in the Mood to Watch?

While stuck inside these days, what are you in the mood to watch? I’ve been craving only one thing…

…shows and movies that are upbeat. Give me all the laugh tracks! I just want to turn off my brain and smile at the end of the day.

For romantic comedies, here are a few classics worth rewatching: When Harry Met Sally, So I Married An Axe Murderer, Clueless, Crazy Rich Asians, 13 Going on 30, Something’s Gotta Give, Hitch, Bridesmaids and Knocked Up.

For funny TV shows, consider Insecure, Master of None, Catastrophe, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Fleabag, New Girl and 30 Rock. Plus, old-school shows like Frasier, Friends and, of course, Seinfeld.

For a laugh, here’s one of my favorite Seinfeld clips:

So, please tell me: What are you watching these days? Please share below!

  1. Laurel says...

    I’m a bit late to the party in this but FX is killing it with great tv lately. DAVE. OMG. Also, Breeders, which I think you can only really appreciate if you are in that season of parenthood where you love your kids but you’re not oogly googly in love 24/7? When I watch it, I feel like I’m really kicking goals by not dropping to F bomb on my boys.
    Also Westworld’s latest season is so good. And the final season of Homeland! I know you are watching it Jo, right? Can you even believe about Max? What a sucker punch….
    Queuing the wine and early bed for the kids in preparation for Insecure to start up again, woo!

  2. K says...

    I joked with my sisters today (via Zoom meeting) that I’m watching and listening to even more true crime than normal in an effort to lighten the mood….

  3. Elise says...

    I just binge watched Workin’ Moms on Netflix. 3 seasons are available and the 4th is being filmed currently but not available yet. As a full time physician with 2 boys (9 and 5, currently home from school due to coronavirus) I can relate to each of the 4 main characters. It makes me laugh and cry and has been a good distraction from the world crisis around me. I’d love to read about similar suggestions for shows or books!

    • Kate says...

      I love that show! I found The Let Down (on Netflix) to have a similar feel and loved it too. <3

  4. anne says...

    I just read and then watched Briget Jones’ Diary – such a great brain break :)

  5. Tonya says...

    I am not sure if these recommendations were already posted so apologies if they’re repeats: Heartland, Longmire, Schitt’s Creek, Shooter, Queen Sono, Family Reunion, and I’m Sorry, on Netflix; Bosch, Psych, Goliath, Expanse, and Victoria on Amazon Prime; Living Single, Single Parents, Fargo, Last Man Standing, Malcolm in the Middle, and Golden Girls on Hulu; and 800 Words on Acorn TV,

  6. I am always watching English shows, mostly BBC crime shows like Hinterland, Shetland, Broadchurch, Scott and Bailey, and Sherlock. When I need something lighter I LOVE English gardening shows too – I’m in Canada but my English husband helps me stream them all. There’s something so much better about English tv! It’s refreshing to see older actors, female actors, and actors who aren’t conventionally perfect looking portraying career women as well as mothers.

  7. Colleen says...

    Brooklyn 99! We also never watched the Great British Baking Show and I’m so glad because we are watching it now. Honestly, I started a practice of not reading any news or social media after dinner and we watch a few eps of GGBS and it’s like it washes my brain with images of charming, everyday people baking in an English Garden. The stakes are only as high as the peaks of a scrummy meringue. It’s just what we need these days!

  8. AL says...

    Better Call Saul! Randomly addicted.

  9. jennyg says...

    Late to comment but if you are like me you will come back to COJ for advice.
    Epix has a great spy thriller, Berlin Station. The scenery is excellent and strong female roles (Ashley Judd). I also am into Sandition and James Town for period pieces. If I need to veg and watch something mindless it’s HGTV for me. Have you laughed yet… Shrill with Aidy Bryant and Pen13 is awesome and my 14 year old and I love Project Runway which just completed its 17th season. Going back and watching the older ones is fun too. I just heard that Christian Seriano a previous winner and now the show mentor just converted his fashion production line to making surgical masks for NYC!!

  10. Ancy says...

    The Good Witch. Always and forever. So cozy and soothing.

  11. Jennifer says...

    Always Be My Maybe! (Netflix)
    The Office
    Catastrophe (Amazon)
    I’m sorry (Netflix)
    Friends from college (Netflix)

    I just want to laugh these days too.

  12. Bethany says...

    I’m on the final season of Homeland (so good and so accurate) and rewatching Killing Eve (clearest window into the head of a psychopath I’ve ever seen: Season 2 Episode 6, about 20m in).

  13. London says...

    Travel shows. Food shows. When you don’t leave your home, and you have to cook for yourself – suddenly you picture yourself as a world traveler eating something deeply exotic. Its much more romantic than a woman – in leggings – on the same couch – again – eating meatball based comfort foods – again.

  14. Meg says...

    I’ve been watching Veep and just cracking up. It’s so perfectly stupid. I keep a notebook handy to record all the absurd insults and then use them on my family during the day to get a laugh.

  15. aga says...

    Currently watching Scott & Bailey on Netflix. It’s a British police show, and the main characters are 3 (THREE!) women OVER the age of 35, like it’s no big deal.
    I love British crime shows because there’s a lot less violence and sensationalism, less make-up and false hair, and more interesting characters and good dialogue. I finished Line of Duty and loved it.

    • Tracy says...

      Yes! In British programs the people look real and the writing is so good. I LOVE Vera – also, the Inspector Lewis, Inspector Morse and Inspector Lynley series are so great.

      I love this chain – so many great recommendatioms!

  16. Claire says...

    Last Tango in Halifax. (BBC)
    Very soothing, very British, nice to look at, amazing dialogue. Perfect.

  17. Rita says...

    Parks&Rec! (:

  18. Rita says...

    The Office! I start smiling just thinking about it

  19. Maria says...

    I’m watching mostly BBC shows like Sanditon, Midsomer Murders, The Mallorca Files, Shakespeare & Hathaway and The Split. I put Netflix’s Feel Good and The Witcher on my list to watch.

    To all: stay safe, stay @ home and have fun watching ❤️✌🏽

  20. Sara says...

    I’m really into period British shows these days: The Crown (so late to the party, I know), Mr. Selfridge (watching on Netflix Party with my mom!) and The English Game (who knew I could care about sports?). Also Kim’s Convenience for a solid half-hour show and/or Canadian content.

    • Karen says...

      Shout out to Kim’s Convenience – I love watching shows where I can recognize places and landmarks (I’m a Toronto girl) and also that it represents diverse perspectives; never mind it is funny as heck :)

    • Kimberly says...

      Kim’s Convenience is hilarious!!!! I love the multicultural cast.

  21. Aya says...

    On Ann Friedman’s rec (of Call Your Girlfriend), I started watching “The Great Pottery Throw Down” on youtube. It is a similar premise and set up at “The Great British Bake Off” but amateur potters instead of bakers. It’s soothing and cheery and there’s something about watching grown folk crying over their love of clay, or the triumph of another person, that is just what I need at the moment. I heartily reccommend.

    • Ellen says...

      You may also like The Repair Shop on Netflix. It’s not a competition show, but skilled (British- of course) craftspeople executing wonderful restorations. Like GBB, it is set in a bucolic park.

    • Sarah says...

      Thank you, on your recommendation I have now watched all 3 seasons
      Loved it

  22. Lisa says...

    Band of Brothers! Started watching it before the lockdown and it is so comforting seeing these men in their teens and twenties fighting for our freedom. Such an amazing mini series and I am also reading the book Band of Brothers.

  23. Ellie says...

    I was actually sick from Mar 4-11 and blew through 3 seasons of Gossip Girl. Now I’ve caught up on The Bold Type and moved on to Younger which I’m loving!! My hubby and I are also watching the Bond movies in order which is fun :)

  24. Megan says...

    For all those that like the BBC/period drama thing… Sanditon is amazing and I am watching on repeat! It is definitely a little more sexy than your typical Jane Austen but so beautifully done, well acted and even includes Jane Austen’s first character who is a person of color. The chemistry of the main love story is fiery from the get-go. It does end on a massive cliff hanger and they have not announced plans for season two yet – still completely worth it! You can watch on PBS Passport or if you have the Masterpiece pass on Amazon Prime.

    • Sarah says...

      @megan I had to come back to this post to let you know I watched Sanditon and loved it. Exactly what I needed right now, thank you for the recommendation! I’m so heartbroken it was cancelled after the first season. :(

  25. T says...

    Schitt’s Creek!
    One tree hill.
    Lady Bird, Booksmart, On the basis of sex, The man from uncle, Lost in translation, Call me by your name.

  26. catherine says...

    I’ve been watching friends re-runs – it’s just so nice to watch something that’s so familiar and guaranteed to make you laugh/smile. thanks for the recs – will be adding them to my list of things to watch :)

  27. Carol Coote says...

    I recommend “This Way Up” especially if you like “Catastrophe” and “Fleabag.”

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Ooh I LOVED this way up!

    • Jessica says...

      Does anyone know if “This Way Up” is view-able in Canada? We don’t have HULU here :(

  28. Martha says...

    Just watched Legally Blond, streamed free through my library’s Hoopla service! A great little vacation from all the current anxiety!

  29. leslie says...

    Gilmore Girls. Schitts Creek. Virgin River. Modern Family. Modern Love. Kids Baking Championship. Little Big Shots. The Happiness Project. Jeff Goldblum. Also, the new Little Women!
    *Everyone in the family can watch almost all of these.

  30. Natalie says...

    I watched an episode of Mr Rogers from the 70’s with my 3 and 6 year old today. They quietly played while it was on (not usual:) and I felt so relaxed and soothed. Highly recommend during this high stress time

  31. rachel says...

    my 2 re-watch shows are The Office and E.R., I’m currently watching E.R. again, and its so nostalgic and comforting, the actors are complex and i love the energy and the charactures. <3

    • Rita says...

      ER shaped my teenage years and… I confess it was a major motivation for becoming a doctor.

  32. Karin says...

    I just binged Better Things first season and it’s as good as they say. Tears, laughs! Any mom will relate.

  33. Marki says...

    Lonesome Dove, the greatest mini-series of all time. Anjelica Huston, Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Duvall, Ricky Schroeder – need I say more? Free on YouTube.

    • Liz says...

      The BEST!!

  34. Michelle says...

    Pitch Perfect! All 3! Please if you haven’t seen them yet, you will love all the (often inappropriate) laughs. But my husband and I agreed last night during #2 that they actually get better every time you watch them again.

  35. joanne says...

    For me, hands down it MTM! (Mary Tyler Moore). Her 70’s show is now on Hulu-and yes, Rhoda does get a lot of the good lines, but the cast of characters just doesn’t get old for me. Did I mention the clothes? So fun to see what was “in fashion” back then. Totally groovy.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i love that show!!

    • Tara says...

      My aunt was the first female TV writer and a writer for MTM! She is a New Yorker, now of a “certain age”. Maybe COJ could do an interview with Susan Silver!!

    • Rae says...

      Oooh, yes! I love MTM and would love to read an interview with Tara’s writer aunt!

    • M says...

      I binged watched MTM last year, it is literally one of the BEST comedy shows ever. If you ever get the chance to watch the spin off called Rhoda please watch. Full episodes on Youtube. Spoiler: The last season isn’t that great.

  36. Tina Crisas says...

    I’m also with a lot of the recommendations here so I won’t repeat, but I will mention 3 that I think I didn’t see while reading the comment section :)

    1. Cannot wait for “Ozark” again with Jason Bateman and Laura Linney on Netflix. Starts next week, yay!

    2. This was actually referenced by Caroline in a post of hers, I would never have checked it out otherwise! It’s called “Life in the doghouse” on Netflix . Such an inspiring story! I wish I had a million dollars to give them!

    3. “Babies” on Netflix. (Their first year of life) this was great and an eye opener!

  37. Chiara says...

    The colin firth “Pride and Prejudice”. All six hours of glorious period costumes and Colin Firth. And the realization that I thought Colin Firth was okay when I was a teenager, but Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy, striding in a tailed coat across the country side, is making me FEEL things as an adult and now I get it.

    • Christine says...

      Nashville! The never ending drama is so enthralling and I love the music scattered throughout

    • Bethany says...

      Jennifer Ehle (Elizabeth) is reading P&P to us on Instagram!

  38. Sue says...

    We have spent the past 3 weeks racing through “A Place to Call Home,” an Australian drama/melodrama set in the 1950’s. It’s not always light–in fact, it’s quite soapy and dramatic–but it’s totally transporting. It has wonderfully strong female characters (and great costumes), and it’s soapy enough that there’s a lot of talking back to the TV and guessing what’s about to happen. It’s not the kind of thing my partner is usually into, but he’s enjoyed it as much as I have. (One day last week, he said, “I can’t wait til we can watch our show.”) Also, it’s six seasons of 10-12 episodes each, so lasts awhile. We finished it last night, and I’m still thinking about it. We watched on library DVDs but you can stream it through Acorn TV.

    • Ellen W says...

      Yes, I really enjoyed that show. My parents have Acorn TV and recommend it to me.

  39. C says...

    I don’t have a TV, so maybe I’m late to the party, but Guy’s Grocery Games came on in my hotel room last month, and what joy and silliness and delight.

  40. Eva says...

    I just rewatched Prime yesterday. I come back to that movie once in a while and I really do love everything about it! And Uma Thurman and Meryl Streep are just fab! 30 beats is a nice little movie. Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri is maybe not the most upbeat movie but it’s a brilliant dark comedy that takes you through the entire range of emotions. I recently also watched JoJo Rabbit and laughed and cried and now I’m rewatching Splash because Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton make it wort it every single time. For shows: Atypical, Sex Education (I cannot explain enough how good this show is), House of Cards and Friends all day every day.

    • Eva says...

      Forgot to add Modern Love (the show) on Amazon Prime, great cast and all stories are little gems!

    • yj says...

      Sex Education!!! seasons 1 and 2 and I can’t not binge them when I do!

    • Eloise says...

      I am very late to the game but watched Lady Bird last night and loved it.

    • Bethany says...

      Modern Love is soooo good. I loved the first one the most, I think.

  41. laura says...

    how do you watch Friends? I’ve been missing it since Netflix dropped it. :(

    • jane says...

      library

  42. maywyn says...

    I’d like a good Shakespeare movie marathon from the 1930s present day.

  43. Malaika says...

    I really recommend Lovesick on Netflix.
    It’s a rom-com with Jonny Flynn.
    I also recommend Love is blind.
    When I’m stressed or very depressed, I normally Outlander or Scandal.

  44. Chrissy says...

    Gourmet Makes series on YouTube – A fun and heartwarming cooking series with a Bon Appetite chef. Claire Saffitz attempts to recreate popular snacks, often with the input from her sweet BA colleagues. I wish I could work in the test kitchen with them!

    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend!!! – It’s a musical-comedy show that was critically acclaimed but didn’t have as much viewers as it deserved. So wise, smart, progressive, and HILARIOUS!”

    gtg – I’m “working” from home :O

    • Aya says...

      This is my favorite and I’ve actually stated watching many of Bon Apetit’s other offerings as well. I enjoy getting to know everyone in the test kitchen and it feels a bit like “The Office” but real and a kitchen.

  45. Paloma says...

    Started re-watching Breaking Bad on Netflix. Walter White is such a badass.

  46. Claire says...

    Anything Studio Ghibli/ Hayao Miyazaki. And Harry Potter.

  47. Eliz says...

    Ellen’s game of games!!!

    • Mila says...

      Last Tango in Halifax. I love British TV shows, and this comedy/drama is currently top of my list. Immensely enjoyable, and the acting is superb.

  48. Clare says...

    Two very under appreciated comedies are Zach Galifinakas’ Baskets (FX) & Nobodies which I think was on True TV

  49. Cameron says...

    Perfect timing! My husband and I were just trying to find something funny to watch last night as a bit of relief at the end of what feel like heavy days right now, and we were struggling to find something we’d both enjoy. These suggestions are so helpful. Grace & Frankie is also light, entertaining, and short eps!

  50. Abbe says...

    The Golden Girls are my always and forever comfort watch, and all the episodes are available on Hulu right now!

    In movies, I’ve mostly felt like watching silly action movies. My partner and I watched John Wick and the original Terminator last weekend, and I’m pushing to watch Terminator II this weekend. So silly and over the top but also oddly comforting?? The robot/nuclear fallout dystopian future of Terminator is set in 2029 and my partner and I were joking that at least we probably won’t be dealing with THOSE particular problems.

  51. Anne says...

    My husband and I have been really in to Sex Education on Netflix lately!

    • Claire says...

      oh I love that show! Gillian Anderson is fabulous, as is everything else about it.

    • Eva says...

      That show is one of the best series out there right now! If you like it also check out Atypical :)

    • bethany says...

      I second this. It’s so funny and endearing. I wasn’t sure I would like it at first, but I fell in love with every character.

    • brittany says...

      YES!!! so glad someone mentioned this one. Im absolutely OBSESSED and jealous of anyone who hasn’t watched it.

    • deb says...

      yes, yes, yes to Sex Ed…my husband and i loved it and are looking forward to season 3…the acting, writing…scenery…heartwarming, yet funny…

    • I was surprised to see how few people recommended this! I’m obsessed and devastated that I’m coming to the end of season two!! I literally tell everyone to watch it.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      ooh can’t wait to watch!

  52. Jamie says...

    My son loves Brain Games (hosted by Keegan Michael Key) and LEGO Masters (hosted by Will Arnett). Super fun entertainment for the whole family.

    Also, the new season of Ugly Delicious on Netflix is fantastic.

  53. Righteous Gemstones

    NASA’s livestream to help my anxiety

    Tara Brach. Also for anxiety

    Old Weed episodes

    The Z

    And any Golden Retriever video I can get my hands on. Also for anxiety ☠️

  54. Lucy says...

    Curb is giving me life right now!

    • J says...

      Me too!!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Same!

  55. Lili says...

    I’ve been re-watching Stranger Things because sometimes I need to watch a VERY obvious fight between good and evil play out (where good wins).

  56. Neely Brown says...

    Always Be My Maybe is the best rom-com made since Meg Ryan owned the scene!! It’s so funny and sweet!!

  57. Brooke says...

    My husband and I rarely like the same shows, but we’re both obsessed with SURVIVOR! All the seasons are on Hulu and it’s so much fun to watch.

    • Geta says...

      I would consider it cheating if my husband would watch Survivor without me

  58. Amanda says...

    We’ve been watching Sex Education on Netflix! Even though the show is set in the UK, every episode is set during a sunny, warm day, and the episodes (while occasionally covering some very serious content), are always super colourful and quirky!

    • Allison says...

      I love it, too! So, so much. Perfect distraction for the present moment.

    • Rae says...

      It’s so good right? I heard an interview with the creator who said that the vibe is intended to be an American High School show…but set in Britain. The sunny weather, the lockers, the hanging on the quad are all pulled from standard American teen fare.

  59. shelley says...

    Love island!!! The perfect trashy reality show to take your mind off everything.

    • AL says...

      YES my husband and Iomega the UK seasons!

    • AL says...

      *and I love! Interesting typo

  60. Rebecca says...

    I’m right there with you… light and bright is all I want. RuPaul’s Drag Race is my fav. I only recently started watching it. It’s so addicting and fun. My BFF also prescribed me 3 episodes of New Girl before bed each night to fight my anxiety about the current situation. It seems to be helping me.

  61. Min says...

    Call my agent on Netflix! It’s french, have all the movie stars play themselves (e.g. Monica Bellucci, Sophie Marceau), and funny stories about the movie business.

    Also watching a Chinese show Joy of life on YouTube. Really cute and funny. I’m amazed at all the free Chinese TV drama on YouTube that have English subtitles. I get to catch up on a show my friends back in China raved about and my boyfriend get to watch and learn Chinese, haha.

    • Tracy says...

      Min! Thank you! I cannot stop watching Call My Agent! It is so campy and fun. I lived in Paris and I’m loving all of the background. It has completely taken my mind off of this situation. Great recommendation!

  62. Katie says...

    Some people might not agree (but I think they just don’t know what they’re missing!) but honestly, cartoons have been so much fun for me recently. We recently watched a series available on netflix called “Scooby Doo: Mystery Machine” that seems much more like it was created for adults than for children. It has lots of subtle humor and political messages.

    But seriously, my new favorite show of all time is a show from cartoon network available on hulu called Steven Universe. It is so delightful, and each episode is around 11 minutes long, yet the amount of deeply meaningful material packed in is incredible. The show emphasizes that humanity’s best parts are our compassion, love, and ability to change. It’s honestly one of the most intelligent shows I’ve ever watched, and it’s perfect for practically all ages (I don’t think super little kids would understand it, but it wouldn’t do them any harm!). Seriously, give it an honest try, and you will see its beauty.

    • I appreciate this!

      We’ve been watching old 80s cartoons and episodes of SOUL TRAIN which are everything!

  63. Samantha says...

    We just started Feel Good last night–it’s great so far!

    • Theresa says...

      I’ve heard wonderful things about this show and I’m excited to check it out. Just came out on Netflix yesterday!

    • Theresa says...

      My friends and I are currently in an Office bracket. We watch 2 episodes at a time and vote on which was better. We just started but it’s so nice to have an activity to do with them (and something so funny and lighthearted).

      Michael Scott’s antics and my girlfriends are making all the difference right now :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Excited to check it out, thanks for the recommendation!

  64. J says...

    yes it’s true! It’s called Netflix Party :). I love the Good Place so much. Have fun!

  65. Mel says...

    My husband put on The West Wing last night and I nearly had a heart attack. I was like woah buddy I don’t want to think about government right now! I want allll the comedy specials on Netflix and Modern Family. We’re only a family of 3 (plus one on the way…God help me) but seeing family stuff that’s funny is what I want.

    Which is good as right now my husband and daughter are in jammies listening to 90s hip hop while building an ‘epic fort’

  66. ELi says...

    I am working through Homeland (I love a good drama or detective show – the more real/intense the better)! Also did Luther (BBC but avail on Amazon Prime). I love BBC shows. :)

    When I just need to feel good – Great British Bake Off reruns. How can you feel sad or anxious watching such lovely people bake?! And Mary Barry just makes me feel good inside.

    Also, will forever watch reruns of Top Chef (on Hulu), loving Chef’s Table (Netflix), and Salt Fat Acid Heat (Samin’s voice and laugh and everything about her brings me such joy!) (Netflix).

    Loving the new rec’s from the comments! My list of “To Watch” is ever growing (as is my mile long “To Read”!!). XO

    • aga says...

      Love Top Chef and Homeland! So sad it’s the last season. Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin are genius.