Shows to Lift Your Spirits

Smart Guy

Heartwarming show for everyone in the family to enjoy. Join TJ a 10-year-old boy genius who takes on high school with his older siblings and their best friend. Learn life lessons, and have some fun with Smart Guy.

The League

Some friends who are all avid fantasy football fans try to balance their time between the league and their real lives. It becomes a challenge, though, when the good-natured competition gives way to a win-at-all-costs mentality, which begins to spill over into their relationships and even the workplace. The sitcom features a plethora of cameos by real-life NFL players, who play themselves on the series.

Boy Meets World

With the help of true love Topanga, best friend Shawn and teacher Mr. Feeny, Cory Matthews juggles school, friends and romance. The series, a popular Friday night staple on ABC for seven seasons, began with Cory in the sixth grade and follows him and his entourage through their college years.

Emily In Paris

After landing her dream job, to provide an American perspective at a marketing firm in Paris, Chicago marketing executive Emily Cooper embraces her adventurous new life while juggling work, friends and romance.

Believe

In a small town going through tough economic times, business owner Matthew Peyton struggles between his desire for financial success and the responsibility of funding the annual Christmas pageant. Desperate business decisions ruin his popularity and angry employees seek their revenge. But when Matthew meets Clarence, a joyful boy who believes in miracles, he must make a choice: do what’s best for himself or give faith a chance by opening his heart to help his new friend and his community.

Schitt’s Creek

A wealthy couple — video store magnate Johnny and his soap opera star wife Moira — suddenly find themselves completely broke. With only one remaining asset, a small town called Schitt’s Creek, which the Roses bought years earlier as a joke, this once-wealthy couple must give up life as they know it. With their two spoiled children in tow and their pampered lives behind them, the Rose family is forced to face their newfound poverty head-on and come together as a family to survive.

Little House on the Prairie

Based on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s series of “Little House” books, this drama series revolved around the 1870s adventures of the Ingalls family — father Charles, mother Caroline, eldest daughter Mary, middle daughter/narrator Laura and youngest daughter Carrie — who owned a farm in Walnut Grove, Minn., during the late 1800s.

The Bob Newhart Show

Bob Newhart plays a Chicago psychologist seeing one unusual case after another – perfect for Newhart’s unflappable deadpan. He could get laughs just clearing his throat. With the driest of wits and impeccable timing, Newhart leads an amazing cast that delivers laugh after laugh.

New Amsterdam

A new medical director breaks the rules to heal the system at America’s oldest public hospital. This program reveals how one person can make a difference in the world and truly have a positive impact in other people’s lives by taking a stand for their values, even if that means upsetting their coworkers, boss, and medical system at larger.

Chef’s Table

Each episode focuses on one chef’s journey to superstardom through a series of interview snippets explaining their philosophy on food and how they came up with certain signature dishes. It’s a stunningly beautiful show, that explores the meaning of inspiration and modern culinary art.

Bob’s Burgers

An animated show about a burger joint that has a real heart. It’s perpetually positivity and good-natured and follows the adventures of the Belcher family, with outstanding attention to detail and recurring gags.

The Dick Van Dyke Show

As the Petries, Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore were TV’s answer to JFK and Jackie – comedy god Carl Reiner put his own experiences into this look at the life of a TV writer. The way Dick kept tripping over the same ottoman in his living room was a handy metaphor for domestic life in itself.

Good Times

The Evans kids grow up in the Chicago projects – keeping their heads above water, making a wave when they can. They remain one of the most relatable TV families ever, from the 1970s boom for superfly black sitcoms that also gave us Sanford & Son and What’s Happening!!

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Mary works in a Minneapolis TV newsroom full of cranks and characters. Revolutionary at the time, it also pioneered the all-too-rare concept of going out on top – it signed off in 1977, a massive hit to the end.

Cheers

You need a place where everybody knows your name – even if it’s just a dive bar in Boston full of regulars with no place else to go.Cheers was like that bar, to the point where you could tune in just to see which regulars would hang with you tonight.

The Odd Couple

Tony Randall was neurotic neat-freak Felix; Jack Klugman was cigar-chomping sportswriter slob Oscar who shared a Park Avenue place, taking out all their midlife male angst on each other. Though based on Neil Simon’s play, it worked even better in sitcom form, thanks to Randall and Klugman’s negative chemistry.

Mystery Science Theater 3000

Got one of those bad movies you just LOVE to watch? Ever make comments about it when it’s on? Then you’ll find this show hysterical. The premise? A janitor and his robot friends sit in the dark and heckle some of the worst B-movies ever made – it sounds simple, but Joel Hodgson’s MST3K turned into one of the era’s most enduring cult comedies.

Young Sheldon

Meet a child genius named Sheldon Cooper; (already seen as an adult in The Big Bang Theory (2007)) and his family. Some unique challenges face Sheldon who seems socially impaired.

Psych

A novice sleuth is hired by the Police after he cons them into thinking he has psychic powers which help solve crimes. With the assistance of his reluctant best friend, the duo take on a series of complicated cases.

Jane the Virgin

The daughter of a teen mother, Jane Villanueva grew up determined not to repeat her mom’s mistakes. At 23, her life is on track until a routine clinic visit flips her life upside down. Inseminated by a specimen meant for a patient in the next room, now-pregnant Jane is in a situation made only more insane when she learns that the sperm donor is her boss, Rafael. As her meticulously planned life gets more like the telenovelas she loves, she faces a lot of complicated decisions about where to go from here.

The Big Bang Theory

A woman who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but socially awkward physicists shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory. If you love obscure pop culture references, a deep dive into physics, relativity and Dungeons & Dragons, and a lot of fun, this is your show.

New Girl

After a bad break-up, Jess, an offbeat young woman, moves into an apartment loft with three single men. Although they find her behavior very unusual, the men support her – most of the time.

Arrested Development

Level-headed son Michael Bluth takes over family affairs after his father is imprisoned. But the rest of his spoiled, dysfunctional family are making his job unbearable.

Modern Family

Three different but related families face trials and tribulations in their own uniquely comedic ways.

Superstore

A look at the lives of employees at a big box store. If you’ve been to a certain store that started in Arkansas, this show is right up your alley. Er…aisle.

Fuller House

In a continuation of Full House (1987), D.J. Fuller is a mother of three young boys and is a recent widow. D.J.’s sister Stephanie, her best friend Kimmy and Kimmy’s teenage daughter all move in to help raise her sons. The house is now a lot fuller.

Full House

When Danny Tanner’s wife dies, the San Francisco sportscaster gets support in the form of two new roommates: brother-in-law and party boy Jesse, and his stand-up comic friend, Joey. The duo helps out with raising the three Tanner daughters: D.J, Stephanie and Michelle.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” follows the exploits of hilarious Detective Jake Peralta and his diverse, lovable colleagues as they police the NYPD’s 99th Precinct. If you’re expecting high-intensity police drama, we’ll that won’t happen here!

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

You don’t need to have been raised in West Philadelphia to love this show. A streetwise, poor young man from Philadelphia is sent by his mother to live with his aunt, uncle, and cousins in their Bel-Air mansion.

30 Rock

Liz Lemon (Tina Fey), head writer of the sketch comedy show “TGS with Tracy Jordan”, must deal with an arrogant new boss and a crazy new star, all while trying to run a successful television show without losing her mind.

Black-ish

A family man struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle-class neighborhood.

Friends

“The One That Made the List” (fans will know what that means.). This classic show follows the personal and professional lives of six twenty to thirty-something-year-old friends living in Manhattan. And introduced us to the term, “meat sweats.”

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

This is “feel good” TV defined. Zoey is a San Fran software engineer who can hear people’s thoughts, but only in in pop-song form. After being briefly freaked out she makes it her mission to subtly help people using her knowledge. The show has infectious, feel-good energy, thanks to the torrent of hummable music and the cast of characters you can’t help but root for. 

Community

When fast-talking lawyer Jeff Winger finds his degree has been revoked, he is forced to go back to school at Greendale Community College. Hoping to score points with a pretty coed, he invents a study group and invites her to join it. Imagine his surprise when she’s not the only one who shows up for help with Spanish from the “board-certified tutor” he proclaims himself to be. Though his command of the language is anything but good, the members continue to meet and end up learning a lot about themselves.

Veep

Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the Vice President who puts out political fires, juggles her public schedule and private life and does everything within her limited powers to improve her relationship with the president. Eight seasons of ribald, sartorial comedy so rapid fire and brilliant you can literally watch every episode twice just to make sure you catch every joke.

The Office

Work in an office? You’ll love this one. It’s one of the most viewed TV show in history and even if you saw the original, completely worth re-watching.

Kim’s Convenience

Here’s a sitcom that will leave you with a warm and fuzzy feeling. The show follows a Canadian-Korean family that owns a convenience store. Sounds simple, right? But expect an odd cast of customers floating in and out of the store; funny (and relatable) intergenerational misunderstandings; and a family you wish were real.

The Golden Girls

Four retired women living in a senior community bring some of the best lines and quick comments ever seen on TV.  From Dorothy’s sarcasm and Sophia’s quick-witted one-liners to Blanche’s sassiness and Rose’s bless-her-heart moments, this show is living proof that laughter truly is the best medicine—and an inspiration for aging gracefully. Plus, the two best words in sitcoms: Betty White.

The Mindy Project

Mindy Lahiri is a successful New York OB-GYN whose love life doesn’t quite match up to her professional accomplishments. The serialized rom-com doesn’t take itself too seriously, as evidenced by Mindy’s quirky personality and her knack for wearing outlandish prints.

The Good Place

After her death, a self-centered New Jersey woman named Eleanor Shellstrop enters the afterlife a.k.a. “The Good Place.” But in order to stay there, she has to correct a few wrongs from her previous life. The show offers life lessons in between its characters’ hilarious banter and unexpected storylines.

Parks and Recreation

Leslie Knope is the Deputy Director of the Parks and Recreation Department in a fictional city in Indiana. As she works to turn an abandoned site into a community park, she also deals with government officials blocking her road to success. Through each beautification project, audiences are treated to slap-knee comedy and a lot of waffle eating.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Is there a more upbeat person on TV? After Kimmy Schmidt is rescued from a cult, she starts over in New York City, where she forges an unlikely friendship with a street performer and her employer. Together, the trio conquer life’s challenges one funny step at a time. Add this one to your must-watch list when you need a reminder that things will be okay.

The Middle

The Heck family is as wacky as wacky comes. Frankie and her husband and their three children struggle to survive in a small town in Indiana. Their penny-pinching and quirky traditions will make you feel better about your own loved ones and financial setbacks.

The Wonder Years

One of the first shows to have a voiceover/confessional describing the premise of each episode and how it affected the narrator, this show set in the 1960s is the perfect slice of Americana—where ordinary people just tried to live ordinary lives…and often found unforgettable outcomes.