Things to watch when you’re happy

By Jonathon Wilson
Published: August 19, 2022 (Last updated: January 5, 2024)
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While we will always enjoy a gripping drama or a masterful true crime documentary, there are times when a lighthearted series that makes us laugh and grin is the best thing to stick on. Because TV episodes can be amusing, endearing, and heartfelt, just like many of the most inspirational novels out there, they can leave us feeling cheerful and happy after binge-watching them.

Here are our top picks for the happiest TV shows and happy films to watch right now if you’re looking for something to mirror your mood!


There is a reason why Friends is one of the most watched television programmes in the world. Watching this sitcom, which is set in New York City and chronicles the highs and lows of six instantly recognisable characters, is like receiving a warm embrace from an old friend.

Feel Good

The first series of comedian and author Mae Martin’s television programme Feel Good has received rave reviews. The two series comedy, which centres on the budding romance between the lead character Mae and her new girlfriend, George, is humorous and beautifully written. In her role as Mae’s tough, blunt mother, Lisa Kudrow, also delivers exactly what you’d expect from an acclaimed star.

The Good Place

The Good Place, a television show about the afterlife, features Kristin Bell, a bitter character who unintentionally finds herself in heaven among the world’s nicest people. How could such a great place have gone wrong is a genuine concern for heaven’s architect, Michael, who is portrayed by Ted Danson. The Good Place has a great deal of feel good humour and an intriguing premise.

School of Rock

If you haven’t seen this classic feel good film, where on earth have you been? The endearing story is about a deadbeat rock singer, played by Jack Black, coaching a group of kids to play in the battle of the bands. It’s such a charming and entertaining movie to watch, even if this one did slip by you in 2003. Additionally, it is jam-packed with timeless original songs and classic rock bangers!

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

This musical comedy is one of 2020’s best surprises; it’s pleasantly charming and genuinely moving. The plot centres on two Icelandic artists who have been lifetime friends who are unwittingly thrown into the Eurovision Song Contest, which puts both their individual and interpersonal skills to the test. Although Rachel McAdams takes the spotlight here and once again demonstrates why she’s one of the best comedy actors working today, Ferrell is also hysterical as usual.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Brooklyn Nine-Nine, a police comedy, is the show to watch if you want to laugh out loud. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), a young but successful detective in the 99th precinct of the New York Police Department, stars in the police comedy from the creators of The Office and The Good Place. When Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher), the first openly gay police officer, shows up, his fun-loving existence is upended. 

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