Feeling the need to inject a little more happiness into our “Happiness Place”! So, anything from anywhere that makes you feel good about the world when you watch it. That genre of “look, it’s nice people doing nice thing because the world is good” show that is total pandering to the audience, but also a nice corrective to all the “people are trash” messages we get in other shows.
I’m gonna give three shows off the top of my head!
The Dog House (UK) on HBO Max (Reality)
Honestly, this is worth getting a Max subscription just for this show. It’s about people coming to a dog rescue and being matched with their Forever Dog. Do you like close ups of little doggie faces? Do you like hearing stories about people who went through tough times and came out the other end (first episode opens with a couple who are very in love, were friends for 10 years before getting together, and he helps her live with her clinical depression. But they need a dog to make their family complete)? Do you like seeing a sad dog who cries all the time finding a family to take him home? WHO WOULD NOT?!??!?
Basically, this is the greatest matchmaking show of all time and will make you believe in unconditional love again.
The InBestigators on Netflix (Fiction)
I love this show! 4 kids in Australia open a detective agency called “the inbestigators” because they are the best investigators. The greatest crime anyone can commit is “not being kind” and the punishment is “a long talk”. Episodes are two 15 minute halves, so you don’t even have to stress very long to find out who did it (“it” being things like stealing someone else’s solar system diorama). Do you hate all those gritty cop shows where the criminals do terrible things and the cops shake their head and wish for horrible vengeance? This is the opposite!
Queer Eye on Netflix (Reality)
No duh, everyone loves this show! I avoided watching it for years, and now I am addicted. Really good people struggling with their lives have 5 really good people show up and help them move forward. There’s no anger at the systems that have failed, no looking at the misery of the past, but instead looking forward to a better future. It’s just the best show to watch with your family (although my Dad doesn’t like it because it makes him cry), or on your own when you are feeling down.
Andi Mack on Prime and Disney Plus (Fiction)
This is maybe the realist least happy show on the list. Sometimes, people fight! Middle-school girl and her two best friends navigate the challenges of “why doesn’t the boy I like want to hold my hand?” and “my best friend is hanging out with someone I don’t like”. Meanwhile the parent generation deals with conflict that revolves around “who loves each other more.” And it all takes place in a nice small town surrounded by mountains with funky little store fronts and nice people who work at them. Heck, even the middle-school principal is just trying to do his best and is willing to listen when the kids have opinions!
Okay, that’s all my feel good serieses at the moment! Do you have hidden gems to recommend? Is there something like Queer Eye that is so over-promoted I assumed it was bad but it is wonderful? Are there more dogs somewhere?