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    Posted on Apr 6, 2017

    65 Comforting TV Shows That'll Always Be There For You

    Ahh, the warm glow of a television set.

    We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what TV show they watch when they need some comfort. Here are the warmest and fuzziest answers.

    1. Parks and Recreation

    Colleen Hayes / NBC

    "Throughout its seven seasons, all of the characters show positive, believable growth and become better versions of themselves. The show is witty and smart, with a whole lot of heart." —Diana Moreno, Facebook

    2. The Golden Girls

    Buena Vista Television

    "No matter how many times I've seen it, I laugh like it's the first time. And sometimes I get cheesecake when I watch, so there's that bonus you can give yourself." —DeAnna Hall, Facebook

    3. Gilmore Girls

    Warner Bros. / Via Getty Images

    "I enjoy the fast-paced conversation between Rory and Lorelai, the fact that there's no out-there, silly drama. And (other than Christopher) all the characters are enjoyable." —Rhiannon Smith, Facebook

    4. Star Trek: The Next Generation

    CBS Television Distribution

    "After my son was born, in the dark days before we had Netflix, I kept TNG running all day long, for 18 months. Then my son started talking. His first word was "mama," his second was "dada," and his third was "Picard." My husband politely requested that I cut back to two or three episodes a day. —Mary-Ruth Hooper, Facebook

    5. Gossip Girl

    Warner Bros. Television Distribution

    "Particularly Seasons 1 and 2. I miss that time in my life so much, when I was 19 through 21 years old. Also, the music is so good." MarAmber

    6. Adventure Time

    Cartoon Network

    "That show never ceases to amaze me and make my heart feel better. It's funny. It's touching. It's smart. The music and songs are fantastic." —Samantha Hoover, Facebook

    7. The Great British Bake Off

    Love Productions / BBC / Via buzzfeed.com

    "That show is one of the most sweetest and earnest shows I've ever seen. People want to be on the show to bake, not for money or fame. Everyone is so nice and friendly. What an enjoyable escape!" —Aaron McDaniel, Facebook

    8. Friends

    Warner Bros. / Via Getty Images

    "I mean, they have an episode for every aspect of your life. So whenever I'm feeling down, I need my dose of Regina Phalange to cheer me up." —Giselle Maria Brown Netto, Facebook

    9. Malcolm in the Middle

    20th Television

    "It's so funny. You fall in love with the family, and you laugh your way through all seven seasons." —Karina Juarez, Facebook

    10. 30 Rock

    NBCUniversal Television Distribution

    "I could watch an episode 100 times and still find some little joke that I missed earlier." —Jeremiah Rosen, Facebook

    11. Archer

    FX

    "The snarkiness always cheers me up on a bad day." —Tommy Gillespie, Facebook

    12. Doctor Who

    BBC

    "Anytime I have a bad day, I watch a few of my favorite episodes and it cheers me right up." —Brooke Ingerson, Facebook

    13. One Tree Hill

    Warner Bros.

    "Especially Seasons 1 through 4, they always made me feel better because all the crap that they were going through seemed worse than my own silly problems!" —Liz Swezey, Facebook

    14. The Simpsons

    Fox

    "If I can't sleep or I'm having a bad anxiety day, I'll watch it in bed to calm down. The jokes are always funny." songsforthedeaf

    15. Midsomer Murders

    All3Media

    "I get to see the lush English countryside, charming villages, and have the knowledge that all will be right in the end. I get lulled to sleep quite often." —Linn Robinson, Facebook

    16. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    20th Century Fox

    "Every episode shows her defeating evil, and standing up for the good in the world." —Christina Oey, Facebook

    17. The X-Files

    20th Century Fox / Via Getty Images

    "It's got everything! Drama, adventure, comedy, romance — you just need to know where to look!" —Gigi Planchart, Facebook

    18. Grey's Anatomy

    ABC / Via Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

    "Whenever someone is really sick or dies in the show, it makes me realize that I don't actually have it that bad. And when someone makes a miraculous recovery, it makes me realize the world isn't the worst place." Lindonbean

    19. Glee

    20th Century Fox

    "All of the characters make me so happy and hearing the songs cheers me up so much. I don't even have enough words to describe the impossible amount of joy it gives me." exenick12

    20. Psych

    NBC Universal Television Distribution

    "I watched it during a pretty rough period in my life, and it definitely helped me through that. Now, whenever I'm having a bad time, I go back and watch some of the episodes. It's like visiting an old friend." shawnspencer

    21. Scrubs

    Disney–ABC Domestic Television

    "It's so funny, but I also end up crying after almost every episode. And then everything is OK." SofiaZu

    22. M*A*S*H

    20th Century Fox Television

    "Usually once I've seen an episode of something, I don't have any interest in seeing it again, but I could watch M*A*S*H episodes over and over again." thedoctorismyparabatai

    23. Call the Midwife

    PBS

    "It's so refreshing to see a group of women support each other no matter what happens. And even when the episode is sad, I'm still crying happy tears at the end." emilyh4678cf94e

    24. Seinfeld

    Sony Pictures Television / Via buzzfeed.com

    "I will watch a 25-year-old episode that I've seen a dozen times and still genuinely laugh out loud. That's good TV." PHM8

    25. Xena: Warrior Princess

    NBCUniversal Television Distribution

    "Musical episodes? Check. Camp? Check. Drama? Check. Badass female role models who kick ass and don't need a man to validate their existence? CHECK CHECK CHECK CHECK CHECK." Gavin

    26. Community

    Sony Pictures Television

    "Especially Troy and Abed (in the morning)." caleblukas

    27. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

    FXX

    "Because if these assholes can get over life's hardships, so can I." memog47c3b41a8

    28. How I Met Your Mother

    20th Century Fox / Via buzzfeed.com

    "I began watching it when I first starting going through a hard time with mental health. When I'm overwhelmed or have anxiety, I turn it on and it just helps." calleyparky

    29. Sex and the City

    Warner Bros. Television Distribution

    "I don't know why, but those girls always make me feel better." morganwode

    30. Dawson's Creek

    Sony Pictures Television

    "No other show portrays relationships quite so well — romance, friendship, family, etc. The dialogue is superb and I always get the feeling that these people are feeling the exact thing I'm feeling." anra

    31. The Twilight Zone

    CBS Television Distribution

    "It whisks me away to a world where nothing is as it seems. I always find myself so immersed in the plot that I forget what made me sad or angry in the first place." annakas

    32. I Love Lucy

    CBS Television Distribution

    "It was always so lighthearted, and Lucy's antics can always give me a laugh. Lucy and Ethel are absolutely perfect best friends, and Fred and Ricky can (almost) always find the humor in what they do. Lucille Ball really paved the way for women in comedy." heatherlopes

    33. Once Upon a Time

    ABC

    "Who doesn't love fairytales, magic, true love's kiss, and hope? I especially like watching Emma and Hook's relationship — it's just so beautiful and rare." louiamarryayniall

    34. Riverdale

    Katie Yu / The CW

    "It's a really big obsession of mine right now." lolitohaze

    35. The West Wing

    Warner Bros. Television Distribution

    "The day after the election, I called in sick to work and binge-watched​ the first season and a half. There were a lot of tears involved, but it was also a good reminder that our government is more than just one person." danielled34

    36. Bob's Burgers

    20th Century Fox Television

    "No matter how I'm feeling, it's always playing on my TV. For background noise, for laughs, to cheer me up, to get me to sleep; seriously, for any reason. It always completes my day." jodieh2

    37. Sherlock

    BBC

    "Whenever I'm in need of a little escape, I can always rely on the genius detective, his loyal friend, and the amazing consulting criminal." acarolcarrero

    38. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

    Netflix

    "The leading women are incredible: Ellie Kemper is a ball of sunshine, Jane Krakowski has me laughing before she even says anything, and Carol Kane is just golden." kaleep43bdb1b45

    39. Orphan Black

    BBC America

    "It truly is such an accepting show of many social communities — especially the LGBTQ community. Whenever I'm feeling the pressure to conform to society, I know I can turn to characters like Cosima and Felix to bring me some comfort and the knowledge that it's more than OK to simply be who I am." noamh466d00bf9

    40. The Inbetweeners

    E4

    "It always takes my mind off things that are stressing me out and makes me laugh." nerryberry

    41. The Fosters

    Freeform

    "No matter what I'm going through, Stef and Lena are always going through something 10 times worse, and they always make it through the day." swifest

    42. Veronica Mars

    Warner Bros. Television Distribution

    "It's a beautifully crafted show about a young, strong woman who has gone though some shit in her life but still fights for what she believes in, even it means losing friends and making enemies." kdrapes

    43. Charmed

    CBS Television Distribution / Via Getty Images

    "It's my 'chicken soup' show. If I'm sick or super down, I can always marathon that and feel better. Maybe it's nostalgia for my teen years in the '90s or maybe it's watching powerful ladies kick ass while wearing sexy, fashion-forward outfits." katherinebs

    44. Love & Hip Hop

    VH1

    "New York, Atlanta, or Hollywood. There's nothing like watching people being petty to put me in a good mood." jennar44fddeb53

    45. Alias

    Disney–ABC Domestic Television

    "You get to escape with top-secret missions, while watching a badass female hero save the day. She toppled the patriarchy and a terrorist organization while looking fierce AF." chelseaa496d5e5de

    46. Law & Order

    NBCUniversal Television Distribution / Via Getty Images

    "The first three seasons are by far the best — although Briscoe and Curtis were an excellent team. If that's on, as it often is, I'm watching it. Bump, bump." heidiaffeldth

    47. Shameless

    Showtime

    "There is nothing like watching a dysfunctional family whose antics makes me laugh and shake my head at the same time." tbattle22

    48. Will & Grace

    Warner Bros. Television

    "Always and forever." s48b651d1a

    49. Merlin

    FremantleMedia

    "It's super corny and the special effects are kind of awful, but it has so much heart and it's what I watch when my depression and anxiety get bad. It's essentially TV comfort food." emilywagner

    50. Frasier

    CBS Television Distribution

    "Frasier will mess up his life over and over, and Daphne will be weird, and Niles will be a wimp, and Martin will be simple, and Roz will be into some guy." nicky9

    51. RuPaul's Drag Race

    VH1

    "This show has brought me out of so many depressive episodes these past few months. It's just a very fun, colorful reality show celebrating the beautiful art form that is drag." alissafrost

    52. The Mindy Project

    NBCUniversal Television Distribution

    "It's hilarious, it makes me swoon, and Mindy's outfits are the bomb." ericay4aec8dd28

    53. Downton Abbey

    NBCUniversal Television Distribution

    "All the fancy clothes and the fancy talking and basically fancy everything makes me wish I lived in a simpler time. Forever a classic." KatOConnor

    54. Bones

    20th Century Fox Television

    "Whether I want background noise or something to really pay attention to, it's perfect." b48283a6e2

    55. Sailor Moon

    Buena Vista

    "This show taught me about feminist concepts when I was 13 years old." Alexa92

    56. New Girl

    Fox

    "When I was going through a tough time and lost all of my friends, I binge-watched New Girl. It was funny and lighthearted but not something you had to put a lot of effort into watching." aliciadawng

    57. Futurama

    20th Century Fox

    "It's always hilarious and I love the characters." minkiaru

    58. Rick and Morty

    Adult Swim

    "If I'm ever in a mood, I just put this on and it never fails to make me laugh." lcs2

    59. Supernatural

    Warner Bros.

    "I didn’t realize how comforting it was for me until recently. I watch it whenever I’m having a really tough time; it’s a great escape." lastparismango22

    60. Jane the Virgin

    The CW

    "I watch it whenever i need a pick-me-up. Whenever it gets too serious, the narrator always lightens it up!" EmilyBrownnn

    61. Full House

    Warner Bros. Television Distribution

    "I like to watch it when I need comfort because it's so nostalgic and full of terrible '80s and '90s fashion. Plus, looking at John Stamos doesn't hurt. Have mercy!" punchandpie

    62. Steven Universe

    Cartoon Network Studios

    "Hands down. Even watching the sad episodes, I can always feel the tension drain from my shoulders." julz98

    63. Criminal Minds

    CBS Television Distribution

    "I promise I'm not a psychopath, but the whole idea of having a problem presented and solved in front of me is calming. Plus, Reid is pretty." m40957e3b9

    64. Friday Night Lights

    NBCUniversal Television Distribution

    "Whenever I am at a stage in my life when I am unsure or scared about what is going to happen next, I watch an episode. It makes me cry, laugh, and smile whenever I am feeling down." isabellapuglover

    65. The Office

    NBCUniversal Television Distribution

    "I watch it when I want something to make me laugh or lift my spirits. When I'm home by myself and I want to feel like there's people nearby, I put it on and it makes me feel less lonely." —Melissa Gunn, Facebook

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