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Community what they were watching to
distract themselves from the crazy world

From heartwarming and lighthearted to badass
and empowering, here are some of their
suggestions for shows that might bring a little
light into your life right now.

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“I really love Black-ish because it does
handle the heavy topics, but in a way that
provides comic relief while still communicating
the serious things different people feel about
them. It never feels hopeless or preachy, but
it doesn’t dismiss the issue entirely.”


Watch it Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC or
watch the most recent episodes here.

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Parks and Recreation

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“The day after the election, I spent the entire
day watching Parks and Recreation. I can
always count on that beautiful tropical fish of
a show to cheer me up. Leslie’s optimism is
contagious, which is definitely what I need
right now. If she was able to deal with the
citizens of Pawnee and still make the city
better, then we can get through anything as

—Amairani Gonzalez, Facebook

Watch it on Netflix.

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Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Whose Line Is It Anyway?

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“Colin Mochrie just cracks me up! Whether I’m
having a bad day mental health-wise or just
need a laugh, Whose Line gets the job


Watch past episodes here.

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4. One
Day at a Time

One Day at a Time

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“Perfect TV show to start 2017. It’ll make you
laugh, it’ll make you cry, and it’ll make you
feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It’s all about
family and being there for one another no
matter how the world changes around you.”

—Mitchell Finlay, Facebook

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“Kara’s story is always inspiring, but most
recently — especially after the hell of a year
that 2016 was for LGBT representation — it’s
been the exciting potential of Alex and
Maggie’s relationship. Alex’s coming out story
was done amazingly, and now they’ve started on
the relationship, which is so far looking

—Sarah Piper, Facebook

Watch it Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW or
catch the five most recent episodes here.

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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“Diverse, funny, and heart-warming all at the
same time. Love it.”

—Broadroad Photography, Facebook

Watch it on Hulu.

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7. The

The Bachelor

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“The show is hilarious and each week I watch, I
can’t help but live for the pointless drama all
the girls have among each other. Seeing Nick
having to deal with it all is the icing on the
cake. Corinne is an absolute fave of mine, she
has all the girls SHOOK.”

—Nandi Bryan, Facebook

Watch it Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC or watch
past episodes here.

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Yuri!!! On Ice

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“It’s an iceskating anime that is so
heartwarming and beautiful while also showing
darker issues, like anxiety. It also has a gay
relationship in it, which is an amazing relief
from the homophobia of the real world and that
really makes me smile.”


Watch it on Crunchyroll.

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Terrace House: Boys and Girls in the

Terrace House: Boys and Girls in the City

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“Netflix revived (what I’m led to believe is) a
popular Japanese reality TV show this year. I
can’t describe how healing it is to watch
normal people resolve boring-ass conflicts in a
respectful way. This show is the opposite of
The Real World. The cast (six
mostly-kind, hyper-ambitious 20-30 somethings)
will resolve dramatic issues such as getting
their driver’s license, cleaning the kitchen,
and coming home too late. It is addictive. It
is perfect. And I love it. Please. Someone
watch this show. I need to talk about Mizuki
with someone.”

—Anne Jaconette, via email

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The Joy of Painting

The Joy of Painting

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“I’ve been watching Bob Ross. His soothing
voice and insistence that it will all turn out
alright in the end is the television version of
comfort food. Plus I still smile any time he
mentions happy little clouds or making friends
for the trees. He calms my frazzled nerves and
gives me a sense of peace that I’m not finding
anywhere else.”

—Maranie Lin, Facebook

Watch it on Twitch.

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Nostalgia Critic

Nostalgia Critic

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“[It’s] been my go-to for web comedy when I’m
feeling in desperate need of a laugh. Not only
does he hilariously review stuff from my
childhood, but lately he’s added some
commentary to his work that is really

—Colleen Deitrich, Facebook

Watch it on
Channel Awesome.

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Ugly Betty

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“It’s honestly one of the most heartwarming
shows I’ve ever watched, and anybody that
hasn’t seen it yet, should.

Some pluses:

The protagonist is Latina, and the show
strongly features her family life, which
includes her gay nephew.

It was the first network television show to
regularly show a transgender character

The main character, Betty, is a plucky
optimist who never fails to make me feel

—Alana Hoehner, Facebook

Watch it on Hulu.

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Big Cat Derek

Big Cat Derek

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“BigCatDerek on YouTube volunteers at a big cat
sanctuary and has webcasts twice a week. Very
relaxing and you get to see tigers, lions,
cougars, leopards, bobcats, and lemurs!”


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The Ellen DeGeneres Show

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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“I like watching the segments on the Ellen show
where she does nice things for people who are
helping out their communities or have done
something incredible. It’s a nice reminder that
not everyone in the country is horrible.”

—Callie Goldfield, Facebook

Watch it weekdays at 3 p.m. ET on NBC or watch
old clips on YouTube.

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Jane the Virgin

Jane the Virgin

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“It just warms my heart. It’s funny,
melodramatic, and the characters are amazing. I
also love the diversity on the show. I highly
recommend it!”


Watch it Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW or
watch Season 1 and 2 on Netflix.

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“It is taking everything good from the books
and fixing all the bad things. It also has an
out bisexual character who calls himself
bisexual and whose sexuality is not his whole
character. I love it so much!”


Watch it Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on Freeform or
watch recent episodes here.

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Voltron: Legendary Defender

Voltron: Legendary Defender

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“When things seem really bad, it’s nice to look
back on how childhood seemed so full of hope
and grand adventures. Voltron: Legendary
is literally this feeling
incarnate. It’s amazing escapism, but it has
some hard-hitting moral ideas brought about in
a gentle, cared-for way.”

—Rachel Claire, Facebook

Watch it on Netflix.

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American Grit

American Grit

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“I binge-watched American Grit over the
weekend and I would definitely recommend it.
Even though it’s a competition, because of what
they go through the teams grow really close and
the support they show the opposing teams by the
end was just really uplifting to watch.”


Watch it on Hulu.

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“While not very well known,
Sweet/Vicious is a well-written dark
dramedy that doesn’t circle around the topic of
rape. The two female leads decide to take
matters into their own hands when campus rape
is being pushed to the side, so they team up
and become vigilantes for rape victims of any


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The Flash

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“There’s really only one show that I constantly
look forward to and that’s gotta be The
. I immediately connected with Barry’s
personality since it reminded me so much of my
own. Of course, it helps that Cisco’s constant
movie references and comedic interjections are
never left out of an episode and brighten my
Tuesday nights.”


Watch it Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW or
catch the five most recent episodes here.

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Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time

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“[It] got me through so much! It’s a show about
hope, magic, family, and love. It has totally
brought light and happiness into my life when I
needed it most!”


Watch it on Netflix.

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Bob’s Burgers

Bob's Burgers

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“I have rewatched the whole series on Netflix
more times than I am willing to admit in
public, but it always cheers me up. All the
characters are wonderful and the Belcher family
is goals.”


Watch it on Netflix.

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This Is Us

This Is Us

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“Even though pretty much every episode is ugly
cry-worthy, This Is Us is my favorite
new show. But it’s a good, cathartic,
let-me-go-hug-my-mom-and-dad cry.”


Watch it Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC or watch
the most recent episodes here.

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The Life & Times of Tim

The Life & Times of Tim

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“This hilarious show has gotten me through some
dark times before and I’m sure it will again! I
can always count on Tim having a waaaay worse
day than me.”


Watch it on HBO.

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Gravity Falls

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“FABULOUS show. Every episode is an
adventure-packed with a lot of heart, humor,
and sly references for kids and adults alike. I
haven’t genuinely missed a show once it was
over in a long time, and this one definitely
had that impact on me.”


Watch it on Hulu.

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“[It] is my go-to cheer up show. It’s like
The A-Team meets Ocean’s Eleven
and it’s funny and warm. It is awesome to watch
the Leverage crew take down white men (and
occasionally white women) who abuse their
positions of power and who exploit people and
the system that privileges them. It’s just a
really enjoyable show that’s getting me through


Watch it on Netflix.

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The Office

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“It helped me so much through my depression.
The series became a comfort to have on even in
the background. It reminded me things weren’t
so bad.”


Watch it on Netflix.

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Scandal, How to Get Away with
, and Grey’s Anatomy

Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, and Grey's Anatomy

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“If Shonda Rhimes’ name is attached to a TV
show, then it’s one of the ones that’s getting
me through. Strong women who go after what they
want is saving my sanity over and over again.”


Watch them on Netflix here,
and here.

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Law and Order: Special Victims Unit

Law and Order: Special Victims Unit

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“After the election, SVU gives me hope that the
power of love, strength, awareness, and
resilience will persevere and allow for a
national dialogue on the prevalence of sexual
assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. I
see tragedy every day, but nonetheless, I have
hope that when we come together, we are


Watch it on Netflix.

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Steven Universe

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“I’ve been recovering after getting my wisdom
teeth removed and Steven Universe has
been keeping me company. It’s my second time
watching the show all the way through. The
short episodes just make it so ripe for binge


Watch it on Hulu.

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Please Like Me

Please Like Me

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“It’s so refreshingly funny and awkward and not
shy of any topics. Great characters that make
you empathize and like you’re part of the crew.
It makes you feel like it’s really OK not to
have your shit together.”


Watch it on Hulu.

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BoJack Horseman

BoJack Horseman

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“I feel like it’s so underrated. The characters
and the name are both very wacky, but in
reality it’s got so much depth. The storyline
is so raw — they’re legitimate problems that
humans go through but somehow carry a lighter
tone because of the characters. It’s a great
coping mechanism because it’s both funny and
deeply relatable.”


Watch on Netflix.

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Gilmore Girls

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“I know it’s like a decade old now, but I’ve
been watching Gilmore Girls with my mom
and it always cheers us up. It’s something for
us to laugh about and discuss together, and an
easy way to catch a break from the drama of our
personal lives.”


Watch it on Netflix.

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The Magicians

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“Makes me feel like I’m not alone.”


Watch it Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Syfy or
watch the most recent episodes here.

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The CW

“Even the show is about fighting supernatural
beings, the emotions of the characters really
mean a lot to me. I struggle with a lot of
mental problems and seeing both Sam and Dean go
through horrible things and persevering really
inspires/motivates me.”


Watch it Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on the CW or
watch past seasons on Netflix.

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The West Wing

The West Wing

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NBC / Via Netflix

“It’s comforting to immerse myself in an
alternate reality where the President makes me
feel warm and fuzzy rather than feeling like I
need to take a bleach shower.”


Watch it on Netflix.

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