Top 27 TV Shows That Bring a Smile to Your Face
TV shows provide a wonderful escape from reality and stresses of life. It allows you to enter into this fictional world and get to know fictional characters as they embark on a fictional journey. There are several types of TV shows available to watch these days, and especially with the advent of streaming sites like Netflix that give you up to thousands of content to choose from. But during those days when you feel stressed or overwhelmed, it’s always a good idea to tune into something that gives you that feel-good sensation.
For those days, there are top shows that you can choose from that will not only make you feel good, but also bring a smile (or maybe some laughs, too!) to your face.
You’re the Worst
You’re the Worst is one of the must-see TV shows for anyone who wants a smile on their faces. The premise behind this show is very unique - you have never seen anything like it before, that’s a guarantee. But the premise of the show is also terrifyingly real. It confronts issues about love and relationships that most people are afraid to talk about in the open. And this show does so with incredible humor and wit!
Sex Education is another hilarious TV show along the same vein as You’re The Worst. This is the kind of TV show that confronts issues that people rarely talk about but are most curious about. The story revolves around a teenage boy who has a sex therapist for a mother. He teams up with his high school clique to form an underground sex therapy clinic in their school. This unique approach to the story brings a ton of hilarity and realness that also makes it easy to relate to.
Fleabag is a British comedy-drama that is raved about by critics! It features a dry-witted woman who has no filter whatsoever. Follow her adventure as she struggles to cope with love and life while in London, especially after a tragedy in her life. She is angry and grief-riddled, which is a bad combo! It is a show that will give you enough reason to smile while also sympathizing with the character.
Ricky Gervais is one of the best comedic actors to come out of Britain. In this TV show, After Life, she showcases his comedic talent once again. Following the death of his wife, the former nice guy has transformed his persona into someone who is impulsive with a devil-may-care attitude. To those who know him, this transformation is drastic. But nothing can stop him as he attempts to take the world by storm!
What We Do in the Shadows
This new series is one that is unexpectedly hilarious and light-hearted. Set in Staten Island, it follows the story of three vampires who have lived together for a century. This TV show features a blend of comedy, fantasy and horror in one. This unique plot alone is enough to pique your curiosity to add this to your watch-list - and it does not hurt that it’ll give you the good laughs, too.
This animated comedy series is one of the best shows to put on your TV if you want to bring a smile to your face. Since 2014, there are 6 seasons of this hilarious animated comedy to delight fans. The show follows the life of a former hit TV star as he lives it up in Hollywood way past his prime years on TV. To some regard it is a tragicomedy as the humanoid horse is lost in a sea of booze and self-loathing.
Russian Doll is one of the most interesting TV shows you’ll ever watch. It has a unique timeline that is strange and weird. This American comedy drama is a story about a young woman named Nadia. She was supposed to attend a party in New York City that was thrown in her honor. But in a strange time loop, she ends up dying each night only to awaken the next day. The events continue to recur and she finds herself attending the same event over and over again. This Netflix original series was co-written and created by Saturday Night Live alum, Amy Poehler.
Santa Clarita Diet
Drew Barrymore stars in this comedy, horror TV show entitled Santa Clarita Diet. The story is set in the titular town of Santa Clarita in California. The story revolves around a married couple who are both real estate agents. On the surface, the couple lived a quiet life while raising their teenage daughter. But their world takes an unexpected turn following Sheila’s dramatic transformation that sends her towards a spiral of death and destruction.
Silicon Valley is another hilarious TV show that will surely leave a smile to your face. It follows the life and struggles of six programmers as they try to make it big in Silicon Valley. It is an interesting tale for those who would like to be inspired to pursue their passion or building their own startup. To complement the dose of inspiration you get, you can expect lots of hilarity to go with it.
Catastrophe is a British sitcom that premiered on 2015. This comedy series follows an American man named Rob who goes on a business trip in London. While in London, he meets and hooks up with an Irish girl, with whom he impregnates. What follows next is a series of dilemmas and complications that the couple must face following this unexpected news. It is a simple romantic comedy that is light and refreshing on TV. It does not hurt that the actors have great chemistry, too.
The Boys is a dark comedy series that is based on a comic book. This series follows the adventures of a group of vigilantes who are pursuing corrupt superheroes who take advantage of their superpowers. Given the popularity of superhero characters, this is an interesting perspective on this genre. It is fun and has a good mix of action and comedy.
Speaking of unique and creative comedy shows, Good Omens fit into that box as well. This TV series combines comedy with fantasy. It follows the unlikely duo of an angel and demon who have come to love the life on Earth. With a looming Armageddon, both must work together in order to stop that from happening. As the duo fulfills their quest, they find themselves in a series of hilarious events that are hilarious and exciting at the same time.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is one of many cop shows out there on TV. But it is one of a kind. This cop comedy is one of the best shows to watch if you’ve had a bad day. The brilliant and fast-paced comedic timing is unlike anything you’ve seen before. Set in the 99th precinct of NYPD, this show features the childish yet brilliant cop, Jake Peralta. This show has plenty of memorable characters who can each hold their own, namely Amy Santiago, Captain Raymond Holt, and Detective Charles Boyle.
With a talented cast, it was easy to pull off the brilliant comedic scenes with such natural flair. No matter how crazy the gang seems, they always find a way to solve their cases. And that is pure brilliance!
This is a unique TV show because it is a comedy drama series. This show is a creation of Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna. As the title suggests, the show is focused on themes involving relationships and mental health. There are also family dynamics tossed in between.
The funny script is paired perfectly with the superb acting of its cast. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend explores the emotional, erratic, and eccentric world of its titular character. You will definitely brighten your day with the show’s self-aware witticism and comedic timing. It’s pure TV gold!
The Good Place
The Good Place is one of the funniest shows that are under-the-radar. Starring Kristen Bell, this is a TV show that is set in the afterlife. Knowing that Bell is part of the cast should be hint enough about the nature of this show. The always-funny Bell plays the role of Eleanor to a T. The premise of the show involves Eleanor trying to convince herself that being in the Good Place was a mistake.
Aside from Bell, she is joined by an equally stellar cast. Not only is this TV show going to give you lots of laughs, but there are plenty of touching moments, too.
We’ve all been to a department store before. This bit of information is part of the reason that makes Superstore great as a TV show. The setting for the show is very familiar with its audience. At the same time, the cast is a mix of “oddball” people who always end up in wild and unexpected situations. Despite that, the whole vibe of the show is uplifting. It teaches a few life lessons or two. But mainly, it is therefore to make you laugh. The show’s ability to connect with the audience is superb, too. It could perhaps be attributed to the familiarity of the setting, characters, and situations.
Nonetheless, these are all part of the charm of this NBC sitcom. If you feel sad or just need to brighten your mood, this show could turn things around.
Jane the Virgin
Are you having a bad day? Do yourself a favor and watch Jane the Virgin! This is not only one of the best comedy and light-hearted shows out there, but it also boasts of a unique storyline. First and foremost, you will feel a huge relief knowing that you’re not Jane Villanueva. Jane is the virgin who accidentally got inseminated, thus the premise of the show.
This telenovela-comedy-drama is indeed unique. It has a satirical tone about it. They put the characters in crazy situations yet these moments work! This show is played on CW and has everything you are looking for in a feel-good show – love, laughs, and lots of bonding. When you watch this show, it is guaranteed that you will end up feeling good about yourself. Thanks to a brilliant cast and funny writing, this TV show should be on your list (if you want to bring a smile to your face).
If you want to bring a smile to your face, here’s another iconic TV show to watch – Friends. The show basically ruled the TV landscape in the 1990s. Since it was revived by Netflix, it has created a whole new group of fans – some of which were too young to understand the show when it first aired. This show is also the epitome of the 90s. From the hair to the fashion and their one-liners, it is an icon of TV.
It has been nearly a quarter of a century since the show premiered but it remains as one of the most loved sitcoms in America. The superb acting from its cast, the hilarious storylines, and the touching relationship between the characters – this is a winning formula for the show. While it gives you plenty of laughs, there are a few touching moments, too.
That 70’s Show
Speaking of the 90’s, That 70’s Show is another comedy sitcom that ruled the 1990s. This one is unique from other sitcoms during its time because of the 70’s-themed storyline. You will get a serious dose of nostalgia when you have this show on your screen. That 70’s Show is a coming-of-age show that is centered on the lives of six friends. The show is based on a fictional suburban town in Wisconsin.
This is a great show to watch during those lazy days when you simply want a good laugh. It will also be fun to see the retro fashion in full display, along with a fresh-faced cast that includes Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, and Topher Grace.
The Office is another TV genius! The show actually originated in the UK with Ricky Gervais as the lead star. It was later adapted in the US and experienced warm reception from fans. With Steve Carell on the helm, it was clear why! His acting was superb, along with the supporting cast that include John Krasinski and Rainn Wilson.
You will have a hilariously good time as you witness the office employees’ antics. From crazy pranks to odd behaviors, you can find all of that in this show.
Modern Family is an Emmy-award winning comedy show. And that alone is enough to make you want to add this to your watch list! But putting aside its countless awards and praise, this show is all about the witty punchlines and hilarious situations. In some cases, what probably makes this show so funny is that many of these dilemmas on the show are relatable.
No family is perfect. This is the ultimate message of the show. And while that’s something that you have to deal with, does not mean you can’t get a good laugh out of it. The superb acting of Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burrell, and Sofia Vergara alone makes it worth watching!
The Late Late Show with James Corden
The Late Late Show with James Corden gives you more than enough reasons to stay up late at night. Prime time TV is not your only option when you are in search of ways to transform your frown upside down. This TV show by British host James Corden proves why you will forget about your troubles.
James Corden is TV gold. His sketches are hilarious. His celebrity guest interviews will always leave you cracking up. And he’s also got the famous Carpool Karaoke segment that fans are raving about. Do you need more reason to stay up late (even if you’re not a night owl)? Make sure to add this to your list as an antidote to a bad day.
Saturday Night Live
Of this list, Saturday Night Live is one of the most iconic ones. There is no other show like this and one that can give you feel-good sensation every time you watch it. The comedic performances of the show’s stars are unparalleled. It is interesting how the show is able to add a comedic spin to heavy or depressing topics that plague the society. It is, therefore, a great show to watch if you feel bogged down by the sad reality of the news you see on TV.
Aside from the fascinating comedic performances, the show also has a guest host and guest musical performer every week. You can enjoy other forms of entertainment along the way, aside from the regular comedic skits. If you want to be in a great mood, be sure to turn on this show. The jokes will never fail to put a smile on your face!
Lip Sync Battle
We have the geniuses of TV production to thank for Lip Sync Battle. This show takes karaoke – one of the world’s favorite pastimes – to a whole new level. This show features A-list celebrities who will lip sync to popular or iconic hits. Some of these celebrities go all-out with their performances, which includes extravagant costumes and elaborate choreography. It is every bit as entertaining and hilarious as it sounds!
Another reason to see this show is that Chrissy Teigen is also a co-host. If you’ve been following her on social media, she is every bit as hilarious on the show.
The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory is the brainchild of Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady. While the TV show has sadly come to an end, it did tickle with the fans’ sense of humor over the past 12 seasons. The long-running sitcom features four socially awkward friends who lived in Pasadena and worked in CalTech (California Institute of Technology). The friends lives had a complete turnaround when they met a beautiful and free-spirited blonde in the persona of Penny, which was played by Kaley Cuoco.
The show followed the transformation of these geniuses as they hobble with social situations, relationships, and academic struggles. Sheldon Cooper’s character is a classic and is the glue that brings the show together. Whether or not you are a nerd, you will find yourself rooting for them.
This list of TV shows that bring a smile to your face is pretty much dominated by sitcoms and live-action comedies. But if you prefer to watch animated series, then you won’t be disappointed with Bob’s Burgers. This show is on the top of the list of animated sitcoms guaranteed to give you a good laugh.
Bob Belcher is the titular character on the show. He is a third-generation restaurant owner and owns a place called Bob’s Burgers. The show tackles most of Bob’s problems in running the business. He also has tough competition for his business but he gets the support of his family. For the most part, Bob’s Burgers is relatable. This animated comedy is unique because it is light-hearted in its approach.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
This show is one of the most classic comedy series of all-time. As proof of that, the series is currently on its 14th season. And by the looks of it, it seems as though this won’t be the last. It is only fitting that the show continues to rule your TV screen because of the humor and entertainment it brings. Whether you simply want to smile or expect a good laugh, it will give you that!
Set mostly in Paddy’s Pub, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is definitely a feel-good show. It makes you feel so good and relaxed that it’s one of those shows you could easily binge-watch.
TV shows have come and gone but the ones listed above has never failed to bring a smile to their audience’s faces. Whether you’re watching the season as it progresses or reruns of your old favorites, one thing is clear - you’ll end up feeling good about yourself when you’ve got them on your small screen.