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Happy Shows to Stream on Netflix and Hulu: ‘The Office,' ‘Gilmore Girls’ and More

Happy Shows to Stream on Netflix and Hulu: ‘The Office,' ‘Gilmore Girls’ and More

Binge-worthy is an understatement

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If you’re looking for ways to pass the time while stuck inside due to the coronavirus pandemic, there are plenty of shows you can watch online, but some of them can be too intense if you’re already dealing with a lot of stress. If you’re in the mood for something uplifting, then try watching some of the happiest shows streaming on Netflix and Hulu right now.

‘Bob’s Burgers’

‘Bob’s Burgers’

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“Bob’s Burgers,” currently airing its 10th season on Fox, has been nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program for six consecutive years — and has won the award twice. The show follows the life of an off-the-wall family while they run their burger joint together. And, if this show gets you craving burgers, here are some of our best recipes.

‘30 Rock’

‘30 Rock’

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This hit comedy stars Emmy Award-winning actress Tina Fey as variety show producer Liz Lemon. Lemon is forced to navigate her way around the dramatic — sometimes toxic — characters in her life when the network executive of her show hires a new star. During its on-air run, “30 Rock” won 16 Emmy Awards out of 90 nominations.

‘Broad City’

‘Broad City’

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Although its final season concluded in 2019, “Broad City” is a feel-good show that is worth the binge. The comedy series is based on the lives of Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, two inseparable best friends getting through life in New York City together. This show will make you laugh, cry and teach you how to build friendships that can stand the test of time.

‘Brooklyn 99’

‘Brooklyn 99’

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Saturday Night Live alumnus Andy Samberg, along with Terry Crews and Andre Braugher, team up in this 30-minute comedy series about a New York City-based police precinct. The show won a Golden Globe Award for best comedy series and was executive produced by Michael Schur, producer of the hit TV series “Parks and Recreation.” The show is set in Brooklyn, home to some of the most popular tourist destinations in America. Even if you can't go to Brooklyn right now, you can see the sights from your couch.

‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’

‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’

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This sassy show is a great watch for anyone who’s bored at home. With four seasons available on Netflix, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” features Rachel Bloom as Rebecca Bunch, a witty lawyer who moves from New York City to California to win back her boyfriend who dumped her years ago. The Emmy Award-winning, musical comedy show might make you cringe and even cry in its more sober moments, but it will also make you laugh out loud and get you tapping your toes. In fact, dancing is the best way to keep your mind and body active during social distancing.

‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’

‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’

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Once you're done binging "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," get your musical fix next with “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist." The show, which airs on NBC but can also be streamed on Hulu, is based on the character Zoey Clarke, who starts to hear the innermost thoughts of the people around her — through hit songs. Follow along, and the show might even use the top song from the year you were born.

‘Gilmore Girls’

‘Gilmore Girls’

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"Gilmore Girls" is all about the bond between a mother and her daughter as they navigate life and adulthood together. The spunky duo drinks way too much coffee and orders a lot of takeout in between scenes full of witty banter. We recommend ordering a burger from one of the best burger restaurants before strapping in for this heart-warming show.

‘Golden Girls’

‘Golden Girls’

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You might remember getting life lessons from your parents while “Golden Girls” was playing in the background. Well, now it’s your turn to go back and watch this iconic show. Set in Miami, “Golden Girls” follows the lives of four women all experiencing the glory and trials of their golden years.

‘Grace and Frankie’

‘Grace and Frankie’

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“Grace and Frankie” has an iconic cast of characters from the legendary Jane Fonda to Martin Sheen. The show premiered on Netflix in 2015 and now has six seasons. The half-hour episodes follow the lives of Grace and Frankie, who are forced to live together when their husbands leave them for each other. And dog-lovers everywhere will get a kick out of Sol’s dog Carl, a Jack Russell terrier, one of the best dog breeds for seniors.

'Gravity Falls’

'Gravity Falls’

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Take a virtual summer vacation with Dipper and Mabel Pines as they spend their summer in the mysterious town of "Gravity Falls." This two-time Emmy Award-winning series, which premiered in 2012 on Disney Channel, is a quirky show that follows a set of siblings who learn about the importance of family while undertaking wild adventures.

‘Grown-ish’

‘Grown-ish’

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"Grown-ish" is a spin-off of the 15-time Emmy-nominated show “Black-ish.” The show stars Yara Shahidi as Zoey, a popular teen who heads off to college and quickly finds that life won’t always go according to plan. After working from home all day, this is the perfect binge-worthy show that’ll give you all the feels.

‘How I Met Your Mother’

‘How I Met Your Mother’

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While “How I Met Your Mother” hasn’t aired on TV in quite some time, the show is still binge-worthy. This American sitcom follows the life of Ted Mosby as he tells his children the story of … well, how he met their mother. The show stars Neil Patrick Harris, New Mexico’s most famous celebrity. Here is a guide to the most famous celebrity from your state.

‘Jane the Virgin’

‘Jane the Virgin’

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Whew, this show is a whirlwind. “Jane the Virgin” is inspired by the topsy-turvy plots only telenovelas dare to try. All the comedy and drama combined will definitely help you de-stress. This five-season show follows the life of Jane Villanueva. She’s committed herself to remaining chaste until marriage, but then she finds out she’s pregnant. Immaculate conception or medical mistake? You’ll have to watch and find out.

‘Kim’s Convenience’

‘Kim’s Convenience’

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“Kim’s Convenience,” like the Emmy-nominated series “Schitt’s Creek,” premiered on the CBC TV network but can now be streamed on Netflix. The show follows the lives of a Korean-Canadian family who runs a convenience store in Toronto, Canada, which is one of the safest cities in the world.

‘The Mindy Project'

‘The Mindy Project'

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“The Mindy Project” first aired on Fox in 2012 and was created by Emmy-nominated writer and producer, Mindy Kaling. The single-camera comedy is based on the character Mindy Lahiri, an OB-GYN who is determined to get her personal life in check. “The Mindy Project” takes place in New York, one of the best states to raise a family.

‘Modern Family’

‘Modern Family’

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Take a break from cleaning the nooks and crannies of your home and unwind with “Modern Family.” Even though this 11-season show just wrapped, it’s still a great watch and a hilarious look into what life is like for the dynamic Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker family.

‘New Girl’

‘New Girl’

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"New Girl" is an Emmy-nominated show premiered on Fox in 2011 and stars Zooey Deschanel as Jessica Day, a spunky teacher who finds herself living in a flat with three bachelors. The show follows the main characters as they navigate adulthood, with a few romantic and hilarious pit stops along the way. The show was filmed in Los Angeles, home to many Hollywood filming locations.

‘One Day At a Time’

‘One Day At a Time’

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This heartwarming comedy aired its fourth season on Pop TV after Netflix canceled the show last year. “One Day at a Time” stars “Jane the Virgin” actress Justina Machado as a newly single Latina mother raising her two children with the help of her mother, played by Oscar-winning actress Rita Moreno. The show touches on the importance of cultivating strong family relationships all while taking things … well, one day at a time.

‘The Powerpuff Girls’

‘The Powerpuff Girls’

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While you may not be able to go on an exciting adventure yourself right now, you can still save the world with your favorite lab-created sisters. Stream “The Powerpuff Girls” on Hulu and join in on the fun as Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup protect Townsville from quirky evil villains.

‘Queer Eye’

‘Queer Eye’

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“Queer Eye” is the definition of a feel-good show. This reality show is filled with tears, makeovers and hot style tips as the Fab Five set out to improve the lives of men and women who often have different belief systems from them. The show stars beauty guru Jonathan Van Ness and cooking expert Antoni Porowski, who is just one celebrity chef offering online cooking classes right now.

‘Schitt’s Creek’

‘Schitt’s Creek’

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If you’re spending more time at home, this is the show to binge. And while the final episode of this hilarious sitcom just aired, you can still watch the first five seasons on Netflix. “Schitt’s Creek” follows a high-society family that loses its fortune. After taking shelter in a rural town called Schitt’s Creek — their last asset — the family members encounter a colorful cast of characters who push them to embrace small-town life.

‘Seinfeld’

‘Seinfeld’

 

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During its run, “Seinfeld” won 10 Emmy Awards and received 68 nominations. The hit show follows Jerry Seinfeld and his wacky friends as they navigate life in New York City. And if you’ve never seen the show, now is the time to catch up and finally know the origin of pop culture moments from the show like replacing words with “yada yada” and Jerry’s famous fashion faux pas, i.e. the puffy shirt.

‘The Good Place’

‘The Good Place’

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Although the series finale aired earlier this year, it’s not too late to watch NBC’s “The Good Place,” which is available on Netflix and Hulu. The show follows the afterlives of a few main characters as they work to become better people. And, if this quirky show has you wondering how you can get into “the good place,” here are 50 ways you can be a kinder person.

‘The Office’

‘The Office’

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“The Office” is an Emmy Award-winning show that aired on NBC from 2005 to 2013. It follows the lives of several characters as they navigate life and love, all while working in the same office at a paper company. “The Office" is packed with crazy work antics, from insane holiday parties to disruptive mid-day meetings. This show hilariously demonstrates all of the office etiquette mistakes you should avoid.

‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’

‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’

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Although the final season of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” aired last year, this show is one you can stream at any time on Netflix. Created by Tina Fey and starring Ellie Kemper and Tituss Burgess, the show follows the life of a woman who was rescued from a doomsday cult and then moves to New York City -- which is stacked with places you’re likely to spot a celebrity.

‘Rugrats’

‘Rugrats’

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If you grew up in the ‘90s, it’s hard to hear the phrase “a baby’s gotta do what a baby’s gotta do” and not think of Tommy Pickles and his group of friends. That’s right, the feel-good show you have to watch, especially if you’re working from home with kids, is “Rugrats.” This five-time Emmy-nominated show is proof that even the life of a toddler can be entertaining.

‘Nailed It!’

‘Nailed It!’

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This show is guaranteed to get some giggles from you and those you’re quarantining with. “Nailed It!” follows home bakers with a terrible baking track record who attempt to re-create intricate desserts for a $10,000 prize. The show was nominated for the 2019 Emmy Award for outstanding competition program. If this show gets you in the mood to bake, here are some recipes you can easily whip up with pantry staples.

‘Glee’

‘Glee’

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“Glee” is a six-season, six-time Emmy Award-winning show with an ensemble cast including Lea Michele and Jane Lynch. This musical comedy features an underdog cast of characters whose greatest treasure is their glee club, which is led by a hopeful teacher who is determined to make it a success. While the show can have more dramatic storylines, the music in each episode is entertaining and inspiring. You might even be inspired to get your at-home exercise in by singing and dancing along with the show’s main characters.

‘Parks and Recreation’

‘Parks and Recreation’

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From Emmy-Award winning executive producers Greg Daniels and Michael Schur, “Parks and Recreation” is a witty and delightful comedy that follows Leslie Knope and her band of mismatched coworkers in the office of the parks department in Pawnee, Indiana. Knope’s fierce determination to get the job done will have every woman who watches the show inspired to accomplish their bucket-list goals.

‘Cheers’

‘Cheers’

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"Cheers," which premiered in 1982, features Ted Danson as a former baseball player turned neighborhood bar owner. The show follows Danson’s character and the many folks that wander into his bar. During its run, "Cheers" won 28 Emmy Awards and was ranked by “TV Guide” as one of the greatest TV series of all time. So pour yourself your favorite beer and get ready to binge this hit show.

‘Community’

‘Community’

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If you’re looking for ways to stay in touch with family and friends, you should try watching a movie or show together. One sitcom to add to your list is “Community,” which is streaming on Netflix. “Community” follows Jeff Winger, a disbarred lawyer who enrolls in community college and befriends the people in his study group. The show features Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs and Ken Jeong.

‘Steven Universe’

‘Steven Universe’

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Although you can’t take a trip to see some of the bluest waters in the world right now, you can still go on an intergalactic adventure with “Steven Universe.” The show aired on Cartoon Network, but you can also stream the first four seasons on Hulu. It follows the life of a world-saving half-human, half-gem hero whose powers emit from his bellybutton.

‘The Great British Baking Show’

‘The Great British Baking Show’

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“The Great British Baking Show” is a 10-week baking competition that captures all of the trials and tribulations of amateur bakers tackling weekly challenges until one winner is crowned. And if this show makes you want to test your skills as a home-baker, here are the most difficult but impressive dessert recipes to try your hand at.

‘Regular Show’

‘Regular Show’

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“Regular Show” follows Mordecai and Rigby, two best friends who spend their time trying to entertain themselves — pretty relatable, right? While you may find yourself doing some oddball activities during quarantine like homemade weather experiments, Mordecai and Rigby have likely been there, done that.

‘Adventure Time’

‘Adventure Time’

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While you may not be able to plan your own weekend getaway or adventure right now, there is always a home for you in the Land of Ooo. The eight-time Emmy Award-winning show “Adventure Time” is a fun and dynamic animated show that follows the escapades of Finn and his best friend Jake, a dog with magical powers. Whether they’re saving Princess Bubblegum or challenging the Ice King, “Adventure Time” is always an exciting ride. And while watching “Adventure Time” is one way to pass the time, there are plenty of other indoor activities to do with your kids while you’re in quarantine

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