5 Feel-Good TV Shows You've (Probably) Never Heard Of

written by Maggie Ferreira

Everyone hits points in their life where they need a good pick-me-up. For me, it was right after the birth of my son. Between the cluster feedings that would occur all day and night, adjusting to no sleep, and trying to find my self-identity as a new mom, postpartum depression hit me like a ton of bricks. Before giving birth, my favorite genre was either true crime or fictional detective shows. After the birth, I was already so down that I desperately needed TV that would lift me up and make me laugh.

If you are going through a tough time in your life, or really just need a good chuckle, check out these shows. They gave me much needed smiles and giggles when I was pulling those all-nighters, and they might help you, too.

Baroness Von Sketch Show
Baroness Von Sketch Show is a Canadian sketch show (think Kids in the Hall, Saturday Night Live) that stars four women making light of everyday situations. With bits on preserving an open bottle of wine, the powers of a vision board, and second thoughts in the delivery room, these ladies are tackling topics that I have never seen featured on this type of show. (IFC)

Moone Boy
Moone Boy is an Irish sitcom about a 12-year-old boy named Martin Moone. Martin has an imaginary friend and a family full of odd characters. Each episode tells the story of his life growing up in the small town of Boyle, Ireland in the late 1980s and early 1990s. This show transported me back to my own childhood growing up in the same era, and has become my TV happy place. (Hulu)

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Making It
Making It
is a competition crafting show hosted by, for my money, two of the funniest people on the planet: Nick Offerman and Amy Poehler. Contestants are tasked with creating handmade projects, with one person being eliminated each week. Seeing the craftsmanship and innovation in each episode may spark your crafty side. (Hulu)

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Nailed It
Nailed It
is a competition baking show, but in the most unconventional way. It takes three home bakers and has them compete to recreate a very professionally and ornate dessert from a different featured chef each week. These cooks are very much amateurs, so the results are often a hilarious mess. (Netflix)

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Flight of the Conchords
Flight of the Conchords is based on the musical comedy duo of the same name from New Zealand. This show is a fictional take on the pair attempting to succeed in New York City. Their funny, creative songs are woven throughout the episodes. This is an older show (first premiered in 2007), but still one of my all-time favorites. (Amazon Prime Video)

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