With the holidays right around the corner, what better way to relax after work, running errands, and checking off your holiday to-do lists, than with a nice hot cup of cocoa and a solid TV show? Sit back, put your feet up, and relax with these TV shows that are sure to give you all the feels.
For the Foodies
The Great British Bake Off
This one is my personal favorites. The seasons generally last 12-13 weeks, with one baker sent home each week, and another named “star-baker”. It’s relaxing, and you learn a lot from the bakers and judges. The people competing are in it simply for their love of baking and to win the prestigious title. They don’t win $10,000 like a lot of shows filmed in the U.S. I think this is partially what makes them extra special bakers (oh, and none of them are professional bakers!). They’re talented, kind, and really fun to watch, but most of all, they’re really supportive of each other despite it being a competition. Follow the bakers on BBC or Netflix.
This show focuses on one highly-skilled chef each episode and tells their story of becoming a chef. The overriding theme is often a person who wasn’t sure what to do after high school, but eventually they found inspiration in food. Some say they had attention deficit issues and didn’t excel in school, got into trouble often, or felt a general lack in their creative spark…until, food! It’s beautifully filmed, with dramatic music and lighting, and amazing stories to top it off. Most of these individuals own gorgeous, secluded restaurants with at least one Michelin Star in deep corners of the world. Watch on Netflix.
Guy’s Grocery Games
This show is an absolute feel-good show. Guy Fieri is the happiest dude with the most energy. He also has a huge heart (and pocket), giving away $20k to the winner of each episode. The contestants have three, 30-minute cooking rounds to whip up something delicious with the craziest challenges. One chef is sent home each round. The last man standing has a chance to run around the store to win up to $20k. Sometimes they play for charity, other times to enhance a restaurant or open a food truck! Find it on Food Network.
For the Drama-Queens and Kings
A Million Little Things
This show is addicting. Everything that could go wrong, usually does. It’s based in Boston, featuring a close group of friends who lose a family member/friend to death by suicide. There’s the enjoyable side with quirky sarcasm and close friendships, but also the drama side with the loss of a friend, an affair, cancer diagnoses, and a whole lot more. I also like that they stay up with current affairs on the show. Stream it on Hulu.
The Queen’s Gambit
Based on the novel, “The Queen’s Gambit” written by Walter Tevis, Elizabeth Harmon is orphaned at a young age and lives in an orphanage. Lost to the world and unsure of her purpose, she finds herself fascinated by the game of chess. A custodian/handy-man, Mr. Shaibel, working in the basement of the orphanage teaches her the rules of the game. She becomes obsessed with chess, often playing the game in her mind. She goes on to enter contest after contest while finding her way. It’s a beautifully portrayed miniseries of a young person navigating life with many drawbacks and victories. Stream it on Netflix.
This show is drama, action, love, family, and more. Thomas Shelby (played by Cillian Murphy) returns home from the First World War as a war hero in 1919, only to face complete economic turmoil in England caused by the war. Acting as the leader of the gang called the Peaky Blinders which is composed of family and close friends, he builds an empire that can’t be torn down…or can it? With five seasons out, and another to air in 2022, you better catch up! Stream on Netflix.
For the Fun and Cheeky Folks
This series is the feel-good show. With optimism to share, Ted Lasso moves to England to coach football (soccer) after years of coaching American college football. His boss-lady fires him for reasons unknown to him, but ends up with a change of heart after his good-nature wins her over. It’s hilarious, fast-paced, and a great way to end your day. Not to mention, Ted Lasso is maybe the most lovable character on TV. Honestly, almost all the characters are loveable on this show. Seasons one and two are streaming on Apple TV. The third is rumored to air in the summer of 2022!
I know most people out there have watched all six seasons, but in case you haven’t, watch it! A very wealthy family is left with virtually nothing after their business manager squanders it away. The shock and panic sets in as they move to a little town that seems to be nestled in the middle of nowhere. They’re forced to learn how to deal with each other while residing in tight quarters. Due to this, they learn each other’s intricacies and faults, leading to some great comedy. The show has all the feels, but mostly it’s witty and funny. Each character has so much to offer, but David Rose’s character speaks to my soul! If you haven’t watched, I highly recommend giving it a chance! You can stream this gem on Netflix.
Directed by Derek Waters, this show has a rotating cast of drunken narrators who tell the true stories of historical events and people throughout the worlds’ history. The narration is reenacted by an all-star cast, making it unforgettable. I’ve personally forgotten most things I learned in high-school history class, but I will never forget the historical events told by completely inebriated narrators on this show. It’s comical, and full of cool facts. Stream all six seasons on Hulu or Comedy Central.