11 Feel Good TV Shows to Binge Watch this Thanksgiving Long Weekend

November 24, 2017 Saloni Gajjar     saloni_g

Thanksgiving day usually means spending a ton of time with your family and friends, continually updating them about your life while listening to what’s going on with theirs. The best part about it? The much-needed long weekend that follows. Let the long weekend be your “me time” or hang out with your loved ones but make the absolute most of it by binge-watching television shows that will warm your heart right up.

It’s the best combination: a great TV show, your comfy couch (and pajamas), the Thanksgiving feast leftovers. To make your life easy, we picked some of the best feel-good TV shows for you to binge-watch starting asap.

1. “Grey’s Anatomy”

Starring: Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Jesse Williams, Chandra Wilson

One of television’s longest running shows, there’s no way this won’t tug at your heart strings. Focusing on the doctors at a Seattle hospital, “Greys Anatomy” is an expert at intertwining medical cases with progressive storylines, all while making you fall in love with the characters. Don’t think it’s just a medical drama. It’s got all your needs; a ton of romance, heartbreaks, laughs, and even cries. It’s the perfect binge with your hot cup of cocoa. As a bonus, the writing is so damn good, you’ll be quoting the show for weeks.

Seasons 1-13 are streaming on Netflix, season 14 currently airs on ABC

2. “Gilmore Girls”

Starring: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson, Kelly Bishop

Lorelai and Rory Gilmore are an inseparable, fast-talking, pop culture and coffee obsessed, insanely likable mother-daughter duo who live in the eccentric town of Stars Hollow. The show is about these two navigating their own relationship as well as Lorelai’s tough relationship with her own parents. In the weird world we live in today, Stars Hollow is your perfect escape into the quirky, lovely lives of the residents. You won’t be able to stop once you start and they knew it. It’s so good, they brought it back last year nine years after it ended for an epic 4-episode revival.

Seasons 1-7 and the revival are streaming on Netflix

3. “Parks & Recreation”

Starring: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt

If you want a really smart comedy about the government, treat yo’ self with this show. Leslie Knope (Poehler) is the most enthusiastic employee of the Parks & Rec department in the small town of Pawnee, Indiana, and she runs the office like a good politician should, striving to make a difference even when the residents aren’t as responsive. It’s an ideal show for today’s political climate. I can think of at least one person who needs inspiration from Leslie Knope. Also, Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, and other big names have fun cameos on the show.

Seasons 1-7 are streaming on Netflix

4. “This is Us”

Starring: Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K. Brown, Mandy Moore, Chrissy Metz

The narrative of this show spreads over several years and tells the story of the Pearson family, their close bonds and hardships. The writing and acting are brilliant, which is why it has been nominated and is winning awards even though it premiered only last year. This is a feel good show, for sure, but a kind warning: keep the tissues handy. It has moments filled with laughs and love but also tears. Perfect for a long weekend.

Season 1 is streaming on Hulu, season 2 currently airs on NBC

5. “Master of None”

Starring: Aziz Ansari, Lena Waithe, Eric Wareheim, Kelvin Yu

A truly rare comedy, it’s especially relatable for Indian-Americans because Ansari plays Dev Shah, a second-generation immigrant, and an actor, struggling to leave his mark in an industry that relies on stereotypical portrayal of desis. Dev guides his viewers to what life is like not just for him but also his parents, which is a newer sight for American audiences. “Master of None” also deals with racism, female equality, and especially in season 2, it highlights Dev’s romantic life so beautifully, you might think you’re watching a movie.

Seasons 1-2 are streaming on Netflix

6. “Blackish”

Starring: Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi, Jennifer Lewis

An essential family comedy, “blackish” is a portrayal of an African-American family that is grounded in reality. It smashes on the tropes we’ve seen so far. Led by Andre, an advertising executive and his wife Rainbow, a successful doctor, their family of five is relatable and hilarious. The show may be comical but it also takes on serious issues like police brutality, using the N-word, post-partum depression, LGBTQ. It’s the greatest match for a Thanksgiving long weekend binge.

Seasons 1-3 are streaming on Hulu, season 4 currently airs on ABC

7. “Jane the Virgin”

Starring: Gina Rodriguez, Jaime Camil, Justin Baldoni, Yael Grobglas

If you want a really great show that has comedy, drama, romance, mystery but they don’t all seem mashed up together, “Jane the Virgin” is your best bet. It especially works because it takes inspiration from telenovelas with the central character and family being Latina. Jane is accidentally artificially inseminated and a great love triangle between her baby and her fiance ensues. As crazy as it sounds, this plot is just scratching the surface. There is a lot to unpack with this show, which is why non-stop viewing this weekend is your best option.

Seasons 1-3 are streaming on Netflix, season 4 currently airs on The CW

8. “Friends”

Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Courtney Cox, David Schwimmer

Some shows are evergreen for a reason. This show will always “be there for you.” 10 seasons of unadulterated laughter and joy, that’s what this comedy offers. This 90’s comedy has and always will be a classic. It’s impossible not to love all of the six friends who live in New York City, navigating their careers and love life. Your Thanksgiving long weekend just got a whole lot better.

9. “Broad City”

Starring: Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer, Hannibal Buress, Arturo Castro

This web-series turned TV gem will have you in splits thanks to the antics of Abbi and Ilana, two best friends living in New York City. Not the one you see in glossy romantic comedies but the real NYC: the filthy subways, the crazies living on the streets, the tough temp jobs, and so much more. But not for one second will you be bored. “Broad City” is a wonderful surprise if you want to watch a comedy about millennials and think it’s possibly you on screen, this is it.

10. “One Day at a Time”

Starring: Justina Machado, Isabella Gomez, Rita Moreno, Todd Grinnell

This is the ideal feel-good TV show for the long weekend. Loosely based on the comedy of the same name that aired in the 70s, this modern version is all about the Alvarez family. It’s a heartwarming show about Penelope, who lives with her mother and two kids and is the sole earner of the house. The Cuban-American household makes for a colorful, funny TV show but it also deals with emotional subjects, like the coming out of one character, which is handled beautifully.

11. “Supergirl”

Starring: Melissa Benoist, Chyler Leigh, David Harewood, Jeremy Jordan

Superhero shows are a niche genre but recently, TV has given us a plethora of them thanks to Marvel and DC’s venture into the small screen. Amongst them, this female superhero is one of the best offerings. “Supergirl” is a story about Kara Zor-El, a Kryptonite who lives on Earth and has powers. She uses them to save the planet, much like her cousin Superman. Luckily, the show is about female empowerment (they even have a lady President so…automatic victory!), sisterhood, lots of romance, and to be honest, it’s just too much fun to watch in one sitting and enjoy all the superhero versus villain fights. Supergirl is a fierce inspiration.



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Saloni Gajjar

Saloni Gajjar is the content editor for The Teal Mango. Her passion lies in pop culture writing to show the arts as mirror of our society and hopefully help break the barriers associated with South Asians living in the U.S. Plus, TV stuff is just freaking awesome.


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