What We’re Watching: Comfort Shows on Hulu, Netflix, and HBO Now!


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Comfort TV can mean something different to everyone. Maybe it’s a show so familiar you can recite it word for word. Maybe it’s a guilty pleasure. Maybe it’s a new show people have been recommending for years and you finally commit to watching the entire series! Whatever it means to you, comfort shows give you a welcome escape and an opportunity to get cozy on the couch.  If you’re staying home right now and looking for a show to start/revisit/watch for the millionth time, here are some of our favorite comfort shows to binge-watch – let us know in the comments what shows you’re watching!

Our Favorite Comfort Shows Streaming on Hulu, Netflix, and HBO NOW.

Happy Endings on Hulu

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Recommended by: Liz, Founder of MSA

Streaming on: Hulu – Sign up for Hulu here starting at $5.99/month.

Why they love it: I rewatch this comedy series (3 seasons) every year or two. It is silly, hilarious, and easy to binge. You have the comfort of a constant group of 6 friends – the status quo pretty much resets every episode, and yet there are so many jokes crammed into each episode, that I still find myself laughing out loud even rewatching. While I think it deserves your full attention (at least on the first viewing), it’s also easy to have on in the background if you’re multitasking, too

Community on Hulu

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Recommended by: Eric, Co-Founder of MSA

Streaming on: Hulu – Sign up for Hulu here starting at $5.99/month.

Why they love it: Great one-liners, tons of memorable themed episodes, and Chang.

Fruits Basket on Hulu

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Recommended by: Savannah, Editor & Review Coordinator

Streaming on: Hulu – Sign up for Hulu here starting at $5.99/month.

Why they love it: I fell in love with this wildly whimsical anime in high school and I still watch it from start to finish every year. The series covers the story of Tohru Honda, a high school student who finds herself living with a mysterious family who is cursed by the animals of the Chinese zodiac. There are hijinks, emotional depth, and more heartwarming moments than I can handle!

Veronica Mars on Hulu

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Recommended by: Marne, Content Specialist

Streaming on: Hulu – Sign up for Hulu here starting at $5.99/month.

Why they love it: I feel so grateful that my friend Becca recommended this teen noir series to me years ago and lent me her DVDs. Now I can enjoy Rob Thomas’ masterpiece on Hulu and even got a bonus season from Kristen Bell and the rest of the amazing cast last year due to the cult following. This show has comedy, mystery, and a slew of cameos that make me constantly check IMDb. It’s so well written and gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. Yep, I’m a big ol’ Marshmallow.

 

Catfish on Hulu

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Recommended by: Megan, Content Specialist

Streaming on: Hulu – Sign up for Hulu here starting at $5.99/month.

Why they love it: This is truly a guilty pleasure. Basically, this reality show follows people who have fallen in love online with strangers who may or may not be who they say they are. The whole thing is kind of a total disaster, but in the best way. And there are 7 whole seasons to binge on Hulu!

 

The Office on Netflix

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Recommended by: Andy, Photography Director

Streaming on: Netflix – Sign up for Netflix here starting at $8.99/month.

Why they love it: I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve watched The Office. It’s like putting on a comfortable sweater every time I start it up. I know the jokes that are coming, I know the storylines, and it’s still perfectly entertaining every go-round.

 

Parenthood on Hulu

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Recommended by: Sara, Brand Partnership Coordinator

Streaming on: Hulu – Sign up for Hulu here starting at $5.99/month.

Why they love it: I mean, what’s not to love about this gem of an ensemble cast? It’s like they’re actually family! I was addicted to the ’80s movie of the same title, so it’s a no-brainer that I can enjoy watching this feel-good series over and over. It also doesn’t hurt that there are about a million episodes (ok, 103), so it’s extremely binge-friendly!

Star Trek on Netflix

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Recommended by: Lacey, Product Manager

Streaming on: Netflix – Sign up for Netflix here starting at $8.99/month.

Why they love it: I think any good comfort TV is something you can have it on in the background, watching just a few minutes here and there without feeling like you’re missing out on everything. I often come back to Star Trek, and while I’m not an expert on every single episode and franchise, I often find myself putting it on when I’m not sure what else to watch. I’m a fan of the original series when I just want to relax and fall asleep on the couch, Enterprise when I’m feeling nostalgic, and Deep Space 9 when I need something just a little meatier to distract me.

 

Frasier and Younger on Hulu

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Recommended by: Salina, Content Creator

Streaming on: Hulu – Sign up for Hulu here starting at $5.99/month.

Why they love it: Frasier is just such a classic. I love the intro song; the voices are familiar. It’s like having family over that’s dysfunctional and entertaining and yet not yours. I am obsessed with Younger as a new show. I’m in love with the character and the storyline of someone in her 40s playing a millennial and starting her career since no one would give her an actual chance. Even though her life is not enviable, somehow you still want to be her in the show.

 

Gilmore Girls on Netflix

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Recommended by: Sarah, Content Manager

Streaming on: Netflix – Sign up for Netflix here starting at $8.99/month.

Why I love it: Gilmore Girls has been one of my favorite comfort shows for years. I have a lot of nostalgia wrapped up in this because I always watched it with my mom when I was in high school. We loved the small town, wacky characters, and mother-daughter relationship at the core of the story. It was so fun to revisit the show together when ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ premiered on Netflix in 2016. The music, cozy visuals, and familiar characters make this one of my favorite shows to put on when I want to veg out in front of the TV.

 

High Maintenance on HBO NOW

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Recommended by: Rachel, HR Specialist & Office Support

Streaming on: HBO Go/HBO NOW – Sign up for HBO NOW here starting at $14.99/month.

Why they love it: I love the glimpses into the lives of others which remind me how different, yet similar we all are as humans. Plus, “The Guy” is so chill and loving with everyone he encounters. Everything about the show just makes my heart feel gooey.

 

Seinfeld on Hulu

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Recommended by: Christen, Copywriter & Editor

Streaming on: Hulu – Sign up for Hulu here starting at $5.99/month.

Why they love it: A total staple for me. Elaine is such an icon! Jerry can’t keep a straight face when delivering his own jokes! Newman is the irritating yet oddly acceptable neighbor we’ve all had! It is dated in the best of ways, yet never gets old for me.

 

Bonus: Amazon Prime Video also has some of our favorite shows for tough times:

Catastrophe

Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan write and star in this R-rated comedy about a one-week stand between a Boston ad exec and a London schoolteacher that leads to an accidental pregnancy. When Rob moves to the UK to help figure things out, cultures clash and hormones flare as these two realize they don’t know the first thing about each other.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

In 1958 New York, Midge Maisel’s life is on track- husband, kids, and elegant Yom Kippur dinners in their Upper West Side apartment. But when her life takes a surprise turn, she has to quickly decide what else she’s good at – and going from housewife to stand-up comic is a wild choice to everyone but her. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is written and directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls).

Modern Love

An unlikely friendship. A lost love resurfaced. A marriage at its turning point. A date that might not have been a date. An unconventional new family. These are unique stories about the joys and tribulations of love, each inspired by a real-life personal essay from the beloved New York Times column “Modern Love.”

Fleabag

Fleabag is a hilarious and poignant window into the mind of a dry-witted, sexual, angry, grief-riddled woman, as she hurls herself at modern living in London. Award-winning playwright Phoebe Waller-Bridge writes and stars as Fleabag, an unfiltered woman trying to heal, while rejecting anyone who tries to help her and keeping up her bravado all along.

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan

When CIA analyst Jack Ryan stumbles upon a suspicious series of bank transfers his search for answers pulls him from the safety of his desk job and catapults him into a deadly game of cat and mouse throughout Europe and the Middle East, with a rising terrorist figurehead preparing for a massive attack against the US and its allies.

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What comfort shows do you love to stream? Do you second any of our team’s picks? Let us know in the comments!

Written by Sarah Paul

Sarah Paul

Sarah’s first box was Honest Company and she was excited to learn that there are boxes to cover many of her interests which include coffee, sci-fi, books, pop culture, comics, and makeup. She’s currently loving Stars Hollow Monthly and Vegan Cuts, and can’t wait to find more!

33 Comments

  1. Always a fan of “Mystery Science Theater 3000”. I also like “No Reservations”, “MythBusters” (the original), “Top Gear UK” (the original), “The IT Crowd” and “Black Books”.

  2. Guess my taste in bing watching is not the norm lol. Here are some of my favs!

    The Boys (Amazon Prime)
    V Wars
    Stranger Things
    Umbrella Academy (I agree with above comments on this one!)
    Killing Eve
    The Witcher

    • The Witcher. How could I forget? This series had me on the elliptical for 2 hours straight. I have no idea why I love it. The screen play is pretty cheesy, maybe it’s because Henry Cavill’s character is so relatable, or because of the amazing cinematography?
      If you like this series, the Britannia series on Amazon Prime is pretty entertaining. The characters take longer to warm up to, but makes you eager for the next series release non-the-less.

      • I loved The Witcher and The Mandalorian. I hate waiting in between seasons and generally like to binge watch ones that are finished so I’m dying of anticipation (I’m sure all the production has been delayed too). I watched all 8 seasons Game of Thrones in two months (dark, red, puffy eyes…yes, that’s me). I just started Breaking Bad but I think all the lack of sleep is catching up to me since I can never fit more than an episode in before I start drifting off. 😴 My original Alita comics that I bought in the 90’s are sitting on my desk just calling me to re-read them a gazillionth time too. The movie was good but of course manga is incredible. And my watchlist is a mile long too, so many good movies, books, shows and so little time!

  3. Criminal Minds, Golden Girls, NCIS (the original one), Big Bang Theory, Modern Family –
    and The Librarians. I will also stop on Guardians of the Galaxy- that movie has heart, humor, and action- baby Groot for the win!

  4. I have to keep working (essential service) but reccomend these:
    Bodyguard
    Dark Crystal
    Black Spot
    Top of the Lake

  5. Dead to Me on Netflix is amazing! Funny, dark, emotional and lots of twists! I also recommend Peaky Blinders, it’s absolutely brilliant and stars Cillian Murphy 😍

    • Ooooh Cillian!! 🤤

    • (omg so much YES to Peaky Blinders. I never would have watched it, but some show ended while I was busy doing something and all of a sudden I hear Nick Cave’s Red Right Hand filling the room. It got my attention and boy, did it never let go. <3 )

      Netflix:
      Mad love for Santa Clarita Diet, which is surprisingly great. Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant have awesome chemistry (he seemed so wooden to me on Deadwood – who'd have thought he'd be such a great comedic actor?).
      Bojack Horseman – hilarious, clever, dark, animated. For people who like Archer (which everyone should also watch!) Honorable mention to Big Mouth for another great animated comedy for grown ups.
      Also a strong second for Community, which may take a minute to get into, but soooo worth it!
      More Netflix fun: Luther, Jessica Jones, Penny Dreadful, The Good Place, Walking Dead, Sex Education (Gillian Anderson + awkward coming of age stories = win), Lost Girl, iZombie
      Hulu: Harlots!!! Soooo good (also women-directed, written, and produced), True Blood (campy and fun), Vikings, Party Down, Westworld, Silicon Valley, True Detective, Season 1, Chance (Hugh Laurie!)
      Amazon Prime: The Fall (Gillian Anderson!), Hannibal (even more Gillian!), [also repeat/recent Luther, True Blood, Vikings]

      And thanks to whoever posted about The Witcher – Netflix's incessant clip/ad for it made me think I'd hate it, but will now check it out!

  6. I just finished season 1 of Afterlife. It’s hysterical 🙂

  7. The Good Place is hilarious and really smart. It’s definitely a show that will make you forget about everything that’s going on in the world for a little while. I also love Schitt’s Creek and think something soapy and drama filled like Revenge or Gossip Girl would be good for bingeing now.

    • Mandi, thank you SO much for telling me about Revenge! I have never even heard of it, don’t know how I missed it as it’s so up my alley. I binged the first 8 episodes last night! Will probably have all seasons done my the end of the weekend LOL. What a great show and I love Emily VanCamp from The Resident. Binged Gossip Girl last year. Going to write down everybody’s recommendations, great thread. Thank you!

  8. Fleabag is such a great show! The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is great too.

  9. Criminal Minds is on Netflix (season’s 1-12) and completely binge-worthy!!

    • I love criminal minds! Spencer is my favorite.

  10. Netflix- The Good Place, Grace and Frankie, Ralph Wrecks the internet (movie), Locke and Key, Altered Carbon, The Umbrella Corporation
    Curb Your Enthusiasm on Amazon
    Hulu- Brooklyn Nine Nine, Masked Singer

    • Nod to The Good Place and Umbrella Academy! Altered Carbon is on my list.
      Anyone watch the new Sabrina series? It’s dark but really good.

      • Yes! It’s a really good show but Sabrina annoys me, so I have to take it in small doses LOL

  11. Frasier!

    Oddly perhaps, but I’ve been binging ER (or rather it’s on in the background while I play on my phone).

  12. Second Schitt’s Creek. Lol worthy for sure. New Girl gets me chuckling out loud a lot as well.

  13. Kim’s Convenience! And Corner Gas!

  14. I’ve been binging The Mentalist on Amazon Prime. I’d never seen it before.

    • yes! great show

  15. Schitts Creek!!!!

    • Schitt’s Creek is soo good! The characters were annoying and snobbish at first but they become endearing and the type you root for fast

  16. Lots of goods shows here -but I can’t believe Great British Bake Off wasn’t mentioned. The BEST feel good show.

    • Ahhhh! That is such a good one, Jackie!

  17. I love the Supernatural series. Every year or so I binge watch the whole series. There’s 14 seasons on Netflix right now. I’ve currently been bingeing on it. I’ve been stuck home from work for a whole month so far and still have a few weeks to go because I broke my hand and had to have surgery. So Supernatural has been here for me!

  18. Cobra Kai has been a ton of fun to watch, and it’s definitely one I could watch over & over again. Gotta love Johnny trying to get out of the 80’s when he peaked! 😀

    A lot of good shows mentioned, and a lot I still haven’t seen. Gotta add them to my queue! The first season of Community was a ton of fun, but then it got a little weird to me. And Seinfeld is always one I’ll let play if I stumble across it while channel surfing. Other “comfort” shows I enjoy are Friends (not counting the first two seasons which I could do without; I’m shocked Liz didn’t say Friends!), Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, Rosanne (the original series), and Home Improvement (just to name a few (because I can’t remember them all) that always gets me to stop and watch). 🙂

    • Agreed, surprised Friends wasn’t on the list.
      I like your Roseanne suggestion, I really used to love that show!

  19. i love happy endings! i also wanted to add the hilarious comedy, brookyln nine-nine! i’m re-watching it from season 1, here’s a line that had me laughing yesterday, “berenice? that sounds like the name of a cartoon dump truck!” Joe Lo Truglio, (detective charles boyle) is our favorite and has been cheated out of a emmy every year this show has been on. NINE-NINE!

    • That is a great show, and one I have to watch if I stumble across it. 🙂 Oh! And Superstore 🙂

    • The safe house episode is THE BEST!!! Andre Braugher is stellar.

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