The Watch List; Sara’s Feel Good Grab Bag

By Sara Da Silva

It’s flu season, well at least it appears to be for me. So here’s a brief list of some feel-good TV shows that are perfect to watch when you’re ill.

1. The Mindy Project

I may have watched both seasons of this show in less than a week. I may not even be sorry.

The show follows the life of Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling), an OB/GYN, in her quest to find love. And not just typical love, but the kind you only get in Hugh Grant movies. In addition to her wonderful self, she works with a ton of interesting characters at a medical practise in NYC. This is a great pick-me-up show, and being only 22 minutes long it’s great for someone who’s attention span has been cut short by the fact that they need to puke every so often.

So very glad that season 3 starts this month. My only problem will be adjusting to the fact that I can only watch one episode a week.

2. 2 Broke Girls

Maybe it’s not the best thing to be laughing so hard that your side hurts whilst being ill but I did it anyway. 2 Broke Girls is probably one of the funniest 22 minute TV shows out there. My entire family loves it, and apart from that there isn’t much we all agree on.

Max Black (Kat Dennings) and Caroline Channing (Beth Behrs) are two roommates living together in Williamsburg, New York. After Caroline’s millionaire family became bankrupt, she was forced to get a job waitressing in a greasy American diner. But in her misfortune, she found a best friend in Max.

Whilst they themselves are hilarious, the rest of the cast just make the show fifty times better. Working with the girls at the diner is their very short Korean boss, Han Lee (Matthew Moy), the perverted Ukrainian chef, Oleg (Jonathan Kite) and Earl (Garrett Morris), who is a 75 year old cashier. But, saving the best till last, their neighbour Sophie (Jennifer Coolidge) is my favourite part of the show. She just gets funnier and funnier.

The show’s back on October 27th so you have plenty of time to catch up. You won’t regret it, trust me.
3. The Big Bang Theory

Most of you have probably at least seen 1 episode of The Big Bang Theory so I’m sure it doesn’t need much explaining.

Whilst I know a lot of people who don’t really go for this show, I think it’s great to watch when feeling under the weather. The storylines are lighthearted and not much attention needs to be paid. Well, when they’re discussing theoretical physics then maybe some attention is needed. But if you like sci-fi references and science-related jokes then I’m sure you’ll like this show.

4. Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation is a very Office-esque TV show, and personally I prefer it to The Office.

The show is based on the workings of the Parks and Recreation department in the fictional town of Pawnee, Indianna. Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), being the lead character, has a strong love for Pawnee and local government, with her aim in life to become President of the United States. The other main characters include: Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), the no-nonsense department director, Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari), Leslie’s sarcastic subordinate, Mark Brendanawicz (Paul Schneider), a city planner and Leslie’s not-so-secret crush, April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza), an extremely uninterested intern, Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt – yes, the one from Guardians of the Galaxy), and Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) Leslie’s future love interest.

The cast alone is incentive enough to watch the show, but the premise and the plot is so simply wonderful that it’s something you just can’t pass up.

Happy watching.


 

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