Who doesn’t love to snuggle up and watch your favorite show? It’s something my husband and I love to do to wind down after a long day. We have our favorites that we watch together like Veep and The Act, and others we reserve for alone time, Game of Thrones for him; I’m Sorry, for me.
These shows are high on entertainment but there are also so many that have strong, uplifting messages. And I’m here for it.
Here are my top 3 Do-Good/Feel-Good programs to watch now.
1. Queer Eye
I loved the original version Queer Eye for the Straight Guy when it aired on Bravo back in the early 2000’s. The show re-launched on Netflix as simply Queer Eye nearly a decade later and I have to admit, it’s better than ever. Just watch the trailer, and grab your tissues.
It’s a makeover show, but it’s got major heart. The overall theme is one of self-love, self-care, and self-improvement. The Fab 5 are constantly complimenting their clients and highlighting what makes them unique and special, aiming to bring out the best in everyone they meet. It’s not simply about changing your look. It’s about giving people their confidence back and reminding them they were already amazing.
My sister and I especially loved the episode on the Jones sisters from Kansas City. Outward appearance aside, the show has had an enormous impact on their lives. Their already booming BBQ business has grown even more. Check out this write up in the Kansa City Star.
It’s no wonder the show won 3 Emmys last September.
2. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Oh, how I’ve longed for season 4 of this delightful show! It’s finally made its way to Netflix, for all the cable-cord cutters, like myself. Man, it was worth the wait. Sadly, it’s the final season, so get your binge on!
If you’re not familiar, the show is a musical comedy and it’s unlike anything else on TV. It’s the brainchild of the brilliant Rachel Bloom who parlayed her YouTube fame into this critically acclaimed TV series.
The story of the many doors that closed on her before one opened at the CW is all too inspiring for a fellow comedy creator/actress. The girl believed in her idea and didn’t give up. She won a Golden Globe for the first season and has taken home more awards since.
What I love about the show is how it deals with many real life issues, like mental health.
One of the highlights of Season 4 is a Chicago style parody in which female inmates tell their stories, none of which are sexy or mysterious, all of them are real and heart-wrenching. Leave it to Bloom to find a way to humanize prison life and make it funny at the same time.
3. Beyonce’s Homecoming
There’s a reason last year’s Coachella was lovingly dubbed Beychella. Queen Bey ruled over the festival. I was there to see it live and as spectacular as it was to witness that epic performance live, there is more magic to behold in her newly released concert film, Homecoming.
Beyonce is at the top of her game and using her platform to create a conversation; it’s not just a concert film. In Homecoming, Beyonce pays homage to black culture.
Watching it from the polo fields in Indio, I didn’t fully grasp all of the deeply rooted messages of the performance. I just enjoyed the music, the costumes changes, the 200 dancers on stage and the Destiny’s Child reunion.
Having watched the film, I have even more respect for Beyonce as a woman who uses her voice intentionally and plans her performances meticulously.
Homecoming gives us a candid look at the grueling schedule and hard work it takes to be Beyonce. It also shows something rare – what it truly looks like to be a superstar who is focused on leaving a lasting, impactful legacy.
If you’d like to hear more about Do-Gooders on TV, check out this episode of The Do-Goodery Podcast with our Chief Do-Gooder, Rocco DeMaro. He chats with a TV critic about NBC’s The Good Place, as well as a few other well-intentioned (and uplifting) shows in these dark days for America.