I’m going to be honest and say that this week was really shitty. And if you’re a decent person, and one that follows current events in the US, you may be feeling the same way. To combat the shitty-ness of this world I went through and made a list of shows and movies that help make things better. Shows that have a positive message. Movies that will make you feel good. There’s stuff from Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and HBO here. So whatever streaming service you may have, hopefully this helps make your weekend better. It’s definitely better than the news…
Parks and Recreation (Netflix)
There’s a lot of great things about this show. For one, it’s just plain silly. Every character on the show is silly in their own way. You know what else is great about this show. Every woman on here is amazing and they get to be who they want to be. They constantly strive for their goals and dreams and the men and women that are close to them support them.
It’s animated, it’s funny, and it has a good message about realizing there’s more to a person than what they immediately look like. And the villain, a small stupid man with coifed hair, that seeks power through means of destruction, prejudice and sexism, gets eaten by a dragon. Sorry for spoiling it, but it’s still worth the watch.
The Princess Diaries (Netflix)
There is nothing about this movie that can’t bring you joy. There’s funny one liners. Anne Hathaway is lovely as Mia Thermopolis. And Julie Andrews is an angel sent down to better our lives. You can’t not feel good watching this movie. The Second one is on Netflix too, and it’s got Chris Pine. Bet you forgot he was in it.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Another silly show. But one that’s about a wonderful young woman trying to find her place in the world. Someone who went through an unspeakable trauma, and can still bring a positive energy to everyone and everything. And the bastard that hurt her gets put in prison. So that’s cool. Watch this show and you’ll fall in love with just about every single cast member. And you might end up singing some very catchy horrible showtunes after season 2.
An Extremely Goofy Movie (Netflix)
It’s a movie where Goofy goes back to college, his son Max takes part in the X Games, Goofy falls in love, and there’s disco dancing and 70’s music. What could be better.
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (Hulu)
Listen, I know we all give Guy Fieri a lot of crap. But the man loves food. And he may be ridiculous at times. But being ridiculous about food isn’t a bad thing. There’s over 70 episodes available on Hulu. And that’s plenty of time to drool over good food, and enjoy the ridiculousness.
There’s currently 60 episodes of the long running game show on Hulu. Which means you can spend at least a day getting lost in endless knowledge, laughing at Alex Trebek saying ridiculous things, and feeling like a champion when you get the “questions” right.
Moonrise Kingdom (Hulu)
Wes Anderson makes some quirky films. And this may be one of his quirkiest. But at the heart of it is a harmless young romance. One that is silly and beautiful and wonderful. It’s funny, heartwarming, and there’s great performances from some really phenomenal actors.
I, Tonya (Hulu)
Margot Robbie is amazing as Tonya Harding. And the film is beautifully shot and cut. It’s the type of Oscar nominated film that flies under the radar but then your friend tells you to watch it and you laugh a lot and just enjoy the entire thing. It’s also about a woman doing everything she can to achieve her dreams. Even if some of those things are really bad.
The Big Sick (Amazon Prime)
One of the best Rom-Coms in years. A story that will probably make you cry, but also make you feel really good. It’s funny and heartfelt, and it’s a reminder to keep chasing the things you love, even if it means sacrifice.
Spaceballs (Amazon Prime)
It’s silly and ridiculous. But it’s a classic, and one that will probably still make you laugh. Even if you don’t like Star Wars and Sci-Fi stuff, you’ll still probably love Spaceballs.
Baby Mama (Amazon Prime)
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are amazing. And everything they do is amazing. It’s just another funny heartfelt film. And I don’t care if I’ve used that expression multiple times, that’s what this list is about.
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (Amazon Prime)
It may be a kid’s show but sometimes you just need some Mister Rogers in your life. He’s the type of man we need more of in this world. And I’m inclined to believe that if he were still around today, the world would be a little bit better than it is now.
Remember when Shia LaBeouf wasn’t kinda confusing. When he was the kid everyone wanted to be best friends with. Those were good times. Also Sigourney Weaver, Patricia Arquette, Dulé Hill, and Eartha Kitt. Enough said.
The Greatest Showman (HBO)
This was pretty much the feel good musical of last year, not that there were many others. It’s also become a cult hit for good reason. It may have you crying at a few points, and yes it is drastically different from who the real Barnum was. But Hugh Jackman is the man. And it’s message of embracing your uniqueness and the things others cast you aside for, is really empowering. At least I think so.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (HBO)
This is probably the darkest film on the list. But the end makes up for it. A mother is wanting justice for her daughter who was raped and murdered so she puts up three billboards asking the sheriff why there haven’t been any arrests. As has been said before, and may be slightly cliché, it’s a story about a woman who decides that time’s up. And that’s awesome.
The Princess Bride (HBO)
It’s one of the greatest fairy tale films of all time. One of the greatest comedies of all time. And straight up one of the greatest movies of all time. It’s funny, it’s romantic, and it’s without a doubt a perfect feel good movie.
Wonder Woman (HBO)
It feels right to put Wonder Woman at the end of the list. To cap things off with this film. There were a lot of memes last year that would essentially say that the film was everyone saying, “Diana no.” And Diana/Wonder Woman saying, “Diana yes!” And that’s not exactly wrong. And that’s not at all bad. It’s one of my favorite films of last year. It’s one of the best films of last year, and maybe this decade. It’s got some issues sure. But seeing Wonder Woman fight. Seeing her alive, and real on the big (or small) screen, is one of the best things in the world. But it’s still a good movie, and it’s one that shows that women ARE kickass. And we need more movies like that. And we need more declarations of that. Because there are some assholes in this world who don’t see that.