I am not truly a fan of television. In fact, I can go weeks without logging in to our various streaming services. I would much rather end the night with a bath and a good book.  But, when I find a show that I connect with, I binge – episode after episode, season after season. Usually I bring my sisters, mom, or best friend along too because there is nothing better than immersing yourself in a lighthearted series, especially after all the real life events we have endured as of late.

If you’re wondering what to watch as TV choices get more complicated with streaming services and the pandemic putting lots of production on hold, here is a round up of suggestions:

If you love Outlander, watch Bridgerton

Is there any more worthwhile show to take the first spot on a list of feel good series? This period story debuted on Christmas Day and has taken the nation’s romantics by storm. Based on Julia Quinn’s novel The Duke and I, Bridgerton follows the eight Bridgerton siblings as they enter society and fall in love amidst endless scandal.

If you love This Is Us, watch Sweet Magnolias

It only took me a week to soar through the first season of Sweet Magnolias. Set in the charming town of Serenity, best friends Helen, Maddie, and Dana Sue traverse the ups and downs of life. Beware though, despite being officially renewed for a second season, filming has yet to begin and season one ends in quite the cliffhanger.

If you love Gilmore Girls, watch Virgin River

Don’t be fooled, Virgin River has few virgins. Rather, this quaint town is full of characters with secret pasts and foreboding futures. You’ll adore the characters and fly through both seasons of Virgin River – season three is thankfully coming, we just don’t know when exactly yet.

If you love The Home Edit, watch Interior Design Masters

Who doesn’t love a little transformation opportunity? Follow along as aspiring designers work to make something out of near nothing in an attempt to win the ultimate prize. 

If you love Call the Midwife, watch Cable Girls

Cable Girls spirits viewers to Madrid in the 1920s where four young women, employees of the National Telephone Company, embark on the excitement of life and love during a tumultuous time period.

If you love Food Network Star, watch The Great British Baking Show

I’ll readily confess that I love nothing more than baking up a batch of simple cookies and sitting down to watch the immense technicalities of The Great British Baking Show. The accents are divine and the outcome of each cooking challenge impeccable. 

If you love One Tree Hill, watch Jane the Virgin

Five seasons of laughs and gasps await thanks to Jane the Virgin, who, truly, is a virgin … who is pregnant. You’ll understand early on, but all that ensues will keep you captivated in the coming of age telenovela-inspired story of Jane Villanueva.

About Gretchen Bossio

Gretchen Bossio is a homeschooling mom of four from the Pacific Northwest. Writing has always been one of her favorite pastimes so she takes great joy in moonlighting as a freelance writer covering topics such as parenting, wellness, education, fashion, and travel.

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