It seems like a lot of popular TV shows these days are either dramatic, stressful, gory or a mix of all three. I love “Westworld” and true crime documentaries as much as the next person, but sometimes you need a break. Whether coming home from a long day and need to watch something mindless, are looking for a fun show to watch with friends, or are looking for a more uplifting show to add to your Netflix list, here are five shows that are light, exciting and all around enjoyable.
1. The Great British Baking Show
“The Great British Baking Show” is one of the most delightful shows on Netflix. Originally airing on the BBC, the show is a baking challenge, where amateur bakers from all over England come to win the competition. The show is full of puns and jokes. The constants are always nice to each other, and sometimes even help each other if they’re struggling. Even though it’s just a baking show, sometimes I find myself crying of happiness when contestants win a challenge. The first four seasons are on Netflix, and they’re a great pick-me-up if you’re looking to decompress at the end of the day, or watch a fun show with friends.
2. Queer Eye
“Queer Eye” is not your normal makeover. The Netflix original is rebooted from the original series, which aired on Bravo over a decade ago. Every episode, five gay men called the ‘fab five’, give advice to people who need it about interior design, fashion, grooming, culture and food and wine. Episodes can get a bit emotional, season two’s tagline is “I’m not crying, you’re crying.” But the show is inspiring, and very uplifting, you’ll always be crying from happiness. Season two just dropped on Netflix recently, so there’s plenty of episodes to watch.
3. Abstract: The Art of Design
“Abstract: The Art of Design” will make you want to work hard to achieve your dreams. Every episode profiles a contemporary designer, who is a rock star in their field. Episodes include the man who designed Air Jordans, an illustrator who designs covers of The New Yorker, and the woman who builds tour sets for Beyoncé. Each episode is beautifully shot, with aesthetically pleasing text and cartoons to accompany the story of these amazing people’s lives. If you are a designer, an artist, a writer, or anyone — I would highly recommend it.
4. Nailed It
“Nailed It” is like if “The Great British Baking Show” met comedy and failure. Home bakers who are known for not being the best at cooking, are brought to the show where they hope to redeem themselves, and win some cash. The show is extremely funny, the bakers try to recreate fancy Instagram and Pintrest recipes, sometimes to disastrous results. The show is hosted by the hilarious Nicole Byer and world renowned pastry chef Jacques Torres. Each episode is a great way to get a good laugh in and maybe learn something new about cooking.
5. Planet Earth II
Most people have seen “Planet Earth,” the incredible nature documentary that makes you feel like you’re anywhere in the world when you’re just in your living room. The BBC released “Planet Earth II” as a follow up a decade after the original. Now, more breathtaking details can be captured in high definition with enhanced technology. “Planet Earth” is the ultimate way to watch something beautiful, and learn something new about our vast planet.
Also published on Medium.