Tuesday, 27 October 2020

10 Feel Good TV And Films For A Self-Care Night

Every once in a while, the time calls for a night dedicated to self-care. I personally like to incorporate a self-care evening after a day of getting my shiz together. A feel-good TV show, box set or film can help you just relax, switch off from the world. When that time comes, here are the 10 feel-good TV and films for a self-care night I choose between.

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 “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while you could miss it.”—Ferris Bueller's Day Off

1. Friday Night Dinner

The first of my top ten 10 feel-good TV and films for a self-care night has to be Friday Night Dinner.

FND is a laugh out loud comedy that is focused on the regular dinner experiences of the Jewish Goodman family, who meet up every Friday night. Invariably, having their dinner interrupted by their neighbour Jim and his dog Wilson/Milson.

2. Fresh Meat

Fresh Meat follows six students; Vod, Oregon, Josie, Kingsley, JP and Howard, who except for Howard, are all fresher. They didn't manage to get into halls, so live together in a student house. The show follows there adventures, their ups and down and their relationships.

3. Fawlty Towers

Another classic British comedy, following Basil Fawlty and his wife Sybil as they try to haphazardly run their hotel. Helped or more often hindered by the incompetent Manuel; their Spanish waiter.

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4. The Inbetweeners 

A cringe hilarious adolescent comedy following Will, Simon, Jay and Neil as they negotiate school, crushes and exams. Followed by two spin-off films, The Inbetweeners Movie and The Inbetweeners 2.

5. Only Fools and Horses 

A classic British comedy, following Del Boy, Rodney, Granddad and later Uncle Albert as they wheel and deal to follow the dream to become a millionaire this time next year. The various escapades have you laughing and feeling their pain when their latest plot doesn't always go to plan. 

6. Eat, Pray, Love

Elizabeth Gilbert finds herself looking at her life and marriage and questioning how she ended up feeling something lacking in her life. She decides to leave everything familiar behind and look for her purpose in life. On a quest to heal and find inner peace, we follow her journey across Italy, India and Indonesia. It makes you feel that anything is possible.

7. This is Us 

Follows the lives of three siblings Kevin, Kate, and Randall (known as the "Big Three"), and their parents Jack and Rebecca Pearson. I am totally gripped. The story mainly takes place in the present and uses flashbacks to show the family's past as well as glimpses into the future. Each individual's story is woven with another's to explore why they are the people they are. 

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8. A Street Cat Named Bob

It is based on the true story of James Bowen and his cat, Bob. James meets Bob on the first night he has been given a chance to escape the streets. Val, his social worker, has taken a chance on James to help him beat his drug addiction. The story shows the amazing bond between James and Bob. It is such an amazing, heart-warming story. 

9. Sliding Doors

When Helen is fired from her job, she rushes to catch the tube. At which point, two scenarios take place. 

In one scenario, Helen gets on the train and goes home to find her boyfriend, Gerry, in bed with another woman. In the second, the tube is suspended, and then she hits her head in an attempted mugging. By the time she gets back, Gerry is showering, and Lidia has left. 

The story then follows the two scenarios side by side. The film really makes you think about the what-ifs of life and if fate really does play out. 

10. The Great British Bake Off 

A list of the top 10 feel-good TV and films for a self-care night wouldn't be complete without GBBO. 

Amateur bakers compete in an attempt to prove their baking skills and impress judges in the iconic white tent. If I'm honest, this is not a personal favourite of mine, but Dan loves it, and it is now symbolic of our relaxing Tuesday evening together. We light a candle and just relax. 

What are your favourite 10 feel-good TV and films for a self-care night?

Lots of love, 
Helen x

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  1. It must be because I'm in the USA that I have not heard of many of the shows on your list.

    It must be because I'm old that I grew up watching Fawlty Towers, lol. John Cleese is the best!

    I did see Eat, Pray, Love (also read the book by Elizabeth Gilbert). It's a wonderful movie! Julia Roberts did a good job portraying the writer.

    Two other movies I enjoy watching for a good night of feel-good self-care are:

    "10 Things I Hate About You" with Julia Stiles playing Kat Stratford. Enjoyed seeing Heath Ledger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Larisa Oleynik in this film, too. They were so young then! This 1999 romantic comedy is loosely based on Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew.

    "In Her Shoes" starring Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, and Shirley MacLaine. It's a 2005 romantic comedy-drama and I loved it! There are some good life & money lessons in the movie.

    When I'm not writing about money and catching up retirement savings after a late start, I could watch these two movies over and over. Thanks for sharing your favorites!


    1. Thank you for your suggestions! I'm sure I saw 10 Things I Hate About You back in the day! I must see if I can find it on Netflix or Prime!

  2. I recently watched Little Italy on Amazon Prime and it was hilarious! It was cheesy and full of humor, but it definitely was a feel good two hours :)
    Jenna ♥
    Stay in touch? Life of an Earth Muffin

    1. Ooh thanks Jenna! I will check out Little Italy - love a hilarious film. It sounds just up my street! x

  3. These are great recommendations! I think New Girl has to me my go to for feel good TV xx

    mia // https://beautiful-inspiring-creative-life.com/

    1. Aww thank you so much! Ooh I haven't seen New Girl. I will have to have a watch! Thank you :) xx


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