Every film and TV show we turn to when we’re feeling blue.
Sometimes, when you’re feeling a little bit shitty, there’s no other option but to batten down the hatches and bunker down under the safety of your own duvet, with just snacks and happy, lighthearted entertainment to keep you company. And sure, it may only be a temporary fix, but there’s a sense of solace in getting tucked up and enjoying a few easy laughs when the world outside feels a little too confusing – and that’s exactly the strategy that we’re here to help with today. From hilarious sitcoms to inspiring classic films, here’s all the feel-good movies and TV shows the Secret Media team turn to when feeling a little blue.
1. Schitt’s Creek
Recommended by: Georgie Hoole, Executive Editor for Secret Media UK & Aus
What they had to say 📺: I think I mentioned this in our ‘Shows that got us through the pandemic’ article too, but I’d never miss an opportunity to talk about this masterpiece. Just watch it. You’ll understand why.
2. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
Recommended by: Kat Notman, Writer for Secret Kobenhavn/Amsterdam/Stockholm
What they had to say 📺: The thing I watch to cheer me up is It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, because not only is Danny DeVito hilarious in it, but the characters are such awful humans that it makes you feel better about your own life, haha. And then Bob’s Burgers – because it’s lovely.
What they had to say 📺: My all-time favourite film. I think there’s just comfort in its familiarity for me (I once watched it three times in a day), but it’s also just bloody excellent. It’s hilarious, the cast is genius, and we can’t forget those dreamlike Wes Anderson vibes. I’m obsessed and I don’t care who knows it.
3. Breakfast At Tiffany’s
Recommended by: Laura Rogan, Editor of Secret Manchester
What they had to say 📺: Nothing beats an absolute classic when you’re feeling a little sad, and for me, Audrey Hepburn ticks all of the boxes. She had a real way of creating subtle, lighthearted comedy, and her co-stars were always just as high a calibre as herself. Naturally, it wouldn’t be a feel-good film without a happy ending, and it’s there where Breakfast at Tiffany’s definitely delivers.
4. It’s A Wonderful Life
Recommended by: Julie Freeman, Writer of Secret London
What they had to say 📺: In terms of movies, there’s nothing like a good classic film to make me feel nostalgic. It’s a Wonderful Life (even though considered a Christmas movie) takes me back to watching films with my grandad, and it never fails to make me smile.
5. Midnight In Paris
Recommended by: Ria Lawrence, Writer of Secret Sydney
What they had to say 📺: It’s charming and whimsical and uplifting and just makes you fall in love with Paris and life in general. I’ve watched it so many times I can literally quote it word to word. It’s the ideal choice for culture and literature lovers and you get to soak up the dreamy Paris atmosphere from the comfort of your couch.
6. The Princess Bride
Recommended by: Amanda Viller, Community Manager
What they had to say 📺: For movies, The Princess Bride, is my all-time favourite. Excellent one-liners, it’s not your typical fairytale story and it is a complete masterpiece. It’ll have you wishing you knew how to fence, and will have you saying “inconceivable” all day.
7. Stand By Me
Recommended by: Jack Saddler, Writer for Secret London and Secret Dublin
What they had to say 📺: For a quick mood lift, it’s tough to look beyond Stand By Me (1986). A Stephen King adaptation following a group of young boys out on a coming-of-age adventure. In this love letter to youthful abandonment, you’ll vicariously live through their close shaves; their insults; their powerful friendship and the bitter-taste ending that yearns for a life where you never have to grow up.
Recommended by: Marco Ruiz, Writer for Secret Australia cities
What they had to say 📺: Jon Favreau is great, and in CHEF, his awesomeness seeps into the rest of the film, which is entertaining, damn funny and always leaves me feeling like I could eat so many Cuban sandwiches. And BBQs. And every other dish that’s shown in the film. But what I think I like most about the film is the story and the journey, both literal and figurative, that Favreau’s character goes on as well as the other characters that accompany him. Lastly, the colours of the film are that fun, bright, make-me-happy vibe and the music is on point.
[Featured image: NBC/Twentieth Century Fox]