Have you ever had one of those days where you just want to be tucked up on the sofa, cup of tea in your hands and every possible cosy thing you could think of - including the best Feel-Good TV shows? Whether I'm unwell, feeling a bit down, or just generally fancy treating myself, there are 5 TV shows that I can always count on cheering me up.

From my own experiences, I know that there's something just so comforting about watching a TV show that makes you forget about everything and really have a laugh or feel warm and fulfilled inside. There's also nothing better than watching these great shows on a TV with truly stunning High Definition, real-life colour, and streamline design qualities - just like the Panasonic HDR 4K TV

Now, one thing that may seem unusual about this list of TV shows is that there will be no mention of Netflix so if, like me, you haven't jumped on the Netflix bandwagon (for both reasons that there's still good TV outside of that and, damn, I just can't afford it), you'll be happy with this list. So, I'll categorise this into the top 3 TV channels (covering many of their different spin-off channels): BBC, ITV, and Channel 4. But first, a mini disclaimer: I haven't watched absolutely everything so, if I don't mention your favourite, don't worry; I am probably planning on watching it.


Homes Under The Hammer - This is just one of those day time TV Shows that somehow always draws me in. I think, as a creative person, and someone who relies on their creativity to increase their mood, there's such a huge sense of satisfaction when you see the original state of the house and get to follow it's journey to being a gleaming new home.

Autumn Watch - If you're anything like me and have a slightly (very) overboard obsession with everything to do with Autumn, you'll absolutely love the cosiness and warmth that the cute animals and interesting factual info that Autumn Watch can bring. If you haven't yet had your Autumn fix from my Instagram page, then this is the TV show for you.


Family Guy - This cartoon comedy NEVER fails to make me giggle. This one is quite controversial to some people but I know that it has great pick-me-up-powers for me.

Celebrity Juice - If you don't mind a few shocking words and expletives, then you'll be up for Celebrity Juice. And, let's be honest, you've probably already watched it (or at least seen bits of it) because it's been around for so long and is sooo popular.

The Elen DeGeneres Show - If Elen doesn't pick you up at all then I think we're stuck. The Elen DeGeneres Show can be caught on ITV2 through the daytime and is FILLED with positive vibes and is designed to make you leaving that little bit happier.

Love Your Garden - I'm not really sure if this can always improve your mood because there's been a few occasions in which I've turned on the water works to this show. Again, watching this brings great satisfaction when you see the transformations and there's a few chuckles in there too.

The Chase and Tipping Point - I've popped these two game shows together because they both provide the general 'forget-about-life' feeling. You can find yourself really getting invested in these shows and really routing for the contestants.

This Morning - You're probably aware of the heavenly combo that is Holly & Phil. Those two have so many entertaining laughs on their 10:30 TV show: This Morning. I love to watch this on my days off because, not only does it open my eyes to some more difficult subjects, but there's also some really wonderful sections to that show such as the cooking, fashion, and the weird & wonderful.

Through The Keyhole - Again, while Keith Lemon isn't quite everyones cup of tea, if you can tolerate him, Through The Keyhole is definitely going to distract you and pick you up.

Channel 4

8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown - This is probably the greatest TV Mashup that's been done. It was originally a one-off spin off for a charity event but proved so popular that it just kept going. This sparkling comedy panel show is submerged in intellect. Hosted by the ever-funny Jimmy Car, my favourite head-panelist has to be the fantastically satirical Sean Lock.

Friday Night Dinner - I am SO sad that this TV show is no longer with us. It's final series aired last year which was heart wrenching as it is so classically funny. If you've never seen this before you MUST watch it.

Farther Ted - An oldy but a goldy. This true classic comedy is something that will just never get old in my eyes.

Gogglebox - Friday night, post-pizza, ready for a bit of a laugh. Gogglebox really does throw out some hilarious gags. I'm 99% sure that you know how this show works and, if not, then you really should free up your Friday night and give it a watch.

The Great British Bake Off - I don't think I even need to say 2 words about this one. It's a Godsend. This show came down from heaven and then, when passed on to Channel 4, happily continued to be just as magical.

The IT Crowd - I remember that I started watching this sitcom when Jamie was going on holiday for 2 weeks and I knew I'd need a distraction from being lonely. I absolutely LOVED it. Channel 4 really do cough up some fantastic comedies and this was one of them. Again, this TV show has sadly now finished but if they ever brought it back, I'd be right there.

My Mad Fat Diary - Back in the Summer of 2015, when I graduated school, I turned to the haven that is Channel 4 On Demand and finally opened up the treasure chest that I had heard many, many people talk about before. My Mad Fat Diary is a gripping, raw dramedy set in the 90s. The characters are loveable and, while there are many ups and downs, the ending is warming and generally feels complete. I did binge-watch the entirety of all of the seasons within a few days but wouldn't hesitate to re-watch.

What TV Shows can you rely on brightening you up?

*This post was sponsored by Panasonic


  1. "If Ellen doesn't pick you up at all then I think we're stuck." HAHAHAH TELL ME ABOUT IT!
    I really wanna know what's up with Gogglebox and really want to try My Mad Fat Diary after reading this haha. Thanks for sharing! (Also did I mention how lovely lovely lovely your blog is?)
    Have a good week xx

    Joanne | With Risa: A Lifestyle Blog

    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Joanne!! :)

  2. I feel like you also need to add Grand Designs into this list!


    Ellie xx

    1. Ahhh of course! Completely forgot about that one - haha x

  3. Love a bit of Ellen, her show definitely cheers me up as well. It's all so upbeat!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode