I need escapism TV

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by jilter, Nov 16, 2016.

  1. jilter

    jilter Not.

    Oct 4, 2002


    I cant sleep at night. I am saturated with news. I do not enjoy tv shows that portray violence, aggression, drugs, crime, illness, terror, horror, sci-fi or denegrating comedy.
    Can you please recommend any television I can escape into?
    Thank you.
  2. Hcour

    Hcour Well-Known Member

    Dec 24, 2007
    Current or past shows? If past, the first few seasons of The West Wing (when Sorkin was onboard) might interest you.
  3. jamesl

    jamesl Active Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    you can probably find this on netflix

    The Boy Who Sees Without Eyes
    Ben Underwood is a young boy who had his eyes removed at age 3 due to retinal cancer. As a result, he uses echolocation (like dolphins do) to “see” without seeing. He plays basketball, skateboards, and rollerblades. He uses sound to “see” and gets around perfectly well.

    edit: oh, wait -- you didn't want illness
    meh, I'll leave it here anyway just in case you change your mind

    there's plenty here
    Best Documentaries on Youtube

    not sci-fi, but real science
    science documentary - YouTube

    and although this is a detective show and does have crime it isn't really violent
    maybe you can find it on hulu or netflix or locally
    Murdoch Mysteries
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  4. jamesl

    jamesl Active Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    ooh ooh

    you really tired of violence and crime and all that ?

    how about this
    Bob Ross Official Youtube channel

    I watch this all the time

    or these -- if you're a nature person these are awesome

    Last edited: Nov 16, 2016
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  5. jilter

    jilter Not.

    Oct 4, 2002


    Thank you so much. I felt there was something out there I had not considered. Nature documentaries are a good suggestion. Appreciate it.
  6. andyw715

    andyw715 Well-Known Member

    Jul 31, 2007
    Full House
  7. jamesbobo

    jamesbobo with a grain of salt

    Jun 18, 2000
    If you're looking for documentaries, Nova and Nature are good places to start.
    Two Broke Girls won't require any thinking, that should relax your brain.
  8. Bob Coxner

    Bob Coxner Active Member

    Dec 1, 2004
    My go to escapes:

    Barnwood Builders
    Mega Shippers
    Schitt's Creek
    Chasing Classic Cars
    Fast N' Loud
    American Pickers
    Rick and Morty
    The Great British Baking Show
    Poldark on Masterpiece
    People of Earth

    Those are all on network or cable

    For Netflix

    The Crown
    Master of None
    The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
    The Paradise

    That should be enough to get you through the night. :)
  9. jilter

    jilter Not.

    Oct 4, 2002
    Two Broke Girls- good one! No insulting humor there.
  10. madscientist

    madscientist Deregistered Snoozer

    Nov 12, 2003
    Lexington, MA
    If you're looking for comedy you could try "Brooklyn 99" which seems to meet your criteria. I'm not sure how deep your aversion to "insulting humor" goes; almost every comedy has some aspect of humor at someone's expense, but this is not "cringe comedy".
  11. Howie

    Howie Out of Pocket TCF Club

    May 3, 2004
    San Antonio
    Sesame Street?
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  12. ClutchBrake

    ClutchBrake Pass the gravy!

    Sep 5, 2001
    Parks & Recreation.
  13. jilter

    jilter Not.

    Oct 4, 2002
    B99 - Thank you.
    I hesitated to even say it as I thought it could be misconstrued. I understand what you are saying - most all comedy has some element of "insulting humor." "Cringe comedy" - perfect phrasing - thanks for helping me. I can not even think of a reasonable example right this second of what I meant - South Park, maybe? Also, as an example -I know Shameless is a long-standing show with great reviews and a large audience, but that would not be escapism to me.

    Parks & Rec - yes! I always forget about that one - I never watched it.
    I tried Community, did not hold my interest.
    Thanks again!
  14. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    I think the ABC comedies fit your list, which are mostly family oriented, low insult comedies. I also enjoy a lot of the "food" related travel shows on The Travel Channel. I find learning about native foods is a great way to learn about the cultures of other places in a good way. Especially into Bizarre Foods Delicious Destinations where Andrew Zimmern goes to various cities and eats the foods those places are famous for (not really Bizarre foods, now is it?). An example is going to Brooklyn for the Pizza, or Philly for the cheesesteaks. Stuff like that.
  15. madscientist

    madscientist Deregistered Snoozer

    Nov 12, 2003
    Lexington, MA
    From this year's freshman crop we are really enjoying "The Good Place". That's serious escapism there :).
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  16. DancnDude

    DancnDude Thrice as nice TCF Club

    Feb 7, 2001
    Madison, WI
    I would agree with Parks & Rec: it's amazing. We liked it right from the start, but it definitely evolved through the first season. But don't worry as Season 1 is only like 6 episodes or something like that.

    Another suggestion if you haven't watched it before, but Mythbusters is a really entertaining show.
  17. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

    Jan 6, 2003
    Many sitcoms meet your criteria. As mentioned, the ABC sitcoms have very little denigrating humor--Goldbergs, Speechless, Modern Family, etc. The Good Place is another. Some of the CBS sitcoms.
    Unless insulting Caroline's boobs, Han's size and Max's vagina are considered denigrating. :eek:
  18. osu1991

    osu1991 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2015
    Personally this all I watch as I don't care for the crime/court room dramas or the reality he said/she said junk.

    Barnwood Builders
    Salvage Dawgs
    Wheeler Dealers
    Iron Resurrection
    Fast N Loud
    Bitchin Rides
    American Pickers
    Jay Lenos Garage
    Last Man Standing
    Cutthroat Kitchen
    The Chew
    Lots of baking shows. British Bake Off, Holiday Baking Championship, Halloween Baking Championship, Clash of the Grandmas etc.

    Lots of stuff from U.K. Canada Ireland and Australia if you know how to acquire them.
  19. midas

    midas I heard that

    Jun 1, 2000
    I'm still watching the old Tonight Show (Carson era) reruns. Even the political stuff in the monologue doesn't mean anything because it's between 25 and 45 years old.
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  20. jilter

    jilter Not.

    Oct 4, 2002
    I do not.

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