I need escapism TV

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

  1. Maui

    Maui Well-Known Member

    Apr 22, 2000
    Decatur, IL


    I love shows that have a good heart to them but unfortunately some of my favorites are not available except through alternative methods.

    Men In Trees
    Early Edition (at least available on disc)
    Cupid (the one with Jeremy Piven)

    Okay, now let me find some that are easier to find

    Netflix Streaming
    The Wonder Years
    New Girl
    Quantum Leap
    West Wing
    Parks and Rec
    Freaks and Geeks
    Gilmore Girls
    The Dick Van Dyke Show (My Favorite)
    The Andy Griffith Show
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  2. jamesl

    jamesl Active Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    Scrubs is fantastic
    perfect mixture of sad and funny
    great characters

    can't watch The Wonder Years because
    I've seen it all before and the series finale has ruined it for me -- one of the greatest finales ever, but TOTALLY bums me out

    I'll add Northern Exposure to the list
    great show
    don't know if I'd call it "escapism" television though --- like West Wing it pulls you in for the long haul
    (also I heard there were problems getting rights to music so the series may or may not be available)

    Band of Brothers is freaking awesome, but it is a war mini series

    LOL, I've been watching the old Kung Fu series lately
    I forgot how much I liked that show
    digging the buddhism philosophy too
  3. jilter

    jilter Not.

    Oct 4, 2002
    <I can not figure out how to quote on my phone easy yet.>
    Maui - I appreciate your list; DVD is my absolute all-time favorite!
  4. Malcontent

    Malcontent Ancient Astronaut Theorist

    Sep 4, 2004
    Anything on the 'Hallmark' channel.

    'Hallmark' is going to have alot of holiday themed shows/movies/specials the next two months.
  5. purwater

    purwater I make tasty water

    Aug 25, 2005
    SW Virginia


    The Grand Tour starts tomorrow on Amazon Prime and should be entertaining. Of course not enough episodes to binge watch yet, but the old Top Gear episodes are available on Netflix. That's my go to show when I want to have a few laughs and forget about serious stuff.
  6. Malcontent

    Malcontent Ancient Astronaut Theorist

    Sep 4, 2004
    'Golden Girls' - It's just so funny.
  7. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey

    All excellent choices. Northern Exposure was one of my favorites (at least until Rob Morrow left...mostly).

    I agree about Wonder Years, one of the best sitcoms of all time (and I agree about the ending).

    I was thinking the OP wanted current stuff, but this day and age much older stuff is easily obtainable and if you haven't watched it, it's new to you!

    Another show, which I have only watched the first episode of but am intrigued by is Stranger Things on Netflix. At least from the first episode, it seems to fit the criteria.
  8. Zevida

    Zevida witless and unarmed TCF Club

    Nov 8, 2003
    San Jose, CA
    I agree Parks & Rec is a perfect suggestion. A little overly awkward the first season but really takes off into a fantastic, sincere show.

    Scrubs and Modern Family also good.

    30 Rock is good escapsism comedy. The Office is great too if you don't mind some cringe comedy, it does have a good heart but some really awkward moments.

    I haven't watched but what about Parenthood?
  9. alpacaboy

    alpacaboy Well-Known Member

    Oct 29, 2004
    I agree - I really love "The Good Place."

    Another one I've enjoyed is "No Tomorrow" - an uplifting comedy about a possible upcoming apocolypse. CW, so it helps they have really pretty leads.
  10. jr461

    jr461 Well-Known Member

    Jul 9, 2004
    Northern NJ
    In addition to some of the shows already mentioned:

    These are very much character driven period piece dramas with no real "action" to speak of:
    Downton Abbey
    Mad Men

    Parenthood was mentioned. We liked it a lot but it's a "real-life" type show in that the characters are not just happy-go-lucky all the time. Based on your list of things to avoid, I would say hold off on this.

    What about game shows?

    Anything on the cooking channels (Food Network and the Cooking Channel) or HGTV should be pretty benign.

    Antiques Roadshow on PBS
  11. jilter

    jilter Not.

    Oct 4, 2002
    Appreciate the suggestion - everyone I know loves that show, but Sci-Fi, no?
  12. jilter

    jilter Not.

    Oct 4, 2002
    Game shows- I have been watching Super Password for months!
    Cooking Channel is great, but eventually I get out of bed to go get something to eat!

    Antiques Roadshow is a great suggestion, I will start recording that, thank you.
  13. jr461

    jr461 Well-Known Member

    Jul 9, 2004
    Northern NJ
    I enjoyed it (although not as much as others) but it's sci-fi. Takes place in the 80's, small town, and, well, strange things happen. If you can't sleep at night, this won't help that!
  14. jr461

    jr461 Well-Known Member

    Jul 9, 2004
    Northern NJ
    I also tend to like to snack when watching cooking or food shows :D

    If you're not watching Super Password on Buzzr, they have nothing but old game shows, some as far back as the mid-50s!
  15. jamesl

    jamesl Active Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    I've been watching a lot of "What's My Line" the past couple of weeks
    the host SMOKES during the show
    LOL -- how times have changed
  16. jr461

    jr461 Well-Known Member

    Jul 9, 2004
    Northern NJ
    Yes, lol. Many hosts smoked on TV well into the 70s, I believe. Watch the Tonight Show they are airing on MeTV - he smoked all the time until they had him stop much later on.
  17. osu1991

    osu1991 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2015
    Old Tonight Show with Johnny Carson episodes are on AntennaTV not MeTV. Yes they light up a lot on those, especially on the episodes from the 70's. Johnny will occasionally pull out a can of Budweiser as a sponsor too as they go to commercial.

    GetTv has some good old talk/comedy sketch type shows too with Merv Griffin Show, Judy Garland Show, Danny Kaye Show, Sonny and Cher. I've watched some Bing Crosby, Mitzi Gaynor and Andy Williams specials on there too. Create, IonLife, GetTv, ThisTv, MeTv etc... all have lots of the older family type shows from yesteryear. Laff has more recent shows from 80's and 90's.
  18. sharkster

    sharkster Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Jul 3, 2004
    Hopefully you have stopped with watching any of the news, at least for now. I have totally, for now anyway, stopped watching anything newsie at all. I just can't. So, I am mostly watching things that are lighter and things that are funny. I always have some favorite sitcom on deck. Cooking shows are a good getaway, ONLY if one is at all into such things.

    Plus, one of my biggest addictions is true crime shows on the ID channel. Maybe I'm weird (and that's ok), but they soothe me and my mind is immersed with the story and solving the crime.
  19. TonyTheTiger

    TonyTheTiger Pro Troll Magnet

    Dec 22, 2006
    Add Top Gear (UK) and The Grand Tour to the list. Although basically centered around cars, these are very funny and clever shows. The GT is an Amazon Prime exclusive.

    If you have Hulu, New Tricks is a fun show (also on PBS).

    ETA: The Grand Tour will actually be available to stream from 7:00pm Eastern today (midnight GMT)!
  20. jr461

    jr461 Well-Known Member

    Jul 9, 2004
    Northern NJ
    Thanks. Mixed up my retro channels there! :oops::)

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