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10 Comfort Shows to Improve Your Mood During Finals

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With finals wrapping up and summer coming to a start, it's the perfect time to binge-watch comfort shows to relax and recharge. Read about 8 perfect comfort shows to watch while curled up with a cozy blanket and some of your favorite snacks. Follow along!

1. New Girl

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The Queen of all sitcoms, New Girl is a staple when settling in on a Friday night. It explores the life of Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel) when she moves into a Los Angeles loft with three men who later become her best friends. Also encompassing Jess's best friend Cece Parekh (Hannah Simone), the show explores the relationships, career struggles, and love lives of adults in their late twenties to their early thirties. This show is a perfect dramatic comedy to watch when wanting to bring out more of your quirky side.

2. Gilmore Girls

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Highlighting the pivotal relationship between mother and daughter, Gilmore Girls stars Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore and Alexis Bledel as Lorelai “Rory” Gilmore as they explore their ambitions and relationships. Gilmore Girls combines the perfect amounts of both humor and drama set in a small town as the mini-plots in each episode unfold to include various people in their lives.

3. Friends

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A true American cult favorite, Friends, set in the late 90s and early 2000s, brings 6 of TV's most iconic characters as they grow up and face struggles in their twenties and thirties. Showing true struggles as people evolve, Friends explores the very real experiences of a group of friends as they understand relationships, jobs, marriage, and struggle with their identity. Combined with comedy that has created iconic lines used to this day, Friends will always keep you entertained and is super easy to binge-watch.

4. One Tree Hill

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Perfectly capturing the 2000’s vibes, One Tree Hill takes place in Tree Hill, North Carolina, exploring the lives of 5 teenagers as they explore relationships and grow into their careers and families. Bringing the iconic Brooke Davis (Sophia Bush), One Tree Hill encompasses humor, strong female leads, and a budding relationship between estranged brothers. This is perfect to watch when you're searching for a teen drama with relatable characters and a classic sense of humor.

5. Gossip Girl

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Giving us a sneak peek into the scandalous lives of Manhattan's elite, Gossip Girl exposes the lives of teenagers living on the Upper East Side as their secrets are revealed by a mysterious blogger. Unable to get a hold on the blogger and prevent their secrets from being exposed, the socialites struggle to hide the scandal. Bringing us unexpected alliances and romances, Gossip Girl gives you the perfect balance of drama and privilege to bring you into a world of luxury.

6. Grey’s anatomy

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One of the most iconic shows in history, Grey’s anatomy has the ability to turn average people into aspiring medical professionals. Running for 18 seasons now, it explores the lives of surgeons and surgeons in training at Seattle Grace Hospital (Now Grey Sloan Memorial) as they navigate their personal and professional lives, which often overlap. This show brings us some of TV’s most iconic characters with elaborate storylines filled with humor, drama, and love.

7. Criminal Minds

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For crime fans, Criminal Minds brings 15 seasons of a deep dive into the Behavioral Analysis Unit at the FBI, which captures serial killers using behavioral profiling. Bringing us lovable characters who address their own personal struggles, Criminal Minds is the perfect law enforcement-centered show to binge-watch when you're looking for something filled with elaborate plots and details: something you wouldn't want to miss.

8. Bridgerton

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Though relatively new, Bridgerton took the world by storm, capturing the Briderton Family in regal England as they navigate through the aristocracy and find love amongst the ton. Each season of Bridgerton focuses on a different member of the family and follows them as they navigate through their personal struggles to find love, while giving us a glimpse into the society of regal England. This show is perfect to binge-watch, with only 2 seasons, as it brings an elaborate plot with lighthearted banter and swoony relationships.

Any one of these shows is sure to give a perfect start to your summer, filled with humor to bring you back to a sense of comfort. These shows are sure to be eternal as they create a sense of nostalgia and comfort with all your favorite characters sharing the screen.

Srihitha Valluri

Srihitha is currently a junior, based in Katy, Texas. She is involved with the orchestra program and debate program at her high school and her debate event is Public Forum Debate. She is passionate about women's issues and teen mental health and is a strong advocate for investing in the growth of people. In her free time, she enjoys watching various realistic dramas, spending time with her family and friends, taking walks with her dog, and baking.