Feel-Good Shows and Movies to Watch on Netflix to Make the Most of Self-Isolation

We are living in interesting times in the midst of a global pandemic. In order to halt the spread of COVID-19, workplaces, schools, attractions, and more have closed. Social distancing is being encouraged, so people are spending their days and night at home.

While it’s not much of a stretch for introverts, the social butterflies among us are finding the great indoors a bit of a challenge. Thankfully, technology makes it easy to keep in touch with family and friends, and some have even discovered something called “making phone calls.” But if all you want is to lose yourself in something fun while interacting with people around the world, Wiretap for Chrome is here to help you make the most of your self-isolation! You never have to watch Netflix alone again.

Now, escape for an hour or twelve today with these feel-good TV shows and movies available on Netflix.

Queer Eye

The Fab Five changes lives everywhere they go, from Atlanta to Tokyo. This isn’t just a makeover show. They’re breaking down walls and encouraging people to look past their differences to see what unites us all.

Watch Queer Eye and Queer Eye: We’re in Japan!

Always Be My Maybe

The hit 2019 Netflix original movie starring Ali Wong and Randall Park is definitely the most re-watchable rom-com of the past decade. Added bonus: a sweet sweet Keanu Reeves cameo that still has people talking!

Watch Always Be My Maybe

Terrace House

Who imagined that a reality series about six strangers sharing a home could be so uplifting? Lose yourself in the melodrama-free way that friendships and relationships form in this reality show that even haters of the genre will embrace.

Watch Terrace House: Tokyo, Terrace House: Opening New Doors, Terrace House: Aloha State, and Terrace House: Boys & Girls in the City

On My Block

Viewers instantly fell in love with On My Block when it made its debut in 2018, becoming one of Netflix’s most-watched shows. The hit dramedy just returned with its third season this past week so you can easily spend a day in Freeridge on an adventure with the Core Four!

Watch On My Block


The world would be a much darker place without dogs. This collection of stories celebrates the bond between humans and their four-legged best friends everywhere, from war-torn Syria to the waters of Lake Como in Italy.

Watch Dogs

Sex Education

We could all use a laugh right about now. This British coming-of-age dramedy is not only hilarious, it’s also heartfelt in the way it explores friendships, sex, and relationships.

Watch Sex Education

RuPaul’s Drag Race

This reality competition series has not only entertained millions of viewers for more than a decade, it has introduced drag to the mainstream and created bonafide stars from its contestants and winners. The ultimate self-care is to “shante.” Just stay on your couch and watch (or re-watch) the global phenomenon.

Watch RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power

If you’re feeling powerless, this tale of friends empowering one another will make your heart happy. This witty, family-friendly animated series is a must-watch whether you’re a kid or kid at heart.

Watch She-Ra and the Princesses of Power

Somebody Feed Phil

With travel restrictions in place, satisfy your wanderlust by traveling the world with Phil Rosenthal, creator of hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond and enthusiastic foodie. His excitement is infectious (in a good way) as he helps us see the ways that food is what unites us all.

Watch Somebody Feed Phil

Airplane Mode

While the thought of a digital detox may be more anxiety-inducing than the threat of a novel coronavirus, it makes a great premise for a Netflix original film. Watching Ana, a digital influencer, get sent to her grandfather’s farm after a car wreck caused by her social media obsession, is a fun way to escape for a couple of hours.

Watch Airplane Mode

Next in Fashion

A competition series hosted by Queer Eye‘s Tan France and designer Alexa Chung, it is kinder and more inspiring than other reality shows set in the world of fashion. And right now, we should be lifting each other up instead of tearing each other down.

Watch Next in Fashion

Big Mouth

Netflix’s funniest show is Big Mouth! This show has everything: pre-teens trying to understand their changing bodies while navigating school and friendships, hormone monsters who don’t necessarily think with their heads, and a voice cast lead by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. Of course you should be watching (or re-watching) this one!

Watch Big Mouth

The Circle USA

It may feel a bit too real because this is what life is right now: sitting at home and living on social media. What makes this entertaining AF and a little less like our current reality is all that cat-fishing.

Watch The Circle USA

Schitt’s Creek

The hit Canadian comedy series that quietly took the world by storm and created a vast library of gifs that we’ll be using for decades is a must-watch at this time. Watching the Rose family rebuild their lives after losing everything will make you laugh, cry, cringe, and restore your faith in love.

Watch Schitt’s Creek

Love is Blind

In the reality series that has been sweeping Netflix since its release just before Valentine’s Day this year, single men and women get engaged before ever meeting in-person, or even seeing what the other person looks like.

Watch Love is Blind

Grace and Frankie

This isn’t only an inspirational series, it’s also aspirational in the way that it portrays aging and how life doesn’t end at 50. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and most of all, Jane Fonda’s Grace and Lily Tomlin’s Frankie are #FriendshipGoals.

Watch Grace and Frankie

Glow Up

Although we’re being encouraged not to touch our faces at this time, the frivolity of a make-up reality competition show might help calm your virus anxiety.

Watch Glow Up

Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings

Dolly’s timeless music has captivated listeners for generations. Now you can lose yourself in this feel-good anthology series inspired by some of her most beloved songs, from “Two Doors Down” to “Jolene.”

Watch Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings

Sugar Rush

Watching semi-professional and home bakers trying to recreate some of the most popular dessert sensations is definitely an entertaining way to spend some time … especially when the plan doesn’t exactly come together.

Watch Sugar Rush

The Umbrella Academy

For those of you with darker sensibilities, watching some doom (sans gloom) can be oddly comforting. The Umbrella Academy may be an apocalyptic tale, but it also has a lot of fun and thrills. Plus, who doesn’t want to dance around their living room to Tiffany’s “I Think We’re Alone Now” with the Hargreeves siblings?

Watch The Umbrella Academy

What is on your social-distancing watch list? Share what you’re watching in the comments below. And if you want to watch along with friends and fans around the world from the comfort of your home, just add our free extension to your Chrome browser so you can comment during OR after episodes and movies.

Melissa at Wiretap

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