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Shows you can binge-watch while working from home

Working from home can be isolating, but having an upbeat show in the background will do wonders for your mood.

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Working from home comes with obvious advantages. You can wear comfy clothes, there's no more commute to worry about, your pets will be ecstatic and your colleagues won't interrupt you as often, ruining your flow.

On the downside, working from home gets lonely. While IM and video meeting apps can help you keep in touch with co-workers, spending that much time indoors can become a bummer once the novelty wears off. Not to worry: we've got some excellent recommendations for binge-able shows that will (hopefully) make your work from home days more bearable.

Granted, not everyone who works from home can afford to multitask. On the same note, certain TV series require your undivided attention to fully understand what's going on. However, if you have several mundane tasks on your to-do list that don't require too much brainpower, having a light-hearted TV show in the background can do wonders for your mood. Here are 15 titles to get you through the next few weeks.


Brookly-Nine

1. Brooklyn Nine-Nine


  • Year: 2013
  • Cast: Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Melissa Fumero, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Joe Lo Truglio

Despite being a show about cops, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is relentlessly optimistic, which makes it the perfect cheer up binge. The sitcom revolves around a diverse and quirky team of detectives working in New York and their efforts to catch criminals and, ultimately, help the world become a tiny bit better.

You might miss a few jokes if you just have it playing in the background, but the show's joy and compassion will still come through.

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Parks and Recreation

2. Parks and Recreation


  • Year: 2009
  • Cast: Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt

Heartfelt and addictive, Parks and Recreation follows the antics of the eccentric public officials employed by the Parks Department of a small town in Indiana, USA. Led by the energetic Leslie Knope, these mid-level bureaucrats might not always come off like the most loveable people out there, but they'll find a way to your heart in no time.

While Season 1 is a bit rough, you'll be rewarded with plenty of hilarity from Season 2 onward if you push through.

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Friends

3. Friends


  • Year: 1994
  • Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer

Does this show need any introduction by this point? We doubt it. If you haven't been living under a rock for the past couple of decades, you're probably familiar with these six goofy friends who navigate life, work and love in New York.

What's great about Friends is that while some jokes may seem dated, the characters' struggles are as relatable as always. It might be the perfect time for a re-watch.

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Keeping Up with the Kardashians

4. Keeping Up with the Kardashians


  • Year: 2007
  • Cast: Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, KhloĂ© Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner

Technically speaking, any reality show makes for comfortable background noise. So why not indulge in one of the most popular celebrity series of all time?

As you follow the Kardashian-Jenner clan live their glam lives, the crazy drama surrounding the family will make you feel considerably better about your own humble surroundings. Plus, if you really think about it, the Kardashians work from home as well. Relatable stuff.

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Sex and the City

5. Sex and the City


  • Year: 2007
  • Cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon

The show that jump-started HBO has plenty of sex, sure, but it's mostly about friendship. Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha and Miranda have a lot to deal with on a regular basis. Yet they are always there for each other, no matter what.

Whether you choose to relive the magic of the fabulous series or join in the fun for the first time, Sex and the City is joyous escapism. Also, most of the storylines surprisingly still hold up. Just make sure you don't forget to pause it before joining a video conference.

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House MD

6. House M.D.


  • Year: 2004
  • Cast: Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard, Lisa Edelstein, Jesse Spencer, Jennifer Morrison

Procedurals are comforting. If you're into medical shows, House M.D. remains one of the best in the genre, despite a small dip in quality in the later seasons. The series follows the misanthropic yet brilliant Dr Gregory House, who has a knack for puzzles and manages to diagnose patients with symptoms that leave others scratching their heads.

Plus, you'll get to enjoy an amazing performance from Hugh Laurie. Binge with caution – House M.D. is not recommended if you're a hypochondriac.

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Queer Eye

7. Queer Eye


  • Year: 2018
  • Cast: Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness, Tan France, Karamo Brown

Queer Eye quickly became one of Netflix's most successful reality shows. It's easy to figure out why. The cast is charming, the makeovers inspiring, the social commentary on point.

The series sees the Fab Five running around the US (and often venturing to international destinations) as they help men and women improve their lives. This usually involves some new clothes, a fresh grooming routine, an updated home and a healthy dose of honest conversation.

Keep some tissues close. Crying isn't completely out of the question with this one.

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The Office

8. The Office


  • Year: 2005
  • Cast: Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson

Missing your work environment? This iconic series will likely keep your nostalgia for office politics in check.

The Office revolves around a group of workers at a paper company who regularly indulge in all sorts of foolishness, to viewers' delight. Often outrageously funny, it's the perfect choice if you're on the lookout for fictional colleagues to keep you company when working from home.

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Psych

9. Psych


  • Year: 2006
  • Cast: James Roday, DulĂ© Hill, Corbin Bernsen, Maggie Lawson, Timothy Omundson

The only bad thing about Psych? It's severely underrated. A silly procedural, the show centres around Shawn, an immature young man who possesses uncanny powers of observation.

To get out of a jam, he convinces the cops that he's a psychic and realises he can make some extra cash if he consults on cases. As a result, he recruits his reluctant friend Gus to help and they get into all sorts of shenanigans as they assist with investigations.

Besides being a whole lot of fun, the show will introduce you to one of the best TV bromances of all time. That's reason enough to tune in.

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Big Bang Theory

10. The Big Bang Theory


  • Year: 2007
  • Cast: Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar

Like Friends, The Big Bang Theory is comforting thanks to its familiar beats. The long-running sitcom, which ended in 2019, follows a group of socially awkward but smart friends whose lives take a turn when they meet the free-spirited Penny. It's geeky, it's funny and it's ridiculously watchable.

Additionally, Sheldon is likely to go down in history as one of the most beloved TV characters of all time. If you haven't met him yet, there's no time like the present.

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Gossip Girl

11. Gossip Girl


  • Year: 2007
  • Cast: Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Ed Westwick, Chace Crawford

One of the most popular teen dramas of all time, Gossip Girl revolves around the lives of privileged upper-class adolescents living in Manhattan's Upper East Side. Their movements are carefully chronicled online by an anonymous blogger, which makes for a fairly intriguing premise.

Add an attractive cast, a killer soundtrack and some excellent outfits into the mix and you can understand why Gossip Girl became such a huge hit. Storylines in later seasons can come off as ridiculous, but that doesn't make the series any less binge-able. Especially if you keep it in the background while you follow up on emails.

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12. Gilmore Girls


  • Year: 2000
  • Cast: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel

Is there a cozier TV series than this one? We doubt it.

Gilmore Girls follows a mother and daughter as they live their lives in a small American town filled with quirky characters. They're freakishly close, obsessed with pop culture and prone to consuming copious amounts of junk food and coffee.

If you're on the lookout for witty dialogue and uplifting storylines, visiting Stars Hollow is a must.

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Below the Deck

13. Below Deck


  • Year: 2013
  • Cast: Lee Rosbach, Ben Robinson, Kat Held

Below Deck is a juicy reality series about attractive yachties who live aboard luxurious vessels while making sure that their demanding clients' needs are met. It's a challenging job, especially when the drama below deck intensifies.

Given the crew's policy to work hard and play even harder, you can expect plenty of "OMG" moments as each season unfurls – including illicit affairs and conflicts between co-workers. What better way to spice up mundane work from home days?

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That '70s Show

14. That '70s Show


  • Year: 1998
  • Cast: Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis, Danny Masterson, Ashton Kutcher

As the title suggests, this charming series is set in the 70s, when high school students didn't have a lot to do besides hanging out, trying to score free beer and driving around aimlessly.

That's exactly what makes the show so appealing – it allows you to mentally escape to simpler times. The well-crafted jokes and engaging characters are a welcome bonus. With such a talented cast, there's no wonder That '70s Show lasted for eight seasons.

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Community

15. Community


  • Year: 2009
  • Cast: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Chevy Chase

A quirky series for sure, Community follows an oddball group of students attending a community college.

Filled with meta humour and pop culture references, the show is clever and fast-paced, kooky and playful. More importantly, it's about how crucial it is to care for your chosen family, whatever it might look like.

Community respects no rules when it comes to sitcoms, so you'll be in for a wild ride that involves epic paintball battles, sophisticated genre parodies and increasingly weirder storylines.

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