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Five TV Shows That Will Help you Get Out of a Bad Mood

Updated on August 18, 2012

We all have them - those few "guilty pleasure" TV shows that are almost like comfort food on those really bad days.

In truth, I'm more a fan of meditation or exercising to get out my frustrations, but there are some days when all I want to do is curl up on the couch with a blanket and get lost into someone else's world.

Whether it's helping Mac and the team solve a crime in CSI New York, or trying to get inside the brain of one of the psychopaths on Criminal Minds - I find myself captivated and sucked into these crime dramas. By the time I've finished watching them, I've forgotten my bad mood or why I was upset.

Until having recently discovered Modern Family, The Middle was just about the only show that managed to make me laugh even on my bluest of days. I can't help but feel for Frankie all the time, want to ring my hands around Axl's neck or cringe for poor Sue. This family is hysterical!

The biggest escape from reality is getting lost in an episode of Game of Thrones - a world of Kings and Queens, White Watchers, sorcery, lust, greed and revenge.

Finally, I turn to Desperate Housewives when I'm in the mood for some gossip, high heels, back-stabbing, romance or secrets.

I'm not promoting watching TV whenever you feel down or you're having a blue day, but every now and then it's nice to know that you can switch off for an hour or a two and travel to another place, get wrapped up in solving a crime or find out some juicy details about the neighbours, and then snap back out of it and realize that your life really isn't as bad as you thought it was!

The Middle

The Middle
The Middle
American Horror Story
American Horror Story
Criminal Minds
Criminal Minds
CSI New York
CSI New York
Game of Thrones - Season 1 Finale
Game of Thrones - Season 1 Finale

The Middle

Whether you're feeling sorry for poor Sue who's trying out for yet another school activity, laughing at Axl lazying around in his boxers while giving his Mom a hard time, or wishing that Brick would grow out of his weirdness, you'll find it hard not to pack out laughing at this family.

Game of Thrones

When my husband first tried to convince me to watch this show, I thought it was the biggest load of nonsense. After watching the first episode however, I was completely hooked. There's gore, sex, drama, magic and incredible twists, all packed into one hour.

American Horror Story

It doesn't matter if this show is watched in the middle of the day, the word 'scary' used to describe it is an understatement. It's the sort of scenario that one would expect to find while watching a horror movie, that's now been made into a series. The storyline, images and suggested themes will literally keep you watching at the very edge of your seat.

Criminal Minds / CSI

Lose yourself in a show that demands your full attention, and concentration on even the tiniest of details. The cast in both shows are extremely convincing, and the writers provide some of the most unimaginable plots that will keep the audience guessing and trying to figure out who the criminal is throughout the entire episode.

Desperate Housewives

The ladies (and men) of Wisteria Lane provide just the right amount of juicy gossip, eye candy and drama to keep their audience wanting more. This is such an amazing show and cast, well written and completely addictive.

Season 2 Finale - Game of Thrones


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    • MelChi profile imageAUTHOR

      Melanie Chisnall 

      6 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Frank - I admit that I've never really been much of a Fringe fan. I watch it with my husband because he really likes it, but after watching the last few episodes of the latest season - I'm completely hooked! They had better not cancel it now! I still can't quite get into Alcatraz, maybe I'll watch a few more episodes and see what happens. The female lead takes some getting used to - almost like Olivia did when I first started watching Fringe. Thanks for commenting! :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 

      6 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      rahul0324 - I agree with you, Game of Thrones will definitely make you forget all about your (stressful) day, I love it - although some of the scenes are a bit too gory for my liking. I also enjoy Lie to Me and The Big Bang Theory. Something about Scientists that aren't quite normal is appealing, kind of like Walter Bishop in Fringe! Thanks for reading and commenting! :)

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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      I;ve never heard of the American Horro Story.. but I do watch the Middle.. the others aaahh.. I like Person of Interest, Fringe,, and Alcatraz but hey you got your five and I got mine great Hub :)

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      Jessee R 

      6 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      I am into TV shows like How I Met your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, Lie To Me, The Vampire Diaries( ardent follower)... I have heard of these shows you have mentioned... I will go for following game of thrones....

      Sometimes they really help us escaping the usual daily tensions..

      Nice hub~!

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      Joanna McKenna 

      6 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      NCIS and its spin off, NCIS: Los Angeles are "ensemble" shows, meaning the most of the original cast has been on it from the beginning and scripts incorporate changes in their personal lives. What makes NCIS unique is cast members genuinely like each other and that comes through in each episode. It's like watching a big family who just happen to solve the murder of a member of the U.S. Navy (or Marines) each week.

      If you've never watched it, I suggest you get DVDs of earlier seasons (from Season 1 if possible), or download them from NetFlix, etc, to get a sense of how the the relationships between the characters have been forged over 10+ years. NCIS LA has only been around for about 3 years, but has an equally endearing cast and engrossing story lines.

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      Melanie Chisnall 

      6 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      It's a good thing you're not watching DH now - Julie (Susan's daughter) is carrying Porter's (Lynette's son) baby - so I have to agree with you on that one. Sadly, it's turning into a bit of a soap opera in it's last season :( Otherwise, I watch it for the sheer pleasure of the cat fights and the eye candy!

      Criminal Minds used to be really good - the first few season's were great, not like this last one. I still enjoy watching it because of the characters. I never thought much about the blood - that's a good point. Disappointing that they need to try so hard to keep the ratings up, they had a really good concept that's a bit of an anticlimax at the moment compared to Seasons one and two.

      I've never seen NCIS, but have heard from many people that it's a really good show, so I'll definently make a plan to get into this one! :)

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      Joanna McKenna 

      6 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Can't say I'm sorry to hear Desperate Housewives is in its final season. I never missed an episode for the first two or three seasons, but then the plots got too "out there" and I lost interest.

      I don't watch Criminal Minds as often as I used to, either. Seems like it shows more blood and gore now and less of the actual profiling than it used to.

      I'm still a diehard fan of the CSIs (LV, NYC, Miami), but my absolute favorite Guilty Pleasure crime shows are NCIS and NCIS: LA. Following the twists and turns of the evidence keeps my mind engaged, but the real "pleasure" is the smorgasbord of eye candy to nibble on each week. Go, Navy! ;D


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