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Five Optimistic TV Series to Stream During Troubled Times

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Need a break from the reality of our world right now? We're right there with you. Skip the talking heads on cable news and fall into a new series where humility and optimism fill every episode. Here are five of our favorites:

Ted Lasso, Apple TV+

Ted Lasso is the ultimate sleeper show, which stars SNL vet Jason Sudeikis as a goofy American football coach who gets hired to lead a team in the Premier League. More of a sports drama than the sitcom it's being marketed as, it's filled with big-hearted heroes and a sweet, cheerful sensibility with brilliant comedic moments. It will make you want to be a better person from the first episode.

Cobra Kai, Netflix

The sequel series to The Karate Kid is one of the best TV shows of the last several years, with unexpected levels of depth and outrageously fun moments. Underdogs and outcasts have never been easier to root for.

Friday Night Lights, Hulu

Though the book and movie were average at best, the television series is one of the most powerful and joyful things ever made. Originally running on NBC from 2006-2011, the show focuses on a high school football team in Texas and the coaches and parents surrounding it. Kyle Chandler leads the team (whose iconic rallying cry is "Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can't lose.") with a strong supporting cast that includes two of the most talented actors working in Hollywood today: Michael B. Jordan and Jesse Plemons.

Schitt's Creek, Netflix

Don't let the corny title scare you away from this smartly scripted comedy that hits the sweet spot of heart and humor. It comes from Eugene Levy and his son, Dan Levy, and swept the Emmys this year for a reason. 

Parenthood, Hulu

If you've already seen Friday Night Lights, don't sleep on Parenthood which features much of the same writing room and even a few of the same actors. A beautiful celebration of family with a talented and captivating cast, you'll want to move in with the Bravermans.