Feel-Good TV Shows for Winter Warming in Lockdown and Beyond

Switch on // Switch off this winter

Some of us at Arc have been spending a bit more time watching TV shows as the nights have drawn in, and recently I noticed that I (and perhaps others) should probably sprinkle in a bit more positivity, especially if you’re usually a fan of true crime, hardcore drama, horror or…. The News! EEk! So I’ve put together a list of some of my favourite shows – no Covid, no relationships troubles, no (really) bad people, no huge and scary drama (and no Christmas if you’re not a fan!), just basically what I class as pretty much nice or positive and feel-good TV Shows for winter!

All shows were available at the time of research (mid-end October), some services require sign up or paid subscriptions, many offer a free month so why not line it up with mid-December to mid-January?

Some of them you could call “mindful mindlessness”, escapism, or just watching something enjoyable, here are best that I’ve watched in the 3 categories of:

Look out for our posts about this on social media to let us know your favourite shows in these categories, and we’ll add them to this list for others and post it again in time for Christmas! 

Photograph: Bob Ross Inc.

Creativity and Upcycling

Photograph: Visit Cumbria

Nature, Community, Learning and Health

Photograph: Netflix


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Lucie Fitzpatrick
Marketing officer, Arc


Featured Image Photograph: Portrait Artist of the Year, Chris Lobina/Sky Arts
All shows available at time of writing.