Comfort Food for Your Mind – Television Edition

Ok, so I know at the beginning of the year, I said I was going to try to watch less television. I have failed spectacularly, and not just because I fell madly in love with a new show.

Sometimes, we just need to passively get out of our own way. Those days where everything is hard and there is no energy left to spend pulling yourself out of the muck, and on those days, it may just be that the best thing you can do is put on the TV and lose yourself in someone else’s problems for awhile.

Of course, what works for each of us is very different. My best friend gravitates to anything with a spaceship. My husband binges documentaries and reality TV about ghosts. I tend to watch cooking competitions and crime dramas.

So what have I been watching during the first quarter of 2020, which feels like it has lasted OMG forever and then some?

Gotham – Full series (5 seasons / 100 episodes) available to stream on Netflix

I had started watching this for the first time last fall, and all of a sudden had the urge to watch it from the beginning again. Although I still haven’t gotten through much more than the first season, there’s an awful lot about this show I really like, even if it takes a whole lot of liberties with the Batman universe.

Spring Baking Championship – Seasons 1-5 available to stream on Hulu.

This was my low-concentration show of choice until I – very very quickly – burned through all five seasons. I’m not sure why cooking competitions are soothing for me; they’re deliberately cut to make it look like disaster is about to strike at any moment. I get it – for the contestants, there’s quite a bit at stake, but in the scheme of things right now, a fallen cake just doesn’t seem like it’s worth getting upset about.

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist – Airs Sundays on on NBC, available to watch on Hulu one day later.

I am HOOKED on this show (which if you follow me on Twitter, you probably already know). I watched the first episode back in January, and then lamented the need to wait a month for the second episode. Now, as we’re fast approaching the end of the season, I’m starting to worry about whether or not it’s going to come back, and how current events are going to effect it if it does get renewed.

Which, on the one hand shows that my priorities aren’t exactly in order, but on the other, shows that this corner of TV-land means a lot to me.

I love it for being a musical. I love it for making me laugh, and cringe, and cry in the course of 45 minutes. I love it for making me feel so very very seen because I identify with Zoe’s personality so strongly.

Nbc GIF by Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist - Find & Share on GIPHY

Mostly, I love it because it’s 45 minutes a week that I can forget about everything awful that is going on in the world and just live in Zoey’s world.

What are you watching to distract yourself from reality right now? Tell me about your comfort food television shows – either in the comments or feel free to steal the heck out of this idea for your own blog.

2 thoughts on “Comfort Food for Your Mind – Television Edition

  1. I wouldn’t even call it comfort food for the mind since they are shows I’d be watching anyway, with pandemic or not. Mostly it is anime, the new season is about to start so it will be the usual watching a few episodes to see which ones I like and which ones I can skip. Although Hi-Score Girl second season just started arrived on Netflix and I loved the first one so that will be an instant watch for me.

    Another mention is Star Trek Deep Space Nine and Star Trek Voyager. I never watched it back in the days but always have been curious about them so I am slowly making my way through these shows. I am on the third season of the Deep Space Nine and still on the first one for Voyager. They have both been enjoyable so far.


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