The 12 best happy TV series

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From Good Housekeeping

While we'll always love a suspenseful drama or brilliant true crime documentary, sometimes there's nothing better than a feel-good series that makes us laugh and smile.

Because like many of the most uplifting books out there, TV shows can be funny, charming and full of heart, leaving us feel happy and joyful after binge-watching them.

If you're in need of some happy TV series to tune in to, here's our pick of the 12 most feel-good shows to watch now.

The Great British Bake Off

This year GBBO marks its 10th anniversary, meaning we've been treated to pure joy brought to our screens for a whole decade now. The annual baking competition hosted this year by Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding and judged by Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith is feel-good television at its best.

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Chewing Gum

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Michaela Coel stars as Tracey Gordon, a Beyonce-obsessed 24-year-old who grew up in a restrictive religious household. This comedy takes you on a joyride through her journey to finding out about both the world and herself.

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Jane the Virgin

This rom-com drama stars Gina Rodriguez as a 23-year-old devout Latina virgin who gets pregnant by an accidental artificial insemination at the gynaecologist.

It's both wise and silly, and the perfect thing to binge-watch when you need a pick-me-up.

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Friends

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There's a reason that Friends is one of the most popular shows on the planet. This NYC-set sit-com which follows the highs and lows of six highly memorable characters is both hilarious and touching - watching it is like a big warm hug.

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Gavin and Stacey

Nothing captured the late noughties better than Ruth Jones and James Corden's comedy Gavin and Stacey. A (Welsh)-girl-meets-(English)-boy tale, it's a story about love against the odds, friendship, family and what it means to be British - but it's also incredibly funny and so, so comforting.

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Queer Eye

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This show centres around five guys - known as the Fab Five - who are experts in style, grooming, interiors (and so much more). They visit a variety of people to help them reboot their lives, and the result is a gorgeous, emotional and uplifting TV show.

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The Good Place

A show about intentions, friendship, and what it really means to be a good person - all four seasons of this comedy sitcom starring Jameela Jamil, Kristen Bell and Ted Danson are hilarious and at times, will have you shedding tears of joy.

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Sex Education

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This Netflix teen drama which follows Otis (Asa Butterfield), his sex therapist mother Jean (Gillian Anderson) and his friends at school is a quirky, colourful look at one of the most awkward stages of our lives. Funny, tender and true.

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Feel Good

Feel Good is a wonderful romcom with a good bit of grit. It tells the story of Mae, a comedian, and all the obstacles that she and her new girlfriend George have to face. Lisa Kudrow of Pheobe Buffay fame also stars and plays Mae's wonderfully weird mum.

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Grace and Frankie

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When their respective husbands fall in love with each other, long-time rivals Grace and Frankie find themselves coming together. Each episode of this Netflix drama staring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin is full to the brim with humanity.

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Broad City

Following best friends Ilana and Abbi, their shenanigans as wild single women living in New York are a thoroughly amusing and joyful watch. With Amy Poehler as an executive producer on the show, we're not surprised.

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The Mindy Project

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Photo credit: Jordin Althaus

Mindy Kaling is a masterful storyteller - and a funny one at that, too. All six series of The Mindy Project, the romcom sitcom which she wrote and starred in, are available Now TV.

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