TV Shows & Movies To Help You De-Stress

Our writing staff shares their favorite tv shows & movies to help you de-stress during this time.

The AfterBuzz TV Staff

Posted On: November 3rd, 2020 12:44 pm pst

Maria Menounos
Keven Undergaro
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Founded by Emmy winning journalist Maria Menounos and Producer Keven Undergaro, AfterBuzz TV is the artist-friendly entertainment news platform that celebrates, discusses, interviews, promotes and reports on the widest range of stars, creators and content through video, audio and article publications.

We know right now is a tough time for a lot of people. With the pandemic, jobs, school, family, and not to mention the election, we could all use a break from reality right about now.

To help our writers have compiled some of their favorite tv shows and movies they watch to help relax, de-stress, and escape for a little while.

Meagan Lynn

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Once Upon A Time (Disney+)
What if all the fairytale characters we grew up reading about were real? In Once Upon A Time, they are and they live in our world – but they don’t remember who they are. This is a great escapist show about magic, love and hope that you won’t be able to stop watching!
Elizabeth Perkin

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The Amazing Race (CBS All Access)

The show just began it’s 32 season and is a great way to relax and forget about everything going on right now. You get to watch teams of 2 compete for a million dollars while racing around the world, doing crazy challenges. In a time like this, when we are all stuck at home it is a great escape from our current reality. The Amazing Race airs on CBS every Wednesday at 9pm, and if you want to start at the beginning then all the seasons are available on CBS All Access.

Tea Kingley

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Avatar the Last Airbender (Netflix)
ATLA is a great show to watch now because a) it takes place in a world other than our own and has really cool fantasy elements and b) it has great lessons and might give you some hope for the future. Yes, it’s a show made for kids, but that’s why it’s so comforting! Plus, you’ll get a much needed dose of cuteness in both human and animal form (looking at you, Appa!).

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Emily in Paris (Netflix)
For me, watching the new Netflix show Emily in Paris from the creator of Sex and the City was peak escapism. It has a classic campy cliche romcom type vibe, and is an easy watch that’ll take your mind off of everything else for a minute. There are characters you’ll love, hate, root for, and scream at through the TV, but no matter what you’ll have a ton of fun watching it. You can read my full review of the show here!
Sana Moore

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Girlfriends (Netflix)

Anytime ‘Girlfriends’ is on your television you are guaranteed to smile, laugh and call one of your own girlfriends to talk about the unbelievable moments from the show! After you’ve received your voting sticker, take a break from politics and relax with an episode of ‘Girlfriends’. 

Haley Mendoza 

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Gossip Girl (Netflix)
I can’t think of anything better to get your mind off reality than Gossip Girl. No many how many times I rewatch that show, it never fails to whirl me into another world filled with drama and designer clothing. If you’re as in need of this escape as I am, rewatch Gossip Girl on Netflix!
Briana Phipps

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Crazy Ex Girlfriend (Netflix) 
I can think of no better way to destress and escape from reality than with a girl that is doing just that. Crazy Ex Girlfriend is full of fun, laughs, honesty, and most importantly music! You will also learn that no matter how big of a mistake you make, you can always come back from it. Sit back and forget your life as you watch Rebecca navigate her own.

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Pen15 (Hulu) 
If musicals aren’t your style, don’t worry, I have another great show for you! Pen15 is a quick easy watch that will transport you to a time when the biggest things you had to worry about were childhood crushes, slumber parties, and making sure no one used the phone while you were on AOL. For those who lived through this time, it will be a walk down memory lane, and for those who didn’t, you will get a look into how life was for pre-teens in the early 2000’s.
Don’t want to take on a whole tv series but still want something to help you escape? No worries we have you covered on that front too!
Benny Adams 

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Not Another Teen Movie (Netflix)

A movie that I love to watch to take my mind off things is Not Another Teen Movie.  The Parody film was released in 2001, and stars Chris Evans, Chyler Leigh, and Jamie Pressly. 

I love this movie because it takes you back to some of the most iconic teen movies such as She’s All That, Cruel Intentions, and Bring It On; while putting a hilarious spin on the films.

You get to step away from reality for a while, and just laugh at silly humor, while at the same time reminiscence about the 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s. 

If you want a good laugh, and be able to travel back in time, I highly suggest you check out Not Another Teen Movie.

We hope some of these suggestions get you through these tough times. What are some of your favorite tv shows and movies you watch to de-stress?

Founded by Emmy winning journalist Maria Menounos and Producer Keven Undergaro, artist-friendly AfterBuzz TV is the world’s largest digital broadcast network and pop culture news platform, producing post-game ‘after-shows’ for nearly all favorite TV shows, interviewing cast and showrunners and providing the widest video, audio and article coverage of shows, content and influencers than any entertainment news platforms in existence

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