You’re probably wondering what exactly “comfort” TV shows are. Well, similar to comfort food, these feel-good programs are like a warm hug, something stress-free, family-friendly, and humorous that wraps around you like a warm blanket. No matter what kind of day you had or how stressful your job was, curling up in front of one of these shows will melt all your troubles away. Now that it’s December, there are even more family-friendly productions that are perfect to watch over the holiday season.
Below, nine positive shows that’ll make you feel like it’s Christmas every day.
Great American Baking Show
The Great American Baking Show
Premieres Dec. 7 on ABC
Based on the popular British show (which you can stream on Netflix if you have it), this version copies the sweet lightness of the original and adds in some American fare. Unlike other cooking shows, this baking show takes nonprofessional but experienced bakers and challenges them to build difficult desserts. Despite it being a competition show, it's gentle and slow-paced — the perfect thing to put on right after a busy day at work.
Top Chef Season 15
Premieres Dec. 7 on Bravo
Reality TV epitomizes "comfort TV," and Top Chef has been warming our souls with fast, entertaining kitchen battles for 11 years. The premiere of its 15th season, which takes place in Colorado, promises to be just as fun and engaging as the past 14.
Fairy Tale Weddings
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic
Premieres Dec. 11 on Freeform
In this one-hour special, go behind the scenes of the biggest, most extravagant weddings at Disney destinations taking place during the holiday season. Expect lots of horse-drawn carriages, pretty princess dresses, and happy tears. Make sure you have a tissue box handy!
A Christmas Reunion
A Christmas Reunion
*Premieres Dec. 10 on Lifetime *
We know Hallmark is the reigning king of heartwarming holiday movies, but Lifetime isn't far behind. This original movie about two friends who reunite to save a bakery stars Denise Richards and is sure to be a new Christmas favorite.
Gwen Stefani Christmas Special
Gwen Stefani's You Make It Feel Like Christmas
Premieres Dec. 12 on NBC
If you haven't listened to the pop star's Christmas album of the same title, you're in luck. On this variety show special, The Voice judge sings catchy holiday-fueled tunes from the album with help from a couple celebrity guests. And, yes, Blake Shelton will be there (because of course he would)!
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When Harry Met Meghan: A Royal Engagement
Premieres Dec. 12 on TLC
If you can't get enough of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, TLC is doing a whole documentary about their relationship, from their first date to their engagement. The special will also explore their backgrounds and provide some lesser-known info about Meghan's side of the family. Of course, we probably had you already at "royal engagement."
Premieres Dec. 15 on Netflix
If you have Netflix, there are several holiday movies debuting there as well. One that looks particularly interesting is this movie starring Andie MacDowell. According to its IMDb summary, the movie will feature romance and the "gift of Christmas." Sounds fun!
Christmas Story Live
A Christmas Story Live
Premieres on Dec. 17 on FOX
The iconic holiday movie is already a successful Tony-nominated musical. But for those of us who can't afford Broadway tickets (or be in New York City), this special will broadcast the show live and feature stars like Maya Rudolph and Jane Krakowski. It'll also feature narration from Matthew Broderick. Now this is a must-see!
Fuller House Season 3
Premieres Dec. 22 on Netflix
Our favorite sitcom revival is back for its third season, and although it's still missing Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, the original cast is still armed with its familiar, heartwarming humor.