20 light series that will cheer you up

Many viewers prefer action-packed crime movies, but sooner or later there comes a time when fans of on-screen bloodshed feel the need for films where you can relax your soul. In this list of light series, everyone will find a suitable enjoyable TV show for the evening. In a fresh selection – representatives of different genres, from viewing which it is impossible to break away.

Alien from Space (2021)

The hero of the comedy science fiction novelty of the cinema, which immediately got into the list of the best foreign TV series of recent years, is an alien from a shipwrecked ship. In order to disguise himself on Earth until the mission is completed, the monster takes over the body of outlying Dr. Harry Wenderspiegel. Solitude suits him, but a doctor is killed in the nearest town , and the police come for Harry, counting on his medical knowledge. The fake doctor has to go to people, and since he learned human speech and behavior from a TV show, his manner of communicating looks very funny.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Resident Alien

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, comedy, detective

Actors:
Alan Tudyk, Sarah Tomko, Cory Reynolds …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Lupine (2021)

The light and interesting plot of the French series is inspired by a series of foreign detectives of the early 20th century about the gentleman robber Arsene Lupin. The fan of the legendary Lupine turns out to be the modern Senegalese immigrant Assan Diop, played by Omar Sy. As a teenager, the hero lost his father, who did not survive the false accusation of stealing jewelry from the rich man for whom he worked. For a quarter of a century, Assan hatched a plan of revenge on the Pellegrini family for the disgrace and death of his father, and finally his hour has come.

Original title:
Lupin

Genre:
Crime, detective, drama, action

Actors:
Omar Sy, Vincent Londez, Ludivine Sagnier…

Country:
France, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Music lover (2020)

In this adaptation of the novel Nick Hornby’s novel “Hi-Fi”, the main character, 35-year-old Rob, was replaced by the girl Robin, and London of the end of the 20th century was replaced by New York of the beginning of the 21st century. Robin Brooks is the owner of a vinyl record store with two eccentric employees and no less strange regular customers. She is well versed in music , but poorly understands how to arrange her personal life. One day, Robin decides to make the “top 5” of his relationship and find out why they did not work out.

Original title:
High Fidelity

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy, music

Actors:
Zoe Kravitz, Jake Lacey, Da’Vin Joy Randolph …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.7

Age Limits :
12+


Project “Anna Nikolaevna” (2020 – 2021)

Combining comedy and sci-fi, this light Russian series is perfect for raising your spirits. The new employee of the provincial police department , Captain Anna Nikolaevna Korolkevich, is good-looking and performs excellent service. But colleagues notice some oddities in the ideal girl and begin to consider her who is a witch , who is a spy, and who is someone’s protégé. But the most insane versions are far from the truth. In fact, Captain Korolkevich is an android robot in the testing stage, the humanization of which is progressing by leaps and bounds.

Genre:
Comedy, fantasy, drama

Actors:
Zoya Berber, Anton Filipenko, Sergey Garmash …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Parents of the Year (2020 – 2021)

Every parent of young children can recognize himself in the characters of a funny light series in the genre of melodrama. Ellie and Paul are a married couple with established habits, established environments and good jobs. The birth of children brings chaos to their ordered existence, forcing them to spin like a squirrel in a wheel, in search of a balance between work, personal life and parental responsibilities. Trying to be perfect in everything, the heroes endlessly find themselves in funny situations, not facilitated by cheerful domestic tyrants Ava and Luke.

Original title:
Breeders

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Martin Freeman, Daisy Haggard, George Wakeman …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Sexual education (2019 – 2020)

The best American youth series for easy but not frivolous viewing, tells the story of an unusual consultation held in a school toilet. A joint venture between notorious teenager Otis Thompson and school bully Maeve helps peers deal with sexual problems. Otis draws information from his liberated mother, a sexologist performed by the magnificent Gillian Anderson. But will the knowledge of theory help the heroes in practice?

Original title:
Sex Education

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Ncuti Gatwa…

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.3

Age Limits :
16+


Golyak (2019 – 2020)

The popular British series focuses on a gang of small-time hooligans from the English outback and their eccentric leader Winnie O’Neill, who suffers from bipolar disorder. The guys trade in crime, while earning a little easy money, but managing to make big trouble on their own heads. The apotheosis of the bad luck of young provincials was a harmless theft, which led to a conflict with a crime boss, who has a short conversation with losers.

Original title:
Brassic

Genre:
Comedy, crime

Actors:
Joseph Gilgun, Damien Moloney, Michelle Keegan …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.6, IMDb – 8.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Miracle Workers (2019 – 2020)

In the top light fantasy series is a comedy about the Heavenly Office, where the main characters work under the guidance of God himself, played by Steve Buscemi. The divine office is arranged in the same way as any modern office with many divisions. In one of them, the Prayer Processing Department, which resembles an earthly help desk, the angels Craig and Eliza work. They are so imbued with human requests and aspirations that they decide to prevent the divine whim – the destruction of the Earth. To do this, they need to pair the two most inveterate singles.

Original title:
Miracle Workers

Genre:
Comedy, fantasy

Actors:
Daniel Radcliffe, Geraldine Viswanathan, Karan Soni, Steve Buscemi …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.0

Age limit:
16+


House arrest (2018)

The mayor of the provincial Sineozersk, Arkady Borisovich Anikeev, turned out to be dishonest, and even got caught on a bribe on the eve of the elections. The court appointed a preventive measure for the corrupt official – house arrest, which he had to serve not in his mansions, but in an old communal apartment at the place of registration. An unscrupulous official has to get used to communal life again and find a common language with his neighbors, his childhood friends. Anikeev develops a cunning plan – to make one of them the new mayor for the sake of his own release.

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Pavel Derevyanko, Alexander Robak, Anna Ukolova, Sergey Burunov, Svetlana Khodchenkova …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Rookie (2018 – 2021)

Among the interesting and relaxed series, the plot about the work of the police is an infrequent guest, so this light comedy drama is definitely worth watching. The owner of a construction company was already in his forties when he decided on drastic changes. Having survived a divorce and an attack by robbers , Jack Nolan realized that he had nothing to lose, and it was time to fulfill his youthful dream – to become a policeman. Jack became the oldest recruit in the LAPD, but managed to destroy the prejudice of fellow cops with the help of diligence, ingenuity and a sense of humor. In a new place, the hero found not only friends, but also love.

Original title:
The Rookie

Genre:
Drama, comedy, crime

Actors:
Nathan Fillion, Alyssa Diaz, Richard T. Jones …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Childhood Sheldon (2017 – 2021)

A prequel to the cult comedy series The Big Bang Theory about the young years of one of the main characters, the brilliant physicist Sheldon Cooper. The boy was always smart beyond his years, but in a provincial Texas town, sports success was more valued. Sheldon quickly overtook his peers in his studies and at the age of nine, along with his older brother, went to the ninth grade. But genius does not imply an easy character, and the boy’s communication skills baffle even adoring parents, not to mention outsiders.

Original title:
Young Sheldon

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Ian Armitage, Zoey Perry, Lance Barber …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Dirk Gently Detective Agency (2016 – 2017)

Not so much relaxing as invigorating series with light humor and an exciting story about the incredible adventures of situational partners. The main characters are an extravagant “holistic” detective and a failed musician working as a hotel bellhop. Dirk Gently and Todd Brotzman accidentally make a very interesting couple. The duet’s methods of investigation are often devoid of logic, and the situations they find themselves in can surprise and amuse the viewer a lot.

Original title:
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Genre:
Fantasy, detective

Actors:
Samuel Barnett, Elijah Wood, Hannah Marks…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.2


I am a zombie (2015 – 2019)

At another party, medical student Olivia Moore was turned into a zombie. To maintain viability, the heroine of the series in the light crime comedy genre now needs to be reinforced by human brains. Therefore, she gets a job as an intern at the morgue . Soon the girl realizes that, along with her brains, she takes over the memories of the dead, including the circumstances of their death. Olivia becomes a police consultant, pretending to be a psychic and solving the most intricate crimes with ease.

Original title:
iZombie

Genre:
Detective, Comedy

Actors:
Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.8

Age Limits :
16+


Silicon Valley (2014 – 2019)

A great option for viewers looking for a show to chill out with is the story of a humble programmer ‘s hilarious efforts to become a tough businessman. Computer genius Richard Hendrix develops an algorithm that can compress video data without losing quality, and receives two tempting offers from millionaires at once. One gives 10 million dollars for the rights to the algorithm, and the second – 200 thousand for the development of a startup. Richard and his team choose the second path, which begins an exciting business adventure.

Original title:
Silicon Valley

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Thomas Middleditch, Josh Brener, Martin Starr …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 8.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Sweet Life (2014 – 2016)

The story of the Russian Cinderella – “poor Sasha”, a single mother. Working part-time as a dancer in a Perm nightclub, the beautiful Alexandra gets into an unpleasant story with a local major who celebrated his birthday there. The girl has to flee to the capital to her friend, leaving the child to her grandmother. Moscow, as you know, does not believe in tears, and at first Sasha has a very difficult time. But the appearance of a beautiful and determined provincial changes the lives of new acquaintances – Muscovites Lera, Yulia, Natasha, Mark and Vadim.

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Marta Nosova, Nikita Panfilov, Lukerya Ilyashenko …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Brooklyn 9-9 (2013 – 2022)

Employees of the fictional 99th New York City Police Station, vacationing cops at work are the heroes of the rating, easy-to-watch series. Cheerful Jake Peralta, pedantic Amy Santiago, eccentric gourmet Charlie Boyle and hot Rosa Diaz have never been distinguished by discipline and official zeal. Everything changed with the arrival of a new unit chief, the overly serious Raymond Holt. But his attempts to establish strict discipline in the team are hilariously funny.

Original title:
Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Genre:
Comedy, crime

Actors:
Andy Samberg, Andre Broger, Terry Crews …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 8.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Girls (2012 – 2017)

Situations from the lives of four twenty-year-old New Yorkers who are looking for themselves in a city of great opportunities. Young Hannah is a recent college graduate who dreams of becoming a writer. But fame is still far away, and you need to live on something, and Hannah has to tame her creative nature for the sake of prose work. In addition, the heroine has to learn to hold a sharp tongue, because of which she got into trouble more than once. Hannah’s friends also deal with many problems in love and profession, trying to support each other and remain optimistic.

Original title:
Girls

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirk, Adam Driver…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Once Upon a Time (2011 – 2018)

The action of this light positive series in the genre of mysticism and adventure takes place in two parallel worlds, real and magical. One day, an unfamiliar boy appears on Emma Swan’s doorstep, claiming that he is her son, given up by her ten years ago for adoption, and she herself is the daughter of Snow White. Not understanding what they are talking about, Emma nevertheless takes Henry to his hometown, where, according to him, the characters of fairy tales live, who have lost their memory as a result of the machinations of a fairy-tale villain. Emma decides to stay in Storybrooke and figure out what’s what.

Original title:
Once Upon a Time

Genre:
Fantasy, Romance, Adventure

Actors:
Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin, Lana Parria…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.7

Age Limits :
12+


Force Majeure (2011 – 2019)

The highly rated series is good on its own, but it’s the participation of the current British princess Meghan Markle that gives it a special twist. Brilliant corporate lawyer, senior partner at a large law firm, Harvey Specter, hires a new assistant. Mike Ross has all the ingredients for success in the profession – a sharp mind, ambition, adventurism, encyclopedic knowledge and photographic memory. There is only one gap in his resume – he did not graduate from Harvard, as required by the vacancy. But Harvey sees the young self in the self-taught lawyer and takes risks hiding Mike’s “flaw” from his colleagues.

Original title:
Suits

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Gabriel Macht, Rick Hoffman, Sarah Rafferty …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.6, IMDb – 8.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Downton Abbey (2010 – 2015)

The family saga, which has earned excellent reviews from viewers, can be recommended to fans of stylish series about English aristocratic families. On the Titanic, the heir to the earl’s title dies, but the current Earl Robert Crowley does not want to transfer the title to Mary’s eldest daughter. The nearest male contender, a poor distant relative of Matthew Crowley, arrives at the Downton family estate. What will turn the meeting of competitors for the title – Mary and Matthew, hatred or love?

Original title:
Downton Abbey

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.4, IMDb – 8.7

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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