The Best Lighthearted Netflix Shows & Movies To Chill Out To
Is there anything better than knowing you have time off to just lounge around the house while binge-watching your favorites all day long? While Netflix is such a blessing, it can also be quite daunting if you can’t decide on what to watch. I mean, they have practically everything you could ever dream of, and adding things to your list often becomes something of a frenzy as you’re later left with tons of options to choose from. If you’re stuck on what to select, we’ve got you covered with some of our favorite movies and shows that will have you engaged from start to finish!
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Imagine all of the people you’ve had secret crushes on during your life suddenly find out that you like them. Terrifying, huh? Lara Jean (played by Lara Condor) can relate. Based on the bestselling novel by Jenny Han, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is a new teen classic that will have you laughing and crying – sometimes simultaneously – as secret love letters are exposed to wreak havoc on Lara Jean’s love life.
Lara Jean’s life is soon thrown into chaos when her former loves confront her one by one- this compilation of interesting turn-of-events that will have you glued to the screen the entire time.
Set It Up
What happens when two overworked and underpaid assistants attempt to set up their demanding bosses on dates in New York City? Chaotic hilarity. Harper (Zoey Deutch) and Charlie (Glen Powell) are determined to get their bosses Kirsten (Lucy Liu) and Rick (Taye Diggs) on a date so the both of them can have some time to relax.
Later, they both learn that it’s going to take some patience and persistence. Set It Up is the rom-com revival we’ve all been waiting for, and we’d be lying if we said we weren’t rooting for both love stories to take flight.
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If you grew up with Lorelai and Rory Gilmore in your living room, there’s a chance you’re going to want them there forever, and we wholeheartedly agree. From love, to breakups, to heartwarming moments between mother and daughter, there’s really nothing like the comforting feeling of having Gilmore Girls on your TV screen.
The fact that we can now stream the show in its entirety is everything we’ve ever dreamed of and then some. If you’re not curled up on the couch in sweats with a pile of junk food right now, who are you?
The Kissing Booth
Kissing booths can be awkward and a tad bit intimidating but let’s just say Elle Evans (played by Joey King) takes it on like a pro. Based on the novel of the same name by Beth Reekles, The Kissing Booth is a tale of best friends, family, and how sometimes love and life can get in the middle of it all.
When Elle’s first kiss leads to a forbidden romance with the hottest boy in high school, she risks her relationship with her best friend. That boy turns out to be her best friend’s brother, thus breaking the biggest pact ever.
Young & Hungry
If Young & Hungry isn’t on your guilty pleasure list, you must go back and watch it immediately! Produced by High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale, the show stars fellow Disney alum Emily Osment as she navigates the world of employment and having feelings for your boss. Pretty tricky.
Wealthy Josh Kaminski hires Gabi Diamond as his personal chef. The two have a one night stand after having a bit of trouble on Gabi’s trial dinner. This later leads the show into the dynamic between Gabi and Josh, as Gabi faces challenges both in and outside of the kitchen.
Alex Strangelove is the tale of high school senior Alex Truelove (Daniel Doheny) as he plans to lose his virginity to his girlfriend Claire. Things soon get complicated when he meets the handsome and charming Elliot from the other side of town who unwittingly sends him on a rollercoaster journey of sexual identity.
An undeniably hilarious and moving adventure of love, sex, and friendship, Alex Strangelove narrates what it is like to be gay in 2018 so poignantly that it’s impossible not to fall in love with the entire story.
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Life Sentence may have been unjustly cancelled, but that doesn’t mean we can’t binge season one in its entirety all over again.
When Stella Abbott (Lucy Hale) receives a diagnosis of terminal cancer, she decides she will live like there is no tomorrow. Unfortunately, that decision comes back to bite her when her doctors inform her that her illness has miraculously been cured, leaving that good news tainted by the fact she now needs to deal with the fallout from all of the things she did when she thought she was dying, including her marriage to Wes.
Who hasn’t binge-watched Friends in their lifetime? Come to think of it, it’s kind of impossible not to. There’s just something so comforting about having Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, Chandler, Monica, and Joey in your living room as they navigate life in their own hilarious and disordered way.
Breakups, weird pets, holidays mishaps, family drama, weddings, and beyond, there isn’t anything these besties haven’t gone through together, making it a classic for the past twenty years and beyond.
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From 2007-2012, Gossip Girl reigned as one of the most controversial and exciting shows on television. Luckily for us, Netflix has every glorious season ready to stream so it never has to die.
A group of hyperprivileged Manhattan private-school kids seem to get away with everything, except an anonymous blogger who follows them around, exposing some of their deepest, dirtiest secrets. From stories of love, sex, and betrayal, the gang navigates their way through the Upper East Side and beyond as they grow and learn from their blunders. So who is Gossip Girl? You’ll have to watch to find out, and the answer may be shocking.
Pretty Little Liars
Based on the book series by Sara Shepard, Pretty Little Liars was a TV phenomenon during its reign from 2010-2017. One year after queen bee Alison went missing, Spencer, Aria, Hanna, and Emily have gone on with their lives, and they’ve grown apart.
Now in high school, each girl finds herself facing a new set of challenges when anonymous text messages from `A’ threaten to expose all of their secrets – both old secrets only Alison knew, and newer secrets developed after her disappearance. So who is ‘A’ and how does he or she know the things he or she knows? The answers may surprise you.
Everything Sucks! may have been canceled after one season, but there’s still 10 glorious episodes to binge and re-watch for as long as we possibly can. Set in Boring, Oregon, this ’90s throwback is everything we’ve ever dreamed of and then some. The show is set to the theme of love, lust, friendship, sexual identity, and navigating life as a teenager.
Two crews of nerdy students are frustrated that no one is taking them seriously so they decide the best way to make it through high school is to join forces and make a movie. Makes sense. Too bad we won’t get to see more.
The Spectacular Now
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Who isn’t absolutely obsessed with all of the movies Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller have done together? The Spectacular Now just happens to be a top favorite among fans and on Netflix.
Based on the novel by Tim Tharp, the story revolves around Sutter (Teller), a popular party animal who becomes attracted to the introverted Aimee (Woodley), after waking up on a stranger’s lawn. As Sutter deals with the problems in his life and Aimee plans for her future beyond school, an unexpected romance blossoms between them, tugging on the heartstrings of fans everywhere.
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Some of us may have been too young to fully enjoy the original but once the revival of 90210 made its way back onto the screen in 2008, fans were hooked on all that drama!
A bit edgier than its original, the new 90210 gave viewers a glimpse into the glamorous world of privilege and excess. The friends try to maintain their closeness in the world-famous zip code, where anything can happen, and being that we were sad to see it end, Netflix has saved us again so we can binge to our heart’s desire!
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90’s revivals are killing it right now and the excitement over Fuller House is still palpable. A spin-off of beloved ’90s family sitcom Full House, Fuller House follows the same storyline as the original as a widowed D.J. Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure) receives help from sister Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin) and best friend Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber) as she raises three boys, along with Kimmy’s daughter Ramona.
If you’re a fan of the original, you know some light-hearted hilarity ensues in every episode, along with the exciting plot twist of who D.J. will choose as a love interest: new hunk Matt or former flame Steve. #TeamSteve all the way!
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
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We can’t believe it’s been almost 10 years since the premiere of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Starring the always adorable Michael Cera and the lovely Kat Dennings, this is the movie for hardcore music lovers! It’s also based on the novel by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.
Nick cannot stop obsessing over his ex-girlfriend until her friend Norah shows interest in him. During an odd night filled with ups and downs, the two keep running into road blocks and awkward moments. At the end of the night, the two have to figure out what they truly want from each other.
The obsession with Glee is still deep within the Gleek community and being that Netflix has it all to stream, there’s never a shortage of the musical dramedy! The show is based on the storyline of a group of ambitious misfits trying to escape the harsh realities of high school by joining the glee club.
The gang later finds comfort and hope within their newfound community courtesy of McKinley High’s optimistic teacher, Will Schuester. Together, there is nothing they cannot conquer. From breakups to pregnancies and even death, the New Directions are the type of clan we wish we had in high school.
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Our love for Christina Ricci only grows fonder in this adorable film filled with poignant lessons and relatable humor. Born with the snout of a pig, Penelope Wilhern spends life as a prisoner in her home. Believing that the only way to break the curse is to marry one of her own kind, she meets a number of suitors, but all reject her.
Two devious men, one with a grudge against the family, hire a man to pose as a suitor, but complications arise when he begins to fall in love with Penelope, and she makes a bid for freedom.
If you fell in love with Noah Centineo in To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, you’ll love SPF-18. A coming-of-age romantic comedy, the movie follows Penny Cooper as she spent years pining for school heartthrob Johnny Sanders Jr. before her father’s death brought them closer. When a mysterious country musician, Ash Baker, comes to town, Penny is torn between the two, potentially threatening her relationship with her surfer boyfriend.
Starring eighties queen Molly Ringwald, Rosanna Arquette, Keanu Reeves, Pamela Anderson, and narrated by Goldie Hawn, the all-star cast itself should be a reason to watch!
Adventures In Public School
What happens when one enters public school for the first time after being home-schooled their whole life? We’re pretty sure you know where this might be headed.
Socially awkward Liam has been home-schooled his whole life. But when he falls in love with a popular one-legged girl, he abandons his mother’s suffocating love and enrolls in a state school, entering a world of sex, drugs and social studies. Even high school alums will fall in love with this one!
The Breakfast Club
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The Breakfast Club has proved its worth over the past 33 years and we’re pretty sure it has no plans on slowing down.
Five high school students from different walks of life endure a Saturday detention under a power-hungry principal. Each has a chance to tell his or her story, making the others see them a little differently. When the day ends, they question whether school will ever be the same. Set to one of the greatest soundtracks in movie history, The Breakfast Club is still binge-worthy after all of these years.