10 Streaming Shows and Movies That Will Give You an Instant LiftBy Marisa Cohen
If the coronavirus lockdown has had you watching more TV news than you thought humanly possible, then the wall-to-wall coverage of recent social unrest and demonstrations—featuring scenes of riot-gear-clad police and billowing clouds of tear gas—may have your head buzzing with anger and anguish.
Constant exposure to upsetting imagery, even via the flatscreen in your living room, can leave you pessimistic about the future of society and worried that the world is never going to spin toward a more positive place. It’s critical to take breaks from the anxiety-inducing news, but often we’re at a loss for ways to recharge our spirits. While watching these shows—all of which emphasize the good in people’s hearts—won’t change the world, but they can show us why it’s worth fighting for. And if you laugh so hard you snort your soda out your nose, hey, is that such a bad thing?
Crip Camp, Netflix
In this award-winning documentary, we meet several alumni of Camp Jened, a utopian summer camp run by self-described “hippies” for teens with disabilities in the ’60s and ‘70s. As you watch old footage of campers swimming, having emotional rap sessions, and coupling up, you can sense the joy and empowerment many experienced for the first time in their lives in this bucolic corner of the Catskills. Even more inspiring, many of these kids grew up to become powerful advocates for the disabled, changing laws and changing lives.
Queer Eye, Netflix
The Fab Five hosts, through their loving and hopeful advice, change lives one haircut, avocado toast, or pep talk at a time. Although, on the surface, their tips are about lifestyle and fashion, what Jonathan, Antoni, Karamo, Tan, and Bobby really excel at is the open-hearted way they allow their subjects to feel truly seen. You’ll be dabbing tears of joy when the boys give their makeover subjects the confidence to make those human connections that they’d previously found so difficult.
Many of the kids on the cheerleading squad at Navarro College come from hardscrabble backgrounds, marked by poverty, absent parents, and addiction, but in this docu-series, they show that with hard work, team spirit, and the support of their fiercely protective coach (not to mention some grav