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Every feel-good TV show and movie you should stream on Netflix and Stan while you're stuck at home.

In the age of COVID-19, the phrase ‘Netflix and chill’ has never felt more relevant.

Add in a few of its other streaming colleagues – Stan, Amazon Prime, SBS On Demand, ABC iView  – and you’ve got the perfect self-isolation hit list. After all, you’re doing it for the good of public health.

Whether you’re in quarantine or working from home, screen time will be your friend. But to avoid getting into the ‘what to watch’ wormhole, we’ve curated the 11 best, feel-good and cheer-inducing films and TV series you can stream right now.

It’s like a bouquet of sunflowers in TV/movie form.

1. Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

Where to watch it:

Stan

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Why should I watch it?

Nobody ever felt glum while watching a musical. This is fact and Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is the new feel-good series with a few tear-jerking moments interspersed.

After receiving a MRI during an earthquake, Zoey finds herself with special powers – she can now read people’s minds but only in the form of popular songs. It might sound like an odd-ball concept but who doesn’t love a well-placed Van Morrison or The Rolling Stones number, especially when the plot calls for it.

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2. Grace and Frankie

Where to watch it:

Netflix

Why should I watch it?

If you haven't watched Grace and Frankie, then you're missing out. The unlikely duo became friends after their respective husbands announced they were in love with each other. Together, Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin) have opened a lubricant company (for older people), escaped out of a nursing home, and found new love (and lust).

The show is now in its sixth season but continues to bravely and comedically explore topics like sexuality, divorce, ageing, romance and the timeless power of female friendship.

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3. Miracle Workers

Where to watch it:

Stan

Why should I watch it?

You probably haven't heard much about Miracle Workers and this is a crime. The eclectic dramatic comedy stars Steve Buscemi as a disillusioned and burnt out god, who's let Earth fall into a bit of a state. It's now up to Daniel Radcliffe, who plays an 'Angel' working in the 'answered prayers' department, and his co-workers to restore the balance.

The premise of Miracle Workers might sound absolutely insane but it'll have you belly laughing and addicted by the first episode.

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4. Kim's Convenience

Where to watch it:

Netflix

Why should I watch it?

There's so much heart, humour and soul in Netflix's sitcom series, Kim's Convenience.

The series follows the Kims, who are a first-generation, Canadian-Korean family who own the local convenience store. It's a sensitive and hilarious telling of the immigrant experience and explores the many funny quirks and subtle tensions that come with the process.

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5. Beautiful Lies

Where to watch it:

SBS On Demand

Why should I watch it?

If you've always wanted to get into foreign films but never had the time, start with this French rom-com starring Audrey Tautou (Amelie). She plays Émilie, a no-nonsense hairdresser who is inspired to send her divorced and heartbroken mum love letters after she receives one from a mystery man.

While they bring back her mojo, Émilie, now needs to maintain her web of lies and it isn't long before the cracks start to show.

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6. Sex Education

Where to watch it:

Netflix

Why should I watch it?

There’s so much to love about Netflix's Sex Education. It tackles tricky topics like sexual assault, sexuality and teen sex with empathy, compassion and just the right amount of humour. Plus, Eric Effiong (Ncuti Gatwa) may just be one of the best characters we've had on our screens in a long time.

While the 80s-style clothing, vintage cars and modern technology might throw you for a time loop, it makes for a very aesthetic series.

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7. Kiki's Delivery Service

Where to watch it:

Netflix

Why should I watch it?

Perfect for kids and adults alike, you'll fall in love with the enchanting world of Kiki's Delivery Service. Kiki is a 13-year-old witch who must move to the port city of Koriko for a year in order to complete her training.

While the plot is refreshingly docile, the soundtrack is lush, and the animation feels beautiful and cosy. It's the perfect escapist film that'll leave your heart full, with a smile on your face.

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8. Scrubs

Where to watch it:

Stan

Why should I watch it?

An oldie but a goodie, Scrubs is the laugh-out-loud medical sitcom we need right now.

Join J.D. (Zach Braff), Turk (Donald Faison), Elliot (Sarah Chalke) and Carla (Judy Reyes) as they go through life at the kooky Sacred Heart Hospital, which houses its own set of unique characters. The 20-minute episodes are wonderfully bingeable and so comforting and reassuring in a way only 00s sitcoms can be.

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9. Marvellous Mrs Maisel

Where to watch it:

Amazon Prime

Why should I watch it?

Created by Amy Sherman-Palladino - the same mastermind behind Gilmore GirlsMarvellous Mrs Maisel is the very definition of a feel-good show.

The dramatic-comedy follows our 1950s heroine, Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), who paves her own way as a stand-up comedienne in the aftermath of her messy divorce. The fashion is fabulous, the characters are quirky, and the dialogue is witty and sharp. What more could you want?

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10. Everything's Going to Be Okay

Where to watch it:

Stan

Why should I watch it?

Josh Thomas (Please Like Me) is back with another heartfelt series that will have you giggling and in tears at the same time.

In the wake of his father's death, the show sees the neurotic Nicholas (Thomas) step up and become the legal guardian of his two American teenage sisters, one of whom has autism. He's not ready to take on the monumental task, but he does it with a lot of heart and gusto.

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11. Fleabag

Where to watch it:

Amazon Prime

Why should I watch it?

Five words: Phoebe Waller-Bridge and 'Hot Priest'. If you still haven't demolished Fleabag, you must right now.

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The show watches like a grittier and edgier version of Sex and the City and it's equal parts hilarious, sexy, poignant, devastating and nail-bitingly good. Just get ready to fall in love with Waller-Bridge's complex but flawed characters. They'll stay with you long after the devastatingly short two seasons are up.

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