Our current go-to show? The New Girl. Maybe it's Zooey Deschanel's awesome hair, or the band of adorable roommates who never seem to have anybody else to hang out with, but The New Girl never fails to cheer us up. It's not earth-shatteirngly good, or even fall-on-the-floor funny, but it's the perfect 22-minute escape. Watching an episode or three gets us out of our heads and into a fluffy fake Los Angeles where everyone's attractive and the apartments are ridiculously huge. We know it's not real— and we probably wouldn't want to live with three messy dude roommates (you know the show is fantasy because there are never any dirty dishes in the sink) — but it does offer a nice respite from our stressful day-to-day.
After the jump, nine more shows we've sought out to soothe our emotions.
Use for the treatment of: General existential dilemmas, life crises, questioning what the "point of it all" is. Louie will remind you that there really isn't one.
Prescription: Watch his self-titled series on Netflix, or check out his stand-up performance, Live at the Beacon Theater, also available on Netflix's streaming service.
Use for the treatment of: Depression. Aimlessness. Coach and Tami always know the right thing to do. And they know that doing what's right isn't always what's easy. Ugh, love those two.
Prescription: Start from the beginning, but save some episodes for when you're feeling really, really desperate. Oh, and force yourself to get through the first half of the second season. It does get better.
Use for the treatment of: Depression, anxiety, shoe envy. Sometimes the best way to deal with your problems is to put them aside for a little while and to fall into a deep brunch-and-tutu-filled K-hole. We wholly support you on that.
Prescription: You can find all six seasons on HBO Go, HBO's streaming video service. But please, do not go off in search of a Mr. Big of your own.
Use for the treatment of: Anxiety, because whatever you're going through probably isn't nearly as bad as Carrie's last 24 hours.
Prescription: At least three episodes and a glass or two of wine, followed by some jazz. It's the way Carrie would want it.
Use for the treatment of: Family drama. We're not saying you and your mom need to be as close as Rory and Lorelai, but sharing mutual respect and admiration is something every family could benefit from.
Prescription: Weekly episodes (the WB streams them), preferably while Skyping with your mom.
Use for the treatment of: Homesickness. We associate Family Ties with watching TV with our folks when we were kids. Who didn't have a crush on young Republican Alex P. Keaton? This show totally brings us back to those days.
Prescription: Binge watch all seven seasons on Netflix.
Use for the treatment of: Loneliness. The Housewives remind us it could be worse. At least we don't have to go to a bizarre strawberry-flavored tequila tasting party with a bunch of our frenemies tonight, right?
Prescription: Apply sparingly. Too many episodes can definitely be toxic.
Use for the treatment of: Relationship issues. Feeling stressed out about your own romantic situation? Odds are it's not nearly as complicated as the many machinations of the Brown clan. Your relationship woes will seem easy-breezy in comparison.
Prescription: Watch on Netflix, but don't wallow too long.
Use for the treatment of: Whatever ails you. Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia distilled good living down to a science. The key to happiness is having great friends to share it with. End of story.
Prescription: Sadly, Golden Girls isn't available on Netflix, but you can catch quite a few of the episodes on YouTube. It also airs regularly on the Hallmark Channel. Now it's your turn. Tell us what you watch when you're feeling down.