Shows to watch on Netflix when you’re sick

  • Claire OBeirne
  • Jun 21, 2020

I wasn't going to do a post today as I'm currently curled up on the couch feeling super unwell, but it got me thinking, what better time to do a super casual post on shows to watch on Netflix when you're feeling sick?  The hustle game to make sure these posts are strong with this one!! I'm definitely known for both procrastination, but over-working myself, which I think is the reason I'm here in the first place.  On a bright note - it's a yucky day outside, so it's actually perfect for lazy viewing.


It also leads to a similar topic - one of the things I think that Netflix needs to do is add a few new categories.  My vote is for adding "Lazy Watching" - or "Shows you can put on the background whilst you aimless scroll social media."  or "Comfort Watching." better known as "I've just had a bad day, I need something kind."   We're going to ignore that they have added a "Casual Viewing"  option - because let's be honest, it's not great.


So here we go, my current five top favourite shows that are available at the moment.*
(*at least on Australian Netflix)

Shows to watch on Netflix when you're feeling sick

Pictures a scene from the TV show Hilda, with main charcters featured

Hilda is absolutely one of my go-to shows when I'm feeling sad, and I need an adorable pick me up. It tackles in the cutest way some pretty big emotional issues, ranging from trying to make new friends, adapting to change, accepting and sticking to your guns (and knowing when sometimes you're wrong.)   The artwork is visually stunning, and Twig is just adorable.

It's such an easy and lovely watch that you can happily binge it in one sitting. (I know I did.)   Also, Hilda is voiced by Bella Ramsey whom is the one and only Lyanna Mormont from Game of Thrones. So if you miss that spunky and feisty little firecracker, you can get your fix here.

2. Literally any Studio Ghibli movie.


When Netflix announced earlier this year they were bringing in 29 Studio Ghibli movies, I nearly cried.  Some of my favorite movies of all time fit within this magical franchise.  My personal favourites (and probably the same as a lot of people are Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away.


3. Nailed it!

When it comes to shows that just make me go, That is so me - this is it.  If you haven't had the joy of watching the series - it is exactly what happens when you see a beautiful picture on Pinterest of a baked good done by a professional, and you, a very much not professional baker, attempt to create it at home.  Yeah, let's be honest. We've all tried. We've all failed.  This just puts it on the big screen.



4. Queer Eye


Photo credit | Oprah Magazine



I've been an avid watcher of Queer Eye since the first episode came out a number of years ago.  The original series ran on the same concept, that a group of fab gay guys worked to makeover a straight guy.  The new series, in my opinion, is so much better.  The fact it's not just centred on making over straight guys - that we're instead seeing on each episode a new person, full of personality and from all walks of life.  Seeing the struggles of some pretty amazing people, and just how grateful they are to have their life changed.

This show makes my heart happy for so many different reasons, and I love binge-watching it when I'm sad.

5.  Spongebob Squarepants


Nothing can beat good old Spongebob. The creators came out in an interview in 2006 saying that Spongebob was probably more asexual than gay, but it's a great inclusive show either way. More so, It's just a wholesome show. I remember watching it over ten years ago when I was in high school, and a friend and I at a time used to quote Garry's little mrows.  Good memories all around.  It's the type of show that you can just put on at any episode and you're going to be okay to keep watching it.  You can put the same episode multiple times and still find it enjoyable.  It's absolutely one of those shows that you can curl up with a blanket and have on as background noise when you're not feeling great. Which is what has happened today.



Photo credit: Nickelodeon


And that's my wrap on shows to watch on Netflix when you're feeling sick!  I'm always on the lookout for more new shows, especially ones that you don't normally see in a list (looking at you Hilda!) - let me know in the comments if you've got a recommendation!



  1. Molly @ Transatlantic Notes

    June 23, 2020

    I hate to say it, but I’ve not seen any of these! Looks like I’ve got a reason to get cost on my couch and watch some Netflix now! Thanks!

  2. Love, Em

    June 22, 2020

    Thank you for sharing your suggestions! I love nailed it – despite some of the bakes failing, they still turn out better than I could do! I haven’t heard of Hilda, so perhaps I will have to watch it. I also need to get round to watching Queer Eye, I feel like the only one who hasn’t watched it!

    Em |

    • Claire OBeirne

      June 22, 2020

      I highly recommend Hilda, it’s such a feel good show – and super easy to watch. And yes!! Get onto watching Queer Eye! Let me know if/when you do and you need someone to talk to about it because I’m ALWAYS up to talk about it!

  3. mia

    June 22, 2020

    This is a great list! I’ve never heard of Hilda, but it sounds like it’s right up my alley. Studio Ghibli is my absolute fave – i also recommend lovesick for feel-good background waching.

    mia //

    • Claire OBeirne

      June 22, 2020

      It’s such a cute show, and the next season is out in a few months if you enjoy it!

  4. Katie (The Twenty Percent)

    June 22, 2020

    These are such good recommendations. I always love watching Queer Eye!

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