The best feel-good films and TV shows on Netflix to watch this month

That aren't Christmas films

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by Louella Berryman |

The amount of choice on Netflix is honestly overwhelming, but there's no denying that at this time of year it's a bit of a chore sifting through the deluge of not-exactly-Oscar-worthy Christmas films.

Top of our list of criteria for a Netflix binge at the moment is anything uplifting, but feel-good doesn't have to mean festive. When the world around you is topsy turvy, the last thing you need is a jarring post-apocalyptic film about a pandemic (ahem, Contagion).

So, if you're on the lookout for some fuzzy-feeling-but-still-timeless films and telly on Netflix this month then look no further than our definitive list.

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It's very hard not to laugh at this zany Irish comedy. It's got that classic Channel 4 grittiness with a heavy dose of always-amusing accents.

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There's something spookily-uplifting about this Netflix original. The stories are top notch and give us all the feels. Plus, there's the hope that sex ed might be better for Gen-Z than it was for us? Maybe?

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Elle's cheerful confidence and trademark 'bend and snap' move is a recipe for the ultimate mood-lifter (plus we love a happy ending.)

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It's a comforting classic. As the title song says, they'll be there for you if it hasn't been your day, your week, your month, or even your year.

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This one's a brand new addition to Netflix and we're pretty happy it's been added, tbh. Dawn French's hilarious portrayal of a village's first female vicar is endlessly funny.

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There's something so comforting about the town of Stars Hollow, and even during the famed Lorelai-Rory argument of series 6, you know everything's going to be OK in the end.

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This version of the Roald Dahl childhood classic will always be a feel-good mainstay in our film arsenal.

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If you haven't seen this '80s gem, where have you been? Also we need Sloan's hair. And wardrobe. And sass.

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Makeover shows will forever be super satisfying, and this one comes with the added bonus of genuine on-screen friendship and love.

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Remember those times when we could get in our cars and drive across the country? LOL, us neither. Bring back the memories with this Welsh feel-good series.

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A heartwarming story of father and son involving Will Smith. Enough said.

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Anything involving Tom Hanks already has a big feel-good factor slapped all over it. This one's even better because it involved Emma Thompson and it's about Mary Poppins and Disney.

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Our lives might feel like Groundhog Day at the moment, but this '90s classic will always have a special place in our heart as the ultimate lockdown watch.

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Two women are brought together after their husbands announce they are in love with each other and plan to get married. Is it a weird concept? Sure. But we love it.

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This mockumentary family sitcom has finally made its way to Netflix, and it's a total cheer-you-up must watch.

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A group of oddballs form a bond while they study at a community college. If you've ever felt like you've suffered a setback in life (urr, everyone) then this one is sure to make you feel way better about it.

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If you're in need of a reality TV fix, then this one's for you. It's perfect for fans of The Kardashians or those who like watching rich people do silly things and argue.

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An interior design show, but with teeny-tiny houses. Warning - it may make you want to move into a 2ft cabin by the beach.

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Netflix doesn't have a HUGE offering of animated films (this is where Disney+ holds its own), but Shark Tale is one of our favourites. It's got the best feel-good soundtrack, too.

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This Japanese fantasy film is a soothing animated classic that'll have you reaching more more Studio Ghibli films within the hour.

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It's not just Netlfix that's laying on some non-festive feel-good fun this Christmas. The BBC is premiering renowned children's author Julia Donaldson's The Superworm on Christmas Day at 2.30pm.

The star-studded lineup and heat-warming plot means it's a Christmas Day must-see, with Matt Smith, who voices the protagonist telling heat, "I think you always warm to stories about friendship and this is a very charming tale of friendship and self-understanding for one small worm. There's a charm, there's a wit, and there's a lightness of touch and hopefulness that fits really well into Christmas Day… I’ve never done an animation, and I read this and I thought it was sweet and interesting and fun”.

Yet, despite being a world-renowned author, Julia Donaldson admitted she didn’t even know who Matt Smith was until she heard him reading the part – “It suddenly dawned on me it was Prince Philp from the Crown playing my worm!”.

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