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TV is the Best Medicine: Why Some Shows Are Better Than Others When You’re Sick — Very Good TV Podcast

Will an animated comedy like "BoJack Horseman" make you feel better? Or would an action-packed drama like "Gotham" do the job?

Don Draper (Jon Hamm) - Mad Men _ Season 6, Episode 8 _ 'The Crash' - Photo Credit: Jordin Althaus/AMC

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We’ve all been there. You’re feeling a little under the weather (after catching a cold or catching too many shots at the bar, you know, whichever reason it may be), and you hear your mother’s voice in your head: “Stay in bed,” she says. “Get your rest. I’ll just turn on the TV for you, so you can relax.”

Lying in bed is generally awesome, but when you’re not feeling great, it can be more of a bitter experience than a sweet one. You’re sweltering under the covers until you kick them off and freeze to death. You can’t get comfortable because of the itchy sheets or baggy pajamas. You need to rest, but you need a distraction. The solution? A good TV show to accompany you and your grogginess!

Life (and all its knacks) can sometimes prevent us from keeping up with our favorite shows, or even prevent us from getting into the ever-growing library of new shows coming out. Therefore, plowing through that show you stopped watching for a while, or getting into that new show you’ve been meaning to watch for months, can be a terrific idea to ease your way out of being sick. But would certain types of shows actually make you feel better? Will others make you feel even worse?

IndieWire’s TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller and TV Critic Ben Travers share their thoughts on the matter in this week’s Very Good TV Podcast. From newbies like HBO’s “The Deuce” to classics like NBC’s “Friends”, Liz and Ben ponder which shows can make you feel a little “over” the weather when you’re chained to your bed with a box of tissues next to you (or maybe a bucket). Why does David Simon feel like an invigorating shot of adrenaline and comedies are too much to take? Listen to the whole podcast in the link above to find out the shows that you should watch (or avoid) while convalescing.

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