Before I had children I could watch American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, and Game of Thrones without covering my eyes at every torturous scene. However, since then, I just don’t have the stomach for it. If a show leaves me with a bad feeling, I can’t sleep. Maybe I’ve become more empathic or sensitive over the years, but recently, I find myself craving something peaceful and romantic.
If you’re the same way, you may enjoy these soothing series:
- Grand Designs: (Netflix) Kevin McCloud visits home owners as they design and build their dream homes in the UK. The music alone is enough to lull you to sleep, but the amazing architecture, realistic home-builder-strife, and breathtaking scenery will keep you watching again and again.
2. Victoria: (Amazon/PBS Masterpiece Classics) Follow young Queen Victoria in this period drama of a young woman coming of age and nobility. Her love story will leave you aching for more, while her struggle with pregnancies and motherhood will have you sighing, “I feel ya, girl.” While I’m a huge fan of Netflix’s The Crown, I much prefer the characters, costumes, and ornate details in the Victoria series.
3. Poldark: (Amazon/PBS Masterpiece Classics) Set in Cornwall after the Revolutionary War, this series follows Ross Poldark, a former Captain for the British military. The rivalries and romances alone make this show one of my all-time favorite period dramas since finishing Downton Abbey. Oh, and did I mention that Aidan Turner is totally dreamy? Watch one episode, and you’ll see for yourself.
4. The Great British Baking Show: (Netflix) I never knew reality television could be so sweet. In this series, amateur bakers compete in baking challenges for the title of Star Baker and a grand price of glass cake stand etched with “The Great British Bake Off.” You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll see competitors actually encouraging and helping one another. This endearing show is a must-see for anyone who loves baking, kindness, and renewing one’s faith in humanity.
In this world of media consumption, it’s worth considering how your own television habits contribute to your mood, temperament, and quality of sleep. So the next time you need a break from the evening news, crime tv, or American reality shows, give one of these British episodes a try.
Just remember, I’ve called dibs on Ross Poldark.