Some films and TV shows you just have to end up adopting that have the rare gift of raising your spirits and putting you in good mood

When it comes to spirit raising, then drama tends to be the best antidote hands down, but beyond its evasive or therapeutic value, there are some stories that have the gift of putting you in the best of humor quite unintentionally. Tales whose tone or the air of empathy they give off are an invitation to preserve good temperament in the face of any adversity. Their value to improve your day depends a lot on how you look at them respectively of course, but certain movies and series are celebrated unanimously because they fit into that sphere we regularly refer to as possessing the “feel good” factor. In the case of cinema, if there’s one classic that undeniably conserves its ability to put you in a good mood, then it has to be “Singing in the Rain”. Stanley Donen’s movie starring Gene Kelly is absolutely infallible thanks to its infectious joy, the charisma of its characters and an overflowing love for the evocative power of the musical. When it comes to musicals, there are two titles that above all other that deserve a mention on this list; one is, without a doubt “The Blues Brothers” (Filmin), featuring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as they embark on a “divine mission” to save the orphanage where they grew up; and the other is “Hairspray” (Amazon), the adaptation of the John Waters’ cult classic featuring a cross-dressing John Travolta, an evil Michelle Pfeiffer and a memorable James Marsden. As for modern-day movies, you could also check out “Sing Street” (Amazon and Filmin). Ok, so it’s not a musical in the purest sense of the word, but the language is very similar and it has that certain “Je ne sais quoi” that really gets under your skin, in the good way, after watching about five minutes, a bit like what happens with “Begin Again”, by the same director. As for comedies, which might be prescribed according to different periods and styles, from the essential “The Party” (Filmin) to “Notting Hill” (Netflix and Amazon), including “Crazy, Stupid Love” (Netflix and HBO) or the unmissable “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (Netflix and Amazon). It’s also important not to forget the healing power of Kenneth Branagh’s “Much Ado About Nothing” (HBO and Filmin) or constructive independent films including “Your Sister’s Sister” (Filmin), featuring Mark Duplass, Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt. And finally, if there’s one style of comedy that can brighten any day, that will unquestionably bear the signature of one Mister Charles Chaplin. Amazon and Filmin catalogs have several titles available.

For TV series that’ll have you grinning like a Cheshire cat, try the modern classics, especially “Seinfeld”, “Frasier” and “The Office” (British or American, it doesn’t matter: the latter is available on Amazon), which hold a mirror up to aspects of daily life that have huge comedy potential and perhaps we hadn’t even realized. Other mood changers we recommend include “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (both available on Netflix), mainly for their unconventional take on romanticism and human relations, and one that has never enjoyed the true success it deserves, “Parks and Recreation”. If what you’re looking for is an ironic and sensitive slant on serious issues, then some “The Kominsky Method” (Netflix) might be the best medicine. And finally, two comedies that are absolute musts; “Community” (Netflix and Amazon), whose cult following continues to grow, and “Derry Girls” (Netflix), an excellent example of how to laugh and put a good face on troubled times.

Pep Prieto. Journalist and writer. Series critic for ‘El Món a RAC1’ and on Betevé’s “Àrtic” program. Author of the essay “Al filo del mañana” (On the Edge of Tomorrow), on time travel cinema, and “Absolute Power”, regarding cinema and politics.