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TV Shows To Help Wind Down After School

TV Shows To Help Wind Down After School

Jessie Bennett

Now that we’re all back to school, it can be hard to get back into a routine. Sometimes sitting down at a certain time every evening and sticking on a good show can be a great way to unwind. Having a new show you’re excited about can also be very helpful to get through a particularly long day, as you have something to look forward to.

Here are some TV shows you can get your teeth stuck into, but don’t require too much attention so great for relaxing after a long day at school! Watch 1 or 2 episodes in the evening for a great way to unwind and relax.

TV Shows To Help Wind Down After School



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A classic, Friends is the ultimate show to put on and just let your mind switch off for a bit. Lots of laughs and loveable character will have you invested!

Where to watch: Netflix.

Episode length: 25 minutes (ish)

New Girl

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After breaking up with her boyfriend, Jess moves into a new apartment with 3 male roommates. Again, this is great to switch on and just get lost in silliness of it all!

Where to watch: Netflix.

Episode length: Just over 20 minutes!

Modern Family

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3 modern day families navigate everyday life with some hilarious outcomes! Such an easy feel-good watch, most of the episodes have a cute message to them.

Where to watch: Netflix or Sky on Demand.

Episode length: Under half an hour!


On returning to the career world after raising her daughter, Liza lands her dream job. There’s just one problem, Liza is 40 years old pretending to be 26. From friendships to relationships, watching Liza navigate the lie she’s created is hilarious. Hilary Duff stars alongside broadway legend, Sutton Foster.

Where to watch: Now TV.

Episode length: 30 minutes or so.

The Bold Type

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Follow Jane, Sutton and Cat as they navigate life at Scarlet magazine in NYC. Expect all the glitz and glam from the world of magazines, grounded in the reality of issues that effect young women. An easy watch, where the gals will feel like old friends in no time.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime.

Episode length: Between 40-45 minutes.


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The Carringtons and the Colbys feud for control over their fortune — and their children — in this updated reboot of the classic prime-time soap. The drama in this show is off the charts. It’s so far removed from reality, it’s great for switching off at the end of the day.

Where to watch: Netflix.

Episode length: Under 45 minutes.

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air

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Love the 90s vibes of Friends but a bit fed up of watching it on repeat? Fresh Prince is a great alternative! All of the classic 90s fashion, and hilarious plots! What more could you want?

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Where to watch: Netflix.

Episode length: Under 30 minutes.

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series

TV Shows help wind down after school

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series takes place at the same East High we knew back in the original High School musical days, except this time it’s the real life version… confused? So were we! Basically the series focuses around high schoolers preparing for their performance of High School Musical. There are references to the original movie so it’s all very meta. An easy watch so worth adding to your after school watch list!

Where to watch: Disney Plus.

Episode length: Half an hour, give or take a few minutes.

Never Have I Ever

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Never Have I Ever is the ultimate twenty-first century coming of age drama. Devi, Eleanor and Fabiola are three friends on a mission to find romance. Dealing with controlling parents, social obligations and hormones creates a rollercoaster of emotion. Based loosely on Mindy Kaling’s own life, Never Have I Ever will have you bursting out loud and crying all in the same breath.

Where to watch: Netflix.

Episode length: About half an hour.

The Vampire Diaries

TV Shows help wind down after school

To get the ultimate escape, sometimes we have to delve into the world of the supernatural. The Vampire Diaries follows Elena, a normal girl up until the moment vampire brothers Stefan and Damon enter her life. From there there’s witchcraft, werewolves and all the stuff you’d expect from a good supernatural show!

Where to watch: Netflix.

Episode length: Average 43 minutes.

Do you watch TV shows to wind down after school? What are some of your favourite tv shows to help wind down after school?

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