The world is a really scary place, and those dark TV shows and podcasts I used to love – true crime shows, Walking Dead, mind bendy shows like Black Mirror, House of Cards – they all seem too close to home.
I remember recently asking my husband to put a podcast on for us to listen to as we relaxed in bed. I often fall asleep to podcasts this way. I asked him to put something on that wasn’t too vivid or depressing. He put on a podcast, I think it was Radio Diaries, about a man who intentionally got bitten by snakes on a regular basis to get himself immune to snake venom. The part of the podcast we were listening to, naturally, was just a long extended sequence in real time that listened as he was bitten by snakes. Thanks, Radio Diaries!
So in the vein of Common Sense Media, a site that independently reviews everything under the sun to help parents decide which movies and TV shows to expose their children to, I would like to offer an idea: Palette Cleanser Media. Will someone please independently review each movie out there specifically for the level of anxiety it will give me? Are there any child deaths? Does a dog die? Does a young girl commit suicide? Is there a sociopathic unqualified dictator who has stolen his way into power? I would like to know in advance, thanks.
Without sharing too much, the novel I’m writing is my version of the media I would like to consume. An escape, a gift, a breath of fresh air. I asked my Facebook friends for recommendations of media that is palette cleansing. Either really pleasant, escapist or funny enough to make the darkness seem small. Here are their suggestions and where to find the shows.
Escape to the Country (Netflix)
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (Netflix)
Mystery Science Theater 3000 (Netflix)
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Master of None (Netflix)
The Nice Guys (HBO)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
The Moaning of Life (Netflix)
The Great British Baking Show (PBS)
Schitt’s Creek (Netflix)
Difficult People (Hulu)
The Good Place (NBC)
Chewing Gum (Netflix)
Family Tree (Amazon)
Santa Clarita Diet (Netflix)
Dave Chapelle comedy special (Netflix)
Either John Mulaney special (Netflix)
Documentary Now (Netflix)
Big Little Lies (HBO)
In the Shadows (Amazon)
Midnight Diner (Netflix)
The Get Down (Netflix)
Pee Wee’s Big Holiday (vintage suggestion)
Arrested Development (another slightly vintage suggestion)