When you're sick, sometimes lying in bed all day is the last thing you want to do. And sometimes binge-watching a new series -- perhaps one you've never seen before -- is just what you need. So take a moment to get cozy, make some hot tea, put up your feet, and check out these five shows that will have you laughing, crying, and feeling better in no time.
'Downton Abbey' (2010 - 2015)
"Downton Abbey" is one great to watch when you're not feeling quite like yourself and all you want to do is be outside. The idyllic setting, music, costumes, and simplicity of early 1900s England makes your day, or days, at home ever more peaceful. On top of it all, drama of its aristocratic small town -- full of murder, mayhem, and tea service -- will have you laughing, crying, and forgetting all about your sick day.
'The Great British Baking Show' (2010 - )
"The Great British Baking Show" brings you into the world of fine British and European desserts, crumpets, biscuits, and more baking innuendos than you could imagine. You may not feel well enough to bake on a sick day, but sometimes just looking at biscuits and finger sandwiches can do the trick. This series features hilarious hosts, authentic recipes, world-renowned British bakers, and show-stopping desserts that will have you calling your mom or your best friend to bring over some hot cocoa, fresh bread, and cookies, or -- as the Brits might suggest -- Jammie Dodgers.
'White Collar' (2009 - 2014)
What's better than a little action and a whole lot of crime when you are sick? If you enjoyed the Tom Hanks / Leonardo DiCaprio movie "Catch Me if You Can," you're going to love "White Collar." The series picks up where "Catch Me if You Can" left off, with Special Agent Peter Burke tracking down the master forger / con artist / heist operator, Neal Caffrey. Peter promises Neal's freedom if he assists in bring down other high-profile white collar criminals, aka Neal's competition. If you love series that showcase the beauty of New York City; feature interesting cases of the week; explore diamond heists, art forgeries, and high-class bad guys and gals, then "White Collar" is for you. Matt Bomer, as Neal, also wears a lot of fedoras and rocks a mean Frank Sinatra impression, if you're into that sort of thing.
'Felicity' (1998 - 2002)
One of the best coming-of-age dramas to come out of the late 1990s, "Felicity" introduced the world to the emo, Sarah McLachlan-listening, Dean and Deluca espresso-drinking character of Felicity Porter and her love-triangle BFFs, Ben and Noel. Felicity was the girl who went all the way across the county to follow a boy who wrote something profound in her high school yearbook at graduation, and ended up finding herself instead. The blissful and pensive college drama launched the careers of J.J. Abrams, Keri Russell, Scott Speedman, and Scott Foley. Watching this series may give you major alt-rock nostalgia, and it may make you want to cut your hair -- you'll know why if you watch the show.
'Friends' (1994 - 2004)
Whether you've seen "Friends" 100 times or never watched a single episode, it might be the absolute best show to binge-watch on a sick day. You can start with the pilot episode to follow the fun, single days of Phoebe and friends, or you can jump to some fan-favorite episodes like, "The One Where Ross Finds Out," "The One With the Flashback," and "The One With the Embryos." Whether Chandler Bing is making you laugh or Rachel Green is making you cry, spending a sick day in bed with "Friends" might be just what the doctor ordered.