It isn’t uncommon to feel lonely: did you know that loneliness regularly affects four in 10 Aussies? If you are feeling lonely, you might be in need of a pick-me-up. We’ve got loads of recommendations for what to watch to help you through.

Friends

Where to watch: BINGE | Foxtel Now | Netflix | 10 play

When you’re feeling alone, a great easy-watching sitcom can be like a big warm hug – and this iconic fan-favourite is at the very top of our list. Get wrapped up in the wacky yet somehow relatable lives of New York City neighbours Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Ross and Chandler as they wade into all manner of hilarious situations and conversations, all while supporting each other through the good times and the rough patches. With 236 episodes to stream over ten seasons, you’ve got plenty of time to get properly acquainted (or reacquainted) with these incredibly likable, comforting characters.

Also recommended: Cheers, The Golden Girls, Kim’s Convenience, Frasier, The Nanny.

WALL-E

Where to watch: Disney+ | Telstra TV Box Office

Disney and Pixar are the masters when it comes to crafting emotionally layered stories that help you focus on the big picture while making your heart burst with joy. And WALL-E is one such masterpiece. In a future where humans have left the Earth behind, one lonely little garbage-collecting robot remains – whiling away his days sifting through the leftover rubbish and keeping the things he finds interesting. But when another robot, EVE, is sent to locate signs of life, WALL-E falls in love – setting off an intergalactic adventure that could ultimately save the future of humanity.

Also recommended: UP, Onward, Inside Out, Toy Story.

Stranger Things

Where to watch: Netflix

If you’ve ever found yourself longing for better times gone by, then you’re not alone. There’s something magical about nostalgia – and particularly movies and TV shows that evoke nostalgia – that can help us feel less isolated, reminding us of less complicated times and enduring childhood friendships. Set in the 1980s, Stranger Things offers this up in spades – following a group of suburban teenage besties as they hop on their BMX bikes and band together to uncover the mystery of their missing friend Will… and the appearance of a strange new girl in town.

Also recommended: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Goonies, Gremlins, Jumanji.

Bridesmaids

Where to watch: Telstra TV Box Office | Stan | BINGE | Foxtel Now | Amazon Prime Video

Sometimes you just need a good out-loud belly laugh to lift your spirits and buddy comedies like Bridesmaids are perfectly engineered to deliver. Told from the perspective of its sympathetic protagonist Annie, who is down on her luck but refuses to be defeated no matter what, the film shows the lengths a best friend is willing to go to prove her devotion. And even though things go hilariously wrong at every conceivable turn, she doesn’t give up striving to plan the perfect wedding and hens party for her friend and fellow bridesmaids.

Also recommended: The Hangover, Space Jam, Mean Girls, Superbad, Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar.

Mr. Bean

Where to watch: BritBox | 7plus | Amazon Prime Video | BINGE

Words often aren’t enough to accurately express how we feel – and so there’s something heartwarmingly soothing about seeing the world through the speechlessly stumbling interactions of Mr Bean. While he’s a bit of a loner, Mr Bean seems to rather enjoy his own company. And when an obstacle gets in his way, he’s often shown to be quite proud of how clever he is at overcoming it – even if, as an audience, his unconventional methods result in fits of riotous laughter.

Also recommended: Absolutely Fabulous, Fawlty Towers, Keeping Up Appearances, The Vicar of Dibley.

Grease

Where to watch: Paramount+ | Telstra TV Box Office | Amazon Prime Video | Stan

It’s almost impossible not to enjoy yourself when you’re watching a musical extravaganza like Grease. Packed with toe-tapping tunes we all know so well, performed by a superstar ensemble cast, the film follows the unlikely love story between bad-boy Danny and wholesome Sandy amongst a cast of high school misfits during the 1950s. And with moves that are easy to learn, you’ll be dancing and singing around your living room in no time.

Also recommended: Hairspray, Footloose, Sister Act, The Sound of Music.

Parks and Recreation

Where to watch: Stan | Amazon Prime Video | BINGE | Foxtel Now | Netflix

“Treat yo’ self” to the infectiously optimistic vibes of city councillor Leslie Knope, in this charming workplace comedy with a heart of gold. With hopes of one day becoming the first female president, Knope is intent on making the world a better place for everyone – starting with the parks department of Pawnee, Indiana. Navigating frustrating bureaucracy, unhelpful colleagues and ungrateful residents, she never wavers in her commitment to getting the job done with a smile on her face.

Also recommended: The Good Place, Modern Family, The Office, The Big Bang Theory.

The Wizard of Oz

Where to watch: Telstra TV Box Office

One of the most powerful films you can watch to improve your mindset is the timeless classic, The Wizard of Oz. Following young girl Dorothy as she and her dog Toto are caught in a tornado and transplanted from their Kansas farm into the fantastical world of Oz, she’s convinced her only way home is to meet the Wizard. But along with fellow Yellow Brick Road travellers Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion, she learns important life lessons about facing your fears, accepting change and looking within to find what you need to succeed.

Also recommended: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin.

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If you need help, mental health support services are available through:

Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636
Lifeline – 13 11 14
Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800

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