What Shows Do You Like to Watch When You're Sick?

I recently suffered a horrendous, never-ending cold—during a week of gorgeous weather, no less—and had no choice but to camp out on the couch with a box of Kleenex in one hand and my remote control in the other. My only joy over those few days was TV—which made me realize that, when it's done right, television can be chicken soup for the ailing viewer's cold. Here are the top ten things I'm excited to find on TV when I'm sick. Feel free to add your own in the comments section, below.

10. QVC
Especially if there's clothing for sale. There’s nothing like listening to the drone of QVC’s always-bubbly pitchwomen as they try to move loose-fitting tunics with “just the right amount of sparkle” to soothe you into a healing slumber.

9. SyFy original movies
From Ice Spiders to Bone Eater to Rise of the Gargoyles (featuring the tagline, “When mythic monsters awaken, Paris is history”), the SyFy network works hard to bring us the most consistently odd-looking and poorly acted science fiction movies around. Nice and distracting, plus there's almost always one on.

8. The Food Network
Simply close your eyes and pretend that your mom is making you that chicken soup, but with Tasty Tarragon Clusters and a Side of Asparagus Bread!

7. America’s Next Top Model marathons
Frequently aired over the weekend (when you’re especially bummed to be stuck home sick), you can follow 14 girls from makeovers to Smizing 101 to eliminations all in one fell swoop. Just be careful: ANTM is just as easy to get sucked into when you are completely well.

6. The Golden Girls
An old standby. As comfy as a pair of old pajamas, with laughs that are gentle and sweet. Especially effective when you have a fever.

5. VH1 shows that involve New York, Flava Flav, or Tila Tequila
You can sometimes catch these in reruns, and they’re great for those suffering from stomach ailments: Watching the horrors on your screen will either make you forget your pain or help you to rid yourself of it.

4. The Today Show
A rare treat for a full-time employee out sick. Catch up on all the awkward interviews, the many attempts at pop culture relevance, and the train wreck that is the fourth hour. Pairs well with hot tea.

3. Anything related to The Soup
Joel McHale consistently dishes out the best weekly television commentary in bite-sized, easy-to-swallow chunks. Extra points if you catch a “Soup Presents” special that highlights amazing talk show or reality TV moments.

2. Law & Order
You know there will be a murder in the first 30 seconds, you know that the detectives will be cracking wise as they investigate, you know the most obvious suspect won’t be the culprit, you know they’ll find the murderer, and you know there will be a witty one-liner at the end. Just relax—the NYPD has got this. (Bonus: It doesn't matter if you doze off, because you've either already seen the episode or can catch it again next week.)

1. House
The crazy-doctor drama edges out Law & Order only because when you’re sick, medical issues are more relevant to you. Puzzle over the cases, cheer on the surly Dr. House, and compare the patients' symptoms to your own to make sure you don’t have Adult-Onset Stills Disease.

What shows do you like to watch when you're home sick?

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I agree with House. Endless CSI repeats on 5USA are quite welcome too.
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How I met yor mother

If you are sick and you want to feel a lot better just sit and look for this show, you will be laughling for almost a half an hour, probably you'll forget you are sick while you are watching it because this show is so AWESOME!!
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Bones, Frasier, House, and the Ellen Degeneres show. Usually I'll watch that then conk out on the couch for several hours :P
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Chuck or NCIS or those customs shows!
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chuck!
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Last time I watched Japanese comedy serieses. Very funny and totally silly. Plus you can watch tons online fansubbed, just like a marathon.
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Definitely something that I usually swear I dont watch, like Baywatch or 16 and pregnant :D yknow the usuals. Guilty pleasures.
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Firefly, Moonlight, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Sports Night, Castle, Leverage, Lie To Me, White Collar, Dark Angel, Stargate SG-1, Burn Notice, Bones (Previous Seasons), Chuck, Dollhouse. Yeah, that's right. My DVD collection is vast - probably because I'm on disability. While I spend most of my time on the computer, when I'm sick I spend the day on the couch with a box of Klenex, lots of water and my favorite DVDs. Watching Firefly and Moonlight back-to-back never gets old and once I put a Studio 60 or SportsNight DVD in, I can't stop watching. It's like crack. God, I love Aaron Sorkin.
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buffy
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Chuck, Doctor Who, Buffy and Moonlight. Yeah, that would be my "I'm feeling like doggy breakfast revisited and need a pick me up" programming
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house
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Big Bang Theory
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Castle
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No Price is Right?
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FRIENDS!... nothing like a GOOD laugh can make u forget ur sick and have the sniffles.
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House, Bones, Top Gear, Frasier
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Supernatural
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usually criminal minds, or Supernatural
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NCIS, Criminal Minds, Bones. There is usually one of them on at any given time so that's what i watch. If those aren't available then i watch TLC shows, like 18 kids and counting or j&k plus 8 re-runs. haha
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Sesame street.. Worked when I was a kid works now
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I always watch Bones or iCarly when I'm sick. Yes, I am aware that iCarly is a children's show, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't have hidden sexual jokes. XD And Bones is just...Bones. It's too amazing to describe in words.
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24 and friends
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I watch ER;p
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Yeah definitely hitting up the Law and Order and L&O:SVU marathons when I'm sick. That and a carton of Orange Juice and I'll ride out the illness on the couch. Either that or Star Wars Movie Marathon.
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There's nothing like a bit of Matlock and Judge Judy to ease your health woes . . .
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One time I was pretty sick, so I stayed home that day. I turned on the TV and discovered a Firefly marathon... It was the best day ever!
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There is only one thing that cheers me up when i'm sick: Comedy! Southpark, It's always sunny in Phil. and M*A*S*H. Nothing better.
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Last time I was sick I watched Alias. Love it. Love Michael Vartan



Birgit from Denmark
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You're so right about Law and Order and House XDD. Personally, I love watching One Tree Hill and Grey's Anatomy when I'm sick :). Sometimes Bones too.
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OMG, I have been ill about a month ago for the first time in AGES, and I watched Law and Order constantly. When I wasn't thinking I would die. My mother fed me chicken soup, and I haven't lived at home for eight years now. Law and Order truly was the only thing not pathetic about it. Great show when you're brain isn't working. The murder happens at first, and they explain everything back to you again in the end. I love L&O
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i watch alot of crime dramas or old shows that are from the 50s or 60s and others more
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My Buffy and Angel DVD's!
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NCIS, Friends, Greys Anatomy,
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Soup Soup Soup the best show even when you aren't sick!
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House, NCIS, Law& Order, CSI, CSI:NY, and The Simpsons
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And FRIENDS too! It makes me happy even though I saw them all 100's of times :)
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What about GREYS ANATOMY? I always watch that when I'm sick
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food network definitely, HGTV, Family Feud, Friends or the cheezy badly acted Saved by the Bell
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Friends or Glee cause I've seen them a billion times, and they make me happy! - I tried to watch The West Wing, but if I fall asleep I get mad cause I miss my fave stuff!
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Doctor Who I have all of the (newer) series on DVD and pop them in whenever I'm feeling under the weather.
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Gilmore Girls and Charmed are my 2 favorite shows ; and watching them while I am sick, helps getting me better faster. Sounds weird, but it's true.
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I always watch CHARLIE'S ANGELS when I'm home sick. I've been doing that since high school, and it always keeps my spirits up. =)
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usually buffy and angel....also Gilmore girls.
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For some reason I also like watching One tree hill when I'm ill.
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I marathon any of the following: House, Star Trek, Stargate (any of the 3), Chuck, The Wire, The Shield, Homicide, Big Bang theory, Two and a half men, Fire fly, SVU, The simpsons. And if i'm not in the mood for any of those i just play playstation games.
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5. Dr. G Medical Examiner

4. nature documentaries--nothing too dramtic or violent 3. Mystery Diagnosis or similar 2. The History Channel

1. old Star Trek TOS episodes
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In 2008 i had a really bad cold, around november, and I stayed in bed and watched all of Supernatural's season 1,2 and 3 non stop. Then in 2009 i was so sick I had to stay in bed for 2 weeks and then I watched The Big Bang Theory seasons 1 and 2 and reruns of Farscape,Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis and House. Farscape,House and Stargate were the only ones I watched on tv though, the rest on my laptop.
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24! duh! what's better than that?? episode after episode just flow into each other that just makes sense. It's never ending just like being sick feels like.. 0.o
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When I'm sick I alternate between quite a few shows. Sports Night, The West Wing, Studio 60 -- anything Aaron Sorkin created, really. Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Alias. Firefly. Farscape. ER (the Doug Ross seasons). Stargate SG-1. Stargate Atlantis. Friends. Gilmore Girls. Sliders. It really depends on what I've been watching recently -- I tend to cycle through all the TV-On-DVD I own every so often, reawakening obsessions with past favourites. I'm not sure how much time I spend watching the shows versus having the DVDs playing while I sleep or try to sleep, but there's always something playing. I'm just getting over something (cold, flu, I can never correctly identify which I have, just that it sucked) now and I spent most of the last week and a half watching Sports Night DVDs (which, if you've never seen the show or haven't in a while, you should buy the DVDs and watch them; it's brilliant and Aaron Sorkin is god)
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I used to watch old Bob Ross shows when I didn't feel well. What better than some soft spoken hippie painting happy little trees to make you feel relaxed and finally able to sleep off whatever is making you feel crappy.
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