It’s winter and things are bleak. The sun is MIA. Happy brain chemicals are at an annual low. ’Tis the season to hibernate, and great news: There’s a wealth of uplifting new TV that’ll keep you company without bumming you out!

Broad City
(Comedy Central, Hulu, iTunes, Amazon)

It’s the end of an era: Broad City is unveiling its fifth and final season to the simultaneous glee and heartbreak of fans. The series has followed the friendship of Abbi and Ilana, two twentysomethings living in New York who’re just trying to figure out how to be adults. The farewell season begins with Abbi’s 30th birthday, which they decide to celebrate by walking the entire length of Manhattan. Unsurprisingly, chaos ensues. It’s a fitting end for Broad City; from ponytail bandits to Shania Twain, it’s been a wild ride. CIARA DOLAN

Derry Girls

Set in Northern Ireland in the 1990s, Derry Girls is a sitcom about a group of friends trying to navigate high school during the Troubles. It’s darkly hilarious; in the pilot episode, the town’s residents are up in arms because a bomb scare is interrupting their morning commute. Even as nuns drop dead, these characters never lose their snarky wit. Derry Girls is a good reminder that humor can be a tool for resilience. CIARA DOLAN

Grace and Frankie

After their husbands reveal their decades-long affair, their wives—frenemies Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin)—move into a beach house and begin to navigate their new lives as roommates, septuagenarian divorcees, and unexpected best friends. When season five begins, Grace and Frankie have just escaped from their retirement community on a stolen golf cart and returned to their oceanfront home to learn it’s been sold. Though they have to deal with the perils of aging, its protagonists are in a constant state of growth and evolution, with lives that are rich in love, romance, sex, conflict, and adventure. CIARA DOLAN

The Good Place
(Hulu, iTunes, NBC, Netflix)

Yeah, The Good Place revolves around death, but it’s about so much more—characters grapple with ethical dilemmas, afterlife bureaucracy, their mortality, and surreal breaks in the space-time continuum. The absurdist sitcom was created by Michael Schur, the same dude who made Parks and Rec. It can be heady and complex, but also ridiculous, silly, and sweet. The third season just wrapped up, so there’s plenty to binge. CIARA DOLAN

The Orville
(Fox, Hulu, iTunes)

Now starting its second season, Seth MacFarlane’s The Orville fully embraces the awkward genre of dramedy, with MacFarlane playing a self-doubting starship captain. As the Orville and its likeable, diverse crew zip around the galaxy, the tone can change as quickly as the ship’s location, all the while addressing social issues—porn addiction, call-out culture, anti-vaxxers, sex reassignment surgery—with allegory so thin it might as well be one of Star Trek’s chunks of latex makeup. There’s something both weighty and rewarding about seeing a generally lighthearted show on network TV wrestle with topics that other shows pointedly ignore. Plus, sometimes there are Billy Joel songs. ERIK HENRIKSEN

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Schitt’s Creek (Pop TV, Netflix, Hulu)

Despite its terrible name, the Canadian Schitt’s Creek is the best sitcom on TV. It centers on the unfathomably wealthy Rose family, who lose all of their riches after being screwed over by their business manager, but what begins as typical rich-people schadenfreude has, over the course of four seasons, evolved into a heartwarming small-town comedy about class, family, community, and queer love. The fifth season premiered in the US last week. CIARA DOLAN

Sex Education

You know what you’re in for with Sex Education right from the opening shot, which involves a fairly graphic sex scene between two teenagers. Look past all the hot ’n’ heavy humping, though, and you might notice the artistry of the composition itself. That shot is an example of the kind of deliberate thought that went into the marvelous Sex Education, elevating it beyond teen raunch (although there’s plenty of that). The British-made show is, of course, a frank exploration of the dramas that ensue when adolescent hormones ricochet off each other, but it’s also a lot smarter, funnier, and more emotionally engaging than you might be expecting. NED LANNAMANN

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