21 Shows to Watch Before Catching Some Zzz's

By Jay Ruymann at

Many of us are always ending our days with a television show, and while there are some you definitely know you should watch before sleeping, sometimes there are some you wouldn't think to watch.

Below, we've compiled a list of our favorite shows to watch before falling asleep (comedies, dramedies, dramas, procedurals, AND documentaries) that you should be watching.

Whether for the first time or to take a stroll down memory lane without eating up time from your regularly scheduled binge-watching sessions of that awesome new show you're going to talk with us about, these shows will end your day the right way.

Without further adieu, check out these 21 shows you should be watching before you catch some zzz's.

1. Grace and Frankie

Grace and Frankie is (in my opinion) one of Netflix's strongest series due to the collective talents of Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. The story of two wives being left by their gay husbands in the 70's may not seem like a relaxing subject, but it's the lighthearted stories and deep moments between Grace and Frankie that makes this show perfect for relaxing and getting ready to sleep.

2. Friends

Everyone loves Friends, right? It has to be something you've fallen asleep to or woken up to at least five times in your life. The adventures of Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Chandler, Joey, and Ross never quite get old, and you've likely already watched the series through, so how much attention do you really need to pay to the show? It's the perfect bedtime series.

3. The Bold Type

The Bold Type follows Jane, Kat, and Sutton as they naivgate being professional, dedicated young women in New York City and chase their respective careers and love lives, and it's the friendship between these girls and every day pace of their lives making the show worth watching to wind down, and maybe it'll even give you hope for coming days with the state the world is in.

4. The Good Place

Who needs clean, family comedy when you can enjoy the antics of Eleanor Shellstrop in The Good Place on NBC? If you haven't watched, it's the perfect show (and only 22 minutes per episode) to treat yourself to, and if you have then you can listen to Eleanor's crazy comments and Tahani's snobby remarks without worrying about anything other than those zzz's you're about to be catching.

5. Criminal Minds

I don't quite understand it myself, but many have said they enjoy watching Criminal Minds before bed to relax. I guess if you aren't prone to night terrors or weird dreams, maybe it's the perfect fit. Almost always they catch the bad guy, so at least it leaves off on a hopeful message.

6. Forensic Files

Who knew watching true crime television shows could be so relaxing? Forensic Files is a documentary-styled series using forensic information and evidence to solve violent crimes, and they also investigate mysterious accidents and illness outbreaks. If you're prone to night terrors, maybe this one isn't for you, the network saw the passion in viewers and now only plays the program at night. Talk about intensive scheduling!

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