50 Best Series To Watch When Sick And Bored – Life With Chronic Illness

The Disabled Diva shares 50 of her favorite series to watch when she is sick and bored. Find something new to watch during your next chronic illness flare! #fibromyalgia #autoimmunearthritis #flareday

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I have compiled a list of my favorite series to watch while sick, bored, and flaring. Why? Because, chronic illness forces us to rest A LOT! There isn’t much we can do when our bodies are screaming out in pain or when void of energy, other than watch TV.

But why a list of television series and not movies? The reason I suggest series over movies is because a flare or time spent recovering from a chronic illness sickness or injury lasts longer than two hours. Also because I personally find comfort in spending days with the same characters. While the plot may change every 30-60 minutes, for the most part, the characters are the same.

Another reason I prefer watching a series while sick and bored over movies is that when my flare ends and I haven’t finished it, I have something to look forward to next time.

Rewatching my favorite series doesn’t require much thinking or concentration on my part when I can barely keep my eyes open. In a weird way, it gives my mind permission to fall asleep. Because let’s be honest, one of the best things we can do when our body is in a state of distress is to rest.

Whether you like dramas, comedies, reality shows, science fiction, or mysteries I have got you covered!!

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Next to each series, I have listed the streaming service you can find them on.


  1. Jane the Virgin – Netflix
  2. Desperate Housewives – Hulu
  3. Devious Maids – Hulu
  4. Ugly Betty – Hulu
  5. Dexter – Netflix
  6. Nurse Jackie – Netflix
  7. The Crown – Netflix
  8. Better Call Saul – Netflix
  9. Breaking Bad – Netflix
  10. Good Girls – Netflix
  11. Dead to Me – Netflix
  12. Gilmore Girls – Netflix
  13. Doc Martin – Hulu
  14. Sons of Anarchy – Hulu
  15. Filthy Rich – Hulu
  16. Little Fires Everywhere – Hulu
  17. Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist – Hulu
  18. Mad Men – Amazon Prime Video
  19. Downton Abbey – Amazon Prime Video


  1. How I Met Your Mother – Hulu
  2. Good Omens – Amazon Prime Video
  3. Arrested Development – Netflix
  4. The IT Crowd – Netflix
  5. The Office – Netflix
  6. Schitt$ Creek – Netflix
  7. Kim’s Convenience – Netflix
  8. Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt – Netflix
  9. The Santa Clarita Diet – Netflix
  10. The Good Place – Netflix
  11. The Golden Girls – Hulu
  12. Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Hulu
  13. The Goldbergs – Hulu
  14. Perfect Harmony – Hulu
  15. What We Do In The Shadows – Hulu
  16. Modern Family – Hulu

Reality Shows

  1. The Real Housewives of… My faves are New York, Beverly Hills, and Potomac – Hulu
  2. Cat Fish – Hulu
  3. 90 Day Fiance – Hulu
  4. Keeping Up With The Kardashians – Hulu
  5. 90 Day The Other Way – Hulu

Science Fiction

  1. Battlestar Galactica – (2004-2009) Amazon Prime Video
  2. Stranger Things – Netflix
  3. The Mandalorian – Disney+
  4. Star Trek – Netflix
  5. The X-Files – Hulu

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  1. Sherlock – Netflix
  2. Broadchurch – Netflix
  3. DCI Banks – Hulu
  4. Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan – Amazon Prime Video
  5. Murder She Wrote – Amazon Prime Video

Final Thoughts

Whatever you watch, make sure it is something that comforts and makes you feel better. Anything that feeds depression is only going to make the time you spend recovering from your flare/illness worse.

With that said, what are some of your favorite series to watch when you are sick and bored?

Published by Cynthia Covert

Diagnosed in 2001 with psoriasis, followed by fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, endometriosis, and later a botched hysterectomy turned her world upside down. Cynthia shares her experience, advice, and tips for how to make life with chronic pain easier and less painful.

6 thoughts on “50 Best Series To Watch When Sick And Bored – Life With Chronic Illness

  1. Some fab suggestions! I’ve found that taking small breaks in the day for a cuppa tea and just 10-15 minutes of a good TV series is so good for pacing and as a little chronic pain distraction. I try to watch an episode of something in the evening to calm myself down when I can too. Some really good suggestions here, I love getting some new ideas! I actually used to watch the X-Files when I was a kid & I looooooved it, but I wouldn’t mind re-watching them all as an adult and probably having a chuckle at how bad they probably really were! xx

  2. Thanks for sharing your list Cynthia! It looks like we watch a lot of the same things, so I’m going to try the ones you listed that I haven’t seen yet. I’m currently watching Call the Midwife on Netflix. It’s so good I don’t want to rush through it, so I allow myself to watch one episode each day. 😁 My Hubby and I both loved Broadchurch, and we’re watching Sherlock now. Thanks again for giving me some ideas for what to watch next!

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