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Not-So-Scary Halloween: 8 TV Shows Full of Humor and Heart
Fun TV shows that won’t scare you this season!
At rmrk*st, we embrace all fandoms, and Halloween season is a time of year where those who love the horror genre indulge more than usual (check out our list of 10 chilling TV shows that you may need to watch with the light on💡!) But what if you’re not into being scared and general horror content? We know it’s not for everyone, so we’ve got you covered! Feel free to embrace the whimsy, humor, and heartwarming charm of Halloween 🎃 with this curated list of TV shows that trade the traditional scares for a more light-hearted approach. The vibe? It’s this friendly ghost emoji: 👻!
1. What We Do in the Shadows (Hulu)
What We Do in the Shadows is a mockumentary-style comedy (think The Office), created by actor & musician Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) that follows a group of centuries-old vampires 🧛♂️ living on Staten Island 🗽 during the 21st century as they navigate the challenges of modern life while clinging to their ancient vampire traditions. Nandor the Relentless, Laszlo and Nadja live in the house with Colin Robinson, their energy vampire roommate. There is also Guillermo, Nandor’s human familiar, who desperately wants to be a vampire. It satirizes vampire lore while injecting humor and clever writing, providing a fresh take on the genre.
2. Shining Vale (STARZ)
Courteney Cox and Greg Kinnear star in Shining Vale where their characters have packed up 📦 their family to move from Brooklyn to a massive old house in Connecticut in an attempt to rebuild their family after some of Pat’s (played by Courteney Cox) indiscretions. 👨👩👧👦 It seems that Pat is the only one that is convinced there is a ghost 👻 in the house. Everyone else thinks she is crazy. The only thing remotely scary in this show is a big, old house that is haunted by Mira Sorvino’s character, Rosemary.
3. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
Only Murders in the Building brilliantly blends comedy 😂 and mystery 🔍 with the help of the three stars-Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez. They play three true crime enthusiasts living in the same New York City 🗽 apartment complex that seems to be the unluckiest building ever. They set out to solve the murders, while creating their own true crime podcast. 🎙 It is a refreshing and entertaining take on the classic murder mystery. The show was renewed for a fourth season, so get caught up now!
4. Boo, Bitch (Netflix)
This limited Netflix series is all about Erika and her best friend, Zoe, as they finish out their senior year of high school. 🏫 Erika is determined to change her narrative and live out an epic senior year, but she finds out that she died (in a pretty comedic way) and is a ghost! 👻 This one has no scares, but it will pull on your heartstrings by the end. ❤️
5. Good Omens (Prime)
This British fantasy series is based on Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s book of the same name. It follows an angel, Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) and a demon, Crowley (David Tennant) who team up as an unlikely duo. To stop the impending Armeggedon, all they have to do is find the Antichrist-who is just an 11 year old boy unaware of his identity.
6. The Simpsons’ “Treehouse of Terror” (Disney+)
Being the longest running animated series at 35 seasons, The Simpsons’ fan base has stretched through many generations. In its 35 year history, their “Treehouse of Horror” episodes are a beloved tradition that started in its second season. Each episode consists of three self-contained segments that are often satires of classic horror movies 🎥 and literature 📖. Don’t skip the credits because everyone who works on the show gets a Halloween-ified name.
7. The Munsters (Peacock)
If you prefer classic television, The Munsters are here to fill that space. This family is just a little kooky. The dad, Herman, resembles Frankenstein, while the mom and grandpa are vampires. Eddie, the son, is a werewolf. 🐺 Marilyn, their niece, is the odd one-she’s just a normal girl. 👩 The show navigates their challenges living in a fictional town while appearing monstrous. The show turns classic horror tropes into hilarious and heartwarming moments that helped it cement its place in television history.
8. Good Witch (Netflix)
If you are a Hallmark movie fan, and are just counting down the days until Christmas, you may want to give Good Witch a try. Good Witch aired on the Hallmark Channel from 2015-2021. The show follows the main character, Cassie Nightingale, who uses her intuition, wisdom 🧠, and a touch of magic ✨ to positively influence the lives around her. The show has a feel-good atmosphere and gentle humor as it focuses on themes of love ❤️, friendship, and community. It’s the perfect amount of magic 🎩 for the Halloween season for the Hallmark fandom.
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