Soothing “Background” TV Shows To Watch While Winding Down

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If you are like most of us, then you love playing something in the background while you are about to relax. It might not even be sleeping. And those shows you play in the background while you half watch it and half relax is a whole new genre we are calling “background noise” TV.

These shows are either something you have already watched or something that requires very little attention to follow. And some of these shows have a host that has a soothing voice.

Regardless, here’s a list of TV shows that are perfect for using as soothing background noise:

The Office

The Office can prove to be a perfect background TV while you are working or winding down. This mockumentary show does not have any laugh track or background music. And most of us have watched it already to remember some or most of the jokes. The lack of music other than the opening song makes it perfect for half viewing.

The Office is available on Peacock.


If you like procedural TV shows, then you should play House in the background. The show is full of clever jokes that you will catch here and there. You can know the diagnosis of the patient at the end of the show. So even if you are curious, you can just watch the end of the show to know what is up. This show also does not have any annoying background music that might disturb you while you are falling asleep.

House is available on Amazon Prime Video.


Friends is another TV show that is a constant background TV for most of us. Most people have watched this show enough to remember the plotlines. So you can just laugh at the sarcastic comments of Chandler here and there. And then continue to relax.

Friends is available on Netflix.

How It’s Made

How It’s Made is a show where you learn how every day or not so everyday things in your life is made. This documentary series deep dives into how things we might not know are made. The narration of this show is soothing which makes for a good show while you are winding down. You can also watch this show while doing house chores. The show also has enough episodes and seasons to last you for months.

How It’s Made is available on Hulu.

Tidying Up With Marie Kondo

If you love shows that help you wind down, them Tidying Up With Marie Kondo is for you. While you might need subtitles when watching the show,  you can mostly understand what she is doing by her movements. Marie Kondo also has a very soothing voice which will help you feel better while you relax. And while you are at it, you will learn some awesome tips to tidy up your house.

Tidying Up With Marie Kondo is available on Netflix.

Our Planet

Sir David Attenborough has a very soothing voice. You just feel comforted when you hear his voice. So you can catch Our Planet and half-watch it while you try to rest. This show can also act as background noise when you are trying to complete your chores around the house. The show has enough slow moments that you can half-watch while still understanding what is happening on screen.

Our Planet is available on Netflix and YouTube.

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