Most of the shadows in this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Question #91371 posted on 05/30/2018 3:19 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

After finally watching the entirety of The Great British Bake-off and The World's Most Extraordinary Homes I realized that I seriously need more fluffy, kind, and wholesome media in my life. Suggestions?

-Inverse Insomniac


Dear you,

If you haven't watched Fixer Upper it's pretty firmly in this genre. Also, I'll put in a plug for Avatar: The Last Airbender.

~Anne, Certainly


Dear Inverse,

Terrace House, on Netflix, is a show about a bunch of polite people just living together and occasionally dating. It is the most chill reality show I have ever seen.

-Frère Rubik


Dear Inverse Insomniac,

If you liked The Great British Bake-Off and have Netflix, you'll probably like Zumbo's Just Desserts. It's similar but Aussie and only has desserts.



Dear Inverse Insomniac,

The Great Interior Design Challenge is similar to The Great British Bake-off. Also obviously seconding Anne's recommendation of Avatar: The Last Airbender. And if you like that, Trollhunters as well.



Hi, Inverse, good to see you,

Deviating from the TV-show trend, I'm going to recommend a couple of audio programs that I find truly delightful. Both are by one of the UK's best contemporary comedy writers, John Finnemore, and both are wholesome, hilarious, and pretty fluffy.

Cabin Pressure is a radio sitcom about the four crew members of a tiny, rickety charter jet who nip around the world running errands and hoping their plane doesn't fall apart. It consists of half-hour episodes that are fun not only for the always-fresh humor but also for the convincing and compelling way the characters are developed over the course of the show. You can listen to the first episode here

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme consists of six seasons' worth of short audio sketches that are super creative in their source material and, occasionally, profound in the ways they use comedy to reflect on modernity and the human condition (pardon the clichés). For sampling, my favorites include Fahrenheit vs. Celsius and King Herod's Strategy.

I'm particularly impressed by both shows because of John Finnemore's careful attention to language and wordplay. In Cabin Pressure, the characters often have some kind of fabulous word game going (as in this clip or this one); in Souvenir Programme, many sketches are premised on a twist in the way we think about language. As a bonus, they're both almost entirely PG-rated.

I like audio-only stuff like this because I can work on other things, like cleaning or jigsaw puzzling, while I listen. The biggest drawback about both of these is that, aside from excerpts like the ones I've linked to here, these shows are only available through Audible or through sellers in the UK. So you'll have to purchase them in order to listen to them.

Enjoy, &c.

Heidi Book



Somebody Feed Phil can be very sweet and is right along with those foodie feels.