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Best TV Shows to Have in the Background While Studying

April 28, 2020

Now while we don’t necessarily condone watching television while studying, if you’re a Zoomer (Gen Z) like me, a little background noise can help. 

So even if you’re not paying attention to the show because you’re too busy trying to understand exponents, I’ve compiled a list of all the best shows to have on in the background. They’re funny, short and you really don’t need to pay attention to pick up on the plot. 

The Office

Miss actually working in an office or going to work in general? Well look no further. This is an American mockumentary sitcom that depicts the everyday lives of office employees at a paper company. It features a nutty boss, crazy pranks and a ton of laughs…it might be a tad far-fetched from a real life office. 

How to watch: Netflix 


Parks and Recreation

Parks and Rec is pretty similar to the office but features a group of employees working for their local Parks and Rec department in Pawnee, Indiana. If you like a lot of chaos mixed with some politics this is the show for you. A love of breakfast food is also a must. 

How to watch: Netflix



Looking to attend community college soon? Well check out Community, a completely unrealistic example following the lives of different students as they attend community college. It’s over the top and far-fetched but will make you cry laughing. Besides, who can resist a young Donald Glover? 

How to watch: Netflix



Black-ish follows an upper middle class African-American family led by Andre and Rainbow and revolves around the family’s lives, as they juggle several personal and societal issues. This show is hilarious, heartwarming and makes you want to curl up with your family… or fight with them… either or. 

The show also has a spin-off named Grown-Ish. This follows the oldest daughter of the family, Zoey, as she heads off to college and learns it might not be all that it’s cracked up to be. If you love outstanding fashion, the highs and lows of relationships/friendships and some good comedy this is the show for you.  

How to watch both: Hulu


New Girl

Ever wondered what it’s like living with roommates in your late twenties to early thirties? Well look no further. This show follows a quirky girl named Jess after she breaks up with her boyfriend and moves in with three male strangers. It’s hilarious and portrays the ups and downs of living with other people while trying to “become an adult.” 

How to watch: Netflix


Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Brooklyn Nine-Nine follows the lives of a group of detectives working in the 99th precinct in Brooklyn, NY. Between solving murders and tracking down criminals this group has time for endless jokes, Halloween heists and a whole lot of ridiculousness. 

How to watch: Hulu


Anything HGTV

This channel really speaks for itself. It shows home and garden improvement shows all day, every day and yes they are ADDICTING. Soon you’ll be saying words you’ve never heard of before like “crown molding, “open floor plan” and “shiplap.” However, it’s definitely the easiest channel to have on in the background when studying. 

How to watch: Just pop on the HGTV channel 


Sarah L. Marketing Coordinator. Resident Zoomer (Gen Z). Loves to read, write and watch TV.




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