Good Witch (TV Show)
What: The most wholesome, family-friendly, cozy, story about a witch, possibly ever.
Setting the scene: Cassie Nightingale lives in a small town that feels like New England (à la Gilmore Girls), but looks like LA (we see you trying to look cold in your cute scarf), and is actually set in the midwest near-ish Chicago (hence the wholesome values). She owns a Bed & Breakfast, called Gray House, and an eclectic boutique in town, called Bell Book & Candle. She runs both businesses while solving peoples problems, raising her daughter, and falling in love. Despite the fact that I’ve just described her as an obnoxious “Women can have it all” architype, she is actually a good character with a whole support system of people surrounding her making it happen.
The Premise: Cassie and her daughter Grace are descendants of a locally famous historical woman, The Gray Lady, and they often draw strength from this matriarchal identity. Their so-called magic is based in their intuition, empathy, and and occasionally actual psychic abilities. The conflict in the show is realistic, normal, completely non-stressful, and age-appropriate for the characters (meaning the teenagers have problems like they want to breakup with their girlfriend but don’t want to hurt their feelings). Each episode there are tiny struggles each person faces, Cassie and/or Grace nudge people in the right direction or have to choose how best to use their “magical powers” for the good of the town or person in the town.
Why: This show is so beautiful, visually, but also emotionally. It make me want to make a big cup of tea—loose leaf because that is more witchy feeling—curl up in a blanket, and watch Good Witch under a full moon. It is the most cozy, stress free, happy-cry show I can find. That being said it is also ripe for snarky-viewing too! Oh, plus the cute handyman from Desperate Housewives is in it!
Added Bonus: Catherine Bell, who play Cassie Nightingale, is also the executive producer!
Who: If you wish there were a Hallmark Christmas movies for when it is still very much Pumpkin Spice Season, then witch, this show is for you!
Where: I’m watching season four on Amazon (yes I’ve bought all the made-for-TV movies and seasons on Amazon—don’t judge me). You can watch the show (not movies) from the beginning on Netflix.