If, like me, you're a champion cry-athlete then I have good news for you: crying over TV shows is good for you. Becoming attached to fictional characters and the thorny narratives they're tangled up in can help purge us of negative, pent-up emotions, decrease feelings of loneliness and boost our self-esteem.
Researchers from Penn State have also found that people who watch meaningful entertainment are more likely to help people of a different age and race to them. Erica Bailey, a doctoral student at Penn State said that "not only are [these people] more altruistic, but they are more willing to offer help to people from different groups outside of their own."
In a post-Trump world, we need to have a cathartic cry more than ever, and it seems that the writers and producers behind shows like This Is Us are answering those needs
Here are some brilliant TV shows, past and present, to give you a good old weep and restore your faith in humanity.