Shows for Every Mood

Every TV show can be categorized into one type or another. Some are sitcoms and comedies; others are intense dramas, not to mention the plethora of reality shows taking up space in the airwaves. Thankfully there are viewing options when a specific TV mood strikes. Here are TV programs categorized by the top-themed shows.

Animation: A show where the scenes and characters are depicted through drawings and computer graphics. Cartoons for both children and adults fall into the animation category. Popular ones include SpongeBob Squarepants and Curious George.

Comedy & Sitcom: A show in which dramatic and comedic situations happen to a group of characters. Favorite sitcoms include Friends, How I Met Your Mother, Seinfeld, The Cosby Show and I Love Lucy.

Documentary: A show or movie in which the happenings include factual and real scenes concerning a particular topic. Popular documentaries include Planet Earth, Life, Mythbusters and Deadliest Catch.

Drama: A show or program with exaggerated, yet realistic situations often including medicine, crime and relationships. TV dramas include House M.D., Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, The Walking Dead and Downton Abbey.

Family: Programs that do not include adult rated content, and therefore deemed appropriate for the whole family to enjoy. Party of Five,7th Heaven, Little House on the Prairie and Lassie are some of the most notable family-friendly TV programs.

Fantasy: Fantasy TV programs often include elements of magic, supernatural forces or fantasy worlds. Once Upon a Time, True Blood, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Supernatural are among the most enjoyed.

History: Programs displaying factual historical scenes and situations; may include documentaries and biographies. There is an entire channel dedicated to history programming: the History Channel.

Mystery: TV shows and movies with a mystery or suspense backstory and drama. Mystery shows include American Horror Story, The Vampire Diaries, Bones and Sherlock.

News: News programming highlights local, national and international news updates regularly. Local channels run local news, there are also news oriented networks like CNN, FOX and MSNBC.

Reality: Shows where the characters, situations and events are not made up, but reality captured on tape. Long-running ones include The Real World, Real Housewives, The Amazing Race, Keeping Up with the Kardashians and Project Runway.

Sci-Fi: Science fiction programming often based on space and supernatural myths. Shows include Battlestar Galactica, Eureka, Farscape and Futurama.

Soap Operas: Dramatic programs with stints of reality-like situations usually aired during the daytime. Guiding Light, All My Children, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless were popular choices.

Sports: Sports-themed programming varies from actual sporting events to sports news and sports talk shows. Any game you see on TV is a sports show, as are shows like Wipeout, American Gladiators, NFL Live and Mike and Mike.

Talk Show: Talk shows often cover the news, politics, pop-culture and other housewife-esc themes. The Today Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live! are good examples of popular talk shows.

If you can figure out what type of program you're interested in watching, you can find a show to suit any mood. Just use the search tool on your TV guide to find any show fitting a certain genre or theme. You may also be able to search for actors, directors and other characteristics of the show for more options.