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Your 20s can be rough, TV can help

Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson play Jessica Day and Nick Miller, the perfect will-they-won't-they couple, in "New Girl," the quintessential show for people in their 20s. – Photo by @New_GirlTV / Twitter

As someone currently in their 20s, I have personally experienced the ups and downs of being in this weird phase of life. There are so many experiences and expectations waiting to be fulfilled, and at the same time, you feel as if you have no idea what you're doing with your life.

Being in your 20s can feel like you're going everywhere yet nowhere at once. So I’ve created a list of shows that are perfect to watch when dealing with these issues.

"New Girl"

"New Girl" stars four roommates in their late 20s who help each other move through the events that life throws at them. It acknowledges that even people in their late 20s don’t have their lives figured out yet, and that’s okay!

"New Girl" shows that it's completely normal to change your career if it isn’t fulfilling you anymore, which audiences see with characters like Winston and Cece who manage to be successful after several existential crises and many career changes.

"New Girl" is a great watch if you're in your 20s because it allows you to realize that you don’t need to follow a certain path in order to be happy and successful. 

It also teaches the lesson that finding your person can take time and that we shouldn't be too worried if we hadn't found the one yet, especially in our 20s.

As characters Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick Miller (Jake Johnson) demonstrate, the best relationships can take the longest time and be with the most unexpected people.

Lastly, the show embraces the most important part of your 20s: forming and appreciating the friendships you'll have for the rest of your life.

"New Girl" is available to stream on Netflix. 

"Big Mouth"

I know what you’re thinking: "How can middle schoolers relate to people in their 20s?" Although "Big Mouth" reveals what runs through the minds of middle schoolers, it also gives an authentic visual of children who are experiencing mental health struggles.

For example, the show reveals that one of the main characters, Jessi Glaser, is battling both depression and anxiety. Although this show takes place in a middle school, it conveys a strong message that you're not alone in your mental health struggles and that recovery is possible.

There are so many expectations that have to be met in your 20s, and it can be easy to forget about your own mental health needs. This show acknowledges that it doesn’t make you weak if you reach out for help — it makes you brave. 

"Big Mouth" is available to stream on Netflix. 

"Down to Earth with Zac Efron

There are two reasons why I love this show. The first is that my childhood crush stars in it, and the second is that this series visits stunning parts of the world that'll leave you speechless.

It's a great watch for your 20s because it may inspire you to go out there, and explore everything the world has to offer. This show is a great reminder that it’s time to lift your head up from your computer screen and travel the world.

Your 20s are a time for traveling — don’t take it for granted! 

"Down to Earth with Zac Efron" is available to stream on Netflix. 

"Jane the Virgin"

The main character of this series, Jane, is a 23-year-old who goes through many ups and downs throughout her life. Warning: If you watch this show, you will become emotionally invested in it.

"Jane the Virgin" is a great show to watch in your 20s because it reveals that even when unexpected tragedies occur in life, you can always find your way back to the person you're meant to be.

The series demonstrates that you're the writer of your own destiny, which is something that I think 20-year-olds forget sometimes. We hold the pen that writes our life stories, and we have the power to decide whether it's going to be a story worth reading.  

"Jane the Virgin" is available to stream on Netflix. 

Entering your 20s is a scary and tumultuous time. But these shows may teach you a few useful lessons for your journey and comfort you through the rougher moments.

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