ByMariza, writer at Creators.co
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The weather might be heating up, but that doesn't mean we're out of the flu season woods just yet. If you're sick, feverish and stuck in bed, you may want to check out some feel-good movies to cheer yourself up, or perhaps you prefer watching your favorite TV characters share your pain. If you fall into the latter category, these 19 flu-ridden episodes will definitely make you feel a little better.

1. Friends: 'The One With Rachel's Sister'

Credit: Warner Bros.
Credit: Warner Bros.

Season 6, Episode 13: In this classic episode of that also featured guest star Reese Witherspoon, Monica gets sick but won't admit it, saying that "getting sick is for weaklings." She spends the majority of this installment in denial, trying to seduce her boyfriend Chandler, who's only trying to take care of her.

2. Parks And Recreation: 'Flu Season'

Season 3, Episode 2: Several members of the gang are struck by a terrible bug. Leslie ends up working while very ill in order to plan the local Harvest Festival, while April and Chris are bedridden.

Bonus Episodes: "Animal Control" and "Flu Season 2."

3. Buffy The Vampire Slayer: 'Killed By Death'

Season 2, Episode 18: Flu-stricken is hospitalized against her will, because even slayers get sick sometimes. In the hospital she rescues poorly children from a life-sucking demon called Der Kindestod and finds out why she's always been afraid of hospitals.

4. The Big Bang Theory: 'The Pancake Batter Anomaly'

CBS
CBS

Season 1, Episode 11: Although this isn't the only sickly episode of the 10-season sitcom, it is the first. When Sheldon gets the flu, Leonard and Howard escape, knowing better than to be around him when he's ill, leaving poor Penny alone to deal with him. And the song "Soft Kitty" is born.

5. Modern Family: 'The Cold'

Season 6, Episode 3: Everyone is sick and is blaming Mitchell. However, when Phil realizes that he is the cause because he sneezed throughout Mitch and Cam's wedding, he tries to hide the evidence by editing himself out of the six-hour epic wedding video.

6. New Girl: 'Sam, Again'

Season 5, Episode 13: In this episode, Nick boasts that he doesn't get sick and seconds later, he's down for the count. Schmidt, paranoid he'll also be laid up before his big workplace presentation, quarantines the housemates, but the cold nonetheless spreads throughout the apartment.

7. How I Met Your Mother: 'How Lily Stole Christmas'

Season 2, Episode 11: Lily finds out that Ted called her a bad name when she and Marshall were broken up, so promptly removes her Christmas decorations from their apartment. As the feud escalates, Barney, much to his surprise, gets sick.

"Whenever I start feeling sick, I just stop being sick and be awesome instead." – Barney Stinson

8. Jane The Virgin: 'Chapter Twenty-Eight'

The CW
The CW

Season 2, Episode 6: Jane is very stressed about graduate school, Mateo's health, and his large inheritance, which she worries might turn him into a spoiled child. Jane gets an infection and, much to Rafael's amusement, it's revealed that sick Jane isn't her usual self.

9. White Collar: 'Master Plan'

USA Network
USA Network

Season 5, Episode 5: Peter Burke, who hasn't "been sick since 1996," gets the flu while Neal Caffrey goes underground as a butler to investigate a case. Meanwhile, Mozzie, who never fails to surprise us, expresses an interest in beekeeping.

10. Smallville: 'Fever'

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

Season 2, Episode 16: In this episode, Martha falls ill to a toxic virus from space and Clark must find an antidote. However, he also collapses and becomes ill, weakening his superpowers. Consequently, 's secret identity is at stake.

11. Charmed: 'Awakened'

CBS
CBS

Season 2, Episode 12: Piper contracts a very rare and deadly disease after eating a fruit that hasn't been inspected by the Department of Health, and is subsequently hospitalized. Prue and Phoebe cast a spell to help her, but this causes an outbreak in the hospital.

12. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: 'Grissom's Divine Comedy'

CBS
CBS

Season 8, Episode 12: Grissom and the team fight the flu while investigating the murders of important witnesses who were set to testify against a gang member.

13. Downton Abbey

PBS
PBS

Season 2, Episode 8: This episode is a dramatization of the most deadly flu outbreak in history, the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic, which killed as many as 50 million people, more so than World War I. Lady Grantham, Carson and Lavinia all succumb. But who survives?

14. The Crown: 'Act of God'

Netflix
Netflix

Season 1, Episode 4: This original series from dramatizes the Great Smog of 1952, London's deadliest air pollution event. The capital is in crisis and Churchill's leadership is at stake as he fails to take action to help hospitals care for their patients as well as adequately warn people about the dangers of the smog.

15. Sex And The City: 'All Or Nothing'

Season 3, Episode 10: Samantha boasts that life's better being single. However, when she's struck down with the flu, she takes on a negative position about life and starts to question her path in avoiding romantic relationships.

16. Orange Is The New Black: 'Moscow Mule'

Netflix
Netflix

Season 1, Episode 8: As with any confined, overcrowded space, the prison becomes a hotbed for viruses to transmit swiftly from person to person. The flu slowly spreads among the inmates of Litchfield, and it isn't pretty. The chaotic health state of the prison makes for a great backdrop to add to the drama of other plot developments.

17. House M.D.: 'Autopsy'

Fox
Fox

Season 2, Episode 2: Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) faces another enigmatic medical case when a nine-year-old girl with terminal cancer experiences hallucinations without an obvious cause. House has the sniffles and has to solve the riddle while sick. However, this is definitely not the worst condition that he has been in while treating patients.

18. 30 Rock: 'Flu Shot'

Season 3, Episode 8: The flu spreads among the cast and crew. Jack limits vaccination access and Liz protests against it, until she eventually gives in and gets her shot, much to the crew's disappointment.

19. The Walking Dead: 'Infected'

AMC
AMC

Season 4, Episode 2: A dangerous virus spreads and quickly kills members of the community sheltering within the prison. These newly turned zombies spread havoc behind the bars. In the deathly flu becomes a bigger threat than the undead.

What do you like to watch when you're feeling sick? Cough up your answer in the comments below.

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