Whether you’re practicing social distancing or have been ordered to shelter in place, either way you’re going to have some time on your hands, and probably want some streaming suggestions.
Whilst unlucky for me in that I as a byproduct of my job have watched the majority of this already, the good news for you is now is your chance to catch up!
There are recommendations ranging from “you need an escape and need to get engrossed in something” to “you need something on constantly in the background to remind you what other humans sound like!” While people work hard on these and you SHOULD pay full attention to anything you watch, but we also should be pragmatic.
This guide is focused on tv and mini-series (and US availability), there’s a lot of choices out there and no way for me to cover them all, but here are some starters! Maybe a movies guide to come as well or you can check out the reviews page.
Good luck, stay healthy, stay safe, stay sane, stay streaming!
This will probably be the most robust section because a lot of folks have Netflix. Also of the classics that probably need no additional info Netflix currently has the rights to:
Parks and Recreation, The Office (for now), Arrested Development (we don’t talk about the later seasons), Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Orange is the New Black, The Crown, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Mad Men, and Grey’s Anatomy.
For the More Reality TV Inclined
Did you also miss the phenomenon that was “The Circle” on Netflix? This is a perfect background watch for while you work from home. It’s also perfect social distancing watching because the contestants are physically separated/almost never get to see each other and this is literally how we are living our lives now!
Broadly, contestants are trapped in a house and can only communicate via a made up “voice activated” social media platform dubbed “The Circle.” When this first came out I compared it to a “Black Mirror” episode but now we basically live in this conceit.
Attention level suggested: Minimal, maybe pay attention to the first episode to get the show conceit.
Love is Blind
While it’s not as good as “The Circle” it’s something in a similar vein for those who watched “The Circle” when it first dropped.
“Love is Blind” is like “Married at First Sight” meets “90 Day Fiance” and some other shows thrown in the mix. Contestants are (once again) physically separated and unable to see each other, only hear each other. They then begin romantic relationships (which are intended to end rapid engagement).
Episode 1 is great, episodes 2-3 drag a little, things get VERY juicy from episode 4 onwards. Again, this is probably the perfect show to watch while you need to actually be productive.
Attention level suggested: Minimal to none, in fact it’s to your benefit to have episodes 2-3 just play in the background.
It’s about competitive college cheerleading. It sounds like you should hate it. It is engrossing as hell.
Attention level suggested: Not a ton but you’ll probably get caught up in the drama.
The Great British Baking Show
It’s the most relaxing competition you’ll ever watch. Contestants bake things. They are insanely supportive of each other. Be careful because it will make you hungry and you don’t want to burn through all of your grocery stockpile.
Attention level suggested: Low to medium. It’s super soothing.
Slightly More Structured Pickings
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