There are no sports. Everyone is at home for the...foreseeable future. So what have we been watching to pass the time? Judging by the answers here it would seem like we’ve been watching a lot!
The only rule we had for this exercise was that you couldn’t choose Tiger King because we already know that you’re watching that. Carole totally did it, right? Sorry, sorry! We aren’t talking about Tiger King! Without further ado, here are the shows we recommend you check out the next time you’re looking for something to binge.
Belz: I will start this off by saying I usually run the gamut in terms of my TV liking. My wife swears by Love is Blind, but I have yet to watch a single minute, so take that for what you like. (Editor’s note: Love is Blind is wonderful! Maybe I’ll just do a whole post on which Bravo shows everyone should be watching. Bravo is sports now.)
If you like Breaking Bad like me (also on Netflix if you have been holding out), Better Call Saul on AMC is a great prequel that is fairly similar. The first couple seasons are on Netflix.
Peaky Blinders is an awesome show if you are into crime families that are loosely connected with history in the post WWI world.
Shameless and Schitts Creek are both extremely funny watches that have been around for a while. Righteous Gemstones is very funny too if you like Danny McBride stuff, that is on HBO though.
In terms of crime thrillers, I recently finished The Sinner which has the first two seasons on Netflix, and the third season just finished last week. I highly recommend that if you like murder mysteryesque crime dramas.
If you have HBO, Westworld season three just started back up, so that is a crazy entertaining show if you are looking for a good dystopian world to escape into.
That was a lot, but if you need to narrow in your focus I think The Sinner and Peaky Blinders would be my choices.
Tyler: I am starting to see how uninterested I am in things outside of sports. I’m kinda picky on shows and movies, but right now there are a few great ones out there. The first week of isolation I went with movies and watched Contagion. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a thriller movie about a pandemic that takes over the world…. Sound familiar? Good movie, but not a fun watch given the current state. Feels a bit too real. Then I went with Quentin Tarantino movies that I haven’t seen, and didn’t really care for most of those either. Why are all his movies 45 minutes too long?
For TV shows I hadn’t really watched much until season 3 of Ozark got released. If you haven’t seen it, it’s one of my top show recommendations. The Sopranos has the mob, Narcos has the cartel, and Breaking Bad has contraband dealers. Ozark though? That has all three, intertwined geniusly. 10/10 would recommend. For those of you looking for something a bit lighter, I’ve been on Arrested Development which is about a rich family that can’t seem to get their act together. It’s so dumb, but funny. Both star Jason Bateman, so I’ve seen plenty of him over the past three weeks. His witty sarcastic a$$holeness relates to me.
Ryan: My wife and I just started Mindhunter on Netflix. It’s gotten off to a bit of a slow start, but it’s been good. If you liked Criminal Minds, you would likely enjoy Mindhunter. However, I highly recommend keeping it light during isolation. If you want to laugh you can never go wrong with The Office, it’s a classic and worth watching and re-watching time after time. If you want more insight on The Office, Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey host a podcast called “Office Ladies,” where they are doing a re-watch of the series. They highlight one episode each week. Very informative and interesting to listen to that and then watch the show.
I also recommend Schitt’s Creek and New Girl on Netflix and you can never go wrong with Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which is on Hulu. All three are hilarious.
Owen: I’m currently watching Mad Men, and the biggest takeaway I have is how much cooler you look if you smoke, so I’m considering taking that up.
For a serious/horror show, I highly recommend FX’s American Horror Story to anyone who enjoys good acting and some dark/thought provoking television. It’s not chronological (though there are connections between seasons), so it doesn’t matter what season you start with. (1-8 available on Netflix, 1-9 available on Hulu).
For some much needed comedic relief, I’d recommend Rick and Morty (Hulu), the story of an alcoholic mad scientist grandfather (Rick) and his passive buf usually willing companion grandson (Morty). Also, Letterkenny (Hulu) is like a less vulgar, more organized Trailer Park Boys. The main characters, Wayne, Darry, and Dan all work on Wayne’s farm, and have some misadventures with the Jocks (hockey players), and Skids (gothic druggies). It’s incredibly light and funny. Would recommend 10/10.