In case you haven’t been keeping up with global news, coronavirus, COVID-19, is forcing everyone to practice the 2020 version of”conscious uncoupling” known as “social distancing.”
Many cities/states are on lockdown with bars, restaurants, and other establishments closing their doors to keep the outbreak from spreading even more than it has.
If you’ve found yourself self-quarantined at home on the couch to prevent the spread of germs, you’ll likely be looking for things to keep yourself occupied.
Many shows have shuttered production with daytime and late-night talk shows going sans audiences or completely dark for the remainder of the month.
And this means it’s the perfect time to binge-watch those shows you’ve been putting off.
Here are some shows to watch during your self-quarantine.
What the world needs now is a fixer who could tell us all how to get out of this mess. Since that’s not possible, we have the next best thing in Olivia Pope, DC’s fixer and right-hand to the President, who is also in a torrid love affair with him. It’s political, dramatic, and sexy as hell to this day.
Don’t you wish we could all travel back to a time before the coronavirus? Same. Maybe if we had a time machine like Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus, we totally could. But alas, we’ll have to settle for watching their journey through key historical moments as they attempt to stop Rittenhouse from destroying the world.
Locke & Key
Think Harry Potter meets Narnia. Netflix’s new fantasy thriller finds a family moving into a mansion following their father’s death where they learn that it’s filled with secret keys that open up portals to other dimensions. You never know where you’ll end up, but it’ll make you forget you’re curled up on your couch amidst a toilet-paper shortage.
Elliot works as a cybersecurity engineer by day and doubles as a vigilante hacker by night. When he’s recruited by a mysterious underground organization, he’s forced to do things that make him question his personal beliefs, his morals, and most importantly, what’s real and what isn’t.
Financial burdens (like the fact that you spent all your money stocking up on canned goods and paper towels) plague three suburban moms who are tired of always playing “catch up.” They decide to take matters into their own hands and rob a grocery store. Soon, they find themselves trying to navigate a world of crime that has absolutely no rules. As they try to survive, their actions will keep you on the edge of your seat.
You’ve already heard of Stranger Things, and if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s high time you do. The series takes place in 1980s Indiana and follows a group of young friends who become privy to supernatural happening within the government.
There’s no better time than during a quarantine to watch all 16 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy. Honestly, when else are you going to have the time? All you need to know is that it’s a medical drama, there’s a doctor named McDreamy, and Shonda Rhimes is the boss babe behind it.
The Good Place is a stroke of comedic genius mixed with some of the most insightful and wholesome storytelling of our generation. It’s also the only series that had the perfect series finale (fight me, but after coronavirus cause there’s a no-touching ban). Eleanor Shellstrop is shocked to find herself in the Good Place following her death and immediately realizes she’s there by mistake. No one is prepared for her hilarious afterlife antics as she hides from architect Michael and her new friends while trying to become a better version of herself.
Don’t be deterred by the plot — a young Latina woman learns she’s pregnant after she’s accidentally artificially inseminated. The series weaves together the best parts of a telenovela while adding heart, feshed-out characters, strong female leads, irresistible love interests, and family at the forefront of every storyline.
Love is Blind
In the reality TV vein, Netflix delivered the world’s newest obsession. It’s a social experiment that many claim prepared our generation for dating throughout “social distancing.” Love is Blind forces a handful of contestants to meet people while isolated in pods. Once they find their “soulmate,” they propose to them without meeting face-to-face and a few weeks later, walk down the aisle.
If you’re not familiar with Joe Goldberg, you’re missing out. YOU is a suspenseful thriller that digs into the mind of an obsessed serial killer and follows his romantic relationships.
Game of Thrones
Similarly to Greys Anatomy, when else are you going to find the time to watch all of Game of Thrones? This is the perfect time to dig into a pop culture phenomenon so you know what “winter is coming” means the next time someone mentions it.
The Marvelous Ms. Maisel
If there’s anyone that can cheer you up and put a smile on your face, it’s Ms. Maisel. Set in the late 1950s, Miriam aka “Midge” breaks the rules and pursues a career in stand-up comedy. While it’s unheard of for women of her class to pursue a career, it’s even more unheard of a woman succeeding in such an industry. But leave it to Midge to prove everyone wrong and do it with flair and style!
What to Watch This Week: ‘Promised Land’ Premieres, A Trip to ‘The Gilded Age’ and More
New week, new TV shows to add to your rotation of must-watch programming.
Hey, you don’t want to be the only one left out of the Slack “water cooler” talk, do you?
Monday, January 24
Promised Land – ABC
The Gilded Age – HBO
“The Gilded Age begins in 1882 with young Marian Brook (Louisa Jacobson) moving from rural Pennsylvania to New York City after the death of her father to live with her thoroughly old-money aunts Agnes van Rhijn (Christine Baranski) and Ada Brook (Cynthia Nixon). Exposed to a world on the brink of the modern age, will Marian follow the established rules of society, or forge her own path?”
Tuesday, January 25
Neymar: The Perfect Chaos – NEtflix
“Beloved worldwide but also a lightening rod for criticism, Brazilian footballer Neymar da Silva Santos shares the highs and lows of his chaotic personal life and successful football career.”
Thursday, January 27
grown-ish – Season 4B premiere – Freeform
The sitcom of Black-ish following Zoey as she goes to college and begins her adventure into adulthood premieres for the second half of its fourth season.
Friday, January 28
The Woman In the House Across the Street From the Girl In the Window – Netflix
“Watching the world go by from her living room window, heartbroken Anna sets her sights on a handsome new neighbor until she witnesses a gruesome murder.”
Nancy Drew – The CW
With one of her loved ones lives hanging in the balance, Nancy Drew and team must prove they can stop Temperance Hudson from destroying Horseshoe Bay in the season 3 finale.
3 Comedies Renewed at CBS – Including ‘Ghosts’
Fans are going to be geeked about CBS’s latest renewals!
Three of the network’s six comedies have been given the green light for three comedies.
The most exciting renewals is definitely Ghosts, a single-cam comedy about a woman named Sam (Rose McIver) who gains the ability to see the ghosts living inside the charming old mansions she and her husband, a budding chef, inherited from her late aunt.
The souls of those stuck within the confines of the soon-to-be B&B provide plenty of laughable moments, and their shenanigans have earned them a second season renewal.
The Neighborhood, which stars Cedric the Entertainer, snagged a fifth season, while BOB ♥ ABISHOLA, a love-story between a businessman who falls in love with his nurse, will return for a fourth season.
The LOL comedies join the already-renewed Young Sheldon, which got a three-season renewal in March 2021.
While this is great news for Ghosts, The Neighborhood, and BOB ♥ ABISHOLA, it’s also promising news for B Positive and United States of AI, both sitcoms awaiting a verdict.
Kelly Kahl, president of CBS Entertainment, was in a great mood when she gave Variety this statement: “We’re thrilled to bring back television’s four most-watched comedies for next season, and I’m proud of the incredible team that maintains CBS’ position as the clear leader in comedy.”
Let us know in the comments below which renewal you’re most excited about!
Where to Watch Bob Saget’s Comedy Specials and Hit TV Shows
The nation is mourning the death of Bob Saget, who passed away suddenly at the age of 65.
Pluto TV is honoring the unforgettable comedian and actor who changed television forever with a programming block that includes some of his biggest comedy special.
And you can watch them for free!
Starting today (1/10) at 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT today, Pluto TV will play back-to-back programming featuring Saget, which includes:
- Bob Saget: That’s What I’m Talking About
- Bob Saget: Zero to Sixty
- The Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget
- The Aristocrats
The specials will also air again tomorrow beginning at 7pm ET/4pm PT, also on the Stand-Up TV channel.
You can also tap into some of Saget’s biggest TV shows!
The beloved family sitcom, Full House, that made Saget a household name as America’s TV dad, Danny Tanner, can be streamed at HBO Max, the reboot Fuller House is available on Netflix, the seasons he hosted of America’s Funniest Home Video can be streamed on Amazon, How I Met Your Mother which Saget narrated can be streamed on Hulu, while Entourage is available on HBO Max.
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