So it’s Quaantine Day ?? I’m starting to loose track of how long we have been isolated. I’m working from home, which has thankfully given me some structure to my day. I’ve tasked my self with a few home projects, but the motivation behind them can seriously be lacking some days. At this point people, including your’s truly, are looking every which way for ways to keep themselves entertained.
It’s another day in Quarantine. What do you watch? You’ve already binged your favorite series and re-watched the Office three times now. Well, I have you covered. Here is my ultimate Quarantine & Chill picks from Netflix, Hulu , and Amazon Prime streaming services. I tried to choose a few shows beyond the obvious “Tiger King” to get you through the next few weeks. Enjoy!
- Ozark – A dark drama series stars Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde, a financial planner who relocates his family from Chicago to a summer resort community in the Ozarks. With wife Wendy and their two kids in tow, Marty is on the move after a money-laundering scheme goes wrong, forcing him to pay off a substantial debt to a Mexican drug lord in order to keep his family safe. While the Byrdes’ fate hangs in the balance, the dire circumstances force the fractured family to reconnect.
- Peaky Blinders– One of my FAVORITES. A notorious gang in 1919 Birmingham, England, is led by the fierce Tommy Shelby, a crime boss set on moving up in the world no matter the cost.
- Schitt’s Creek– DAVID! IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED THIS STOP READING AND GO WATCH IT NOW. One of my favorite comedy series. Suddenly broke, the formerly filthy-rich Rose family is reduced to living in a ramshackle motel in a town they once bought as a joke: Schitt’s Creek.
- The Witcher– If you’re a fan of GOT, then you will most likely enjoy the Witcher. Geralt of Rivia, a mutated monster-hunter for hire, journeys toward his destiny in a turbulent world where people often prove more wicked than beasts.
- Locke & Key – Pulling in a 7.5 on IMBD – After their dad’s murder, three siblings move with their mom to his ancestral estate, where they discover magical keys that unlock powers — and secrets.
- American Horror Story – If you have NOT given this show a chance yet, what are you even doing. First three seasons are enough to want to binge the entire series.
- The Blacklist– Another personal favorite of mine with plenty of twists and turns. After turning himself in, a brilliant fugitive offers to help the FBI bag other baddies, but only if rookie profiler Elizabeth Keen is his partner.
- Black Mirror – This sci-fi anthology series explores a twisted, high-tech near-future where humanity’s greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.
- The Sinner-When a chilling murder sends shockwaves through a small town, a haunted detective’s hunt for answers unravels a web of sinister secrets.
- Lilyhammer – Netflix’s first ever Original is a brilliant crime and fish-out-of-water black comedy that’s worth trying if you never saw it first time around. Stevie Van Zandt, best known for his role as a mob boss in The Sopranos, plays an eerily familiar mobster who chooses to move to Norway when he turns state’s witness. He ends up in Lillehammer, which he remembers from the 1994 Winter Olympics, and predictably begins building a mafia-style criminal empire, complete with seedy bar, in partnership with some of the less than scrupulous locals.
- Living with Yourself – What’s the only thing better than Paul Rudd? Two Paul Rudds. The actor gets cloned in this quirky comedy when his character, Miles, decides to go for a spa treatment that will help him be a better person. With one radiant new Miles, and one cranky, tired Miles, navigating life becomes harder as they have to learn to put up with each other.
- Sense8 – Another personal favorite of mine. From the creators of “The Matrix” and “Babylon 5” comes this tense series in which eight people can telepathically experience each other’s lives.
- The Assassination of Gianni Versace– From the same team behind The People v O.J. Simpson comes the true – if slightly embellished – story of the life of Andrew Cunanan, who, in 1997, shot dead the world-famous fashion designer Gianni Versace.
- Russian Doll – Nadia keeps dying and reliving her 36th birthday party. She’s trapped in a surreal time loop — and staring down the barrel of her own mortality.
- The Punisher – Part of the Marvel Universe. A former Marine out to punish the criminals responsible for his family’s murder finds himself ensnared in a military conspiracy.
- Zoo – When animal species all over the world begin attacking humans, controversial zoologist Jackson Oz tries to discover the cause of the sudden change.
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- Sons of Anarchy – What have you been doing with your life if you’ve not watched Sons of Anarchy? Charlie Hunnam alone is motivation. Sons of Anarchy is an adrenalized drama with darkly comedic undertones about a notorious outlaw motorcycle club intent on protecting their sheltered small town against encroaching drug dealers, corporate developers and overzealous law officers.
- Dave – Ben & I just started this show and cannot stop laughing! DAVE” centers on a neurotic man in his late 20s who has convinced himself that he’s destined to be one of the best rappers of all time. Now he must convince his closest friends, because with their help, he actually might convince the world.
- The Impossible– Okay, so it’s not a show to binge, but it’s an amazing movie if you’re having “girl time” or just want to eat a bucket of ice cream and cry. The Impossible (based on a true story) follows a family trip to Thailand which is supposed to be about rest and relaxation, then turns into a race for survival during the 2004 Tsunami.
- Big Little Lies – Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley star in this series about three mothers whose lives unravel to the point of murder. Do you need anything else?
- Sharp Objects – A troubled journalist (Amy Adams) returns to her hometown to cover the apparent murders of two girls in this limited series. SO GOOD.
- House of Lies– I loved this show featuring Kristen Bell and Don Cheadle – Charming, fast-talking consultant Marty Kaan and his MBA-toting colleagues charm smug, unsuspecting corporate fat cats into closing deals while spending a fortune for their services. Kaan isn’t above using any means — or person — necessary to get what he wants.
- The Handmaid’s Tale – A woman forced into sexual servitude struggles to survive in a terrifying, totalitarian society.
- Little Fires Everywhere – Starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, Little Fires Everywhere follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. SO GOOD!
- Modern Family– A great comedy show to binge if you and the family are looking for some laughs! Today’s American families come in all shapes and sizes. The cookie cutter mold of man + wife + 2.5 kids is a thing of the past, as it becomes quickly apparent in the bird’s eye view of ABC’s half-hour comedy, which takes an honest and often hilarious look at the composition and complexity of modern family life.
- Parenthood – Parenthood is a drama about four adult siblings inspired by the box-office hit of the same name. Although each sibling and family has its own share of life to grapple with, perhaps this reunion is the push they need to help each other pick up the pieces and focus on the everyday challenges that families face while raising children and starting over.
- True Blood – If you need a addictive Vampire filled, soapy drama to binge on.
- Vikings – OBSESSED with this show. Trust me on this one. Ragnar is pitted against Rollo over a land dispute he’s trying to settle on behalf of King Horik. A deadly fever hits Kattegat putting Ragnar’s wife and daughter’s lives in grave danger.
- The Expanse– One of Ben & I’s current favorite sci-fi TV series. Hundreds of years in the future, things are different than what we are used to after humans have colonized the solar system and Mars has become an independent military power.
- The Marvelous Ms. Maisel – I can see why this show won so many awards. It’s the late 1950s and Miriam “Midge” Maisel has everything she has ever wanted — the perfect husband, two kids and an elegant apartment on New York’s Upper West Side. Her seemingly idyllic life takes a surprising turn when she discovers a hidden talent she didn’t previously know she had — stand-up comedy.
- The Wire – This series looks at the narcotics scene in Baltimore through the eyes of law enforcers as well as the drug dealers and users. Other facets of the city that are explored in the series are the government and bureaucracy, schools and the news media.
- Fleabag – A dry-witted woman, known only as Fleabag, has no filter as she navigates life and love in London while trying to cope with tragedy. The angry, grief-riddled woman tries to heal while rejecting anyone who tries to help her, but Fleabag continues to keep up her bravado through it all.
- The Sopranos– If you aren’t a Sopranos fan you at least know the name Tony Soprano. This beloved series features the late James Gandolfini and Edie Falco as they try to be a normal New Jersey-based, Italian-American family while being pulled in by the drama of and demands of the mob life.
- Goliath – Billy Bob Thorton plays a washed-up lawyer who lands himself in the middle of what becomes a trial that puts life and death on the line.
- Six Feet Under – The Fisher family own a funeral home run by Nate Fisher (Parenthood’s Peter Krause), who was bequeathed the business after his father died. Naturally, working in death also means Nate starts to have conversations with the dead. Each episode also starts with a death, so if you like morbid-yet-comedic plotlines, this one’s for you.
- The Boys – This is one of Ben’s favorites! Superheroes are often as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians, and sometimes even as revered as gods. But that’s when they’re using their powers for good. What happens when the heroes go rogue and start abusing their powers? When it’s the powerless against the super powerful, the Boys head out on a heroic quest to expose the truth about the Seven and Vought, the multibillion-dollar conglomerate that manages the superheroes and covers up their dirty secrets.
- Justified – Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is something of a 19th-century-style, Old West lawman living in modern times, whose unconventional enforcement of justice makes him a target of criminals and a problem child to his U.S. Marshals Service superior.
- Carnival Row – Starring Cara Delevinge and Orlando Bloom – Enough said. A growing population of mythological immigrant creatures struggles to coexist with humans after the creatures’ exotic homelands are invaded by the empires of man. The creatures are forbidden to live, love or fly with freedom, but hope lives in darkness.
I hope you enjoy these recommendations. I’ll be sure to update the list as time goes on!