From Netflix to Hulu, Prime, cable TV, and everything in-between – we all have our methods for escape through entertainment. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis and worldwide implementation of quarantine, people need a distraction now more than ever. Luckily, with all the different cable and streaming platforms available today, there is plenty of new entertainment out there to satisfy and quench your thirst. From action to comedy and horror, let us explore the best TV shows to binge during the quarantine.
Comedy TV Shows
With big stars like Steve Carrell, John Krasinski, and Rainn Wilson, it is easy to see why The Office is so undeniably popular. Filmed in the style of a documentary, this deadpan comedy series offers viewers a look into the fictional paper company, Dunder Mifflin, and the lives of its relatable employees. With an over the top take on the American workplace, this show is light-hearted and easy to binge while relaxing or even working from home.
Also starring Steve Carrell with backup from John Malkovich, Space Force is another American comedy series created by the infamous Greg Daniels. Space Force premiered in May 2020 on Netflix and presents a comedic take on Trump’s pitch for a sixth branch of the military based in Space. Politics aside, with an all-star cast in tow, this is the perfect comedy show to binge with little effort.
For those of you that are fans of adult animation, Bojack Horseman is a great cartoon found on Netflix. Following the life of failed horse actor Bojack Horseman and his diverse cast of friends, this show has it all. Starring the legendary voice talents of Will Arnett and Amy Sedaris, this show spans six seasons and handfuls of slapstick storylines that ultimately garner adoration for the various misfit characters on the series.
Horror TV Shows
If you are a fan of the darker side of Hollywood, both Netflix and Hulu have several worthy contestants in terms of binge-worthy TV shows. The Fall is both an Emmy and Golden Globe winner starring Gillian Anderson (X-Files) as a detective superintendent in charge of tracking down a dangerous serial killer. Based in Belfast, Ireland, Jamie Dornan plays the main protagonist, carefully plotting a grizzly murder spree while under close investigation. While the Fall is suspenseful, it does not resort to blood and guts to get a rise from the audience. All in all, this British-Irish drama provides a thrilling and chilling experience that is hard to stop watching.
Unlike the last show on our ‘horror’ list, Dexter takes no mercy on the audience, presenting blood, guts, and gore galore in nearly every episode. The story itself follows a blood-spatter analyst who works for the police force by day, only to track down and eliminate those he deems deserving in his spare time. With a cast of lovable characters, this show strikes a deep chord with its fans, providing a story like no other. Spanning over five seasons, these hour-long episodes will help consume your free time with exciting, highly suspenseful content.
The Haunting of Hill House
If you are a fan of haunted houses and stories of paranormal events within families, The Haunting of Hill House is sure to quench your desires. Based on the Shirley Jackson novel of the same title, this creepy slow-burn of a story will have you on the edge of your seat. Beginning with a family that renovates homes for a living while inhabiting them, the children are almost immediately plagued with ghosts of the past. In the spirit of avoiding spoilers, there is not much more we can reveal about the story. However, with a whole lot of twists and turns, this show left audiences both nervous and excited for a second season.
Drama TV Shows
Starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney, this is one drama you do not want to miss – especially if you are a fan of Breaking Bad. The story revolves around an all-American family that gets sucked into the crime-related drama of a Mexican drug cartel. From their relocation to their intricate but illegal business set-up, Ozark does not lack in quality storylines or lovable characters with which the audience can relate. So far, there are three seasons available on Netflix, with at least one other confirmed season on the way.
The Umbrella Academy
Are you a fan of comic books? If so, Netflix’s Umbrella Academy is a reliable option, both in terms of storyline and quirky nerd culture. Created by Gerard Way, this group of lovable misfits offers audiences a look into an impending apocalypse with actresses Ellen Page and Kate Walsh. This American superhero series was created for Netflix and developed by Jeremy Slater, featuring a unique superhero story with a family of dysfunctional, adopted heroes seeking vengeance for their father’s death. The Umbrella Academy offers comedy, suspense, and a whole lot of quirky superhero personalities.
This family drama is perhaps unlike any others on the air today, with a cast of relatable characters each dealing with their own plight on the southside of Chicago. Led by their alcoholic father, the Gallagher family does everything they can to keep their heads above water, sparing no laws or morals. While this selection is very much a family drama, it also offers up plenty of laughs, surprises, and more serious themes along the way. With children spanning from the age of six to thirty, Shameless touches on real-life family issues with far-out themes that are both relatable and hilariously entertaining.
Found exclusively on Hulu, the Act is a seasonal anthology series that depicts the true-life tale of mother-daughter Dee Dee and Gypsy Blanchard. The pair are famous thanks to their twisted Munchausen by proxy relationship and the inevitable murder that would ensue as a result. Gypsy’s quest for independence and love leads her down a dark road that completely redirects her fate. Ultimately, this show is not for the faint of heart, presenting some hard to watch scenarios that will chill you to the bone.
Beating Quarantine with Bingeworthy Television Series
Quarantine is hard—there are no two ways about it. Life as we know it has all but comes to a grinding halt. Naturally, this pandemic has us feeling stuck, lost, or otherwise without work or entertainment. Luckily, between Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Spectrum TV Choice and Disney+, there is always a new TV series worth checking out, depending on your personal preferences. Are you bored and in need of some fresh entertainment? In the end, any one of these shows is sure to grab and hold onto your attention until the very end.