Chances are most of us will be forced to isolate or quarantine alone from time to time. And with the ongoing pandemic, it’s not going to be a one-time occurrence either. But whether it’s quarantine or just increased time at home, people need something to occupy themselves with. And what’s better than consuming 4 different forms of media to prevent any thought from occurring.
But really, today it’s too easy to go down a deep, mindless rabbit hole with social media constantly gnawing at you. This is why you need to surround yourself with shows that will give your mind a break from reality and even if they’re post-apocalyptic, at least they’re not real-life. Yet. All this binge-watching becomes even easier with good service plans like Cox Cable packages.
You don’t even need to search IMDB or Rotten Tomatoes for a good list of series. Here are 5 shows that you can enjoy while you’re stuck inside.
The Good Place
This show has everything you’ll ever need. Heaven, Hell, frozen yogurt, and Kristen Bell. It’s not your average comedy series with boring tropes and an average storyline. The Good Place delves into great philosophical questions, especially related to morality. But it doesn’t do this in a boring, academic way. It takes average, problematic people and throws them in situations that act as practical examples of said philosophies. Plus, The Good Place takes Kant’s moral imperative and makes it the main source of comedy. If that doesn’t intrigue you, I don’t know what will.
Mad Men is set in the ’60s and follows the life of a man in a time where everything was supposed to be ‘idyllic’. It unfolds great, historic events like Vietnam and Kennedy’s murder, but from a grassroots perspective. Mad Men dives deep into the average psyche of people in the 60’s and 70’s and reveals a true, albeit somewhat disturbing, picture. The show also depicts the casual sexism, racism, and classism of the time, but it does this subtly. In fact, viewers never find the show making statements or taking sides. The depiction is very real and natural. So much so, that it takes the audience some time to digest what’s hit them. Mad Men is easily one of the greatest shows in terms of story, direction, cinematography, and even soundtrack.
Disclaimer: this show will violently tangle your mind. Dark is a German TV series but it’s available on Netflix so language won’t be a problem. However, we would recommend enabling subtitles instead of switching the language since the show retains its intensity with the original language. Dark dabbles in the most fascinating yet puzzling metaphysical theories with time travel being the predominant one. However, it doesn’t follow the same, boring trope with time travel. The show uses actual, existing theories to explore concepts like The Bootstrap Paradox, Nietzsche’s Eternal Recurrence, and Time. You’ll also find that the casting is great and that actors perform without any unnatural flair.
This show will become your favorite comfort series instantly. It follows the life of a formerly wealthy family stuck in a swamp of a town; Schitt’s Creek. While this show does have the regular comedic tropes, it always manages to completely engage viewers. Schitt’s Creek is great also because it responsibly handles sexual orientation and homophobia, without making characters unreal or cinematic. Moreover, it’s created by father-son duo Eugene Levy and Dan Levy, also featuring Catherine O’Hara. Schitt’s Creek has won several Emmys and continues to be a hit with all audiences.
Gilmore Girls has had its own cult following ever since the show came out in 2000. But because the show isn’t recent and fairly old, there wasn’t much hype around it. Naturally. However, a few years ago, Gilmore Girls got new episodes and a new mini-series called ‘A Year in Life’. Following this, people started watching the show from the beginning and the response was huge. Today, it’s a widely popular show. It’s hard not to keep going back to it because of its warmth and nostalgia. It’s also reminiscent of the early 2000s and thus, feels very idyllic. Gilmore Girls follows the lives of a mother-daughter duo who just go about their daily lives. The show doesn’t have too much drama or action, but its simplicity is why viewers keep going back to it. If you want a feel-good show to binge-watch, this is it.