Binge Your Way Through Quarantine
Ready for another binge-watching guide courtesy of yours truly?
We need advice now more than ever. Our queues are running dry. It's a dry wasteland of TV shows and movies getting us from day to day. New content is being put on hold as filming grinds to a halt.
I know this isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I've been having a hard time with serious and dramatic things during this time. I've been sticking to comedies and reality TV, so if that's not your flavor of choice, then you may want to keep scrolling.
I'm back at work now (thank you, Georgia + Tennessee), but the weekends and evenings are still completely empty.
All that being said, here's what I've been watching this quarantine:
1. Love Island (UK)
Love Island is the perfect binge for quarantine and here's why: So. Many. Episodes. When Love Island airs live, it airs every night of the week, all summer long. So all in all there's about 40 episodes making up a season. In Love Island, a bunch of singles are paired up in a villa and they try to fall in love. At the end, the couple that is voted as the favorites by the public win a cash prize. There are also a lot more twists and turns along the way.
I love this show because the rules are always changing, and neither the audience nor the contestants know what to expect from day-to-day. Also, real love connections are actually formed. More importantly, there's a lot of drama.
When I first watched this show, I got so emotionally attached to the winning couple of a certain season that I was devastated when they ultimately were already broken up by the time I watched the show. That's how great this series is, it sucks you in and makes you care deeply about the "characters".
I watched Season 2 recently, which was recommended by the internet as one of the best seasons, and I'd say it's a great place to start. WARNING: Pleas watch with subtitles because the accents on this show can be a lot at times.
You can watch Love Island on Hulu!
2. Dead to Me
I'm including this one because season 2 just premiered on Netflix in May, so now's the time to jump in on the first season. This is a dark comedy that starts in a grief support group. When two of the participants form a friendship, there's more and more secrets that are revealed.
And the second season... Wow. I finished in in two WORK days. The episodes and the seasons are short, so it's an easy binge-watch.
This show seems straightforward at first, but slowly unravels into something more complex. There's twist after twist after twist, but none of the twists are done in a gimmicky way for the sake of twists alone. Each twist adds layers to the story. Even though this story is bonkers crazy, the writing keeps you believing that all these crazy things could actually happen. It's so well done, and will scratch your itch for drama while still being laugh-out-loud funny.
3. The Bachelor Listen to Your Heart
IDGAF what you think, I'm adding this show to my binge list. Look, is this the most interesting show in the world? No. Do I care about any of the contestants in any way at all whatsoever? Not at all. Is it the only thing keeping me sane during a pandemic? Possibly.
You all know I love the Bachelor, and we may not be getting any fresh content for who knows how long. If you like cringe-y relationships and cringe-y singing and cringe-y people, just tune in. Tonight's the finale so what do you have to lose at this point.
If you're a fan of dramatizations of real-life events (think The People vs. OJ or Dirty John - two other great watches), and interested in cults, this is a great show for quarantine.
All I knew about Waco and the Brach Davidians was how it all ended, but this movie starts way before that. It shows not only the inside of the cult, but also what's going on with the FBI and the US government. It presents different narratives, and makes you wonder if things really had to end the way they did, or if there could've been a better, less violent way. Waco is on Netflix.
Let me know what you're watching to keep yourself sane during COVID-19. I'll be back with more regularly scheduled content soon.