What to watch when you’re bored as hell at home

Good morning my quarantined Celebitches! How are y’all holding up? So far things are pretty groovy at Hecate Temple. I would like to offer a MASSIVE shout out to my kids’ teachers for doing an incredible job with lessons and assignments for their students. I’m sure that applies to all teachers everywhere. Of course, retail/grocery workers should all receive medals of commendations when this is over. And medical and first responders should be canonized, but that goes for everything they do, always.

So how are you spending your isolated days? I just ordered a bunch of books. But I’m also watching more programs more than I usually do. Since you might find yourself in the same situation, I’m here to offer some suggestions of things to watch. First up, Hank Stuever from The Washington Post offered some recommendations. Stuever suggests readers use money they are saving from Uber rides and coffee and get multiple streaming services. Not sure how viable that suggestion is. His list is extensive, at least. I’m just highlighting the top of the list, you can read the whole thing here:

Top 10 of 2019: At the top of that list is HBO’s “Watchmen,” a stunningly realized drama about race and vigilante justice in a fictional America suffering from a peculiar sort of superhero complex. You don’t have to be a comic-book fan to enjoy it; Regina King’s performance alone will quickly convince you.

The rest of that list: “When They See Us” (Netflix); “Unbelievable” (Netflix); “Succession”(HBO, Seasons 1 and 2); “Gentleman Jack” (HBO); “Fleabag” (Amazon Prime, Seasons 1 and 2);“This Is Us” (NBC, currently in Season 4); “Chernobyl” (HBO); “Dead to Me” (Netflix); and “Leaving Neverland” (HBO).

If you’ve watched everything already: I’ll bet you haven’t — not even close. You’ve watched all the amazing previous seasons of FX’s “Better Things” and are up to date on the current season? Then you, too, share my belief that Sam Fox (Pamela Adlon) would be the ideal person to quarantine with. (Have you noticed all her delicious cooking?)

What about HBO’s “Insecure,” which returns April 12? Are you ready for that? What about all of Netflix’s “BoJack Horseman?” (And “Big Mouth?”) You’ve watched “Ramy” on Hulu? “Dickinson” on Apple TV Plus?

Now that you can access FX’s entire catalogue on Hulu, I’m sure you’ve watched both seasons of “Pose.” (Right? And “Fosse/Verdon?”) You found time to figure out what the producers were trying to tell us in last summer’s “Euphoria” on HBO? You’ve considered the beguiling meanings and extreme creativity in Showtime’s “Kidding,” including this current season? You’re deep into FX on Hulu’s “Devs,” Silicon Valley’s answer to “Killing Eve?”

Feel good TV: If official reassurances have failed to convince you that the end isn’t near — or you’re just spooked in general about your own mortality, the absurdity of existence, the meaning of moral goodness and the notion of a final judgment, well, you’re primed and ready for TV’s brightest, wittiest and most thorough exploration of life’s big philosophical concepts. I’m talking, of course, about NBC’s “The Good Place,” which wrapped in January.

[From The Washington Post]

Stuever also suggests The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Little America, Call the Midwife and Pen15 for feel good shows. I agree with about half his suggestions, overall. But there is something for everyone. The LA Times put together a list of movies and one for children’s educational TV shows. To the latter, I would also suggest the TedEd and Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell series on YouTube. Sarah (Cinesnark) at Lainey Gossip made a list of shows that are outside the usual (GoT, Breaking Bad, Schitt’s Creek, Fleabag, etc.) suggestions. From her list I absolutely agree with Buzzfeed: Unsolved and What We do in the Shadows (the original movie is just as enjoyable as the series). She’s on a The Vampire Diaries kick and I would recommend it’s spin off, The Originals, over TVD, but hell, if you have the time, do both.

So, now it’s my turn, I guess. If TVD and The Originals, are your thing, give The Magicians (Syfy, Hulu, Netflix) a try. It is the wildest thing I’ve seen in a while. It is so campy and outrageous; they are absolutely not bound by any constraints of believability, so it just gets weirder. Plus, everyone is so pretty. Bless This Mess (ABC, Hulu) is consistently funny, and the supporting cast is so good, it’s one of the strongest ensembles on television. Plus it falls into the feel-good category. I became a big fan of Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet (Apple TV) but I am married to a member of the video game community (as in, he makes them). The show is so accurate at its core, my husband had trouble watching some of it. I don’t think you have to have survived the industry to truly appreciate it, either. Episode five is flat out award-worthy storytelling. And, lastly, I mentioned it the other day, but I’m enjoying the hell out of Avenue 5 (HBO). I haven’t finished it yet because my husband and I are watching together so we just do a couple a week.

So what are you guys watching to get through this?


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  1. Becks1 says:

    We are super behind the times, always, so we’re finally watching Arrested Development, lol.

    We have Apple TV but haven’t watched anything on it so this might be a good time to try some of those shows.

  2. Mellie says:

    We are also a bit behind the times as we are never home, so we started watching ‘Don’t F#$% with Cats’ last night, I’ve also started watching 30 Rock, I can’t believe that i never watched that show as much as I love Tina Fey!

  3. tifzlan says:

    I am going to make a plug here for Gentefied (Netflix), which is a wonderful gem of a show centering around a Mexican-American family in Los Angeles.

    Rewatching Friday Night Lights for the 7th time is also always a good idea!

    • Original Jenns says:

      Yes! Gentefied is an incredible show. In the beginning I had such a visceral reaction to it, seeing myself and also family I’ve had to distance myself from in the characters but that’s what makes it so good. Give it a go everyone! Obviously biased but seeing Mexicans as lead characters in today’s Trumplandia feels really good.

      Also, Buzzfeed Unsolved (Supernatural and True Crime) and What we do in shadows – highly recommend. WWDITS is great and has amazing cameos in a later episode. Plus the characters are just as fun as in the movie. Clever. Buzzfeed is (usually) flat out hilarious

  4. Ali says:

    Looking for suggestions to watch with a tween on Netflix or Prime (we have hbo via prime). Things we’ve already watched: Patriot Act, Marvelous Mrs maisel, His Dark Materials, The Office, Friends.

    Thank you!

  5. Pepito Sere says:

    Some years ago I had a formal breakfast with him here In Montevideo Uruguay when he was Prince and he was really cool and informal, making jokes and also touching. I was very stiff and he was triying to make me feel confortable, and Im not a cerebrity or rich, just an artist. And he is very handsome and tall with very beautiful blue eyes.

  6. lucy2 says:

    Parks & Rec, 30 Rock, and Brooklyn 99 are my cheer up shows. I’m thankfully still working, so no binging time yet, but those are my trusty standbys.
    One Day at a Time on Netflix was good, and family friendly.

  7. Quincytoo says:

    Third season Ozark is coming out March 27
    Dead to me also Netflix
    Going to rewatch Arrested Development all seasons

  8. BayTampaBay says:

    I highly recommend Gentleman Jack on HBO for all the lovers of British history and British country house porn.

    • Lightpurple says:

      And costumes. The costumes are exquisite. And it’s a great twist on the typical British costume drama. Suranne Jones is a delight and the main character Anne Lister’s real history is fascinating.

  9. Chica71 says:

    Suits, Jack Ryan, Fleabag

  10. Chica71 says:

    La Reina del Sur .. American version

  11. Juls says:

    We’ve been watching Mindhunter on Netfix. Although not riveting, its fascinating and the actors that play the serial killers being interviewed are amazing.

  12. K says:

    I’m a nanny for medical professionals and my hours have tripled. I am incredibly grateful for work at this time. When this shit is over I can’t wait to sit on my ass and quarantine myself from being so damn busy.

  13. sa says:

    I’m going to try to suggest shows that I haven’t seen suggested already (though I definitely recommend several that have already been mentioned, like Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Parks & Rec, and Schitt’s Creek).

    Playing House is a wonderful, feel good show available on the nbc app. It’s way better than the premise suggests.

    An older show that’s cute is Samantha Who? on the abc app.

    I haven’t watched it since this pandemic started, but a lot of what’s been happening has reminded me of The Last Man on Earth, which was not a dark show, but might feel dark now because it’s about the survivors of a virus that killed nearly everybody. It’s on hulu.

    Also, for anyone that doesn’t have Netflix, Schitt’s Creek is also on the CW Seed app.

    • Jennifer D says:

      I have never known ANYONE besides me and my BFF who love Playing House! Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair are pure gold. Plus Keegan Michael Key!

      • sa says:

        It’s so good and such a great cast. I’m always recommending it to people, but they never listen!

        I thought of another recommendation: Slings & Arrows, it’s about a Canadian Shakespearean theater company and it’s so good! It’s funny & witty and you don’t have to be a big Shakespeare fan to watch. I discovered recently that it’s on youtube, so easy for anyone to watch.

      • lucy2 says:

        Me too! I loved that show, and was so sad when it ended. I hope they do something together again soon.
        They also stopped doing their Whomp it up podcast, which was weird and hilarious.

        ETA: just saw Jessica has been on Avenue 5, which explains the absence, and I also saw they are writing a screenplay together, yay!

  14. Lightpurple says:

    Troop Zero on Amazon Prime – Viola Davis and Alison Janney face off with a bunch of misfit girls in the middle.
    Schitt’s Creek
    And I’m rewatching Peaky Binders.

  15. Victoria says:

    It’s always sunny in Philadelphia all 14 seasons on Hulu to remind you how horrible people are and to keep your asses inside is my recommendation

  16. Chani says:

    Also, I know its not movies or shows, but many of your local libraries have Overdrive app access, which will let you check out ebooks on your library card from your phone to read with the kindle app. It’s free and doesn’t require leaving your house!

    • Jerusha says:

      Mobile Public Library Has ebook checkout, scores of digital magazines, and Kanopy which provides great movies. I bet lots of other library systems have similar features. Check ‘em out, Guys.

      PS Thanks for all the great suggestions and keep them coming. I’ve got the latest season of Grace & Frankie and Season Four of Better Call Saul downloaded on my ipad along with Cable Girls, Babylon Berlin, The Two Popes and about a dozen other things as well as stuff from Prime.

    • lucy2 says:

      Overdrive is awesome! I’ve used it since the old Ipod Classic days – if you download the files on computer, you can transfer them to your itunes library and a device, and then you have them beyond the expiration date.

  17. Michelle says:

    Ozark, The Crown, The Stranger, The Five, Safe, Mindhunter, Unbelievable, all are on Netflix. Cheer on Netflix is good too. Billions on Showtime. Jack Ryan ad the Marvelous Ms. Maisel on Amazon. I am currently looking for something else to watch until season 3 of Ozark comes out.

  18. KellyRyan says:

    Reading, The Making of Donald Trump, David Kay Johnston, (no surprises, but horrified at the evil).

    If you aren’t fearful of nightmares I’d suggest Dirty John on Netflix, based on a true story. Re-watching Better Call Saul, The Crown and Grace and Frankie.

    Also pulling out those old DVD’s I love, Victor Victoria, Casablanca, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

    We’re not only dealing with Covid-19 by staying in place we’re dealing with cold weather, snow and a power company who wants to shut off power for 8 hours at a time to perform maintenance. :) Stay safe all.

  19. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I finished Amazon’s The Expanse, it’s awesome. I’m always down for a BSG rewatch too. Devs and Little Fires Everywhere are on call. I’m also doing The Pale Horse (meh), and His Dark Materials (good). The Rook isn’t bad. The Boys is awesome as superheroes go. Speaking of superheros, Daredevil on Netflix is phenomenal. The Magicians is a fun ride, but their hand spells drive me bonkers lol.

    These are always at the ready wherever:
    Altered Carbon
    Frankenstein Chronicles
    The Witcher
    The Crown
    Lost in Space
    Hell on Wheels
    Breaking Bad
    Person of Interest
    Bates Motel
    Chilling Adventures of Sabrina lol
    Lucifer (I know, shameful)
    Any Borgias
    Reign (more shame)
    Game of Thrones duh
    The Outsider
    True Blood
    Castle Rock
    Man in High Castle (meh)
    Carnival Row (meh)
    Goliath (good)
    Top of the Lake
    Fortitude (weird)
    Luther (omg)
    The Fall (omg)
    Orphan Black
    The Killing (awesome)
    The Five
    Happy Valley
    In the Line of Duty
    Downton Abbey
    The Americans
    Ordeal by Innocence
    Britannia (bad but good lol)
    Ray Donavan (tired of his dad)

    Think I’ll stop lol.

    • Jerusha says:

      Good list. I love some of them so much that I’ve bought the dvd sets. Never watched Ray Donovan because of Jon Voight.

    • Mei says:

      Good list! I’ve seen some of them (including the entirety of Reign hahaha – but def check out the White Queen on Amazon for similar easy watching/binge-worthy similar era stuff) and a few more are on our watchlist.

      I’d add Santa Clarita Diet on Netflix. Drew Barrymore/Timothy Olyphant. It’s def not everyone’s humour but if you like a mix of self-depricating/sarcastic/physical/clever/feminist/mild zombie comedy it’s the absolute best. If you like it, you’ll love it. If it’s not your thing that’s cool. But it’s up there as potentially one of my partner and I’s favourite comedy series ever.

      • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

        Oh yes! Forgot all the war of roses shows. Those silly Yorks and Lancasters. And BBC’s North and South is really good. And the more recent Les Misérables. One could probably throw a dart at a BBC list and hit something good.

    • Laxmom says:

      What about Poldark?

  20. Diamond Rottweiler says:

    I keep tweeting at every streaming service that this is EXACTLY the moment the U.S. needs those first three seasons of Great British Bake Off. It would be the greatest mitzvah to give us our ultimate television Xanax.

  21. schmootc says:

    I started rewatching Veronica Mars, which I haven’t done since it first aired. It’s a classic.

  22. Allergy says:

    Apple Tree Yard
    Years and Years
    The Trip movies
    Sex and the City (oh those carefree nineties…)
    Last Tango in Halifax
    Call My Agent

  23. Mrs. Smith says:

    I’ve got HGTV on all day.

  24. Ann says:

    Ru Paul’s Drag Race is on Hulu now. I was watching it last night. I’m still working in the office waiting to be sent home to work but my post-work quarantine list is stacked.

  25. ariel says:

    Buffy (hulu), Gilmore Girls (Netflix),
    Just got into How to Get Away with Murder (Netflix)
    and, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team- I bought seasons 3-14 on prime (airs on CMT).

    • GreenTurtle says:

      I’m embarrassed by how many times I’ve rewatched Gilmore Girls. 😝 it’s such comfort food.

  26. pottymouth pup says:

    most of the things I recommend are posted above bu for folks with HBO, I can recommend Beforeigners. It’s a Norwegian production which is an interesting take on the people coming back from the past genre in a murder mystery w/some buddy cop themes.

    if you like dark comedy/graphic novel adaptations, you may like I am Not OK With This (also a super hero origin story, I think) & End of the F**king World

    I like Raising Dion which is also a superhero origin story (you can watch this with kids)

  27. clairej says:

    Stephen Kings The Outsider is great. Creepy and great acting.

  28. clairej says:

    Stephen Kings The Outsider is great. Creepy and great acting.

  29. Ae says:

    Yay, I love a lot of these suggestions, thanks fellow celebitches and Hecate! My recent faves have been

    The Expanse on Amazon, if you like sci fi then this series is for you.

    Dead To Me on Netflix, funny, dark, lots of twists

    The Stranger on Netflix, very bingeable.

    I also just finished the book Daisy Jones and The Six which was a fun one.

  30. Oare says:

    Line of duty😍👍👌

  31. Mina_Esq says:

    Thank you so much for covering this! We started watching Westworld last night. We got through Lord of the Rings movies over the holidays and are trying to get into Harry Potter movies right now.

  32. Beachi206 says:

    You MUST watch Russian Doll! I watched it three times–it’s excellent.

  33. Lizzieb says:

    Not a show recommendation, though they all sound great but to ask anyone streaming to use standard definition vs high if possible. There is also an option to download in off times. Many of us are working from home now and we are starting to have to stagger ourselves to some pretty ungodly times to keep everything running. Having everyone stream is putting strain on the internet. Last night I lost connectivity. So, just a plea to use a lower definition if possible. Thanks everyone

  34. Regina Falangie says:

    We just watched “Oh God” on TCM (turner classic movies) on demand. 1977 classic! I wasn’t born yet and had never seen it. We watched it as a family last night. The clothes and hair were AWESOME!!! The message is very much needed and felt like a breath of fresh air.

  35. Caz from Oz says:

    Last Kingdom is a must for ex Throners (1st season is a bit weak but 2nd and 3rd are awesome and 4th is coming out in April).
    Peaky Blinders is really good as well. Cillian Murphy plays it so well. Costumes and visual tones are awesome.
    Vikings is v entertaining too.
    All are a bit gorey and brutal, but after GOT, I guess we can handle it.
    Loathed The Witcher 🤮.

  36. CJS says:

    Breeders, which I believe is on FX. Looks like they bought a U.K. show. Stars Martin Freeman and, in an interesting role, Michael McKean. Basically a story about a married couple with young kids, plus some extended family issues. Pretty funny.

  37. L says:

    Looking through the titles on Netflix sometimes depresses me (mildly). Most of it seems really dark, there’s so much crime and murder shows.

    I just watched On My Block.
    It’s a comedy about teenagers, but it was AWESOME! I binged watched three seasons in a day and a half and I’m dev that it’s finished hehe.

  38. Cali says:

    Marvelous Mrs Maisel.

    We just finished season 1 of Discovery of Witches and Witcher. Both were okay but not like amazing.

  39. Surferrosa says:

    For those of you who want to enjoy a European series, watch Derry Girls on Netflix. It’s about teenagers growing up in (London)derry in 90s. Funny storyline about life in Northern Ireland in times of terrorist violence, peace process, Bill Clinton’s involvement in peace Treaty.

  40. Bee says:

    Derry Girls

    Sex Education

    Both on Netflix, both hilarious and touching