Have you learned a TikTok dance? Have you finished watching all the Harry Potter films for the second time? Are you still “bored in the house, in the house bored”?
If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions, chances are you’re entering your second full month of quarantine, much like myself.
Historically, Heather’s Hot Takes has focused on film reviews and recommendations however, I have decided to branch out and offer some recommendations of television shows to binge on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and Disney+.
These shows have offered me tremendous entertainment, and I am hoping they will do the same for you.
Schitt’s Creek: When the wealthy Rose family find themselves completely broke, they must relocate to a small town called Schitt’s Creek, their one remaining asset that they purchased as a joke. This wildly hilarious sitcom is perhaps one of my favorite television shows of all time. I have rewatched the show twice during quarantine because it brings me such joy. With memorable characters, unforgettable laughs and touching moments, Schitt’s Creek is a must-see and simply the best. Seasons 1 – 5 of Schitt’s Creek are currently available on Netflix and Hulu. Please note that the final sixth season is not available on Netflix at this time.
Killing Eve: Boasting Golden Globe and Emmy-award winning performances from Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer, Killing Eve is a sensational black comedy thriller that follows a British intelligence investigator who becomes obsessed with capturing a sociopathic assassin. This twisted game of cat and mouse is a suspenseful and smart roller coaster ride that will constantly surprise you and never knowing what will happen next. Killing Eve is also the only show on my list that is currently mid-season on BBC America and AMC. Catch up on the previous two seasons on Hulu and see what the fuss is about! I promise you won’t regret it.
Prop Culture: If you love nostalgia and the art of filmmaking then Prop Culture is for you. Each fascinating installment follows prop collector, Dan Lanigan, as he takes a deep dive behind some of the iconic props, set pieces and costumes that starred in Disney classics such as Mary Poppins, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and The Muppet Movie. It’s one of those rare shows that pay respect to the art of filmmaking and brings forth a new understanding of the sometimes overlooked art of prop-making. This has been one of my favorite quarantine discoveries, and I am really hoping to see more episodes in the future. Prop Culture is available on Disney+.
Normal People: Based on the best selling novel, Normal People follows the beautiful and devastating relationship between Connell and Marianne. There have been many looks at first loves and relationships, but none have cut as deep as Connell and Marianne’s. Every episode feels so raw and realistic. It’s as is the show has captured every romantic frustration I’ve ever had and put it on screen but with better acting. Not everyone in quarantine may be able to handle this sort of heartache right now, so I completely recommend you skip this one for another day if that is the case. Because you will need tissues. And a hug. Normal People is available to stream on Hulu.
Never Have I Ever: Mindy Kaling has blessed us with a hilarious and heartfelt look at a first-generation Indian-American teenager’s experience in high school in Never Have I Ever. Ranked as the #1 watch on Netflix during its first week streaming, this coming of age comedy is fresh, fun, honest and the charming teen rom-com we need right now. It’s a really easy binge and you deserve to treat yourself to this fun watch. The first season of Never Have I Ever is available to stream Netflix.
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist: The biggest television surprise of 2020 has been NBC’s wacky musical comedy about a young woman who discovers she has the ability to hear the innermost thoughts of people around her through song. Yes. It sounds ridiculous. However, this comedy is so much more than the commercials have lead onto. It’s smart, full of tremendous heart, and the musical numbers are well executed. Also, keep some tissues nearby. There are some powerful moments that will cut to your core. Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is available on Hulu and for free on the NBC app.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Feeling like traveling to a galaxy far, far away? Now is a perfect opportunity to catch up on the long-running animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The series takes a deep dive into the events of the Clone Wars (aka: the events between Episode II and Episode III of the Skywalker Saga) and introduces us to some incredible characters that impacted the Star Wars universe. Although the idea of a “cartoons” may be keeping you away from the series, I assure you that the storytelling and the characters are well developed and quite interesting. Also, ladies, we have been blessed with such fantastic female characters in this series. If you need a dose of girl power, this is for you. All seven seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is available on Disney+.
Little Fires Everywhere: If you miss Big Little Lies and other juicy dramas, Little Fires Everywhere is for you. Based on the best selling novel by Celeste Ng, this dramatic miniseries starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington follows the intertwined fates of two mothers in Shaker Heights, Ohio. It’s by no means a perfect series, but with incredible performances and addictive storytelling, it’s worth a watch. Little Fires Everywhere is available on Hulu.
Billy on the Street: Need a laugh? Follow comedian, Billy Eichner, as he races around the streets of New York City with celebrities, asking pop culture questions to random pedestrians to win money on his “game show”. It’s unfiltered. It’s unapologetic. It’s wild. It’s perfection. Billy on the Street is available on Netflix.
Boy Meets World: In times like these, it’s nice to have something that brings us back to our childhood. For me, watching Boy Meets World was the perfect dose of nostalgia I needed during this time. The stories of growing up, friendship, romance, and family told through the eyes of Corey, Shawn and Topanga will continue to stand the test of time as one of the best sitcoms. Sure, some storylines may be cheesy. But we can use that glimmer of hope and Mr. Feeny’s wisdom – especially now. All seasons of Boy Meets World is available on Disney+.
I am hoping one of these recommendations makes you smile and helps you escape this quarantine craziness for a little while.
Remember to take some time for you. We’re all in this together and we will get through it.