Due to the Global pandemic, television has been perhaps the most accessible stress-reliever and perfect distraction. Some of my favorites have been:
- Criminal Minds
Seasons 1-12 are available on Netflix. The series follows a team of Profilers in the Behavioral Analysis Unit of the FBI. The show is very entertaining and the deep-dive glimpse into the life as an FBI agent was fascinating to me. All of the actors involved are brilliant and bring the show to life in a realistic way.
- Gossip Girl
Taking place in Manhattan, New York, Gossip Girl reminded me of what my thirteen year old self had imagined life to be. Filled with constant drama, parties, and schemes, the show was a great distraction from my real life. There are some lessons to be learned from the characters in the show— mostly showing what not to do in life.
- The Office
I know a lot of people personally who see The Office as their go-to comfort show. It revolves around a group of adults living a normal life working at an ordinary office job. It was nice to see a realistic portrayal of life that wasn’t romanticized to make an office job appear overly glamorous. Every episode had its funny moments sure to put a smile on your face.
- Spinning Out
As upset as I am that Spinning Out will not be renewed for a second season, it doesn’t take away from how much I enjoyed watching the first season on Netflix. From the enemies-to-lovers troupe to exciting skating competitions, the show pulls you in from the very first episode.
- Julie and the Phantoms
Is this show intended to be watched by ten year olds?
Did I binge watch it anyway?
. . . yes.
I do not regret my decision to watch this show. The cast is filled with not only incredible actors, but also very talented musicians. Julie and the Phantoms did not take itself too seriously and consisted of many funny scenes. What surprised me were the episodes that pulled at my heartstrings and left me with tears. (Beware of “Unsaid Emily” — that’s all I’ll say)
- Light as a Feather
I watched Light as a Feather on Hulu after I finished watching T@gged (which I would also recommend for a laid-back show to view) Light as a Feather is a show that will be especially appealing if you are someone who likes the horror genre, but can’t watch most horror movies alone (like me).
- New Girl
Like The Office, New Girl is a show to watch when you’re having a rough day. The first seasons are my favorite when the main character, Jess, is still getting to know her roommates. Some of the decisions the characters make in the show can be frustrating, but that’s to be expected in a comedy.
- The Walking Dead I am a big fan of The Walking Dead. I loved reading the comics, playing the Telltale video games, and watching the original show. The first four to five seasons of the show hold a special place in my heart. The main group had great chemistry and the atmosphere was incredibly immersive. Being a lover of dystopian fiction, I love stories that allow you to connect to characters and question whether or not you agree with their decisions. It makes the show more psychologically interesting. However, after some of my favorite characters got killed off/ left the show, it did get harder for me to watch every Sunday night.
- What’s New Scooby-Doo
I was so excited to see this on my Netflix recommendations. The show is very nostalgic and was perfect for viewing with friends via Netflix Party during quarantine. If you’re a fan of Scooby-Doo, you’ll love this show. The illustrations are adorable.
Rounding off my top ten list is Reign. The fashion is my favorite part of this show. I loved seeing the new gowns every episodes and beautiful hairstyles. I won’t go into any spoilers, but this historical drama sent me on a roller coaster of emotions.