Last week we shared our recommendations on 125+ movies to watch while you’re stuck inside. This week we’re giving you even more options; we’re talking about our go-to TV shows and where to stream them. Plus, we took it a step further and devised a list of every (good) TV show that’s currently on Hulu, Netflix, HBO, Prime, and Showtime. These series are helping to get us through this nightmare! Xo.Kristie
I started watching Shameless on Showtime this past November, but perhaps I should have started sooner. Throughout the years I’ve heard so many things about the Gallagher’s and how this dysfunctional family is a prime example of what addiction can do to a household. The series gets real by highlighting life on Chicago’s Southside. It deals with extreme poverty, bad parenting, alcoholism, teen pregnancy, and antisocial behavior. Even though it brings to the forefront a lot of dark subject matter, it’s combined with plenty of comic relief. Shameless has quickly surged to the top of my all-time favorite tv shows list.
When I heard that season 2 of HBO’s Euphoria would be delayed due to filming concerns, I was devastated. Okay, that’s a little dramatic, but it’s become my go-to Sunday night TV series. Rue Bennett (Zendaya) is a 17-year-old high school student who suffers from mental illness and drug addiction. The show highlights the struggles that Rue and her friends go through while living in their picturesque suburban neighborhood.
I’ve been anticipating Little Fires Everywhere since Big Little Lies ended. This eight-episode story arc is based on the best selling book by Celeste Ng. Since I haven’t read the book, I have no idea what will happen, and after each episode, I’m left wanting more. The miniseries stars Reese Witherspoon—a journalist/upper-class housewife, and Kerry Washington—a mysterious artist who just moved to the idyllic small-town in Ohio. The acting is perfection and I’m loving the 1990s nostalgia. (Here is a list of classic hits that are featured on Little Fire Everywhere.)
As someone who grew up in Massachusetts, football is a big part of life—especially the New England Patriots. I’ve been a fan of the team for as long as I can remember and when the news broke that Aaron Hernandez was arrested for murder, I like most sports fans was in utter shock. I followed the story closely but still had so many questions. The three-part Netflix docu-series Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez delves deep into Hernandez’s childhood, his football career, and his double life.
As I scrolled through my social media newsfeeds, I saw post after post about Netflix’s Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness. Aside from all the media coverage of COVID-19, this is what everyone is talking about. The best way to characterize Tiger King would be if Quentin Tarantino wrote a script that featured an eccentric cast of misfits complete with tigers, drug lords, swingers, polygamy, murder for hire, conspiracy theories, and cult-like leaders. As I’m watching this docu-series, I keep thinking, how can this be real life? It’s just so outrageous! The seven-episode crime saga features actual footage centered around Joe Exotic and his friends and enemies. We see these people in their daily lives as they navigate the world of big cats while living on the fringes of society.
This Netflix Original The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez is a gut-wrenching 6-episode docu-series about the true story of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez. In 2013, Fernandez died as a result of disgusting and persistent abuse by his mother and her boyfriend. This emotional, heartbreaking series gives an inside look at the trial and a jaw-dropping investigation into the government systems that failed to save Gabriel. The docu-series also gives a look into the demand for justice following the tragedy, leading to many protests. While this series paints a picture of a poignant story, The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez is a true wake-up call for society to reevaluate governmental structures, like child protective services, formulated to assist children suffering from abuse or other family issues. It left me in tears while watching this, as I couldn’t believe that something so evil could happen to such an adorable, innocent child. The series will leave you angry, upset, heartbroken, and yearning for justice. When watching this, be sure to have plenty of tissues at the ready. Warning: This show shows graphic images and accounts stories that might disturb some viewers.
Another Netflix original The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann is an 8-part docu-series centered on the mysterious disappearance of British three-year-old Madeleine McCann. It examines how Madeleine vanished from the tourist resort of Praia de Luz in Portugal while on vacation with her family and family friends. This series explores the intense media scrutiny that followed this case, the search that took place, the highly publicized investigation, and the McCann family. This watch is full of twists and turns that will leave you on the edge of your seat. While they still have not found poor, beautiful Madeleine, Reddit has plenty of additional information on the intriguing story and case of the missing child. You can read the various discussions to see additional information and theories on what might have happened that haunting night in May 2007.
On a lighter note, Love is Blind is a Netflix Original dating reality TV series. For readers, like myself, who love any dating reality shows, like The Bachelor you’ll most likely love this one. The innovative spin on this concept is an 11-episode series that follows thirty men and women hoping to find love. Hosted by Nick Lachey and his wife Vanessa, contestants take part in a 10-day speed dating format where the men and women date each other in different “pods.” They answer the question “is love blind?” While this show has its share of cringe-y, heavily scripted moments, all-in-all it’s an interesting concept that has you rooting for certain contestants and couples by the end of the show.
When I was scrolling through Netflix, I discovered The Circle and it has quickly become my favorite quarantine TV show. This American reality competition series is based on the original UK version. This entertaining and hilarious show features players that all live in the same apartment building but cannot meet face-to-face during the competition. Their only means of communication is using their profiles on this social media app, The Circle, specially designed for this game. The Circle gives players the capability to depict themselves in any way they desire. Players can either catfish, or play by just by being themselves. This show has such a unique concept that relates to social media and how it judges how likable you are. Everyone can relate to the players, which makes it even more binge-worthy. “Hey Circle, open up Circle Chat and message Netflix, ‘I need another season ASAP!’”
This long-standing sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been one of my favorite shows for years now. The humor actually makes me laugh out loud, which is usually a hard sell for me. The comedy takes place at Brooklyn’s 99th precinct, where Captain Ray Holt is in charge. This is a feel-good show to watch that can always give you a laugh and a smile. I love watching it before bed or even in the background when doing homework or writing my blog posts.
What to watch…
Blast From The Past: Gossip Girl, That ‘70s Show, Gilmore Girls, Twin Peaks, Nip/Tuck, Full House, Daria, Beverly Hills 90210, Dawson’s Creek, ER, Saved by the Bell, Veronica Mars, Friday Night Lights, Step by Step, The O.C., The Simple Life, Melrose Place, Unsolved Mysteries: Original Robert Stack Episodes, The Hills, Kenan & Kel, My So-Called Life, Laguna Beach, The Sopranos, Sex and the City, Oz, The Wire
Thriller / Crime: Peaky Blinders, Unbelievable, Seven Seconds, Mindhunter, American Crime, Containment, Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, Southland, Sons of Anarchy, Hunters, Bosch, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, True Detective, The Night Of, City On A Hill, Dexter
Docu-series: I Am a Killer, Shot in the Dark, Flint Town, Cheer, Pandemic, LA 92, The Murder of Laci Peterson, Hillary, Investigations by Vice, Ballet Now, Surviving R.Kelly, 100 Years of Fashion, The 1990s: The Deadliest Decade, 73 Questions, Ted Bundy: Falling for a Killer, American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story, Active Shooter, Murder In The Bayou, The Trade
Drama: Ozark, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, Baby, Pose, Madmen, You, 13 Reasons Why, The Path, Grey’s Anatomy, New Amsterdam, The Act, Harlots, Wu-Tang: The American Saga, Party of Five, Modern Love, Homecoming, Vinyl, Big Love, Succession, Big Little Lies, The Deuce, Mrs. Fletcher, Sharp Objects, Six Feet Under, Boardwalk Empire, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Billions, The Chi, Homeland, Twin Peaks: The Return, The Affair
Reality: Rhythm + Flow, Glow up, Selling Sunset, Jersey Shore, F*ck, That’s Delicious, The First 48, The Hills: New Beginnings, Making the Cut, Vice, Real Time with Bill Maher, Sacha Baron Cohen: Who Is America
Action + Sci-Fi / Fantasy: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Bates Motel, The Haunting of Hill House, Black Mirror, Love Death + Robots, Black Summer, The Handmaids Tale, 9-1-1, Fear The Walking Dead, The Purge, American Horror Story, Prison Break, Lost, Nightwatch, Westworld, Watchmen, Chernobyl, True Blood, Band of Brothers, Game of Thrones, Penny Dreadful
Comedy: The Office, New Girl, Parks and Recreation, Orange is the New Black, Fuller House, Russian Doll, High Fidelity, Bob’s Burgers, Dollface, South Park, Family Guy, Broad City, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Fleabag, Entourage, Divorce, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Insecure, Veep, Back To Life, Californication, Black Monday, House of Lies, Our Cartoon President
Here are even more suggestions to help get you through this scary time: my binge-worthy summer 2019 TV shows, and A Girl in LA’s all-time favorites.
What shows are getting you through this strange and terrifying time?
Xx.A Girl in LA
*This article contains some affiliate links.