What does the coronavirus quarantine mean? For some, it’s an attempt to remain active with workouts or whatever else one can do to stay active inside their own home. For me, quarantine mostly involves sitting in front of a screen watching “The Office” or “My Hero Academia”.
This is simply a list of my favorite series to binge whenever I have enormous amounts of time.
“The Mandalorian” (available on Disney+)
In complete honesty, “The Mandalorian” is basically the only reason I have a Disney+ account. It builds on the Star Wars universe so efficiently one would think it was made by the original team that worked on the original trilogy. The story explores the rare and secretive religious sect known as the Mandalorians. Before the series’ release, the only exposure Mandalorians had were with Jango and Boba Fett, and they were using Mandalorian armor as a facade. Plus, “The Mandalorian” is understandable without watching the rest of the Star Wars universe. This series is definitely worth binging.
“The Newsroom” (available on Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Now and YouTube TV)
There is one scene I remember distinctly in the pilot, and it’s Jeff Daniels’ character explaining to a class of college kids why America is not the greatest country in the world anymore. Most of the show takes place in a newsroom (go figure) and it deals with history and politics in a way where it doesn’t feel dry. This show is one of my favorites because of its realness and character development. In conclusion, the all-star cast and the excellent writing talents of Aaron Sorkin are the reason this show is so great.
“Steins;Gate” (available on Hulu)
The reason I understand time travel is because of “Steins;Gate.” Originally a video game, this anime adaption centers the entire story around Rintaro Okabe and how he invents the time machine. “Steins;Gate” is constantly consistent considering that the timeline is always shifting. The relationship between Okabe and his friends is ever-changing as they try to overcome the overbearing secret company SERN in order to return to their normal lives. Overall, “Steins;Gate” explores the mysteries of time travel and the endurance of friendship in ways I have never seen before.
“Your Lie In April” (aka Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso) (available on Netflix and Hulu)
Originally written as a manga, this anime adaptation portrays the struggles of an aspiring middle school pianist, Kousei Arima. The source of Kousei’s problems roots with his mother’s death just two years prior to the beginning of the series. Considering Kousei’s mother was his piano teacher, her death caused psychological problems for Kousei. His psychological problems include him not being able to hear himself playing the piano. This emotional rollercoaster of a show explores Kousei’s growth as a musician through the efforts and sacrifices of not only himself but also his friends. This coming-of-age anime is relatable to all ages and one of my favorite shows to cry with.
“Breaking Bad” (available on Netflix)
This show is more than the subject it’s written around. It depicts the descent of Walter White, a middle-aged high school chemistry teacher, consumed in the making of crystal meth and his only escape is seemingly death. “Breaking Bad” depicts in graphic detail how far “normal” people are willing to go in not-so-normal situations. With a gripping five seasons, it’s well worth binging.
“My Hero Academia” (available on Hulu and YouTube TV)
This shounen anime is essentially the next “Naruto” if not better. In this world, everyone’s superhuman abilities are called quirks. Izuku Midoriya, a quirkless but inspired middle schooler, unbelievably prevails through multiple obstacles in order to become the number one hero. Looking at this anime at first glance, it seems cliche and cheesy. However, the way each character is scripted and designed makes for an intriguing and gripping journey. This show provides a deeper understanding of what a “hero” can truly become. Accordingly, it portrays how villains become twisted in their sense of justice through their bitter backstories. In conclusion, this instant classic is more than the next “Naruto.”
“Erased” (aka Boku Dake ga Inai Machi) (available on Hulu)
This sci-fi mystery anime is intriguing from beginning to end. During the first episode, Satoru Fujinuma, a 29-year-old pizza delivery guy, is transported 18 years into the past where he is once again 11 years old. He then takes on the task of preventing a classmate’s mysterious death which throws Saturo into a variety of complex situations. This captivating tale is fully embellished even though, surprisingly, it’s only 12 episodes. This anime does a great job of maintaining the reality of each situation while also having non-realistic features. This show is short, so watching it twice over will be worth it.
“The Great British Baking Show” (available on Netflix)
I’ve always had a soft spot for baking and British humor, and this show is the perfect combination of both. This baking competition is laid back, educational and hilarious overall. The hosts are typically the source of the humor, although the contestants can be goofy as well. However, the judges have a certain stigma about them that makes this show all the more enjoyable. All in all, this show is a splendid way to pass the time.
“Adam Ruins Everything” (available on Netflix, Hulu, YouTube TV, Sling TV and Fubo TV)
As the title would suggest, Adam ruins the simplest aspects of American daily life by drawing out the details through the research of an entire production team. Although it sounds boring, there is a little narrative throughout the series that makes the statistics come to life. Another appealing aspect of this show is the exposure of many things that may seem rather normal. For example, I remember Adam explaining that the solution to the high amounts of traffic in America is public transportation. This would cause more people to not rely so heavily on their cars and would create more room on the road. This is just one issue I didn’t realize was problematic until I started watching this show. One thing this show taught me was to always research into things, and it’s definitely worth watching.
“Stranger Things” (available on Netflix)
This show heavily harps on ’80s nostalgia while remaining authentic. From the first scene, this show is loosely based on the roleplay storytelling game Dungeons and Dragons. While “Stranger Things” doesn’t stick to the mechanics of DnD, the story is compelling nonetheless. In this show, the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are coincidentally thrown in the middle of horrific and alien trials in which they try to understand and combat. While “Stranger Things” might lose its appeal in future seasons, the show thus far has been pretty well made and it’s worth the watch.
I hope you all enjoyed my compilation of binge-worthy favorites. I listed some honorable mentions below. Feel free to comment your favorite shows.
“Doctor Who” (available on YouTube TV, Sling TV, Philo and Fubo TV)
“Steins;Gate 0” (available on Hulu)
“Cowboy Bebop” (available on Tubi, Hulu, YouTube TV, Sling TV and Fubo TV)
“New Girl” (available on Netflix)
“Psyche” (available on Amazon Prime and Philo)
“The Office” (available on Netflix, Fubo TV and Philo)
“Tokyo Ghoul” (available on Hulu)
“Encore” (available on Disney+)
“Rick and Morty” (available on Hulu, Sling TV and YouTube TV)
“Sherlock” (available on Netflix)
“One Punch Man” (available on Tubi, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube TV, Sling TV and Fubo TV)
“Suite Life On Deck” (available on Disney+)
“Downton Abbey” (available on Amazon Prime)
“Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” (available on Netflix and Hulu)
“Sword Art Online” (available on Netflix, Hulu, YouTube TV and Fubo TV)
“Death Note” (available on Tubi, Vudu, Netflix and Hulu)
“Phineas and Ferb” (available on Disney+)
“Good Luck Charlie” (available on Disney+)
“Jesse” (available on Disney+)
“Key & Peele” (available on Hulu)
“Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives” (available on Hulu, YouTube TV, Sling TV, Fubo TV and Philo)
“Grimm” (available on Google Play and Amazon Prime)
“Gravity Falls” (available on Hulu and Disney+)
“Kim Possible” (available on Disney+)“Victorious” (available on Netflix, Fubo TV and Philo)