Hey everyone. Before I dive into the meat and potatoes of this post, I do want to check in and make sure that all of you are doing what you can to stay healthy and sane during this extremely tough and weird time. I know that, right now, we’re all in this weird bubble of uncertainty and we’re all, as a collective, wading into new and unknown territory in the wake of the global pandemic that we are all experiencing right now. It’s a weird time to be living in right now, I think we can all agree on that.
While we’re stuck at home, quarantining and doing our part to flatten the curve, we’re left bored and at a sort of loss to what to do to keep ourselves entertained. In order to adapt to the world around us, various entertainment networks and streaming services are jumping at the chance to provide all of us with a wide catalogue of content to keep us bonding with each other virtually. While shows like Tiger King (“that bitch Carole Baskins”) have been all the rage on the internet (and spawning handfuls of memes in the process), I’m coming to you with some MORE suggestions for shows to watch to fill that void. Let’s get to it.
Pardon the Interruption: I do feel that I should mention that, as a result of the current world situation, HBO is offering a large handful of shows and movies free for viewing without a subscription!
1 McMillions (HBO)
McMillions is a wild ride of a docu-series featured on HBO. It follows the story of infamous McDonalds Monopoly sweepstakes scam that occurred in the United States from 1989 to 2001 and how a group of people, led by Jerry Jacobson, cheated the game for so long. The FBI got involved in this huge case of fraud and it’s so fascinating to watch the people behind solving the case go into hilarious detail about this crazy ass case.
2 The Masked Singer (Fox/streaming on Hulu)
The Masked Singer is so so wild. This weird-ass competition show pits celebrities of all walks of life against each other in a balls-out singing competition. The twist? The celebrities are all in costume, and their identities are all hidden from the audience and judges. Guessing is the name of the game, and each week, the celebrities share clue packages hinting at their identity. The goal of the game is to be the last one still unmasked or kicked off, protecting their identity. And you’d be so shocked at the amount of star-power you’ll see coming out of this show.
These guys aren’t all singers, either. Athletes, actors, rockstars, and entertainment legends, and more come together to compete for the golden mask and a cash prize. The fun part is guessing who each celebrity is under the mask. I’m having a blast watching the show and diving deep into the rabbit hole and theories behind this show. It’s a guilty pleasure for sure.
3 The Circle (Netflix)
If ‘Big Brother’ and ‘Catfish’ had a reality-show baby, it would be ‘The Circle’. This 12-episode reality-competition show, several young adults move into a high-tech apartment complex and develop relationships, friendships, and alliances… without meeting face-to-face. Upon entering their humble abodes, contestants create their own social media profiles (or a fake social media profile if they’re in the mood to play the catfish angle) and, throughout the course of the competition, rank each other, compete in mini-games and form alliances in order to make it to the top, eliminate each other, and ultimately become the last person standing in order to win the ultimate prize of $100,000.
After hearing so many people talk about this show, I finally binged it and have to keep checking myself before I’m tempted to apply to be a contestant for season 2.
4 Big Little Lies (HBO)
Based off of the best selling novel of the same name, Big Little Lies is a multi-season series exclusive to HBO. With an all-star cast, this show’s got enough name appeal alone to intrigue anyone, or at least I’d think. Anyone who knows me and knows me well KNOWS that I adore this show. The show takes place in Monterrey, California, and follows the lives of 5 moms living in a wealthy location/suburb and how their lives all connect. The show involves murder, mystery and a whole lotta drama. It’s thrilling, funny, fascinating, and a roller coaster of a show. The characters are reminiscent of people I’ve grown up with in the nice/well off area of Florida that I grew up in in quite possibly the best worst ways possible.
5 Euphoria (HBO)
Euphoria takes place in southern California and follows Rue, a 17-year-old “recovering” drug addict, as she navigates through life with no plans of staying clean post-rehab. The acting is incredible in this show. Now, this show does come with a trigger warning because there is HARD drug use and a lot of tough topics being discussed and showcased throughout the entire series. Here’s the thing though, it’s INCREDIBLE. I finished the first season way quicker than I thought possible.
Well, there you have it, 5 series that are totally bingeworthy and that I think are worth your time during this quarantine. Please, stay safe out there you guys. Wash your hands as much as possible, social distance as much as possible, and listen to the CDC officials out there. We’ll get through this together.