Coronavirus is all everyone is talking about at the moment. Half the world is on lockdown, new government advice is being issued every day, and everyone’s staying home in self-isolation to avoid the dreaded virus.
So, while you’re being made to stay home, what better time than now to binge-watch a series or movie? There are so many different services available, we couldn’t possibly tell you EVERYTHING you should watch, but here are a few of our current favourites, spanning.
1. The Witcher – Netflix
Geralt of Rivia, a mutated monster-hunter for hire, journeys towards his destiny in a turbulent world where people often prove more wicked than beasts.
Based on the critically-acclaimed video game of the same name, The Witcher is a stellar addition to the fantasy genre, and will fill that GoT-shaped hole in your lives.
There is only one series available at the moment, but luckily, here’s another on its way.
Unluckily, however, filming has been postponed due to the coronavirus.
2. Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness – Netflix
Following the exploits of Joseph Maldonado-Passage (aka Joe Exotic), Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, focuses on the famous big cat-owner and country and western singer.
Joe Exotic was famously obsessed with big cats and owned more than his fair share of them, even appearing on a Louis Theroux documentary at one point. It’s fair to say though that he had his critics.
Within the documentary trailer, one interviewee described Joe as “a mythical character living out in Oklahoma… [who] owned 1,200 tigers and lions and bears”.
Both the series – and Mr.Exotic – are utterly bizarre.
3. The Mandalorian – Disney+
“After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. ‘The Mandalorian’ is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.”
And guess what, Disney+ is already here in the UK!
Furthermore, you can now get a FREE 7-day trial. Cheers, Mickey!
4. Love is Blind – Netflix
“Is love really blind?’
Hosts Nick and Vanessa Lachey bring together single people looking to meet the person they want to spend the rest of their lives with… without ever seeing them. They’ll go on dates with a catch: they don’t meet face-to-face. With no distractions from the outside world, the singles talk to potential love interests and when a meaningful connection is made, they propose before laying their eyes on their fiancé for the first time. Engaged and back in the real world, as the couples plan their wedding day, they will quickly discover whether they can turn their emotional connection into a physical one before the fast-approaching ceremony.
If you haven’t watched it already, this is a MUST. There’s only one series at the moment, but it’s an explosive one! And yep, there’s another series on the way.
5. The Simpsons – Disney+
The Simpsons needs no introduction really.
It’s been going on for so long that every man and his dog knows what it is – there’s been 30 series for crying out loud!
Needless to say it’s gone a bit down hill in recent years – but the early episodes are some of the best TV you’ll ever watch.
All of which will be available on Disney+ from day one. That’s over 600 episodes waiting for you.
6, Miracle Workers – Now TV
Frustrated with the current state of Earth, God has pretty much given up to focus on petty hobbies.
Thinking the end might be near, two determined angels try to change his mind. Craig and Eliza, low-level angels responsible for handling all of humanity’s prayers, must convince their boss to save humanity and answer their most impossible prayer yet: help two humans, Laura and Sam, fall in love.
This has just dropped on Now TV and it’s a gem of a show. Steve Buscemi is God and has decided to blow up the Earth.
Hopefully, they manage to save us.
7. Lilyhammer – Netflix
Lilyhammer follows former gangster Frank “The Fixer” Tagliano (Steven Van Zandt) as he enters the federal witness protection program trading the mean streets of New York for the icy fjords of Norway, forging a new life among the locals of Lillehammer.
This is one of the first things I watched when I got Netflix, and I loved it straight away. However, I think it went slightly under the radar which is why know’s as good a time as any to mention it.
It’s full of action and things you wouldn’t expect to come up.
(Between you and me, I even watched a few episodes without my boyfriend. I know, worse than cheating, but I couldn’t help it!)
8. Luther – BBC iPlayer
Award-winning crime drama series starring Idris Elba as Luther, a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can’t always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.
Everyone loves a good crime drama, and Luther is one of those that you say you’ll watch but never actually get round to it.
Like The Sopranos.
Fortunately, all episodes of Luther are on BBC iPlayer, so there’s really no excuse….
9. Friday Night Dinner – All 4
The titular mealtime is anything but normal for brothers Adam and Jonny Goodman, siblings in an eccentric Jewish family who return home each week for free eats.
When they’re not busy playing pranks on each other, they’re breaking bread with their parents: father Martin likes to stroll around shirtless and collect science magazines, while mom Jackie is obsessed with `MasterChef’ and tries her best to inject an air of normalcy into the insanity that always ensues. And of course, supper just wouldn’t be the same without an appearance from Jim, a creepy neighbour whose frequent visits elevate him to ‘stalker’ status.
Series 6 has just arrived! What better time than to catch up with the first 5? More episodes will be added every week!
10. Pandemic: How To Prevent An Outbreak – Netflix
“In this docuseries, meet the heroes on the front lines of the battle against influenza and learn about their efforts to stop the next global outbreak.”
Okay, maybe you don’t want to be thinking about the coronavirus while you’re quarantined, but you might also want to learn more.
Maybe it will put your mind at rest?
Or maybe it will heighten your anxiety.
Proceed with caution on this if you’re already a bit on edge about everything…