The only thing I’m not socially distancing from right now is my TV. And my leggings. And, OK, my fridge. While practically the whole world is stuck at home, days blend together, and it can be easy to get discouraged, depressed or anxious about the world around you. That’s why experts (OK, me) highly recommend that you binge-watch some high-quality (OK, mild-quality, high-entertainment) TV right now! Here are my favorite shows to tune into – just pour the wine, grab the popcorn and you’re ready to go.
I am obsessed with this show – and not just because I read the book with the same name by Celeste Ng, which was recommended by Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club. This brand-new drama stars Witherspoon herself alongside Kerry Washington. The story follows the intertwined fates of the perfect-looking Richardson family and the enigmatic mother-and-daughter duo who move into the Richardson’s for-rent apartment. By episode one you’ll be gripped by the secrets, art, identity, motherhood, danger and more revealed in this story.
The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez, Netflix
This newly released docuseries reveals a tragic tale of a boy’s brutal murder and the public trials of his guardians and social workers. It’s not for the faint of heart, as it addresses the way America protects vulnerable children. The six-episode mini-series is gripping and heartfelt – you won’t want to miss it.
Ted Bundy: Falling for a Killer, Amazon Prime
Now is the perfect time to watch documentaries, which is why there are two on my list. This docuseries on Ted Bundy features interviews with Bundy’s long-term girlfriend Elizabeth Kendall, her daughter Molly, and other survivors who come forward for the first time to showcase his crimes from a female perspective. You will get chills seeing how his pathological hatred of women collided with the culture wars and the feminist movement of the 1970s.
The Office, Netflix
We could all use a little extra laughter right now. If you haven’t already seen it (or even if you have), you need to watch “The Office.” (You’ll thank me later.) Starring Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer and others, this early-2000s comedy follows the disgruntled office workers at the Dunder Mifflin paper company, in a faux-reality show format. It is absolutely hilarious – and perfect comfort viewing for the times we are living in right now.