Today I thought I’d put together a post about some of my favorite TV shows to watch while social distancing. These are ones that I’ve enjoyed binge watching in the past and I’m sure I’ll be re-visiting a few of them while I’m social distancing.
I’ve watched all of these on Netflix and Prime, though their availability will vary depending on when you’re watching them and from what country. If you’re not much of a TV person and prefer to read, check out this post, all about what to read while social distancing.
I loved watching Gilmore Girls when it was on TV. I was in university when the second half of the show aired so it was kind of fun to be in university the same time that Rory was. Don’t get me started on how unrealistic her post secondary experience was though!
I have to admit though that I was quite disappointed in the reboot. It was absolutely terrible. I hated how it ended. It just seemed like such a waste. If you’re going to watch Gilmore Girls I would recommend the series and skip the reboot.
I watched Gossip Girl on and off when it was on TV, but I started it from the beginning when it came to Netflix. There’s just something so fun (and a little bit trashy) about it. I like seeing the outfits, and of course all of the scandalous situations that they get themselves into and mostly out of. If you’re craving an escape from reality, this is the show for you.
Also from the creators of Gossip Girl, try out The OC. It also had some great fashion back in the day with is now a bit cringeworthy, but it’s still fun to watch. It’s hard to go wrong with the teenaged antics of rich kids.
How to Get Away With Murder
If you like Viola Davis as much as me, you probably already know about How to Get Away With Murder. Viola plays a law professor who mentors a group of students. They get caught up in murders and mysteries with lots of twists and turns – you never know what’s going to come.
The Good Wife
Another drama led by a few female actors – Julianna Margulies and Christine Baranski – is also on my list of binge worthy TV shows. The Good Wife has received a lot of praise and even a few awards if I’m remembering correctly. It’s such a smart TV show that also features strong female characters.
The Good Fight
This one is a spin off of The Good Wife. Christine Baranski continues on with her Diane Lockhart character, as well as some other characters from The Good Wife. I know that spin offs aren’t usually very good, but I think that The Good Fight is just as good as The Good Wife. Seasons are shorter than The Good Wife (they come in at about 10 episodes each), so if you’re looking for a show with fewer episodes to watch, give this one a try.
This Is Us
I started watching This Is Us a few years ago and I’ve been completely sucked in by it. There’s a few story lines that are a bit annoying, but overall I still really enjoy watching it. I like the characters and it’s pretty cool to see how they change throughout their lives.
If you haven’t watched Mad Men yet, what are you waiting for? I watched the second half of the series when it was on TV and I was able to watch the whole series on Netflix a few years ago. While it takes a few episodes to get into it, it’s so worth it. The characters are so good and I love getting a sneak peek into the fictional New York City in the 60’s. Mad Men has won a ton of awards and the cast is amazing – there’s so many great people who were on it.
The Crown has also got a ton of attention for being well written and acted. It’s fun to see many of things I’ve read about the British royal family on TV. It’s make you think about them and the events that are featured on the show differently. The Crown is one of those shows that once you start you won’t want to stop.
Following with the British theme, I really enjoyed watching Downton Abby too. Like Mad Men, it took me a few episodes to get a feel for it and I really fell in love with it. I haven’t watched the movie yet, but I’m looking forward to it.
Teen Mom franchises
I’m not sure if I’ve admitted this on the blog before, but I’m a huge fan of the different Teen Mom series. I know it’s trashy reality TV, but I just can’t stop watching it. While the moms that they follow have changed a bit over the years, it’s still a fun show to watch. Full episodes are available to watch in Canada on the Canada MTV website. Hopefully the same is true of the US version of the site. I like to have it on in the background while I’m working – it helps to have something on but it doesn’t take too much brain power to keep up.
Love is Blind
I know you’ve probably watched it already, but if for some reason you haven’t, check out Love is Blind on Netflix. Just like Teen Mom it’s bad reality TV, but once I started watching I just couldn’t stop. I know that there were people that I ended up loving (and hating) and it was interesting to talk with friends to see if our likes and dislikes matched up.
What’s your favorite binge worthy TV show? What have you been watching on Netflix and Prime lately? Share in the comments below!