Hey peeps! As advised by healthcare professionals, the best thing to do during the Coronavirus pandemic is to limit your movement in your community and stay home in self-quarantine. If you’re one of the many Americans or Canadians at home, you can take this time to binge watch some of the top-rated shows of our generation. Whether you’re into thrillers, rom-coms, or just looking for a funny distraction amidst all the chaos, we have a show for you!
These shows are in no particular order, so start with whichever one captures your interest!
The Office (Netflix) – 9 Seasons, 201 Episodes – completed
You’ve seen the gifs, heard the references, scrolled by and saw endless memes. Your friends have been telling you for years you just need to get past season one. If you’ve been meaning to watch The Office, now would be the perfect time to start. If you’re into cringey comedy, heartwarming character development, or you just need a distraction, The Office is a great series to watch.
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu) – 3 Seasons, 36 Episodes – ongoing
Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale is one of this generation’s most groundbreaking shows. This series is set in an American dystopia where society subjects fertile women (“Handmaids”) into child-bearing slavery. If the sheer base of the plot already sounds horrifying, you’re in for a wild ride. If you love watching shows full of tragedy placed in dystopias, this is the show for you. And hey, it’s a good reminder that things in real life could be a lot worse.
Peaky Blinders (Netflix) – 5 Seasons, 30 Episodes – ongoing
Let’s face it, crime shows are some of the most intense and captivating genres to watch. Peaky Blinders follows a gangster family set in 1919 England, just months after the end of the first World War. The fictional family is loosely based on a real youth gang of the same name. Peaky Blinders won the National Television Award for Outstanding Drama Performance, and not only that, the show has a 92% score on Rotten Tomatoes and is a fan favorite: 96% of Google users love it.
The Witcher (Netflix) – 1 Season, 8 Episodes – ongoing
Are you one of those people who always misses a show during its peak? Do you find yourself watching shows after the final episode, when all the excitement has died down? Don’t miss this one. The Witcher, although only in its first season, has already captivated audiences around the world. This show, based off a book and a video game, follows Geralt the Witcher, a mutated monster hunter who struggles to find where he belongs. For those who love fantasy, alternate worlds, and magic, The Witcher is a great show to binge watch.
Game of Thrones (HBO) – 8 Seasons, 73 Episodes – completed
Let’s face it: you saw this one coming. As if you haven’t already heard it from ¾ of your friend group, they have a point! Game of Thrones is one of the biggest and most successful shows of our generation. This captivating series has a huge fanbase for a reason. With its lengthy episodes and multiple storylines, it can seem a bit daunting, but ask any GoT fan – it’s worth the watch. Seeing as you’re in quarantine, the excuses have run out. It’s time to watch all eight seasons and join the family. Better late than never!
Chef’s Table (Netflix) – 6 Seasons, 30 Episodes – ongoing
Looking for something more relaxing and easy to watch? Check out the Emmy nominated documentary series Chef’s Table. Each episode follows one of the most renowned chefs in the world as they share their story, the inspiration behind their cooking styles and dishes, and what makes each one of them unique. The show is beautifully shot and produced, and will leave you hungry for the next episode! If you’re a foodie and you love learning about different cultures, we highly recommend giving this show a watch.
Love is Blind (Netflix) – 1 Season, 11 Episodes – ongoing
Juicy reality TV...we all have our guilty pleasures! Are you addicted to reality TV, but have watched every Real Housewives, Keeping Up, Bachelor/Bachelorette episode two times over? There’s a new show on the block! Check out Love is Blind, a social experiment show where single men and women are looking for love and get engaged...all before actually meeting in person. If you’re a sucker for romance and competition, this is the perfect show to binge during your quarantine.
Malcolm in the Middle (Hulu) – 7 Seasons, 151 Episodes – completed
Wait, what? Hear us out! Although it’s a show from the early 2000’s, Malcolm in the Middle is one of the most hilarious sitcoms of all time. It takes us back to a simpler time that many Americans can relate to growing up. Following the antics of a semi-crazy lower middle class family, this show is the perfect distraction you need from all the bad news in the world. Although the number of episodes may seem daunting, each episode is a quick 20 minutes so you can breeze through this show easily.
Dexter (Netflix) – 8 Seasons, 96 Episodes – completed
Warning: this show will have you rooting (and empathizing) for a serial killer. Another great anti-hero like Walter White from Breaking Bad, Dexter Morgan works for the Miami forensics team by day but doubles as a serial killer at night. Dexter however has a rule that separates him from other serial killers: he only murders those who are guilty. This show will have you on the edge of your seat, heart pounding, as you find yourself cheering on this mild-mannered murderer.
Mad Men (Netflix) – 7 Seasons, 92 Episodes – completed
Taking you back to 1960s New York, the show follows the creative director of a fictional Manhattan advertising firm, the smooth and very talented alpha male Don Draper. The show tracks Don and his relationships both in his professional and personal life. As time goes on within the series, it shows how the moods and social norms change in the United States. This show is widely regarded as one of the greatest television series of all time, having won 16 Emmys and 5 Golden Globes. Whether you’re watching it for the first or fifteenth time, Mad Men is an excellent binge-worthy show.
What shows are you currently watching and what would you recommend we watch next? Share your favorites in the comments below! Please continue to stay safe during this time. Modern Gents appreciates your support in keeping our global community safe.