8 TV Series Making Shelter-in-Place More Bearable

If you’re one of the lucky few who get to stay at home and shelter-in-place, here are a few TV shows that are helping us with our escapism.

Normal People

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
Breathtakingly beautiful, this Hulu series shot in Ireland follows the fictional love story of Marianne and Connell as they navigate the complexities of their young emotions. The TV show takes you back to first loves, first heartbreaks and has plenty of on-again-off-again drama.

The Last Dance

Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
For any ‘90s kid who grew up worshipping Michael Jordan, this nostalgic documentary takes you back to one of the most riveting times in basketball. The 10-part docuseries takes you through the history of the Bulls, focusing on a different aspect in each episode from Scottie Pippen to Phil Jackson, with Michael Jordan as the main narrator.

Indian Matchmaking

Rotten Tomatoes: 64%
Oh, Sima Auntie. So well-intentioned, but so many colorist and casteist remarks throughout. Spanning from Mumbai to Austin, Sima Auntie tries to set up several eligible single bachelors and bachelorettes through her traditional matchmaking ways. See our full blog post on the show here.  

The Babysitter’s Club: 

Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
Another ‘90s throwback for anyone who read this amazing series growing up about five young girls who decide to form their own neighborhood business. For many of us, it’s been awhile since we’ve read the series, but it all comes rushing back when you see artsy Claudia with her grandmother Mimi, pragmatic Kristy, along with the rest of the gang. The show addresses several important topics, such as being transgender, fighting for marginalized communities, and more.

Never Have I Ever

Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
The show starts off shaky, but has you in tears by the end as you follow Devi Vishwakumar in this coming-of-age series. The show has many identifiable moments for Indian-Americans such as going to Indian events at your school gym on the weekends or being forbidden to date. 

Schitt’s Creek: Season 6

Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
When the elite and refined Rose family are forced to move to Schitt’s Creek, a town they own and purchased as a joke. Watch this fancy family fumble their way through this small town and life with all the comforts they once knew.  

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
Life isn’t all bad during a pandemic when you have the Fab Five show up on your TV screen to remind us that we’re all loved just the way we are after a little haircut, shopping spree, cooking class, therapy session, and house remodel. Guaranteed happy cry every, single time. 

Too Hot to Handle

Rotten Tomatoes: They didn’t even bother to rate it. Surprise, surprise. 
Okay, don’t judge, but this show turned out to be far more entertaining than we expected. Stuck on an island for a month, several promiscuous individuals have to refrain from any sexual encounters all while living on a balmy and beautiful island in Mexico. It’s just as shallow as you expect, but hey, it’s a pandemic and we all need an escape from reality once in a while.

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