Well, ladies and gents, we did it: an entire year of quarantine. While some of us are still trying to process the last 365 days, others (like me) have spent most months finding new and creative ways to pass the time. Whether you picked up a new instrument, dusted off an old cookbook, or exercised yourself into oblivion, there’s one option that comforted almost all of us through quarantine: streaming. Here-in no particular order- are just a handful of the movies and shows I discovered, rewatched, or absolutely obsessed over during my time indoors. Some of the names might look familiar, and others completely new. Either way, if you’re looking for a good watch (rewatch), check out these titles below!
- The Crown
A well-known Netflix masterpiece. This series has everything you want out of a historical drama: amazing actors, award-winning cinematography, and the juicest scandals of the Royal Family! Not betraying my mom and sister and binging Season 4 in one night was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made, no lie.
2. Good Girls
The NBC orginial might not be the most ethical show, but it sure packs the heat! I discovered the dramedy almost 3 years ago during its intial airing and have been hooked ever since. The writing is both hilarious and suspenseful, the acting flows naturally, and the tension between Beth and Rio? Whew! Let’s just say the season 4 premiere is the best birthday gift I could ask for!
3. To All Boys: Trilogy
If you’re a sucker for rom-coms like me, the To All Boys movie trilogy has been your go-to ‘feel good’ movie. Lara Jean has been somewhat of a cathartic character for me and her adorable style and her dreamy spirit make the hopeless romantic in me scream! While the 2nd and 3rd movies didn’t quite possess the same light-hearted charm as the original, the pure chemistry between Lana Candor’s LJ and Noah Centineo’s Peter Kavinsky will always have me crawling back for more. (Shout out to my friends Aja and Olivia, who know and share my obsession all too well!)
4. Young Justice
It is a (personal) fact that ‘kid shows’ have some of the best-developed characters and group dynamics of all time. That’s what I learned from my first time watching Young Justice, a DC animated superhero series that originally aired over 10 years ago. While I consider myself more of a Marvel fan, this show definitely had me hooked with its gritty themes, loveable characters, and mind-bending plot twists. Still healing from season 2’s ending (you know what I’m talking about), but I’m excited to finally binge season 3.
Does this show even need an introduction? I wasn’t initially sure of what to expect from the no #1 Netflix series, but boy was I pleasantly surprised! With its diverse cast, masterful wardrobe, GORGEOUS actors, and modern-day tinge, Bridgerton isn’t your average historical drama and sure doesn’t boast of any old-fashioned values. My sister and I accidentally made the decision of watching the show with our mom, which resulted in a lot of eye-shielding and fast-forwarding. Still, the well-crafted story is definitely worth a rewatch (with the exception of a few scenes).
6. Avatar: The Last Airbender
I’ve said it a million times before and I’ll say it a million times again: best animated show of all time. I could spend an eternity ranting about the narrative masterpiece that is Avatar but judging by the series continual popularity on Netflix, you probably already know. If there was ever a show you wish you could completely forget just so you could watch again for the first time, it’s Avatar. And with last week’s announcement of the new Avatar Studios, something tells me the world (and myself) will keep talking about this series for a long time.
7. The Promised Neverland
If you’re not an avid anime-watcher like me, chances are you’ve never heard of “The Promised Neverland”. Well now that you’ve heard it, watch it. Now you’re probably thinking: “But Wanea! I don’t really like anime like that!” Now you’re probably wondering how I got in your head. Well, reader, I too was skeptical of the action-suspense anime, but after months of recommendations from countless friends, I finally cut my losses and binged it. One of the best ‘watching’ decisions I have ever made. If you’re interested in watching the series I suggest you go in blind, like I did. You’ll thank me – and probably hate me – later.
The world’s most recent series obsession. I’m a pretty big Marvel fan, like I mentioned before, and WandaVision completely flips everything you think you know about the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the best way possible. The constantly shifting tones are exciting, the over-arching narrative is addicting, and the veiled sense of mystery forces viewers to fall down a rabbit-hole of online theories the minute credits start rolling. The world (myself included) is excited to see how it all comes together in the season finale, which ironically premieres today!
Again, these are just some of my favorite shows and movies of the pandemic, but I’m always looking for something new! What were your top series and movies from quarantine?