One of my greatest sources of stress relief is watching good television. Similar to how books make me feel, a show that has great characters, an engaging plot, and stir my emotions is something that I treasure.
While I usually dedicate an entire post to a single show, sometimes life moves so fast and by the time I sit down to write, I’ve moved on to the next series.
Here’s a list of my recent go-to shows, each offering a little something different.
When the world was upset with the ending of Game of Thrones, Chad and I drowned our emotions by watching Barry, another HBO show. Starring Bill Hader (you might remember him from what I consider the golden age of SNL), Barry is a hit man who gets wrapped up in the Los Angeles theatre scene. It’s hilarious and so, so good. 10/10 would recommend.
Look, anyone who has ever watched Stranger Things has jumped into a fandom that can’t be denied. I love those kids, their quirks, their smart mouths, and their friendship. I can’t get enough of Hopper, Janice, and Mrs. Wheeler’s transformation into a bad mama jamma. And even as a Certified Wimp, I can’t help but get into the sci-fi, creepy, and sometimes jumpy moments that involve the Upside Down. Season 3 of Stranger Things might just be the best yet. It’s good, and should be binged immediately.
This was a quick watch for us. The six-episode mini-series is on Amazon Prime, and follows an interesting premise: an angel and a demon living in modern times team up to stop the approaching Armageddon, after they both grow overly fond of life on Earth and humanity. Good and evil, heaven and hell are represented in the show, and it’s quirky, refreshing, a little weird, and a lot of good. The show is based on the book of the same name, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Check it out.
I’ve never been big on reality TV shows, but I’ll always make an exception for Netflix’s Instant Hotel. The series is based in Australia and is essentially a competition for people who have opened an AirBnb property, also known as an “instant hotel.” All of the couples stay in each instant hotel, give a grade, and compete for a grand prize at the end. The properties are also judged by a judge and host, and are graded on the house, location and nearby attractions, value for money, and the quality of a night’s sleep.
It’s a little trashy, but mostly fun and entertaining. Sometimes, even wholesome. Instant Hotel is a great show for mindless watching and couch-judging.
We love Kim’s Convenience for many reasons. It’s funny, touching, real, and has characters that you love, regardless of how much screen time they get. Each scene matters, and delivers. Read my full review here.
How to Get Away with Murder
Viola Davis is a queen. That’s apparent when watching How to Get Away with Murder, a show that centers on her character as a powerful and brilliant lawyer and professor. Chad and I are obsessed with this series, and how each episode is a knock-out, with twists and turns and character development around every corner. Forget what you think you know, and just buckle in for the ride. Shonda Rhimes, you’ve done it again.
Another worthy Amazon Prime show is Fleabag. It has hilarious jokes, well-timed awkwardness, and the dry-witted humor of British actress, writer, and producer Phoebe Waller-Bridge. This series follows the character only known as Fleabag, who is angry and grief-ridden, trying to heal but rejecting any kind of help along the way. It’s sharp and funny, and worth pressing play.
This one shouldn’t come as a surprise. Anyone with a heart and an open mind can get into Queer Eye and embrace the Fab Five’s influence of growth and acceptance. Johnathan, Tan, Karamo, Antoni, and Bobby all have a very special place in my heart—each of them have taught me things, made me cry, and made me chortle with laughter. They are a gift, and I’m so happy that the new season is out. I didn’t know what to expect when I first pressed play last year, but now it’s a show that Chad and I look forward to watching together. Yass, queen.
What Else is Binge-Worthy?
If you have any recommendations for shows to watch, let me know in the comments!