Recommended Shows For Quarantine Binge-Watching
Now that we’re all isolated at home, the free time we have been granted is an opportunity to catch up on all those binge-worthy shows we’ve had on our watch list since they were added online. From old favourites to new releases, we should all take this opportunity to kick back, relax, and catch up – Listed below are some favourites for binging, which platform they’re available on, and they’re recommended watching age.
Locke and Key (Netflix, suitable for ages 15 and over) – This series premiered on 7th February and is based on the graphic novels of the same name. It follows three siblings as they’re relocated to their recently deceased father’s family home, only to discover strange keys hidden around the house, leading them on a terrifying adventure. If you’re a fan of Stranger Things, you’ll enjoy Locke and Key for the story and its characters, not to mention the beautiful aesthetic and visuals of the series.
Doctor Who (Netflix, suitable for ages 12 and over) – March 26th marked the 15-year anniversary since Doctor Who returned, crash landing on our screens in ‘Rose’, a glorious reintroduction to the Doctor written by Russell T. Davies. For those that have only started watching with Jodie Whittaker’s brilliant take on the character, re-watching the collection of modern series is a thrilling journey through time and space, and a great reminder of how we’ve reached the current incarnation of The Doctor.
Star Trek: Picard (Amazon Prime, suitable for ages 12 and over) – Everyone collectively gasped and screamed when Patrick Stewart confirmed the return of the popular Starfleet captain at an annual Las Vegas Star Trek convention. This series follows Jean-Luc Picard nearly 20 years after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis, and though there is only 1 season available to stream (the final episode of which aired on March 26th), now is a better time than any to catch up on what’s been going on in Picard’s life.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Amazon Prime, suitable for ages 15 and over) – another cultural classic, Buffy came about because creator Joss Whedon wanted to subvert the trope of the ‘little blonde girl’ in horror movie settings. Thanks to Whedon’s creativity, we see the trope subverted through numerous genres, including comedy, sci-fi, and even musical theatre. With Buffy you can enjoy the complexities of the ‘little blonde girl’ as she balances the dramas of teenage life with taking up the helm as a slayer of dark forces and evil.
The Umbrella Academy (Netflix, suitable for ages 15 and over) – If you’re looking for something a bit grittier, The Umbrella Academy is one of many new offerings that attempt to subvert the ‘clean-cut’ superhero stereotype. Seven children exhibiting strange powers are adopted by the eccentric Reginald Hargreeves, a billionaire whose death is the only thing to reunite the estranged siblings as adults. With a host of interesting characters, The Umbrella Academy could keep anyone intrigued enough to see the ending, and with a second series on the way, now is the perfect time to catch up on the story so far.
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