The world is officially falling apart, but you don’t need me to tell you that. Everyone else is already sounding the alarm and making the necessary serious statements, so this post won’t be one of those.
I won’t pretend that I have any business offering meaningful advice regarding health or public policy, etc., but I can stick to what I know: which TV shows are worth watching. And what better time to focus on your watch list than right now, as life comes to a halt and we fully enter pandemic mode?
As anyone with anxiety can tell you, obsessing over someone else’s problem is a great way to distract yourself from your own problems, which is why true crime offers the perfect combo of validation and deflection. True crime has given us relief from our everyday lives before, and it’s still here for us now. At least we can lose ourselves in compelling stories, even if just for a little while.
New shows to watch now
So, about that watch list. If you haven’t already started any of the shows that premiered earlier this year, now’s the time to catch up.
This show has definitely been my favorite to premiere so far this year, and it’s the one I looked forward to the most from week to week. Between the cinematography and the sound track, the torturous pace of the storytelling and the compelling cast, there’s so much for us cinephiles/murderinos/crime fiction devotees to devour. Not that I’m an expert, but it’s also absolutely my favorite Stephen King adaptation I’ve seen in recent memory.
This series isn’t my typical genre, but it made for a super fun weekend binge. A friend described it as a cross between a non-scary Haunting of Hill House and a whimsical Stranger Things, and I couldn’t have said it better myself.
If you haven’t watched the first two seasons, go ahead and start there because they’re both good. This third season has been weird for sure, and Matt Bomer’s character’s despair/nihilism toward daily life is ringing a little too true these days…
What better way to distract from real life than delving the deadly romantic dramas of rich Spanish private school kids?? Since I’m apparently a major fan of lurid, campy dramas about hot and horny high schoolers, Elite has been one of my favorite guilty pleasures since season one.
This is one of a handful of shows that didn’t cross my radar until recently, when it sneakily premiered on FX via Hulu. So far it’s an intriguing sci fi series surrounding a mysterious technology, but the pace is a little slow and it took me three episodes to decide that the acting was intentional and not a consequence of crappy writing. Now that the third episode has revealed a little more of the story to come, I’ll definitely be tuning in each week.
Brace yourself for the most extreme child abuse case in recent media memory, and an exploration into the broken system that failed to protect him. If you’re looking for a show that will make you feel worse about humanity then you ever thought possible, this documentary series will do the trick.
Here’s a much more light-hearted true crime watch. I’m still finishing this one up, but I’ve heard good things from my coworkers so far. Speaking of recommendations you might not have seen yet….
Oldies with several seasons to binge
I’ve recommended these before, but now that you might have extra time to fill, consider going all in:
Foreign language documentaries
You’ll have to read subtitles, but if you haven’t checked these out then you definitely should:
What’s on my list
I’ll be catching up on Briarpatch, the new Westworld and any recommendations I haven’t finished, like Hunters, the Nazi-assasination-themed series on Amazon. Also, Netflix kindly dropped a few new series on us in preparation for our impending hibernation:
Lastly, I’ll leave you with Vulture’s ultimate resource for all your genre needs: