Happy Friday. Though Friday means a lot less when the days are all just kind of blurring together! Weekends are definitely strange under quarantine. I am not sure how I’ll spend this one. TV? Reading? Movies? Finding another drawer to organize? (LOL.)
Today I wanted to round up a list of my favorite TV shows, in case you are in need of a little “what to watch” inspiration. This list could definitely be a LOT longer, but I wanted to highlight just a few things I really love, to keep it manageable. I would love to hear your recommendations (especially for shows similar to White Collar and The Blacklist?) in the comments!? What are your favorite shows… and maybe more importantly… what’s your quarantine binge? TELL ME.
What to Watch on TV Right Now + More Recent Favorites!
Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)
This is my newest obsession! The fourth episode just dropped this week and it is so good. It’s based on Celeste Ng’s book (which I LOVED) with an all-star cast (Reese Witherspoon! Kerry Washington! Joshua Jackson!) and some truly epic nineties throwbacks. Though I must say it’s a bit jarring to see one of my childhood crushes (Pacey) playing the suburban dad, once I got past that I’m really loving the show. Random House actually has a podcast all about the show; Becca and I were guests!
The Politician (Netflix)
I loved this show so much. A solid high school drama, a bit of satire, Gwyneth Paltrow playing mom, and a bit of Munchausen’s by Proxy? A recipe for success. The fashion + cinematography are amazing, too!
Gahhhhh this show! This is one of my absolute favorites. Penn Badgley plays Joe Goldberg, a seemingly good guy who works for a bookstore in Manhattan. A good guy he is not… he’s actually an ultra creepy stalker with a murderous side. This is so much fun to watch (if you like creepy), and I think I actually liked the second season even more than the first one!
The Morning Show (Apple TV)
I LOVED this show. I do want to warn you that despite the cheerful logo/branding, this show is pretty serious. It’s loosely based on Matt Lauer where Steve Carrell plays a morning anchor who is fired for sexual harassment; leaving his co-host (played by Jennifer Aniston) totally blindsided. Reese Witherspoon winds up coming onto the show to replace him. The show is incredibly powerful; especially the last episode – I sobbed! Highly recommend watching, even if it means signing up for yet another streaming service (it’s only on Apple TV!).
The Blacklist (NBC)
I can’t decide whether this show belongs in old favs or new, as I’ve been watching this show FOREVER but the new season came back on TV last week! Becca and I always joke that we are the only two people left who watch this show and that very well could be, but it’s a great show. Raymond Reddington is a criminal with a heart (and an obsession with one of the FBI agents, Liz Keane). He goes to work for the FBI, and in every episode they take down a different criminal from his personal black list. He’s charming and charismatic, the plots are elaborate and exciting… it’s one of my favorite escapes and I hope it never gets cancelled!
Younger (TV Land)
This is a top 5 favorite show, for sure. Sutton Foster plays a 40 something year old woman (Liza) who enters the workforce after a brutal divorce… finding she has to lie about her age to get a job. A whole double life ensues. A younger boyfriend, a younger best friend (played by Hillary Duff!). The episodes are short, the plot line is fabulous, and if you’ve ever wished you work in publishing, this is a dream. I love this show so much and can’t wait til it’s back!
The Bold Type (Freeform)
I’m including this one too as any time I mention Younger, everyone asks if I’ve watched The Bold Type! And yes, I have! It’s the story of three best friends working at a magazine. I will admit I do get annoyed by the characters quite frequently. but it’s still fun and a cute escape. I personally prefer Younger, though!
Old favs to Binge!
I’ve been rewatching Gossip Girl and it’s truly SO satisfying and comforting. There’s a bit of a fashion escape. The thing that is wild to me is that the parents (in the early years, at least) are pretty close to my age! The other wild thing is how relevant the fashion still is today. I’m getting fashion inspiration left and right!
Sex and the City
A classic. So comforting to binge watch, and also pretty amazing to see how well it’s held up! My favorite thing to do is watch the last two episodes. I could probably recite them from memory. Such a great show!
The West Wing
Another classic. Martin Sheen as president. Allison Janney as C.J. It’s just so nostalgic and wonderful!
I will admit that I stopped watching this show when Meghan Markle left, but I loved its earlier seasons! Mike Ross (a gifted but unmotivated college dropout and certainly NOT a lawyer) winds up lying his way into one of New York’s top corporate law firms to work for dreamy Harvey Specter (played by Gabriel Macht). The friendship between Mike and Harvey is wonderful as are the romances… and the fashion is unreal (the suits! the dresses! all of it!). While I didn’t keep up with it, I really loved this show!
I miss White Collar so much! If you love a good con artist with a heart of gold (this is a favorite trope of mine), you will LOVE this show. Matt Bomer is a dreamboat, and the plot is really fun. Bomer plays reformed con man Neil Caffrey. He’s dapper, charming, and incredibly clever. After being caught and sent to prison, he goes to work for the FBI. Drama, fun, and an unlikely best-friendship with his old nemesis/captor Peter Burke. I loved this show and miss it so much now! Sidebar: if you have any fav con artist shows please let me know in the comments!
Admittedly I am not a big reality TV person! I watch The Bachelor every now and again and I watch Southern Charm when I am feeling nostalgic for Charleston but generally avoid it. This isn’t me being elitist, I’d just rather watch a shitty scripted TV show!
Love is Blind (Netflix)
This show is all anyone can talk about right now and also ironically timely as we spend so much time in isolation. Maybe this is how we should all date, during quarantine? Kidding but the show is crazy, especially after the couples fall in love without ever seeing each other, and then take their new romances out into the real world.
This show is so funny and really takes crazy cat ladies to the next level. I’ve only watched the first two episodes but it takes you inside the (crazy!) world of cat shows. It’s entertaining, if you love cats!
photo by Tory Williams.