When the first few cases of coronavirus came to light, nobody took them seriously. Mistaken as an outbreak of the common flu, which would subside on its own, it soon became a menace with its high transmission and mortality rate. The virus spread to all corners of the world and soon enough hit the US, forcing us all in to quarantine.
While the first few days indoors were seemingly fun, where we got to enjoy some downtime, staying cooped up at home now they are quickly becoming unbearable. With all recreational activities put on hold, like going to the mall, grabbing a meal at a restaurant, going to the theatre, not to forget meeting friends and family, the mind is at risk of going insane. At any other point in time, we might have already gone crazy, but technology today is helping us avoid that fate.
You can easily chat with friends, order takeout, shop online, but most importantly you can watch shows and movies to your hearts content. However, now that we have all the time in the world to watch movies, it often happens that we just can not remember which ones we wanted to. But, worry not. We have compiled the ultimate list of the top TV series and movies sure to keep you entertained in Quarantine.
Viral content on Viruses
We seem to be living in a dystopian nightmare that we could not have imagined before the epidemic hit. However, if you ask some screenwriters they will tell you that they knew about it all along and they are pretty spot on in their prediction as some of these pandemic movies will tell you.
If you want to see close they hit to reality, you must give Contagion a watch. Apart from that, be sure to check out The Hot Zone that delves into the emergence of Ebola. Give a shot to Outbreak, 12 Monkeys, The Andromeda Strain, The Omega Man, Pandemic and World War Z as well. If you have Spectrum Internet, you should be able to download these hits in a giffy.
Best Fantasy Shows and Movies
Game of Thrones was amazing! It had us glued to our screens anxiously awaiting its latest installment. After Tolkeins Lord of the Ring and JK Rowlings Harry Potter series, it was George RR Martin that carried the torch of the fantasy genre further.
While the show has come to an end, were sure your cravings for it are still just as strong. For those of you that revel in all things fantasy, here is a list of shows and movies for you to check out:
Once Upon a Time
The Twilight Zone
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Girl with the Golden Compass
Xena: The Warrior Princess
Feel-Good Shows to Buoy Your Spirits
Sometimes you need some good, wholesome TV shows that make you feel content. At a time where you cant go meet your loved ones without endangering their lives, you must be craving the love and affection your family and friends give.
In its absence, you might feel dread and downright loneliness and we do not want that now do we? No better way to drown these sorrows than by binging on some feel-good shows. Here are some popular ones you should watch if you have not already:
Parks and Rec
The Good Place
Some of these are still being aired so if you have Wow TV, you might be saved from the hassle of streaming them.
Must-Watch Anime Shows and Movies
There something quite relaxing about a Miyazaki movie. It just makes you fall in love with life again and learn to appreciate the small things. Anime offers more than what a typical movie can with greater plot twists and arcs, which is why this list is incomplete without anime shows and movies.
Quarantine is the perfect time to re-watch the classics as well as get acquainted with some new movies. Try the much-loved Spirited Away, Grave of the Fireflies, Princess Mononoke, Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion and Howls Moving Castle.
If you were scared of starting a popular show that had multiple seasons you did not think you had the time to complete, well this is the perfect opportunity. You could start with Naruto, or how about Death Note? You could also watch Attack on Titan, Fullmetal Alchemist, Bleach, One Piece, and Code Geass. With high-speed Spectrum home internet downloading these series should be easy.
The Latest Releases to Catch Up On
If you have watched it all and want to enjoy some new content, but are worried that you will not find any, then fret not. Sure, many shows and movie launches and releases have been postponed, but streaming services are adding new content to their collections, which were convinced you will love.
New content on Netflix includes the likes of Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon: S3: Sun & Moon – Ultra Legends, The Hangover, The Matrix, and its sequels, The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Social Network. You can even find kids favorites like Despicable Me on it.
If you have Hulu, you should be excited. Bong Joon Hos thriller, Parasite, which won the Academy Awards this year is going to be available soon. Apart from that, you will also be able to watch The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart, The Baker and the Beauty, Vault, Mrs. America, A Teacher and The Messenger among others.
Amazon Prime, on the other hand, is bringing to you the horror movie The Lighthouse as well as the sci-fi series Tales from the Loop. You can also watch Selah and the Spades, Bosch: Season 6 and Dino Dana: Season 3B.
So worry not, no matter which streaming service you subscribe to there is no chance of you getting bored. They have new content lined-up for you for sure.
Free Shows You Can Stream
With the world economy in lockdown and bills already piling up, its best to not splurge for the time period and even cut down costs where you can. For people who are tight on budget, getting Netflix, Hulu or Prime subscriptions is really difficult at the moment, but that does not mean you do not get to watch free content.
Here is a list of shows and movies you can stream for free and legally. All you have to put up with advertisements, which is not really that bad a bargain. So, without further ado these are:
Battlestar Galactica on Syfy
Degrassi: The Next Generation, the complete series of which is available on IMDb TV and Tubi
Eli Stone on ABC app
The Dick Van Dyke Show the complete series of which is available on Tubi and Pluto TV
Felicity on ABC app
The Red Green Show on YouTube
My So-Called Life the complete series of which is available on IMDb TV and ABC app
Schitts Creek whose first five seasons are available on complete series of which is available on CW Seed and IMDb TV
Friday Night Lights on IMDb TV
The Carrie Diaries on CW Seed
This is just the tip of the iceberg. If you look, you will find great treasures online just make sure you have a high-speed internet connection, like Wow internet, that downloads them with ease.
Free Movies for You to Stream
The likes of Netflix and Hulu are all the rage so much so that we forget that streaming services like Vudu, IMDb TV, Tubi, The Roku Channel, and Kanopy exist as well. As you saw with free shows you can stream, these services offer a ton of great content including movies. Here are a few popular ones your sure to enjoy:
The Big Short on IMDb TV
Captain Fantastic on Kanopy
Chicago on Hoopla
The Commitments on Hoopla
Strangelove on Crackle
Ex Machina on Kanopy
Glory on Crackle
The Iron Giant on The Roku Channel
Logan Lucky on Kanopy
Megamind on IMDb TV
Paddington on IMDb TV
Spider-Man (2002) on IMDb TV
What We Do in the Shadows on Kanopy
Documentaries you can Binge on
If you are in the mood for some learning, you might want to check out docuseries. The one trending right now is, of course, Tiger King and wed recommend you begin with that. You should also check out Our Planet, Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez, Free Solo, Grizzly Man, and Three Identical Strangers.
So, that it. This should help you get through it all. It is unfortunate that the US did not respond to the pandemic sooner. The dire situation of Italy before us was an alarm bell that we could have easily listened to, but it was ignored.
We also did not pay heed to expert advice calling for self-isolation and social distancing to mitigate the crisis. It is not surprising that the number of people infected by the novel coronavirus has soared to 5.6 million.
Now that we are stuck in this horrendous situation, the only thing we can do right now is to quarantine ourselves in our homes. So let us give our best towards this task and while we are at it, enjoy some good cinema and binge on popular TV series. Your trusty RCN internet should be able to provide you all that you need and more.