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Rachel's Top 10 TV Shows to Watch During Quarantine

Updated: Mar 15, 2021

Although school has been up and running for a while now, you may be finding yourself with a lot more free time nowadays. I’m sure that I am not the only one who spent the majority of the lockdown stuck in bed, watching TV shows. Because of that, I have discovered some of my favourite shows that helped the time pass with a lot more ease, which I now get to share with you.

10. Pretty Little Liars

Drama, Mystery, Horror (Rated: TV-14)

Now I know what some of you may be thinking - but hear me out. Although this show is filled with a lot of cringe-worthy moments and plenty of drama, it gets you hooked. For those of you who may not have ever heard of this show, it has seven seasons (all on Netflix) and began in 2010. It tells the story of a group of five girls, one of whom goes missing. The four remaining girls work together to try and figure out what happened to their friend, with a little bit of romance on the side as well. You may be unsure about it at first, but you’ll grow to love it.

9. Vampire Diaries

Drama, Fantasy, Horror (Rated: TV-14)

This one is pretty similar to the last in the sense that it can be quite cheesy. But, like I said before, you’ll end up addicted. As the title suggests, there are vampires involved. But, I’d say this show is mainly focused on the love life of the main character, Elena. With all eight seasons on Prime Video, it is packed with drama and all kinds of romance. It has also been one of my favorites for a while now.

8. Modern Family

Comedy, Drama, Romance (Rated: TV- PG)

Throughout the eleven seasons of Modern Family, you watch as three completely different families (that are all related) grow up. This show is full of comedy, and tackles some real life issues as well. After watching enough of it, you’ll end up feeling as though you’re a part of their big, messy family. I find that this one is particularly good at cheering me up after I’ve had a bad day, or even just to end off a good one. You can find all of the seasons on Netflix!

7. When They See Us

Biography, Crime, Drama (Rated: TV-MA)

This show tells the story of a group of young boys who get caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, and end up being falsely accused of a crime they didn’t commit. It's also based on a true story, which makes it all the more interesting. I found this one quite saddening, but very eye opening. It shows the reality of our world’s issues with racism, and the difficulties that people of colour face constantly. Although it is upsetting, it is extremely important to be aware of these issues. You can find this mini-series on Netflix, with four episodes

6. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Comedy, Crime (Rated: TV-14)

I think I’ve watched Brooklyn Nine-Nine all the way through about four times now. Jake Peralta and his colleagues at the ninety-ninth precinct in Brooklyn, New York all have completely different personalities, but they compliment each other incredibly well. This one is another great show for when you’re feeling down, or if you’re simply craving something funny. My favourite episodes in this seven season series (again, all on Netflix) are definitely the Halloween ones, which you will soon find out why.

5. Modern Love

Comedy, Romance (Rated: TV-MA)

Each episode of this one season series tells a different love story. Whether it’s a romantic relationship, a friendship, or a familial relationship, they are all beautiful and all about love. It’s actually based off of a New York Times column called Modern Love, with personal essays from a whole variety of people. Overall, I found this to be a cute show with an excellent ending. You can find it on Prime Video.

4. Adventure Time

Animation, Short, Action (TV-PG)

Adventure Time has been one of my all time favorite shows since I was a kid, so I had to have it on this list. Each episode is a new adventure for Finn - a human - and his best friend, Jake - a talking dog. I have always found this show extremely entertaining and relatable, even though it’s meant for children. The only issue is, you can’t really watch it anywhere besides on cable TV, unless you’re willing to pay for episodes on YouTube.

3. I Am Not Okay With This

Comedy, Sci-Fi (Rated: TV-MA)

The only reason why this show has ever made me sad was because of the fact that it only has one season (for now). The main character played by Sophia Lillis, who you may recognize from the movie It, is a teenage girl struggling with school, family and her sexuality. Not to mention the strange superpowers she seems to be developing. Alongside her is another actor from It, Wyat Olef, who plays her classmate and eventually, one of her closest friends. It’s hilarious, interesting, relatable, and on Netflix.

2. Shameless

Comedy, Drama (TV-MA)

Shameless is a mess yet it is an amazing show. That’s the best way I could describe it. It surrounds a family from Chicago - the Gallaghers. It does have quite a bit of explicit content, with substance abuse and some other topics that may not be suitable for everyone. That being said, it has always been able to put a smile on my face with its crazy yet loveable storyline. Nine out of eleven seasons are on Netflix, and the rest are on Crave.

1. Euphoria

Drama (Rated TV-MA)

And finally, we have made it to number one. I had Euphoria in mind as my number one pick the second I learned I was writing this list. It tackles some pretty big topics; substance abuse, sexuality, identity, mental illness and social media. Not only is the acting incredible, but the filming is exceptionally well done. While it tells the story of seventeen year old Rue, you get to experience her issues with mental health, love and drugs alongside her. Although it can be saddening, it is definitely worth a watch. You can find the first season on Crave, and the second season will be there quite soon as well.

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