UPDATED: Binge-worthy shows while you’re in self-quarantine

As we settle into another month at home we’d like to help entertain you by sharing what we’re binge watching from the comfort of our couches. This list will grow so be sure to come back for new suggestions and if there is a show you are binging please comment below and let us know about it. In the meantime, grab your remote (and a wipe to sanitize it) and enjoy.

 

“Why Women Kill” – CBS All Access

CBS All Access

Summary: “Why Women Kill” is an American dark comedy-drama web TV series created by Marc Cherry for CBS All Access. Set in multiple time periods, the series depicts the events leading to a death that occurs after the respective husbands of three married women commit adultery.

Opinion: “Why Women Kill” is set in 1964, 1984 and 2019. I didn’t care for the different years because it got super confusing in the end, hopefully they will just pick one year and stick with it in future seasons. I did like the fashion in 1964 and 1984 though, it was very colorful and exotic. As for the characters, I could relate to Beth Ann the most because she is more laid back, but also, she can be a little too nice and that’s how her husband was able to walk all over her. I would like to see a second season with the same main characters – Beth Ann, Simone and Taylor – but with new characters that fall in place with the old ones. Overall, I really like the concept of the show, and the ending really throws you for a loop.

Beyla Richard, Staff Reporter

 

“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” – weekly episodes on NBC, streaming on nbc.com

Summary: In this NBC musical drama, Zoey, an intelligent, single, 20-something woman, discovers she has the ability to hear the innermost thoughts of people around her as songs and musical numbers.

Opinion: Though this is billed as a drama, it is still a fun show. Some of the topics are heavy (drama) – a father’s illness, a nonbinary neighbor afraid to let their true self show at church, an unhappy marriage – but those storylines are balanced with song and dance numbers that you wish you could participate in. The song choices are great and exactly the ones that would run through your head in that same moment. The dance sequences are impressive, especially to me who has no rhythm whatsoever. Skylar Astin, who plays Zoey’s best friend Max, is great at both singing and dancing, we saw him in the Pitch Perfect franchise so we knew he would be. Alex Newell, a newcomer to me but who “Glee” fans might recognize, is perfect as Zoey’s polar-opposite-but-soon-fast-friend neighbor Mo, their friendship is one I wish I had. Speaking of “Glee”, I never got into that show because breaking into song in the middle of school was just preposterous but, it works in this show because the songs are made to be that character’s private thoughts so the rest of the world just goes on around them and only Zoey notices. So far, only six episodes have aired with six more set to come to finish out season one. You can binge this on Hulu so I suggest sitting down for six hours and doing just that.

Emily Miller, Adviser

 

“Black Lightning” – CW

Summary: As a younger man, Jefferson Pierce donned the suit of a vigilante and protected the streets of his city, but he believed he’d left those days in the past. He learns that life doesn’t always work out as planned when his daughter, Jennifer — a star student who is determined to achieve justice at any cost — gets recruited by a street gang. In order to protect his family, Jefferson sees no choice but to once again become Black Lightning.

Opinion: The show is very entertaining and has a lot of action in it that makes it very good to watch. There is one character that is really good looking, but also it’s mainly just African American superheroes. I really like this show.

Ciana Menerokiza, junior

Interviewed by Maria Alvarado, Contributing Reporter

 

“Grey’s Anatomy” – weekly episodes on ABC, streaming on Netflix

Summary: “Grey’s Anatomy” is a medical drama series which focuses on a group of young doctors at Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital, who began their career as facility interns. One of the young doctors and the show’s namesake, Meredith Grey, struggles to maintain relationships with her colleagues and juggle the pressure of being a doctor. When the show first aired it was mainly told through Meredith Grey’s viewpoint but, over 15 seasons, it has expanded to include many storylines from various doctors and hospital staff. Though dramatized for TV, it gives you a glimpse into the life of doctors.

Opinion: The show is very interesting because there is a lot going on, it talks about the doctors’ work lives and personal lives. I also find it very interesting because it talks about a lot of medical conditions that patients have and how they cure or help them.

Yadira Aguilar, freshman

Interviewed by Maria Alvarado, Contributing Reporter

 

“The Office” – Netflix

Summary: The office follows the staff of paper company Dunder Mifflin as they go about their regular work day. When the show begins, there’s Jim, the like-able employee who’s a bit of an everyman and who has a crush on Pam, the sweet receptionist, Dwight, the successful coworker who lacks social skills and common sense, and leading the office, Michael, who wants everyone to like him but is fairly clueless when it comes to being a boss. There are other coworkers each with their own quirks, and characters come in and out during the nine season run.

Opinion: My favorite character from the show is Dwight because he is a very funny character. He thinks he knows everything about bears, he also owns his own beet farm which I think is kind of weird. He is also always at war with Jim who always plays funny pranks on him.

Oliver Garcia, sophomore

Interviewed by Maria Alvarado, Contributing Reporter