Self-isolating has been enormously challenging. The past couple of months separated from the lives we’d taken for granted have been eye-opening.
Although lockdown has been painfully restrictive, it is important to recognise how significant your sacrifice is for the better of society.
And there is one gift for it that can be given; shameless binge watching.
Here are six shows you can stream online to slay the boredom. Because if we’re all going to be stuck inside for the time being, you deserve to be entertained.
Now, how about we watch some fictional people make mistakes, make us laugh, and make us grateful to not have to endure any social awkwardness for the time being.
The Bold Type
If you’re looking to find three young women living their best lives, whilst writing for a global women’s magazine, here you have it. Encouraging the feminist movement in the most entertaining way.
We get to watch Jane, Kat and Sutton explore their sex lives, sexuality and work all in one. But it also shows the difficulty of finding your own identity, both in the sense of what you want for your future and exploring your politics.
However, other themes like feminism and fashion were also incredible. It kept the series moving, giving it so much life. Having so many different themes is the heart of the show, because it allows so much to be educated on. There are so many important lessons to be learned from the series, and storylines that not many other shows are ready to explore.
The Bold Type is incredibly empowering. It’s gives its audience an incredibly diverse array of characters, showcasing powerful women with different political and personal issues.
All whilst providing an enriching workplace drama that doesn’t overshadow the more important undertone of the series. It was incredibly refreshing to see women in a workplace, in adulthood but still young enough to be relatable.
The Bold Type seasons 1-3 are currently available on Amazon Prime.
For those who love fantasy, this is the sexy age appropriate show for you. Brakebills University is not an ordinary school, but instead a school for magically gifted Magicians. College students who have abilities that exceed normal expectations.
Quentin Coldwater is a troubled young man who struggles with his mental health, searching for meaning in his life when he happens to stumble into the world of his childhood. Only, this world isn’t a fairy-tale and the dangers are so very real. It’s a fun supernatural phenomenon that will take you on an emotional ride.
The Magician’s takes viewers on a journey of self-discovery. It’s like Harry Potter in the sense of it being centred in a magic school: but sexy. It’s also exciting to see it display students in their early twenties, breaking out of the teenage drama mould drama shows love.
This makes it that little more relatable because finding yourself in your later adolescent years, and failing in some places, is part of life itself.
The Magicians Seasons 1-4 are currently available on Amazon Prime.
Never Have I Ever
A modern coming-of-age drama for everyone. Mindy Kaling’s diverse series follows the first-generation Indian American girl Devi. There’s something entirely relatable to the main protagonist. Devi is devastated by the passing of her father, and of learning to live again without him, all whilst crushing on the typical high school hottie and trying to ‘re-brand’ herself to fit in more.
It’s an important show with a lot of educating aspects, such as an inside look into a non-too devout Hindu home. Devi struggles in building her relationship with her mother, for reasons that are revealed throughout to series. She also tries to uphold the expectations placed on her, both academically and in a religious sense.
Altogether, it makes for a heart-warming series. It has the perfect balance of comedy and cringe worthy scenes that most audiences can probably relate to. However, there are more issues that could be tackled to make it more relatable to people of colour. Although, for now, it has made a strong impact for a show focused on a teenage brown girl. Which is something many people of the same heritage have wanted to see for a long time.
Never Have I Ever Season 1 is currently available on Netflix.
This series follows teenager Sam on a journey of self-discovery. Sam is on the autistic spectrum and is searching to find his place in the world. It’s a heart-warming comedy as audiences watch his personality grow and change.
Like most of us do, Sam searches for his independence and love in his dramatic family home where things are no easier than anyone else’s. It challenges the concept of ‘normality’ and whether anyone truly knows who they are, and it will make you wonder the same.
What makes it special is that drive to be your own person. Sam has a world view that is educating for outsiders to comprehend. Although it’s not a representation of everyone on the spectrum.
There is also a more serious side to the series, such as managing a home on the verge of breaking. There is a lot happening in the series itself but seeing a real representation of a struggling family is refreshing.
Atypical Seasons 1-3 are currently available on Netflix.
Here for all the aspiring dominatrices! Bonding follows a college student who moonlights as a dominatrix, who reaches out to her best friend to be her assistant. The BDSM themed comedy provides insights into different kinks and sexual liberation.
It’s a quick and easy to watch series with short episodes full of entertainment as a different shade of New York is shown to audiences, with just the right amount of darkness in it to balance out the hilarious dynamic between Tiff and Pete.
The series itself is very sexually liberating. All the stigmas surrounding sexual fantasies are shown humorously, but with respect for the culture. Yes, it can be ridiculously weird in some senses, but it’s overwhelmingly heart-warming.
I think the short episodes is both a flaw and a help. It makes for easy watching but also holds back a lot of potential. It’s a complex series, although the storyline itself could use a lot more work.
Bonding Season 1 is currently available on Netflix.
Branded as one of the most shocking teen-shows ever is Euphoria. A series with astonishing emotional depth and explicit scenes. It follows teenage drug addict Rue, who is also diagnosed with mental health issues.
Euphoria is a modern representation of adolescence that deals with abusive relationships, the cam-girl world and weaponised nudes. Not to mention the undeniable fashion and the dream-like reality shown through our unreliable narrator. It’s a series that doesn’t shy away from the gritty glories of self-destructive teenage years.
There was a realness throughout all episodes. The writing was exceptionally inclusive, and the directing was outstanding. There was something about the narration that made the show more powerful. As if you are being spoken to almost as if you were part of the series itself.
There was a raw portrayal of important issues such a depression and the impact of drugs. Watching it can show the world through a new perspective, which is something that rarely occurs when watching any show.
Euphoria season 1 is currently available on NowTV.
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Deputy Editor of Brig Newspaper. Fourth year journalism and English student at the University of Stirling. Lover of covering social issues and creator of 'The Talk' column for everyone who needs to hear it.