The TV shows you need to stream while social distancing

Marni Dixit
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
The TV shows you should stream while practising social distancing. Photo: Amazon Prime/Netflix/Stan

Things are a little strange right now as coronavirus continues to spread around the world, and events, travel and even work has been cancelled for some.

We're being encouraged to practise social distancing in an effort to flatten the curve and lessen the number of people infected and taking up spaces in hospitals.

Basically, a lot of us are going to be stuck at home to stop the spread of the virus, so if you need some tips on what to binge watch, we are here for you.

Netflix

Love Is Blind

Love Is Blind is a must watch for fans of Married At First Sight. Photo: Netflix

A reality dating series where singles meet potential love interests in a speed dating format, but there's a catch – they can't see each other. When they've found someone they like, the men can propose to the women and only then can they meet. Definitely for those of you who love Married At First Sight.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Co-created by one of the guys behind the US version of The Office, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is hilarious and super easy to watch. It follows a rag tag team of Brooklyn-based detectives as they solve cases. Honestly, if you haven't watched it already, now is the perfect time.

I Am Not Okay With This

A new Netflix show, I Am Not Okay With This is based on a graphic novel by Charles Forsman and follows a teenager as she navigates through all the normal teenage stuff – high school, family, sexuality, and superpowers, of course!

Sex Education

Sex Education follows Otis who starts a secret sex therapy clinic at school with his new friend Maeve. Photo: Netflix

Sex Education follows Otis, a sexually inexperienced teenager with a sex therapist mum. He uses the knowledge he's gained from his mother's work to start a secret sex therapy clinic at school with his new friend Maeve. This show is a must watch.

Schitt's Creek

Imagine if the Kardashians found themselves broke all of a sudden – that's essentially what happens to the Rose family in this comedy. The Rose family are forced to relocate to Schitt's Creek after finding out it's the only thing they now own after Johnny Rose (Eugene Levy) bought it as a joke for his son David (Dan Levy).

Ozark

A crime drama about a financial adviser named Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) who moves his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks so he can launder $500 million in five years for Mexian drug cartel. Once they arrive in Missouri, they become entangled with local criminals, making their business very difficult. Season three drops on March 27.

The Good Place

Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) finds herself dead and in the afterlife. However, once there, she realises she wasn't a very good person and enlists her 'soulmate' Chidi (William Jackson Harper) to help her become a better person.

The Good Place stars Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Ted Danson and D'Arcy Carden. Photo: Netflix

You

Were all your friends talking about You and you figured you'd just get to it later? Well, it's later, and it's time to get addicted to this TV thriller.

A charming bookstore manager crosses paths with an aspiring writer and stalks her in an effort to get close to her. He uses social media to learn the most intimate details about her and slowly begins getting rid of those closest to her by any means necessary... This show may make you scared of the Internet and social media though, so beware!

Gilmore Girls

What better time to rewatch this early 2000s classic about a mother (Lauren Graham) and daughter (Alexis Bledel) with a relationship most of us would dream of than right now? If binging Gilmore Girls and taking a trip down memory lane to Stars Hollow doesn't make you feel better, I don't know what will.

The Crown

The Crown is a decades-spanning story of Queen Elizabeth II and the Prime Ministers who shaped Britain post-war. Photo: Netflix

The Crown is a decades-spanning story of Queen Elizabeth II and the Prime Ministers who shaped Britain post-war. It will make you respect the Queen a hell of a lot more than you already did. A must for Royal fans!

Stan

Grey's Anatomy

This medical drama follows the personal and professional lives of doctors at Seattle's Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. It was the birth place of McDreamy and McSteamy and it's been running since 2005, meaning there's a lot of episodes for you to catch up on if you haven't seen it in a while.

The Office (US)

The Office follows the everyday lives of office workers at Dunder Mifflin Paper Company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. While it might not sound like much, this show will make you laugh and cry – there's a reason it's one of the most streamed shows ever!

If you’re a fan of the UK version, just do yourself a favour and give this one a shot.

The Bold Type

The Bold Type is basically the millennial version of Sex and the City. Photo: Stan

The Bold Type is kind of like the millennial version of Sex and the City. It follows the professional and personal lives of Kat (Aisha Dee), Jane (Katie Stevens), and Sutton (Meghann Fahy), three women who work at one of the most popular magazines in the US.

Friends

Need we say more?

Breaking Bad

Walter White (Bryan Cranston) is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and enters the world of drugs and crime as a way to provide for his family before his inevitable death.

Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist

Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist sees computer coder Zoey (Jane Levy) all of a sudden blessed with a surprising skill. Photo: Stan

A new show to Stan, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist sees computer coder Zoey (Jane Levy) all of a sudden blessed with the skill of knowing the innermost thoughts of those around her through songs that no one else can hear.

Killing Eve

A British spy drama about a spy named Eve (Sandra Oh) who is bored with her desk-bound job. Villanelle (Jodie Comer), on the other hand, is a talented assassin who loves her job. The pair go head-to-head in a game of cat and mouse, equally obsessed with one another.

Billions

Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti), a US attorney, begins a battle with hedge fund kingpin Bobby 'Axe' Axelrod (Damian Lewis) to see who can outdo the other in the competitive financial market.

Younger

Younger sees a 40-year-old single stay-at-home mum pretend she's 26 in order to land a job in publishing. Photo: Stan

Liza Miller (Sutton Foster), a 40-year-old single stay-at-home mum tries to find a job in the world of publishing but is unable to land anything due to the amount of time she's been out of work. A chance encounter leads her to trying to pass herself off as 26. She gets a job, but now she needs to make sure no one finds out her secret.

Amazon Prime

Fleabag

Adapted from an award-winning play, Fleabag (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) tries to cope with life in London while coming to terms with a recent tragedy, but in a funny way!

Hunters

A band of Nazi hunters lead by Al Pacino's Meyer Offerman, a Holocaust survivor, living in 1977 New York City find out there are hundreds of high-ranking Nazis living amongst them while attempting to create a Fourth Reich. The group sets out to bring the Nazis to justice.

The Boys

The Boys sees a group of vigilantes attempt to take down corrupt superheroes. Photo: Amazon Prime

A group of vigilantes called The Boys attempt to take down the corrupt superheroes who live like celebrities and abuse their abilities.

This Is Us

A comedy/drama following the lives of two parents Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) and their three children over the course of different timelines. You might need tissues for this one.

Good Omens

A mini-series based on a book by the same name, Good Omens sees Aziraphale (Michael Sheen), an angel, and Crowley (David Tennant), a demon, join forces to find the Antichrist and stop Armageddon.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel sees a 1950s housewife discover a hidden talent for stand-up comedy. Photo: Amazon Prime

Midge, a New York City woman living in the 1950’s has everything she’s ever wanted - the perfect husband, two kids, and an elegant Upper West Side apartment. However, after she discovers her hidden talent for stand-up comedy, her life takes an unexpected turn.

Modern Love

Based on the weekly column in the New York Times, Modern Love explores love in all of its contemporary forms. From unconventional new families to what’s considered a date, each episode uncovers the unique trials and tribulations of love.

Disney+

The Simpsons

Don't think we need to explain this one!

The Mandalorian

The Mandalorian is set after Return of the Jedi and before the Force Awakens. Photo: Disney+

A Star Wars series that takes place after Return of the Jedi and before the Force Awakens, The Mandalorian is about a loan bounty hunter who finds something incredibly rare and must keep from the New Republic.

Oh, you can also watch ever Star Wars movie on Disney+ as well.

Marvel's Runaways

If Marvel is more your jam this show about six teenagers finding out their parents are evil villains could be worth a watch!

Every Marvel movie is also on the streaming service.

Literally every Disney movie you could want

Aladdin and a host of other classic Disney movies are available on Disney+. Photo: Disney

Seriously, if watching old school Disney movies will calm you down during this very stressful time, Disney+ is where you need to be.

National Geographic documentaries

Yep, Disney+ is also home to a huge number of documentaries that should be enough to distract you from all the doom and gloom happening around you right now.

I don't know about you, but World's Greatest Dogs sounds like a good place to start...

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