What to Stream While Social Isolating part One

As we spend more and more time at home, the chances of being bored increases in an exponential rate. So, there is probably a big chance you’re already bored and binged watched some of your favorite tv shows. To try and help you, here is part one of a list with around 30 suggestions of things to watch.

The Beautiful Ones

This category consists of tv shows with beautiful images, sets and, of course, outfits. Basically, the ones you want to watch on a screen bigger than your phone.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Available at Amazon Prime

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel tells the story of Miriam Midge Maisel, a typical late 1950s young rich housewife from Manhattan that has her life shattered when she is left by her husband. Midge then decides to proceed with her plan B: becoming a stand-up comedian.  This period comedy is not only funny and very beautiful to watch, but it also has amazing actors. Tony Shalhoub’s portrayal of Abe deserves every single prize it was nominated for.

L’Amica Geniale / My Brilliant Friend

Available at HBO GO

My Brilliant Friend is the series adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels, and it is one of the few adaptations that doesn’t disappoint. The script is actually partially written by Elena Ferrante herself, which is a major pro, but the actors and production also needs to be acknowledged. The sets are true to the book, and you can really feel the era in which the story happens, the same for the clothes. Margherita Mazzucco and Gaia Girace make a spectacular job portraying, respectively, Lenu and Lila. But the icing on the cake is that the actors actually speak the Neapolitan dialect in most of the scenes.

There are only two cons about this series, which is the same for everything on HBO GO:

  1. HBO GO is not the most affordable of the streaming services
  2. HBO’s player is bad, like very bad. If you decide to watch something there, let the episode load for around 15 minutes, otherwise it will probably freeze or go 480p on the best part.

But I still love you HBO, you produce amazing content.

Coisa Mais Linda / Most Beautiful Thing

Available at Netflix

Most Beautiful Thing tells the story of four strong women in 1959. It starts with Maria Luiza (Malu), a young and very wealthy housewife from São Paulo that moves to Rio de Janeiro just to find out her husband ran away and abandoned their plan to open a restaurant. There she meets Adélia, a young black woman who works as a maid for her neighbor. They soon decide to open a music club together, which is not that easy since they are two women (one being black) living in 1959. Throughout the narrative we also meet Lígia, Malu’s musically gifted friend that has an abusive husband, and Thereza, a working woman with the picture-perfect marriage (except she is not very happy). Besides beautiful storytelling, this series will also deliver beautiful sets and costumes.

The Umbrella Academy

Available at Netflix

The Umbrella Academy tells the story of 7 siblings with supernatural powers adopted by the eccentric billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreeves. The siblings were all born on October 1st 1989 from women who were not pregnant before the moment they began labor. Six of those children starts to be used to combat crime, but throughout the years all but one leaves the house. When Sir Reginald dies, they all gather in their family home, have a little solo dance party and then go on to spend a season trying to avoid the end of earth.

What makes this series so beautiful is not the storytelling or the images, but the characters costumes. Every inch of the costumes were created to fit the lifestyle and personality for the characters. For example, Vanya always wear discreet clothes and zero makeup until her big night, while Allisson wears simple yet glamorous outfits and a beauty look that looks way more complicated than it actually is.

The Fun Ones

The fun ones are basically those tv series that make you laugh all the time, no matter the mood.

Brooklyn 99

Available at Netflix

Brooklyn 99 needs no introduction; it is basically one of the best tv series ever created. It also gave us some of the most iconic moments and characters from tv history, like Gina, the I Want it That Way scene and Mlep(Clay)Nos.

Jane the Virgin

Available at Netflix

Jane Villanueva is a part time writer and full-time waiter who is a virgin (all thanks to her grandma!) and has a very sweet detective boyfriend called Michael. During a regular medical appointment, Jane accidently gets artificially inseminated. She later finds that the father of the baby is Rafael, her boss and the guy she had a crush on for years. Around the same time, she also finds out her father is the telenovela superstar Rogelio de la Vega.

So, basically, it will guarantee you the best parts of a telenovela and of a sitcom.

The Rest of Part 1

Because this post is already too long, and you probably didn’t read the full thing, here are other shows you can watch this week (alphabetical order).

  • Baby (Netflix)
  • Game of Thrones (HBO GO)
  • Good Girls (Netflix)
  • The Good Place (Netflix)
  • Grace & Frankie (Netflix)
  • Modern Love (Amazon Prime)
  • Russian Doll (Netflix)
  • Sex Education (Netflix)
  • Spin Out (Netflix)

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