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Quarantine Entertainment Favorites

I know that this pandemic and quarantine are treating each of us differently. My area is finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, so I hope you’re getting close to that too! In case you’ve been needing some recommendations for entertainment, I’ve got you covered! Just keep reading!

Documentaries

I don’t know about you, but I love a good documentary. I’m partial to the nature ones because I grew up watching Steve Irwin and wanting to be like him when I grew up (minus the crocs). I’ve also been obsessed with the docuseries trend that’s been happening!

Saving Jaws

If you only watch one documentary I’m suggesting, it HAS to be this one. It follows Ocean Ramsey (@oceanramsey) around the world in the fight against harming sharks for shark fin soup. This is the most cinematic documentary I’ve ever seen!

Ocean shows her extensive knowledge about sharks and the serious reasons we need to be concerned about conserving their species. You see her get face to face with giant sharks & even get them to turn away when they’ve been eyeing her up.

The way she cares for the sharks and interacts with them in the wild is so similar to the way Steve Irwin interacted with any animal he encountered. We need more people like this in the world, for sure!

Tiger King

Wow, I don’t even know where to start with this one. There’s so much unpacked in the docuseries that I couldn’t possibly begin to cover it all. I hadn’t seen the trailer before my family put it on the living room TV. I walked in during the middle of the first or second episode & had to put my homework down to watch the crazy.

Basically, it follows the illegal selling, buying, and profiting from owning big cats like lions and tigers in the US. It’s centered on Joe Exotic with major appearances from Carole Baskin & Doc Antle, who also own, sell, & show exotic animals.

There’s murder for hire, drugs, a missing (probably killed) husband, polygamy, and oh so much more. You get to see Joe Exotic’s 2016 presidential campaign (& yes, he actually received votes), his 2018 governor of Oklahoma campaign, and so many different legal battles.

Cheer

If you need some feel-good entertainment, Netflix’s Cheer docuseries is it! I grew up doing cheerleading but it’s about so much more than the sport itself. Navarro College Cheerleading brought people from all walks of life together then gave them structure & positive influence.

Every time the show focused on someone else’s story, they became my favorite person. Overall, I’d have to say Jerry is my favorite. He’s the most positive person, even in situations where most people would get extremely frustrated.

I loved the cheerleading parts because it was such a big part of my life between middle and high school. This was one of the first Netflix series I binged in 2020 and will highly recommend it for a long time to come!

Reality Shows

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been such a sucker for reality tv. I’m talking OG Kardashians, The Amazing Race, or Big Brother.

The Circle

Wow, The Circle has combined the best parts of different reality shows into something brand new. It’s similar to Big Brother because all of the contestants are brought to live in the same building. But the catch is that they each get their own sound-proof apartment so they can’t see or hear anyone else that’s playing.

The game is based on a social media platform called The Circle. Contestants can play as themselves or as a catfish. The main goal is to make friends and gain influence in the group to become an influencer, aka the two highest ranked people in voting. Anyone who gets voted off is considered blocked.

It’s a great show with some great personalities in the cast! There’s also a lot of representation of ethnicity, different ways of life, and the LGBTQ+ community. So many shows fail in this category, but it’s honestly the best part of The Circle in my opinion.

Love is Blind

The concept of Love is Blind is very similar to that of The Circle but in a dating show format. Everyone in the cast stays in the same complex but the men and women are kept in separated areas. They go into these pods where they can’t see the other person but they can hear them and have conversations with them.

But the twist: they must get engaged before they can ever see each other. After that, they get to meet each other face to face. Then they go off to Mexico to get to know each other some more before going back to Atlanta and moving into a shared apartment together. Their weddings are scheduled for a short 4 weeks after the engagement.

I personally enjoyed Love is Blind a lot. However, I think it would have been much better (even with its reception) if it was done as more of a documentary than reality show. They focused way too much on certain individuals just because they (or their situation) were dramatic. We didn’t get to see all of the engaged couples after the proposals. The producers had only planned to follow a certain number of couples, IF they even got that many.

While it would have been stretched out for several more episodes, I think it would be really interesting to see the relationships we didn’t get to see the first time.

TV Shows

Outer Banks

You. Need. To. Watch. This. like yesterday. But watch the trailer first then let me know how the show lived up to your expectations.

Because it completely blew my mind away. I thought it was going to be a Gossip Girl-esque treasure hunt in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. But it’s so much more than that.

You might need to take some breaks, especially towards the end of the season. It got so intense that I just had to sit there like *wow* that just happened.

It’s so good that you HAVE to watch as soon as possible.

Motherland: Fort Salem

So this is a show that I accidentally got into. My boyfriend’s mom had been watching it and I just blew it off because it seemed weird with the whole idea of witches being the American military.

But soon enough, I found myself entranced by the story and couldn’t help but watch. The Beltane episode was such a strange concept for me, especially the way it was portrayed in the episode.

A few days after watching the episode, I was scrolling my for you page on Tik Tok and saw a Beltane video. Naturally, I went down the rabbit hole because I thought they were piggy-backing off the show. I had no idea that this was a real event that people celebrate. I’m sure I spent a good hour or so down that Tik Tok rabbit hole..lol.

This might be a harder one to get interested in, but definitely give it a try if you feel like there’s nothing left to watch!


I didn’t expect to have enough time to binge so many shows and series this semester, but somehow it still happened. And honestly, I’m glad it did! It’s given me something else to focus on instead of the dreaded news or constant quarantine-focused conversations.

I hope you’ve found at least one favorite new show out of my recommendations! Comment below and tell me why you did or didn’t like a show on the list.

See you again real soon,

Arianna

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