In an effort to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, lots of people are stuck working from home, which means you might be looking for a new show or movie to start streaming. Fortunately, we’re here to help with the best streaming suggestions for Netflix,…

In an effort to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, lots of people are stuck working from home, which means you might be looking for a new show or movie to start streaming. Fortunately, we’re here to help with the best streaming suggestions for Netflix,…

Social distancing streaming recommendations
In the era of social distancing that many of us now live in as part of a worldwide effort to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic, tons of people are now stuck at home for days or even weeks, discouraged from meeting in public places or hanging out in large groups.
That means that its the perfect time to kick back, relax, and catch up on all of those great TV shows and movies youve been meaning to catch up on. But if you need some suggestions (or have already managed to burn through your backlog), weve put together our best recommendations for films you can watch to distract yourself instead of staying glued to Twitter watching terrible news stream in.
Channel Zero
Look, sometimes my brain isnt dumb. It knows when Im trying to distract it from a primal fear with shiny, happy things. But what about something differently scary? Thats the appeal of horror anthology series Channel Zero, which favors a character-driven small-scale surrealism thats completely unlike our grim planet-wide pandemic. The series starts reasonably well in season 1 (the reality-breaking TV show season), hits its stride in season 2 (the reality-breaking haunted house season), gets pulpy in season 3 (the reality-breaking cannibal family season), and wraps up in season 4 (the reality-breaking manifestation of childhood fantasies season). Just dont look up the storiesthatinspiredthem, unless youve got enough time for an hours-long creepypasta binge, too. Adi Robertson
Where to stream:Shudder
Garth Marenghis Darkplace
Doctors are facing huge challenges as they try to understand and fight COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. But they can be glad theyre not Dr. Rick Dagless, MD, star of a ludicrously awful TV series from (fictional) horror author Garth Marenghi. Garth Marenghis Darkplace is ostensibly a rerelease of this series-within-a-series, framed by commentary from Marenghi and his co-star Dean Learner (actually The IT Crowds Matthew Holness and Richard Ayoade). Its also a hilarious metafictional spoof of 80s horror and a portrait of a small, deluded, narcissistic man whos convinced hes a genius. Now, is explicitly laying out some shallow thematic tie with the novel coronavirus sort of contrived here? Yes. But I know writers who use subtext, and theyre all cowards. Adi
Where to stream: Unofficially, on YouTube
Pushing Daisies
Pushing Daisies is ostensibly a show about death and one mad piemaker named Ned (played by the impossibly charming Lee Pace) who can reverse it with a touch. While the premise may sound morbid, Pushing Daisies is a delightful, earnest, and wildly optimistic show about love, life, and using your magical powers to reverse death to right wrongs and solve crimes. Its the perfect pick-me-up for anyone who is feeling down. Chaim Gartenberg
Where to stream: CW Seed (CWs weird free streaming site)
Cats (2019)
This is where Im supposed to write a blurb about why Cats (2019) is a good and reassuring thing to watch. Cats (2019) is not a good or reassuring thing to watch. It is a nightmare, filled with writhing shapes and monstrous fur-and-flesh abominations that should never have been conceived, let alone rendered into horrifyingly realistic forms that cost hundreds of millions of dollars worth of CGI.
What Im saying is, if you are feeling bummed out about the pandemic, Cats (2019) will help alleviate those concerns by giving you something far worse to think about. Chaim
Where to stream: Itll be available digitally on March 17th on online stores like iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play
Laid-back Camp
Laid-back Camp is my go-to show when I just need something chill to watch. The show is about a group of high school girls in rural Japan who enjoy camping, and thats basically it. There arent any real conflicts or drama; you just watch them go to these amazing actual campsites around Mt. Fuji. It also teaches you a lot about how to actually camp, and it makes the idea of camping in cold weather seem appealing. Michael Moore
Where to stream:Crunchyroll
The TV and film career of Rob Lowe
When youre in need of something to watch, you can always find a Rob Lowe classic to keep you from going bonkers while youre under quarantine. If you need something to soothe your political anxiety, watch Rob Lowe as Sam Seaborn in The West Wing. If you just need pure happiness, watch him as the eternally optimistic Chris Traeger in Parks and Recreation. Need some non-coronavirus melodrama? Watch him opposite Calista Flockhart as the dreamy Robert McCallister in Brothers and Sisters. The possibilities are endless; there are OG 80s movies like The Outsiders and St. Elmos Fire, and thereseven a Rob Lowe show on network TV right now called 9-1-1 Lone Star.Esther Cohen
Where to stream: Depends on your Rob Lowe movie or TV show of choice
Sex and the City
For the past week, Ive been curling up with a glass of wine (and sometimes Chinese takeout) and hanging with some new friends of mine: Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda. Yes, Im a little late to the game, but honestly, this is the perfect time to watch a show portraying a warm NYC in the late 90s. Central Park in bloom, not a subway to be seen or even mentioned the women attend great clubs and fancy meals: all things that are far from the current state of NYC (let alone my experience of NYC for the six years Ive lived here). And if that wasnt dreamy enough, there are landline phones! They werent constantly getting news updates on a 1998 antennae flip phone, the dream. Alix Diaconis
Where to stream:HBO
The Vampire Diaries
The days of extreme vampire hype are over, but this has long remained one of my guilty pleasures. The acting is cheesy, the style is very dated (the shows first episode aired in 2009), and the fashion is a not-so-welcome blast from the past, but all of this only adds to the charm. With a whopping 171 episodes over eight seasons, this show is certainly a time commitment and very suited for working from home. It doesnt matter how many times Ive seen it, the storyline sucks me in every time. Elena Gilbert is a character I love to hate, but she really encapsulates what its like to grow up in the face of tragedy (after tragedy, after tragedy, after tragedy). Vampire Diaries is truly a story of grief, friendship, love, and monsters. Kaitlin Hatton
Where to stream:Netflix
Kedi
Sometimes, you just need more cat content. Well, the truth is, you always need more cat content. Kedi is one of my favorite films to watch. Its about seven street cats who live in Istanbul and wander freely around the city, making connections with the people and communities around them. Meet Duman, or The Gentleman, who made friends with the owners of a fancy deli. Then theres Aslan Parcasi, or The Hunter, who lives at a famous fish restaurant. Every cat has a different personality, and its lovely to watch. But even better is seeing the compassion people have for them. I highly recommend watching this with a package of Oreos and a kitty by your side. Dilpreet Kainth
Where to stream:Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes
American Horror Story
Pandemics are scary. Murder is, arguably, less scary especially when murder comes in the form of witches, haunted carnivals, 80s camp slashers, and an actual murder house. American Horror Story used to stream on Netflix, but then FXs deal with Netflix seemed to come to an end, and it disappeared. Now, thanks to FXs new FX on Hulu hub, every season is available to watch. If a good portion of us are going to be working from home for the foreseeable future, we need shows that we can binge throughout the day. American Horror Story is campy and perfect. Plus, Evan Peters… need I say more? Id recommend starting with Murder House (the first season) and then jumping around the seasons to meet your fancies. My personal favorite is still American Horror Storys second season, but the third season has Stevie Nicks. Again, I ask: need I say more? Julia Alexander
Where to stream:Hulu
Law and Order: SVU
I grew up watching procedurals on sick days. Bad cold? Criminal Minds. Flu got you down? ER. Have to stay home for an uncertain but lengthy amount of time? Law and Order: SVU. The nice thing about procedurals is they dont take much brainpower. You can probably guess who did it about 20 minutes into the episode! And since they all tend to blend together at some point, its the perfect background show to have on throughout the day when youre working from home and pretending to pay attention in video meetings. There are a number of Law and Order series to choose from, but SVU is my favorite. Julia
Where to stream: Hulu
Keeping Up with the Kardashians
Whether people want to accept it, Keeping Up with the Kardashians is the pinnacle of American pop culture. This is a family that went from being B-list celebrities, thanks to their father who helped another lawyer in OJ Simpsons trial, to arguably the face of new American celebrity in the mid-aughts. Early seasons of Keeping Up with the Kardashians are a bizarre time capsule. Like procedurals, reality TV requires no thinking, and its impossible not to get caught up in. If you ever thought, I should see what the hype is all about, nows the time. Keeping Up is ridiculously addicting, and, at the heart of it, the show is a story about sisterhood that really comes through as they become the influencers we know them as today. Julia
Where to stream: Hulu
I Am Not Okay With This
A quick little fact about me: I love teen dramas. Anything thats clearly inspired by John Hughes movies immediately has me invested. Teen dramas are hit or miss. They start off great but go off the rails (Riverdale), theyre classic WB or CW shows (One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl), or they just miss the mark (Jane by Design). Lately, Netflix has ushered in a new era of great teen storytelling. Theres the Spanish show about wealthy teens hooking up and killing each other (Elite, which I would also recommend if you need a new show), post-apocalyptic comedies (Daybreak, also worth your time), or bizarre series based on a warped sense of dark humor I devour every time (The End of the F***ing World, easily another top recommendation). I Am Not Okay With This is my favorite show in recent memory. The soundtrack slaps, the cast is charming, the storyline is sensational, and, perhaps best of all, it takes three hours to watch it in its entirety. The show is about an angsty teen with superpowers that all ties back to a possible government cover-up that her late father was involved in, and its better than it has any right to be. Seriously, make time for this one its so worth it. Julia
Where to stream: Netflix
A Goofy Movie
Sometimes, you just need to tune out all of the chaos in the world and watch an animated Disney movie. When people think of animated Disney films, they most likely think of classics like Aladdin, Hercules, and The Lion King. But theres one animated Disney film that was released in the mid-90s that I feel is the most underrated film of that decade: A Goofy Movie.
Its a heartwarming story that focuses on the importance of family, unconditional love, and seizing your moment. Also, did I mention how amazing its soundtrack is? Taylor Lyles
Where to stream: Disney Plus
Terrace House
You may not be able to live your normal life, but that doesnt mean you cant live vicariously through others. Terrace House is just about the most laid-back reality show there is. Its about six young Japanese people who are put together in a house, and they mostly just live their life. There are no challenges, and no one forms alliances. Yes, theres romance and the occasional drama, but theres also genuine friendship and people trying to help each other out. In one early episode, the house has a meeting because theyre worried that a budding baseball player is slacking off too much. The biggest Terrace House drama to date involves someone eating a steak that wasnt theirs. Mostly, though, youre watching awkward first dates and young people struggling to find their true passion. When someone feels their time on the show has come to an end, they simply leave, and another 20-something takes their place. The show is slow-paced yet strangely engrossing, and its anchored by a group of hilarious hosts who dissect each episode at various points. The best part: if you havent watched it yet, theres a lot to dig into, with four seasons set everywhere from Tokyo to Hawaii. Andrew Webster
Where to stream:Netflix
A British mystery series
Theres something extremely comforting to me about a British mystery series. The best ones feature a quirky detective / police officer / lawyer in an interesting, often scenic setting solving mysteries by interrogating lots of suspicious people with interesting accents. Even those series that try to be more gritty are usually reassuring, as the protagonist does their best to act ethically while bringing justice to the world. My personal favorites are Vera, which features a middle-aged, grumpy, brilliant police detective in rural northeast England, and Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries, in which a smart, pushy private detective solves mysteries in 1920s Australia (okay, Australias not Britain, but what the hell) while dressing fabulously and inviting good-looking witnesses into her bed. One hint: if you want to understand what everyone is saying, keep the closed captions on. Barbara Krasnoff
Where to stream:Acorn
Shaun of the Dead
Take car. Go to mums. Kill Phil, grab Liz, go to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint, and wait for all of this to blow over. Hows that for a slice of fried gold?
(Note: probably dont go to The Winchester, given that large public gatherings at places like bars may not be the best idea right now.) Chaim
Where to stream:Starz
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