What should you binge watch during the quarantine?

The Vanguard staff discuss what they’ve been watching while they ignore their responsibilities and pretend the world isn’t falling apart.

Vanguard staff binge watch TV while stuck inside amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Vanguard Photo | Brooke Elward

Maria Ranger: “Please Like Me”

Before the quarantine started, I started watching a show on Hulu called “Please Like Me.” It’s an Australian comedy about a guy named Josh who gets dumped by his girlfriend because she thinks he’s gay and then finds out that he actually is gay. Much of the show is about how he comes to terms with his sexuality. Meanwhile, he also has to help care for his mother, who has severe depression, and deal with the fallout from his parents’ divorce.

It’s a really funny show, and even though there’s a lot of serious topics in it, it still feels light. For example, his ex-girlfriend Claire remains one of his best friends after they break up. His mother is admitted into a mental hospital, but she makes friends there and finds ways to make the best of it. There’s a lot of moments that are really relatable for people in their early 20s just starting out their adult life, which is why I think I enjoy the show so much. Once I finally get control of my homework, I know this is the show I’ll be finishing.

Abby Lawson: “Private Practice”

Everyone has heard of “Grey’s Anatomy,” and most likely you’ve at least watched clips of it. Less likely is that you’ve watched or heard of the spinoff, “Private Practice.” Starring an amazing lead, Addison Montgomery, as a neonatal surgeon, she moves from Seattle to L.A., where she joins a new, trendy clinic owned by her friends from medical school. Addison happens to be the ex-wife of Derek from “Grey’s Anatomy,” and he makes the occasional appearance, as does his sister, who later becomes a main character in “Private Practice.”

The show isn’t just about a trendy L.A. clinic; it deals with all sorts of real-world issues and actual ethical health care questions. So far, it has been my favorite binge watch because you can never predict where the show will lead you. Beyond medicine, “Private Practice” has a truly entertaining storyline where people die, fall in love and become great friends. Where I could never finish “Grey’s Anatomy,” I readily finished this series and highly recommend it to anyone needing a great show to distract themselves and captivate their attention.

Connor Rousseau: “The Office”

Many of us have seen the well-known and adored TV show “The Office” It has streamed for billions of hours on Netflix, and Steve Carell’s iconic character, Michael Gary Scott, is a beloved and relatable character throughout the series. This nine-season show connects with everyone in a unique way and finds creative ways to make people laugh, cry and binge watch for hours on end.

I recommend “The Office” to anyone who hasn’t seen it, but also to those who have. I began watching the series four years ago when I was just a freshman in high school, and, now, returning to the show out of boredom from the shelter-in-place mandate, I have found the jokes to be just as fresh as they were the first time I watched it. To those of you who have already watched this show, I encourage you to return to it and enjoy it again. I have genuinely found the classic one-liners, jokes and stunts to be just as good as before. I never thought I would enjoy something so much that I had already watched before, but “The Office” is one of those special shows that has that incredible ability.

So, as you wash your hands and practice social distancing, sit back and watch “The Office” on Netflix. And don’t forget to watch season seven, episode seven, since the beginning of that episode is a conference room meeting about how to prevent the spread of germs on “Hygiene Day.”

Brooke Elward: The Marvel Universe Movies

So far into this three-week isolation, I have spent all the time with one friend. We occasionally need something to put on in the background, or we just get bored. With having already binged “Grey’s Anatomy,” “You” and “Tiger King,” I needed something that would occupy me longer. With finally giving into a yearlong subscription to Disney+, I took up the Marvel Cinematic Universe but in chronological order. I highly recommend this as a great way of enjoying all the time home. The next movie in order that I need to watch is Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Here is the chronological order for all of you to join me.

  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Captain Marvel
  • Iron Man
  • Iron Man 2
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Thor
  • The Avengers
  • Iron Man 3
  • Thor: Dark World
  • Captain America: Winter Soldier
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Ant-Man
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Doctor Strange
  • Black Panther
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Ant-Man and The Wasp
  • Avengers: Endgame
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home

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