Best shows to binge in second lockdown
You might think that you’ve watched every possible TV show produced while you’ve been spending time at home. But as a second lockdown hits, and you worry that your screen will be devoid of entertainment, I am here to tell you that it’s simply not true.
If you’re in need of some compelling drama from the past, or the latest hits from the current Golden Age of TV, there’s something for everyone here.
1. Schitt’s creek
It took a while for Dan Levy’s comedy to reach the acclaim it has — it just won all the comedy categories at the Emmys for its final season. And indeed, it might take a few episodes to warm up to this story of a rich, entitled family who lose it all and move to the titular small town that patriarch Johnny Rose (Eugene Levy) purchased as a lark. But unlike Arrested Development, this squabbling brood shows different shades and sides of themselves as the seasons tick by, growing into characters you actually root for. It’ll warm your heart if you give it a chance.
2. The Boys
What could have been a cheap, crass crack at superhero overload is in fact a witty, mad exploration of monsters among men and the people who try to keep them in line. Based on Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s comic book run, The Boys finds Karl Urban’s Billy Butcher leading an unruly gang of vigilantes who have beef with superhero team The Seven, revered by the public as heroes. Season 2 continues the madness, adding the likes of Aya Cash’s lunatic, selfie-obsessed Stormfront, and more drama between Anthony Starr’s dead-eyed Homelander and Billy. The new episodes represent everything ramped up.
3. Cobra Kai
Taking place 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, this long-time-coming sequel spin-off to The Karate Kid — with original stars — has unsurprisingly become a big hit and is set to get underway with season three.
The series starts with the successful Daniel La Russo struggling to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of Mr Miyagi, and once again facing his previous adversary Johnny Lawrence, who seeks redemption by reopening the Cobra Kai karate dojo.
Heist dramas have always been very popular amongst the audience, and Lupin starring Omar Sy is currently ruling the OTT space. The show that premiered on Friday (March 16) has become Netflix’s “biggest French hit.” Netflix’s CEOs — Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos inform that the show would be viewed by 70 million subscribers within its first 28 days of its release.
Created by George Kay, Lupin is inspired by the popular novels by Maurice Leblanc. Sy essayed the role of Assane Diop, who recreates some of his hero Lupin’s heists. The drama also stars Ludivine Sagnier, Clotilde Hesme, and Nicole Garcia in key roles.
5. Sex Education
One of my absolute favorite suggestions from this list — I just wish this existed when I was an awkward teenager! The perfect blend of humour, coming-of-age drama, wholesome heartfelt moments and scenes you’re uncomfortable watching with your mother, the show isn’t just utterly watchable, it really is an education. And Gillian Anderson is in it, so you know it must be good.