To help with the cabin fever, here are some hidden gems of shows and movies to keep you occupied. There’s gotta be more out there than than Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and Bird Box.
Family reality shows have covered a lot of territory, but nothing is quite like The Casketeers. The New Zealand reality show follows a couple of married Maori funeral directors. The show is poignant and funny, with the saucy attitudes of an E! reality show mixed with the emotional drama of laying to rest a Maori princess.
- Kim's Convenience
The Canadian sitcom follows the lives of a Korean family running a convenience store. In classic sitcom format, the dad is stubborn stuck in his ways, the mother is the most hardworking, the daughter is trying to get out of the family business, and the son is a rebel trying to make good. It starts broad, as sitcoms often do, but builds nicely.
Minute to Win It
Though hosted by soul-patched Olympian Apolo Ohno, viewers need neither athletic prowess or chin hair to enjoy this game show, which challenges pairs of friends/family/lovers to complete agonizingly simple games built from household items in under 60 seconds. Best part is you can skip all the filler parts, where they talk about their lives. I don’t care about your family! I wanna see you throw a ball into a cup seven feet away.
There are only two seasons of Jeopardy on Netflix: Tournament of Champions and Battle of the Decades. It might not be much, but it’s enough. Maybe one day Netflix will realize we just want infinite Jeopardy reruns instead of sub-par original series’.
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- Sorry to Bother You
As award season reaches its peak, Sorry to Bother You has become one of the best snubbed movies of 2018. It tackles union organizing, the tech industry, gentrification, and horse-people in a way no one has ever done before. Seriously. No one has ever made a movie like this before.
Created by Darren Star, the writer of Sex and the City, this upbeat comedy follows a 40-year-old divorcee masquerading as a 26-year-old in order to get a job in the ageist publishing industry. The show is fluffy, but the satire of the publishing is surprisingly biting. It also stars Hilary Duff and crazy guest stars like Diane Rehm.
- The Masked Singer
We’ve twice written about The Masked Singer, a singing competition where celebrities compete anonymously while wearing sparkling animal costumes, because twice the revealed contestants have been Steelers. It’s insane and shan’t be missed.
You simply can’t go wrong with Shrek (which is also on Netflix).