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Best TV Shows to Occupy Your Quarantine

What’s New and What You May Have Missed on Your Favorite Streaming Services

Alexandra McArver

With the Covid-19 quarantine still in effect and as the summer starts up, many high schoolers are having a difficult time staying entertained. Luckily, many streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, and Amazon Prime Video are coming to the rescue by releasing new captivating shows to fill the time. Based on announcements they have made and trailers that have been released, they have only just gotten started. 

Many probably remember the surprise success Netflix had with the release of the Tiger King documentary at the beginning of the quarantine. For those who haven’t seen it, although it seems like everyone has, Tiger King is a 10 episode documentary following the selling and breeding of exotic cats in the US. The documentary focuses on one cat owner in particular, Joe Exotic, whose name sums up his whole personality pretty well. Watch as he films music videos, runs for president, and practices animal cruelty all with a gun in his hand and a bleached mullet on his head. As strange as it sounds, this documentary is extremely entertaining simply because it is hard to believe the people featured in it are actual living human beings. But those who did watch it can all agree on two things; they probably would have skipped it if not stuck inside and Carol Baskins definitely fed her husband to the cats. 

Another success for Netflix was the release of the new show Outer Banks in April. Outer Banks follows the main character, John B, and his three friends, JJ, Kiara and Pope, as they attempt to solve the mystery of his father’s disappearance. In the midst of this, there is also a rivalry between the two different groups of teenagers that live in the Outer Banks: the Pogues and the Kooks. As John B describes, residents of the Outer Banks either have “two jobs or two houses”. Pogues are kids who are part of the working class and the Kooks are the kids who were born into money. It took less than a month after the show’s release for it to hit number 1 on Netflix in the US and the show’s creators say they have as many as four seasons in mind to continue the series.

Chase Strokes as John B and Rudy Pankow as JJ in Outer Banks.

The CW show Riverdale, which is also available on Netflix, resurfaced in popularity during the quarantine but almost everyone who has watched the show agrees that it’s a joke. The awful writing becomes particularly apparent in musical episodes that the show includes once or twice a season despite the fact that almost no one in the entire cast of the show can actually sing. This show is great for anyone who needs a laugh and loves mindless entertainment.

Camila Mendes as Veronica in Riverdale.

Another show that is making a comeback during the quarantine is the anime Avatar the Last Airbender which was added to Netflix in May. This allowed the show to gain more fans and allowed it’s passionate and devoted fanbase the opportunity to rewatch it. 

Although Disney Plus didn’t add much to it’s selection during the quarantine, it did release a lot of teasers and trailers for new items it will be adding over the course of the summer, including a new movie based on the Artemis Fowl book series and a movie version of the popular Broadway show Hamilton which is set to release July third.

The most anticipated addition to Disney Plus is actually a new expansion to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Disney Plus is set to release three new shows following different characters in the MCU including the Winter Soldier and the Falcon, the Scarlet Witch, and Loki who is supposed to be dead after the events of Avengers: Endgame. The first show, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, is set to be released on Disney Plus in August.

Anthony Mackie as Falcon and Sebastian Stan as the Winter Soldier.