A look back at lockdown: 10 TV shows we watched

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A look back at lockdown: 10 TV shows we watched

by Stacy Roman
Stripes Europe

It’s been a year since many national lockdowns came into force due to the global pandemic. Thankfully, with plenty of streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+ and Apple TV+, there was no shortage of entertainment on the tube. Here’s a look back on 10 favorites we binged.

“Bridgerton” (Netflix). This steamy series is based on novels written by Julia Quinn. Taking place in the Regency era, the story is centered on the Bridgerton family. Filled with scandalous exploits, love, humor and plenty of drama, “Bridgerton” is worth the binge. A word of caution though, be sure to watch when the young ones aren’t in the room.

“Cobra Kai” (Netflix). Continuing the story more than 30 years after the events of “The Karate Kid” unfolded, the downtrodden Johnny Lawrence reopens the Cobra Kai dojo and rekindles his tumultuous relationship with Daniel LaRusso. With three seasons of melodramatic awesomeness, it’s a great way to relive some ‘80s nostalgia.

“The Crown” (Netflix). Beginning with the death of her father, “The Crown” follows the rise of Queen Elizabeth II. Each season covers a certain time period and tells the story behind the scenes of the world’s longest-reigning monarch and her family. There are currently four seasons available for your viewing pleasure.

“The Great British Bake Off” (Channel 4, Amazon Prime, Netflix). Move beyond banana bread and sourdough starter with this long-running British baking show. Amateur home bakers compete their way to the top prize as Britain’s best baker. With 11 seasons, you’ll definitely be hungry after watching this addictive show.

“The Mandalorian” (Disney+). The much-anticipated “Star Wars” spin-off takes place between the two main trilogies. The story follows the adventure of Din Djarin, a Mandalorian bounty hunter hired to find Grogu (often referred to as Baby Yoda by most viewers) by remaining Imperial forces. However, things go awry when the Mandalorian chooses to protect Grogu instead of handing him over. “Star Wars” aficionados won’t want to miss these two seasons.

“Ozark” (Netflix). This award-winning drama stars Jason Bateman and Laura Linney as a couple who moves their family from the bustling metropolis to the deep woods of the Missouri Ozarks. Involved in high-stakes money laundering, the family does what it must in order to stay together and stay alive. Although the fourth and final season is currently in production, you can catch the first three on Netflix.

“The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix). Set in the mid-1950s and 1960s, “The Queen’s Gambit” is a seven-episode miniseries which tells the turbulent story of Beth Harmon, a brilliant chess player battling with addiction. Once you finish the series, you’ll want to dust off your chess boards.

“Schitt’s Creek” (PopTV, Amazon Prime, Netflix). After the government repossesses the estate of Johnny and Moira Rose, they and their two adult children David and Alexis, are forced to relocate to a town they purchased as a joke – Schitt’s Creek. The show’s six seasons follow the hilarious hijinks and heartwarming moments as the family discovers what is truly important in life.

“Ted Lasso” (Apple TV+). Based on a character from ESPN commercials, “Ted Lasso” follows the story of a wayward American football coach hired to lead an English Premier League soccer team. The fish-out-of-water tale is clever and touching and absolutely worth a binge.

“Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” (Netflix). I’m pretty sure I was one of the last holdouts to finally watch this show. Even now, months after watching it, I’m still not quite sure what I watched. This docuseries chronicles the bizarre life of Joe Exotic, a zookeeper in Oklahoma whose acrimonious relationship with big cat conservationist Carole Baskin, ultimately takes a dramatic turn.

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