15 TV shows to binge-watch while you’re self-isolating

19 Mar 2020

Given the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus), we understand that many of you will be at home self-isolating, and if you’re unwell you might not feel up to doing any work. On that note, the Marketing team have put together this handy guide to some of their favourite TV shows to help you decide what to watch. We hope you find something you like! 

1. BoJack Horseman - Netflix 

Creator: Raphael Bob-Waksberg

Writers: Mehar Sethi, Joanna Calo, Kate Purdy 

Stars: Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Paul F. Tompkins and Aaron Paul

Seasons: 6

BoJack Horseman is an Emmy-nominated animated Netflix original comedy. The series follows 90s sitcom star, BoJack Horseman, his human sidekick, and his feline agent/ex-girlfriend as BoJack attempts to navigate 21st century Hollywood and stage a comeback. A thought-provoking study of addiction and celebrity, this show is about more than just an anthropomorphic horse. 

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2. Rick and Morty - Netflix

Creator: Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon

Writers: Ryan Ridley, Dan Guterman, Jessica Gao

Stars: Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer and Sarah Chalke

Seasons: 4

Originating from a short parody film of Back to the Future, Rick and Morty is an acclaimed animation which follows drunken and definitely mad scientist Rick and his impressionable grandson Morty. The characters split their time between family life and interdimensional adventures. This dark but funny series is one of the best animation series created in recent years, with fresh and original writing. 

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3. Better Call Saul - Netflix

Creator: Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould

Writers: Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison 

Stars: Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Michael Mando, Michael McKean, Giancarlo Esposito and Tony Dalton
Seasons: 5 

In this Breaking Bad spin-off, ex-con artist Jimmy McGill turns into a small-time attorney and goes through a series of trials and tragedies, as he transforms into his alter ego Saul Goodman, a morally challenged criminal lawyer. Better Call Saul has been well received by critics, with many arguing it is the best prequel ever made - some even say it is better than Breaking Bad, although it’s important to note that you can watch it as a standalone series too.

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4. Red Oaks - Amazon Prime

Creator: Joseph Gangemi, Gregory Jacobs

Writers: Joseph Gangemi, Gregory Jacobs

Stars: Craig Roberts, Jennifer Grey, Richard Kind, Ennis Esmer, Gage Golightly, Oliver Cooper, Josh Meyers, Alexandra Socha, Paul Reiser, Gina Gershon, Freddie Roman, Alexandra Turshen

Seasons:

Jewish college student David Myers begins working at Red Oaks country club in New Jersey during his summer break in 1985. This coming-of-age comedy follows David as he attempts to figure out what to do with himself, navigating adolescence, dating and the pursuit of happiness against a retro cinematic backdrop. Bound to resonate with those who enjoyed Craig Roberts’ performance in Submarine or The Fundamentals of Caring.

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5. Ugly Delicious - Netflix 

Creator: David Chang

Stars: David Chang, Peter Meehan, Aziz Ansari, David Choe, Rene Redzepi 

Seasons:

Award-winning chef David Chang stars alongside some recognisable celebrity faces in this travelogue and food documentary. Each episode of Ugly Delicious highlights one dish or culinary concept and explores how it is made in different regions and how it has evolved over time, offering a unique fusion of travel, cooking and history. Maybe not one to watch if your fridge is currently as bare as your local supermarket shelves, as it’s bound to make you peckish. 

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6. Stranger Things - Netflix 

Creator: The Duffer Brothers (Ross and Matt)

Writers: The Duffer Brothers (Ross and Matt)

Stars: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Cara Buono

Seasons:

If you haven’t already watched this multi-award-winning 80s inspired drama-horror series then you’re in for a scare. Set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Stranger Things follows the fallout from the disappearance of a teenage boy called Will Byers and the sudden appearance of a girl with no name but psychokinetic abilities. A must-watch for lovers of all things retro or Stephen King novels. 

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7. I Am Not Okay With This - Netflix 

Creator: Based on the graphic novel by Charles Forsman 

Writers: Jonathan Entwistle, Christy Hall

Stars: Sophia Lillis, Wyatt Oleff, Sofia Bryant, Kathleen Rose Perkins 

Seasons: 1

With its nostalgic brat-pack aesthetic, I Am Not Okay With This is a timeless story of grief, centred around Sydney who is trying to comprehend her father’s suicide. Sydney has a secret, one that threatens to tear her world as she knows it apart. Will the boy-next-door Stanley Barber help her make sense of it all before it’s too late? 

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8. Westworld - Sky Atlantic

Creator: Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy 

Writers: Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy, Halley Gross, Kath Lingenfelter 

Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Luke Hemsworth  

Seasons: 3

In a futuristic Western-themed amusement park, Westworld, the visitors interact with automatons. However, all hell breaks loose when the robots begin malfunctioning. This adaptation of the 1973 film by the same name is a chilling dystopian vision of what a tech-heavy future might look like. 

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9. Modern Love - Amazon Prime 

Creator: John Carney

Writers: John Carney 

Cast: Sofia Boutella, Olivia Cooke, Tina Fey, Julia Garner, Anne Hathaway, Catherine Keener, Dev Patel, Andrew Scott, John Slattery, Andy Garcia 

Seasons:

A co-production from Amazon Studios and the New York Times, this romantic comedy anthology series explores love in all of its different forms. Each episode brings to life a different story that has been inspired by the newspaper's popular Modern Love column. Perfect to watch if you’re looking for something a bit brighter to lighten these uncertain times.

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10. Dark - Netflix

Creator: Baran bo Odar, Jantje Friese

Writers: Ronny Schalk

Cast: Louis Hofmann, Lisa Vicari, Maja Schöne, Olivier Masucci, Jördis Triebel, Andreas Pietschmann, Gina Stiebitz 

Seasons: 2

Dark is a mind-melting sci-fi series set in a fictionalized version of the town of Winden, Germany, which concerns the aftermath of two child disappearances, which exposes the secrets of and hidden connections among four estranged families, as they slowly unravel a sinister time travel conspiracy which spans three generations. 

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11. Silicon Valley - NowTV

Creator: Mike Judge, John Altschuler, Dave Krinsky 

Writers: Mike Judge, Alec Berg, Carrie Kemper, John Altschuler 

Cast: Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Josh Brener, Martin Starr, Kumail Najiani, Christopher Evan Welch, Amanda Crew, Zachary Woods, Matt Ross

Seasons: 6

If you were to picture yourself in the midst of a Silicon Valley tech startup then you’d probably envision yourself in a company like Pied Piper, a revolutionary data compression app that is the brainchild of Richard Hendricks. This comedy series sends up the toxicity of America’s cutthroat startup climate, with Hendricks and his friends the butt of most of the jokes. 

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12. Billions - NowTV

Creator: Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Andrew Ross Sorkin

Writers: Brian Koppelman David Levien Andrew Ross Sorkin

Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff, Malin Åkerman, Toby Leonard Moore 

Seasons: 4

In Billions Chuck Rhoades, a sincere but ruthless US attorney, engages in an egoistic battle with hedge fund kingpin Bobby 'Axe' Axelrod as they try to outdo each other in the competitive financial market. Rhoades’ wife, Wendy, who is a psychiatrist, a dominatrix and in-house performance coach at Axe Capital, is caught in the middle of the two men in this complex battle of loyalties and egos. 

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13. The Outsider - Sky Atlantic

Creator: Based on the eponymous Stephen King novel, Richard Price
Writers: Stephen King, Richard Price, Dennis Lehane, Jessie Nickson-Lopex

Cast: Ben Medelsohn, Bill Camp, Jeremy Bobb, Mare Winningham, Paddy Considine, Yul Vazquez

Seasons: 1

Based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel, this horror-crime drama explores the investigation into the gruesome murder of a local boy. When an insidious supernatural force edges its way into the case, it leads the investigators to question everything they believe in.

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14. The Stranger - Netflix

Creator: Harlan Coben

Writers: Danny Brocklehurst 

Cast: Richard Armitage, Siobhan Finneran, Jennifer Saunders, Shaun Dooley, Paul Kaye, Dervla Kirwan, Kadiff Kirwan, Hannah John-Kamen, Anthony Head, Stephen Rea, Jacob Dudman, Ella-Rae Smith, Brandon Fellows, Misha Handley

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When a stranger approaches Adam Price with a disturbing allegation about his wife, Corinne, everything he thought he knew about his marriage is called into question as detectives Johanna and Wes take on a bizarre case. Can you piece together the bits of the puzzle before they can? 

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15. When They See Us - Netflix

Creator: Ava DuVernay

Writers: Ava DuVernay

Cast: Asante Blackk, Caleel Harris, Ethan Herisse, Marquis Rodrigquez

Seasons: 1

In 1989 a jogger was assaulted and raped in New York's Central Park, and the Central Park Five - five boys from Harlem who were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time - were charged with the crime. This harrowing limited series follows the quintet as they maintain innocence and spend a quarter of a century fighting to be exonerated. Against the backdrop of #BlackLivesMatter this is essential watching. 

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We hope you enjoy our recommendations - if you do drop us a Tweet at @SAEinstituteUK and let us know! 

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