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Here Are The Best Shows To Watch While You’re Stuck At Home

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Since we’ve all been spending a lot of time at home recently, I doubt I’m the only one who has been doing some serious binge-watching. In our current homebound state, finding a good TV show to sink your teeth into can be a great way to stave off boredom!

To aid in your quest for entertainment, I thought I’d help out by sharing another round of some of my favorite binge-worthy TV shows! (I’ve also made sure to mention which streaming service each show is on, so you’ll know right where to look for them.)

In addition to sharing my own favorites, I’ll also be sharing recommendations from the OGT Team and OGT Plus members too! Today’s post should give you plenty of options to help you pass the time in the coming weeks and beyond! :-)

If you have a favorite show that isn’t mentioned in this post, share it with us in a comment at the end of this post!

Jillee’s Top 6 Binge-Worthy TV Shows

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1. Victoria

Available on Amazon Prime Video

This PBS drama about the early years of one of the world’s greatest monarchs is superb viewing for people who love British period dramas (like me!) From her ascension to the throne at the tender age of eighteen to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert, Jenna Coleman’s tremendously engaging portrayal of Queen Victoria is so endearing, you can’t help but fall in love with her.

The show (much like The Crown, another personal favorite) gives you an up close and personal look at the life of a queen (and empress!) underneath the pomp and circumstance. I’ll admit the love story between the Queen and her prince hooked me in the first place, but I was soon just as captivated by her indomitable spirit. I guarantee it will have you hooked by the very first episode!

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2. Poldark

Available on Amazon Prime Video

Based on the book series of the same name by Winston Graham, this is another masterfully done PBS series. The plot revolves around Captain Ross Poldark who has just returned from fighting in the Revolutionary War to his home in Cornwall, only to discover his father has died, his estate is in ruins, and his childhood sweetheart is engaged to his cousin.

He meets a young urchin called Demelza and hires her as a scullery maid but they fall in love and marry. The story follows their lives which, of course, are filled with much tragedy and intrigue! Irish actor Aidan Turner plays the lead brilliantly, stealing both the show and our hearts! :-)

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3. The Last Kingdom

Available on Netflix

I highlighted Vikings in our last post about binge-worthy TV shows, and after starting The Last Kingdom, I had a hard time deciding on which I liked better! They are both dramas based on Viking history, but the lead character, a Dane by the name of Uhtred of Bebbanburg, really captures your heart and soul from the first episode and never lets go!

The Last Kingdom is set in the late 9th century, when England is divided into seven separate kingdoms. However, the Anglo-Saxon lands are being attacked, plundered, and effectively ruled by Viking Danes in many areas, and the Kingdom of Wessex remains the last major stronghold against the Danes.

Through an unfortunate series of events, Uhtred and King Alfred of Wessex form an unlikely relationship that is tested over and over through the years. Their love-hate relationship is fascinating to watch, and I promise, you will NOT be able to stop watching!

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4. Sherlock

Available on Netflix

Watching this television series cemented my undying love and respect for its lead Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Sherlock Holmes in this PBS Masterpiece series like he was born to do it. I’d never been especially interested in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective stories before this, but Benedict Cumberbatch (and his sidekick Dr. John Watson, played superbly by Martin Freeman) make this series impossible to resist!

The series is set in the present day, which is an interesting spin on the original Victorian era stories. Sherlock Holmes is a “consulting detective,” solving various mysteries in modern-day London assisted by his flatmate and friend, Dr. John Watson, whose blog documenting their adventures turns Holmes into a reluctant celebrity.

Did I mention that Benedict Cumberbatch was BRILLIANT in this role? His characterization of Sherlock Holmes is superb and funny, making this a series I could watch over and over again!

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5. Hell on Wheels

Available on Netflix

Just so you don’t think I watch British dramas exclusively, here’s a show that couldn’t be more of a departure from my usual preference! Hell on Wheels is a western series about the construction of the first railroad across the US, chronicling the lives of the laborers, mercenaries, prostitutes, surveyors, and others who lived, worked, and died in the mobile encampment that followed the Union Pacific railhead west across the Great Plains.

The story focuses on Cullen Bohannon (played by the captivating Anson Mount), a former Confederate soldier who initially joins the railroad to track down Union soldiers who murdered his wife and young son during the Civil War. In the process, he becomes a foreman and eventually chief engineer on the railroad.

While I was once again drawn in by the lead actor, the story of the long and bitter battle between the Union Pacific Railroad and the Central Pacific Railroad proved to be unexpectedly fascinating!

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6. Hart of Dixie

Available on Netflix

If you’ve had enough history and drama and are looking for something a bit more lighthearted, I have one last recommendation for you! Hart of Dixie is simultaneously a romantic comedy and a show about the quirky antics of a fictional small town.

I once heard the show described as “a show that feels like the TV version of a hearty chicken soup,” and I couldn’t have put it better myself! Its characters are compelling and lovable, and I found it to be a lighthearted oasis in the midst of a world that can be pretty hard to live in sometimes, especially right now!

At the “hart” of this show is Dr. Zoe Hart (played by the adorable Rachel Bilson), a New Yorker who, after her dreams of becoming a heart surgeon fall apart, accepts an offer to work as a general practitioner in the fictional Gulf Coast town of Bluebell, Alabama. But the rest of the characters are equally appealing, and the soundtrack is amazing too!

OGT Staff Picks For Binge-Worthy TV Shows

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Brittany’s Pick: The Amazing Race

Available on Hulu

“There are 29 seasons of The Amazing Race on Hulu, and now is the perfect time for watching every last one! I love a good reality show, but The Amazing Race has the added appeal of watching contestants travel the world. I especially enjoy seeing cathedrals, museums and mountaintops while I’m stuck at home.“ – Brittany, Production Manager

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Kaitlyn’s Pick: Jack Ryan

Available on Amazon Prime Video

“If you’re a fan of past Jack Ryan iterations like Clear and Present Danger or The Sum of All Fears, you’ll love this small-screen adaptation of Tom Clancy’s classic story. John Krasinski (Jim Halpert from The Office) plays the show’s namesake in this version and really does a fantastic job!

I love the balance of fast-paced action and well-developed plot as Ryan follow a trail of suspicious financial transactions to a terrorist cell in Yemen in Season 1, and during his compelling mission to Venezuela in Season 2. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time!” – Kaitlyn, Photographer

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Britta’s Pick: Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Available on Hulu

“If you loved The Office or Parks and Recreation, put Brooklyn Nine-Nine on your watchlist ASAP! I can’t resist a great ensemble cast or a comedy with heart, and this show, which follows the day-to-day workings of the detectives in the NYPD’s 99th precinct, offers both in spades!

Whether you’re a headstrong goofball like Jake Peralta, a teacher’s pet like Amy Santiago, or an anxious people-pleaser like Charles Boyle, I’m sure you’ll find this cast of characters as relatable and endearing as I do!” – Britta, Content Editor

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OGT Readers’ Picks

Here are some of the TV shows that currently have OGT Plus members hooked! Some of these narrowly missed earning a spot on my personal list, so I’m glad they are getting a mention here:

  • The Sinner (Hulu)
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime Video)
  • The Blacklist (Netflix)
  • Ozark (Netflix)
  • Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)
  • Grey’s Anatomy (Netflix)

What TV shows have you been hooked on lately?

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  • Had two shoulder surgeries this past winter and “Gilmore Girls” really got me through spending so much time sleeping in a recliner. The title was never inviting to me when it first aired but once I got started bingeing (sp?), I enjoyed every episode.

  • Godless on Netflix. Excellent series, Jeff Daniels and Michelle Dockery. Michelle plays a character totally different than Mary on Downton Abbey and does it well. Virgin River on Netflix also excellent.

  • This list is fun. So now I have something to watch when I’m finished with Chicago PD…I have no idea what it is about this macho, predictable show. My son got me started on it, and I’m just now finishing up season 4. Poldark looks like a good break from the world of stereotyped Chicago cops! I have one more Sherlock to complete the series. You didn’t mention BROADCHURCH, the British version. The US version is acceptable, but the British version is oh, so much better! can’t get enough of it.

  • I really like the new series Virgin River on Netflix. Was sorry when I ran out of episodes to watch. Great acting, nice setting, good writing. Good Witch is a nice easy show to watch as well. Grace and Frankie, Lost in Space and Lucifer are also fun to watch.

    • Really loved this series! Supposed to be a Season 2 but it may be delayed due to the Corona Virus! And my very favorite tv series ion STARZ or Netflix is Outlander plus the novels this series came from written by Diana Gabaldon! My 2nd favorite series of books is After Cilmeri by Sarah Woodbury! Both book series are excellent reads! Lastly, someone mentioned Virgin River series on Netflix! The books this series comes from are written by Robyn Carr!! Happy tv watching and reading! Blessings, Tari!

  • HOMECOMING! Amazingly suspenseful. And just got started on that Tiger King show, what a junk-fest that is–but it’s hard to be so focused on working at home and this is going to let you relax into a completely junky world. I strongly recommend Fleabag above all else. It is my favorite of anything I have watched all year. Staying home is safe and a little dull. I miss my work buddies and I am already tired of emails, messages, phone calls and none of them are any fun. Just more work! Oh well, let’s be grateful we have a job still. Stay safe, stay well, and wash you paws and whiskers!

  • Um, one of the tech people needs to see to this as obviously people’s personal information should not be getting posted along with their comments. (Please delete this once the error is corrected.)

  • Jillee,

    Wrong choice of words. We are not STUCK at home, we are SAFE at home. Positive words will create a better outcome. Love all your blogs.

  • Great suggestions! I’m watching DaVinci’s Demons, Hunters and the original series of Bewitched on Amazon. Love all you’re British show ideas thank you!

  • We don’t get Netflix or Hulu, but we do get Amazon Prime so this might be worth checking out. We stay busy enough recording the 3 NCIS series on DVR, along with MacGuyver (more out of homage to the original) and one or two other shows depending on what’s in-season. Not much has changed for us as I’m busy at home most of the time anyway and my husband still goes to the office (much better internet speed, not many people). I’d like to binge all of the Lord of the Rings movies again as we have the full, uncut 4-hour long versions with all the special features on dvd. But looking over this list I think I’ll revisit the idea of ditching the Dish!

    • I know this is a thread about shows, but if you really have time on your hands, I recommend reading the Outlander books by Diana Galbadon. They are very well written and detailed. When my sister passed away in very sad circumstances, those books were the distraction I needed and helped me through.

  • Nobody mentioned Boardwalk Empire- we binged on that and went to bed way too late some nights.
    Then we went to the complete set of The Sopranos. Gangster fest!
    Now looking for something a bit lighter lol.

  • I just finished Fringe and am now watching Grimm on Amazon Prime. I purchased Amazon Prime for the fast and free delivery and forgot about video and music. And Dish has given Amazon Prime its own channel same as Netflix.

  • If you like Brooklyn Nine Nine (fantastic show!) check out Chuck: When a twenty-something computer geek inadvertently downloads critical government secrets into his brain, the C.I.A. and the N.S.A. assign two agents to protect him and exploit such knowledge, turning his life upside down.

    Also highly recommend White Collar: A white collar criminal agrees to help the FBI catch other white collar criminals using his expertise as an art and securities thief, counterfeiter, and conman.

    Also if you can handle a bit of gore… check out: iZombie: Olivia “Liv” Moore was a rosy-cheeked, disciplined, over-achieving medical resident, who had her life path completely mapped out until the night she attended a party that unexpectedly turned into a zombie-feeding frenzy. Afterward, she became part zombie. She works at a coroner’s office to give her access to the brains she must eat to survive. A side effect of her new diet is the ability to absorb the memories of the deceased, which helps her solve homicides.

    Also would highly recommend Murder in Paradise: A detective inspector is transferred from London to the island of Saint-Marie in the Caribbean. Great ensemble cast & great murder mysteries. I love that the show gives the viewer all the clues to solve the murder but we can’t see it until the detective does his exposition at the end.

  • A few yrs ago, I got the flu. I was home alone and it was bad. I tried watching different things but just couldn’t focus. Then I stumbled upon Fresh Off the Boat on Hulu. I watched the whole series. Then, a week later when my husband came back from out of town, we watched it over again! 30min episodes. Funny. You’ll love each character.

  • funny that nobody mentioned supernatural, detective anna both on amazon prime also
    grace and frankie from netflix excellent show. i guess i’m not a fan of reality shows

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