TV and Movies·Posted on Apr 3, 202027 Shows The BuzzFeed Staff Has Been Streaming (And Loving) In QuarantineHere's what the BuzzFeed staff has been streaming in quarantine — aka our version of "staff picks."by Whitney JeffersonBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Kidding Showtime "One of the first shows we started during quarantine in my apartment was Kidding, and we quickly went through the show's two seasons. It's a surreal dark comedy starring Jim Carrey as a Mr. Rogers–like character named Mr. Pickles who stars in a television show for children. If you love Jim Carrey, Judy Greer, Catherine Keener, and Justin Kirk as much as I do, you will love this cast and this endearingly quirky show!" —Whitney JeffersonWatch it on Showtime here and Amazon Prime Video here. 2. Little Fires Everywhere Hulu "I absolutely can't get enough of this weekly miniseries (based on the extremely good book by Celeste Ng). It stars Kerry Washington, Reese Witherspoon, and Joshua Jackson, aka the most stacked cast ever. It'll give you Big Little Lies vibes, but with a little less mystery and even more family drama. The weekly episodes have really given me something to look forward to in the middle of the week, which makes it the perfect show for this moment. AND THE '90s SOUNDTRACK IS AMAZING." —Jen AbidorWatch it on Hulu here. 3. Feel Good Netflix "This was honestly the perfect Netflix binge-watch right now. While it's only six episodes, I loved every second of it and was able to watch it in one sitting. Not only is this show really funny, but it also explores an LGBTQ relationship and family dynamics super well. If you end up loving it, Mae Martin, the creator, also has an episode of Comedians of the World, which is also amazing. Plus, Feel Good stars Lisa Kudrow, who continues to be a comedic genius." —Nora Dominick"Feel Good on Netflix is a queer quarantine must. Mae Martin — a stand-up comic — wrote, produced, and acts in the six-episode romantic dramedy and plays a character that mirrors a version of her real-life self. The show's main character, Mae, is a stand-up comic from Canada living in London and struggling openly with the complexities of love, gender identity, and addiction. Mae's incredible costars include Lisa Kudrow as Mae's mother, Linda, and Charlotte Ritchie as her girlfriend George. I'm personally thrilled to have stumbled across a show that is queer, well written, and well acted — a rare trifecta, unfortunately. This show will make you feel seen, feel gay (lol), and ultimately Feel Good." —Jennifer TontiWatch it on Netflix here. 4. High Fidelity Hulu "I can’t get enough of this show! From the amazing soundtrack and cast to the relatable storyline and notable fashion, High Fidelity has it all! It’s a TV adaptation based on the novel and film of the same name. It stars Zoë Kravitz as Rob, a record shop owner in Brooklyn, who’s determined to figure out where her romantic relationships went wrong by revisiting her 'Top Five Heartbreaks.' And when I say 'revisit,' I mean she literally finds her exes and asks them why the relationship didn’t work. If that isn’t entertainment, then I don’t know what is. "Da’Vine Joy Robinson, Jake Lacy, David H. Holmes, and Kingsley Ben-Adir round out the ensemble cast, bringing a special element to the series with every line they deliver. If you’re a hopeless romantic, enjoy a good playlist, or just love a good show about friends, then this is the show for you!" —Morgan MurrellWatch it on Hulu here. 5. Élite Netflix "I'm obsessed with Élite! It's like a combination of Gossip Girl and Euphoria — it's got romance, an incredibly attractive cast, and murder." —Kelly Martinez"It's hard to think of a show that has captivated me more than Élite! With every twist and turn in the plotline, I promise that you'll become more and more obsessed with the show. The acting is superb, the actors are all majorly attractive, and the soundtrack is A+. Would you judge me if I admitted to taking the day off from work when the latest season came out so that I could watch it all in one day? I honestly think it's one of my favorite shows of all time...and I do not say that lightly!" —Whitney JeffersonWatch it on Netflix here. 6. Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker Amanda Matlovich / Netflix "If you're looking for something that is entertaining and has a short time commitment, then I would highly recommend Netflix's miniseries Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker, which stars Octavia Spencer, Blair Underwood, and Tiffany Haddish. It tells the story of America’s first female self-made millionaire, who also happened to be a black woman living in the early 1900s, Madam C.J. Walker (it's loosely based on her life, so there are some details that are not accurate). And, of course, Octavia is spectacular in it." —Brian GalindoWatch it on Netflix here. 7. Glee Fox "I've been using this time to revisit Glee, and it's been WONDERFUL for my mental health. As the seasons go on, the show just gets more and more absurd, and I can't help but laugh. It's a perfect show to watch when you need to escape everything that's going on around you." —Lauren GarafanoWatch it on Netflix here. 8. The Leftovers HBO "Hear me out, BUT: I'm rewatching The Leftovers. It's a flawless show on its own, in my opinion — the music ALONE should have EGOTed. But it's also an incredible portrait of global grief, and the ways people do and don't cope in the aftermath of a major unplanned event." —Jess Probus"If you're looking for a show that's light and fun, this would honestly NOT be the show for you. But if you're in a place where you're actively trying to process grief and uncertainty, I really can't recommend The Leftovers enough. Over three beautifully directed and extremely moving seasons that each feel like some kind of dystopian parable, the show explores all of the ways in which, following a global catastrophic event, regular people manage to deal with unexplainable loss. There are a lot of fascinating ways that religion, family, and technology get tied up in the plotline too, and of course, if you like Justin Theroux and Carrie Coon, this will be EXTREMELY your kind of thing. But I will warn you: It does get morbid and deeply sad, so just make sure that's the headspace you're in before you dive in." —Delia CaiWatch it on HBO Now here and Amazon Prime Video here. 9. Bored to Death HBO "I'm currently staying with my parents, and my childhood bedroom is the only one in the house without internet, so I've been digging through my high school DVD collection and found my Bored to Death DVDs. As a teen, I was massively obsessed with Jason Schwartzman, so naturally I gravitated toward this show then, and now that I'm living in New York City in my mid-20s, it feels a lot more relatable. "Bored to Death is HBO's hidden gem, and it's so fun to watch. Jason plays a struggling writer who goes through a tough breakup. In an attempt to change his life around, he ends up becoming an unlicensed private detective, helping people while he barely has his shit together. Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis also star in it, and they make such an incredibly funny trio. If you're a fan of theirs and haven't watched this show, now's the best time to do so." —Tatiana TenreyroWatch it on HBO Now here and Hulu here. 10. The Mindy Project Hulu "I'm rewatching the entirety of The Mindy Project right now, and it's the best decision I've ever made. Partially it's because as a New Yorker, I'm desperate for the normalcy of it (people outside! yelling at each other on the train! my kingdom!!), but mostly because it's nonstop smart, with witty updates of every rom-com trope that brings me joy, excellent banter, and an emotional resonance that always hits ya right in the feels when you least expect it. I am also living vicariously through Mindy Lahiri's character growth over the past six seasons even as I, a sentient couch cushion, remain stagnant as heck in lockdown." —Emma LordWatch it on Hulu here. 11. Friday Night Dinner BBC "I'm currently holed up with my parents (originally planned weekend trip has turned into a much longer social-isolation stay). My mom is a British TV aficionado (H/T to Acorn streaming!) but had never watched Friday Night Dinner till my stay. Each episode is a Friday night when two adult sons visit their parents for Shabbat dinner."Everyone is weird, the sons torture each other, and when the kids arrive, their father is often shirtless because 'it's boiling' or he's doing something like drying fish in a cupboard. Oh, and the neighbor has a knack for showing up at the WORST times during dinner because his toilet is broken and he has to use theirs, he's wearing an anatomically correct dog costume while collecting money for charity, or just about any other strange reason that would be incredibly annoying IRL. It's been the perfect escape show for my parents and me. Now, my dad rarely likes the comedic stuff my mom and I enjoy (other recent outliers are Always Be My Maybe, Better Call Saul, and Derry Girls), but this show has kept him awake and laughing." —Elizabeth LillyWatch it on Amazon Prime Video here. 12. Steven Universe Cartoon Network "I'll admit that this has been my go-to mood-lifting show even before we were stuck inside our homes, but it's just as soothing now as it ever was! Steven Universe is so much more than a cartoon. What seemingly begins as a cute story about a kid with supernatural powers morphs over the seasons into a beautiful story of love, loss, and friendship. It's progressive and beautifully drawn and has made me cry on more than one occasion. The episodes are only 10 minutes long, so you can watch one at a time or a bunch in a row. The soundtrack will get stuck in your head for days, and the animation is absolutely gorgeous, too." —Whitney JeffersonWatch it on Hulu here. 13. Babylon Berlin Beta Film "Is a show that features the 1929 stock market crash as one of the central plot points during its most recent season the best show in terms of escapism for the moment? Absolutely not. That being said, the portrait of 1920s Berlin that this series paints is just so darn fun to look at. Extravagant art deco nightclubs! Eerie and mesmerizing silent movie sets! A police station that has elevators that never stop, so you just have to jump off when you're at your floor! There's murder, lust, a literal train of gold, and an extended song and dance by a drag king. What more could you want?" —Adam DavisWatch it on Netflix here. 14. Love Island BBC "My nightly ritual with my roommate has been bingeing Love Island UK on Hulu. It's the perfect quarantine show: hot Brits, trapped in a villa in Spain, trying to find lurv and win £50,000 (plus whatever sponcon they book afterward). Each season is 40-plus episodes long, so there's plenty of content to get us through however long this lasts. Guarantee we're coming out of quarantine with Essex accents." —Kristina BornholtzWatch it on Hulu here. 15. The Vampire Diaries The CW "I'd never seen the series because it always felt too daunting to start, but now that I'm spending all of my time at home, I've been able to start it. Lemme just say that this teen drama is genuinely good and entertaining. I truly cannot stop watching! And there are eight seasons with 22 hourlong episodes each AND two spinoffs, so you won't have to worry about running out of things to watch!" —Lauren GarafanoWatch it on Netflix here. 16. The Originals The CW "At the beginning of this year, I started rewatching The Vampire Diaries, so I've hit The Originals in my rewatch. Right now, with everything that's going on, it has been really comforting to watch a show that I love and can just get lost in. Plus, watching a show that isn't about the real world has been a great comfort too. It has been nice to relive some of the biggest moments from the series and see characters that became my favorites, like Freya, show up for the first time. If you want a long binge-watch, I can't recommend the 'Vampire Diaries universe' enough." —Nora DominickWatch it on Netflix here. 17. The Imagineering Story Disney "I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that Disney's The Imagineering Story is my favorite thing on the entire Disney+ streaming platform. It's just so...magical. The series begins with the development of Disneyland and goes all the way up to the latest additions to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. I even cried during some of the episodes because it's so incredible to see what all the things these hard workers have achieved. If you really love Disney, you're gonna want to watch." —Heather BragaWatch it on Disney+ here. 18. Derry Girls Netflix "Derry Girls is one of the best shows I've ever watched. Ever, ever, ever. It makes me upset that there are only two short seasons (I've rewatched the entire series like four times). It centers on a friend group living in Northern Ireland during the end of the Troubles, and the dialogue is SO DAMN FUNNY. It's the perfect escape." —AnaMaria GlavanWatch it on Netflix here. 19. The Great British Bake Off BBC "Going back through the seasons of Bake Off available on Netflix has been a salve during this tough time. While the baking aspect of the show is enjoyable (and given how everyone seems to be turning into a home baker during quarantine, perhaps educational), the best part for me is the sheer joy in human connection that all of the bakers share with one another. At a time when many of us are stuck inside either alone or with only a couple of other people at most, watching all of the bakers come together to uplift each other in the tent is just what my heart needs. Plus, it's a great show to have in the background while you're working, since there are no intricate plot machinations you need to be super focused to follow." —Adam DavisWatch it on Netflix here. 20. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Netflix "I'm currently rewatching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix. It's such a feel-good show with ~plenty~ of hilarious characters, unpredictable twists, and brilliant jokes. If you haven't watched it before, now's a great time — it's the perfect choice if you're looking for a lighthearted show that will keep you entertained for all three seasons." —Liz RichardsonWatch it on Netflix here. 21. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Square Enix Co. "I wouldn't personally consider myself a weeb, but if there is one anime that I would recommend to ANYONE (anime lovers or not), it's Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood on Netflix. This show tracks two brothers as they're mastering the art of alchemy, which in this world is the magical creation and destruction of all matter through equivalent exchange (sounds nerdy, and it is — in the best way). In addition to its beautiful animation, this show has a wonderful balance of adventure, humor, mystery, romance, and pretty much everything you need to keep you going during quarantine. The plot twists and character arcs in this show are incredibly crafted and bingeworthy. Particularly to Avatar: The Last Airbender fans: This is EXACTLY what you need right now." —Joelle ParkWatch it on Hulu here and Netflix here. 22. Curb Your Enthusiasm HBO "Okay, somehow I missed the boat and I'd only seen an episode of Curb here or there before this time. Right now it's giving me the perfect dose of belly laughs every night before bed, and it's the perfect distraction comedy that I need at the moment. Whenever I get particularly down at the moment, I put on an episode for a pick-me-up." —Jen AbidorWatch it on HBO Now here and Amazon Prime Video here. 23. Community NBC "My boyfriend and I have discovered Community, and I am falling in love with Donald Glover all over again! A show this smart and clever and couple-friendly is a tall order and a welcome reprieve from the stress of the current global climate. New to Netflix and commercial-free as of April 1, this is the perfect series for stuck at home bingeing." —Briana HeardWatch it on Netflix here. 24. The Royal BBC "I assumed that a hospital drama (not my favorite anyway, tbh!) would be the last thing I'd want to watch while trying to distract myself from the spread of the coronavirus. But! The Royal is something I've found incredibly distracting and intriguing. My mom got me into the '60s-era British drama, and I'm COMPLETELY enthralled with it now. Yes, there are lots of emergencies because it *is* set in a hospital, but it's not distressing in a way I'd imagine a contemporary hospital drama would be. I can deal with a jockey getting injured at a horse race or a kid delivering milk getting hit by a truck...OF COURSE ON TV. (I'm not that horrible a person.) Did I mention there are several strong-as-hell female characters? Yep, I'm sold." —Elizabeth LillyWatch it on BritBox via Amazon Prime Video here. 25. Avatar: The Last Airbender Nickelodeon "When I told my sister that I was rewatching Avatar, my sister’s response was, 'Isn’t that for kids?' To which I say: Yes! Which makes it the perfect show to help tune out all the utter chaos right now — as well as a huge nostalgia trip. The general gist of the show is that the world is split up into four elements, there are people who can magically 'bend' each one, there’s a big war, and there's an avatar (not a blue guy) who can control all four elements. Top-notch world building and great characters, regardless of whether you’re 11 or not." —Natasha JokicWatch it on Amazon Prime Video here. 26. Degrassi: Next Class DHX Media "I've been watching Degrassi: Next Class on Netflix, and it's the perfect teen drama to get you through this quarantine! Most people only know about Drake's era, but this cast is just as good. It's super entertaining and funny, but it also tackles some really important topics." —Kelly MartinezWatch it on Netflix here. 27. Tiger King Netflix "Even if you think you know what this show is about, I assure you, you do not. I sat down thinking I was going to watch an exploration of the ownership of big cats in the Southern US and got soooo much more! Not only is it bonkers enough to distract you from an actual pandemic, but every time you think it can't get any wilder, it one-ups itself. Seriously, just watch it." —Shelby HeinrichWatch it on Netflix here. For more recommendations of movies and TV to watch from the BuzzFeed staff, click here.