Four words: Free time. Show time. When life seems complicated and just downright boring, there’s nothing better than escaping into the idyllic world of a movie or a show.
Why step into another world for only two hours when you can have two or even four seasons to escape into? Shows may seem a little overwhelming at times, but it helps to pass time in places like your dorm or in the comfort of your home. Here are some shows that are worth spending time watching:
1. The Good Place
This is the ultimate show for those that enjoy light-hearted lessons about humanity. It is a four-seasoned comedy of a young woman that dies and supposedly enters “heaven”. She meets her guide that designed the whole afterlife.
This show is based on what happens in everyone’s afterlife. There are creative and spectacular scenes that describe all of the beliefs that the world has ever had about heaven and hell. The best part of this show is that each episode has a good laugh.
“The Good Place” stars Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, and these two make a team in their so-called paradise to uncover the many secrets that the afterlife carries. From season one, critics consensus state,
“Kristen Bell and Ted Danson knock it out of the park with supremely entertaining, charming performances in this absurd, clever and whimsical portrayal of the afterlife.” – Alex Vo, Rotten Tomatoes
Why make the afterlife so serious when there’s always room to have a joke about it? Start relaxing and laughing over life by watching this show. All you have to do is find it on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Vudu.
For those that are into medical shows and learning about different ethnicities from around the world, “Transplant” is the one to roll with every Tuesday night. Starring Hamza Haq, this show is one of the newest to be released during 2020. It demonstrates the life of fictional Syrian doctor Bashir Hamed. He uses his battle-hardened skills in a Canadian emergency room.
Throughout his hardship of keeping himself and his little sister afloat, drama and friendship is experienced in this new chapter of Dr. Hamed’s life. Like any other medical show, there is certainly a lot of bloody cases that leave each viewer on the edge of their seat. Because it just started in 2020, there is only one season of the show. You can find it on Hulu or watch weekly on NBC.
3. Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
If you’re into a mix-up of drama, comedy, hot romance, and musicals, then this is the perfect series for a stress-free Saturday morning. By hitting a new note each day, Zoey Clarke guides us through her journey of working out her new ability to hear people’s thoughts through musicals.
After going to get checked up in fear that she may have a disease like her father’s, Clarke develops a new way of seeing the world through music. If that isn’t enough, there always has to be a confusing, yet amazing love triangle for every comedy. With Skylar Austin from “Pitch Perfect”, her love interests expand with her best friend and a new coworker throughout two seasons. For season one, critics consensus say,
“Though it hits the occasional sour note, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist manages to carry a pretty enjoyable tune, thanks in large part to the always charming Jane Levy.” – Rotten Tomatoes
Sit back because there will be a few ups and downs for Zoey and her musical ability. This show is perfect to enjoy some free time alone and giggle over a perfect world to dance into. The way to click and enter to this musical escape is by finding it on Hulu, NBC, or Peacock.
4. New Amsterdam
Making a better way to help people is what Doctor Goodwin had in mind when he took over New Amsterdam Hospital. Based on true events, this show follows Ryan Eggold as a unique director of one of America’s oldest hospitals. Sometimes, it takes breaking the rules in order to bring life back to the hurt.
Goodwin wants to help people as much as he can, but during his struggles of fighting cancer, we learn about kindness and friendship through his employees. This sentimental show is a mix up of dramatic romance and like any other medical show, filled with ways to learn about the human body and how to help the community. You can find all three seasons on Hulu, Peacock, NBC, or Amazon Prime.
5. Sugar Rush
If baking is the perfect getaway for a stress-free day, then Sugar Rush is one of the many baking shows to put a smile on a sweet tooth. This is a fast-paced baking show that puts bakers from all over the world to the test. “Sugar Rush” consists of the main judges consisting of well-known chefs, Candace Nelson and Adriano Zumbo, and a special guest every episode that look over each contestants’ creations. Each creation must look beautiful and taste amazing, and only one team out of the four will win ten thousand dollars. With the host, Hunter March, “Sugar Rush” has various collections to their shows depending on the season. This sweet getaway can only be found on Netflix.
A show that will keep anyone on the edge of their seats with all the action, mystery, drama, and hot romances; it’s Quantico. Starring Priyanka Chopra, a young woman enters into a FBI academy that later tries to discover who started a terrorist attack.
This is a show that has past and present tense scenes to lead its viewer into a journey of realizations and unraveling secrets along the way. If there’s something to learn from this show it’s that you can’t trust anyone no matter how well you know them. For this young trainee, she discovers this truth too late when she is accused of a terrorist attack she did not commit. This three-seasoned thriller can be found on Netflix, Vudu, or Amazon Prime.
Another new series that just appeared in 2020 is “Nurses”. While a lot of the spotlight can be put on doctors and surgeons, this show reminds viewers of the hard work that a nurse goes through everyday. Becoming the shadows of their doctors, five nurses guide us into their perspective of the job and their struggling lives outside of the hospital.
Starring Tiera Skovbye from “Riverdale”, each character shows the care and heart nurses put into their job and the hardship of abuse some go through. With each new episode, the lesson of friendship and strength can be learned throughout its very first season and those to come. This Canadian drama series can be found on Amazon Prime, Hulu, Peacock, or NBC.
8. Cobra Kai
One of the most classic movies of the eighties and nineties is “Karate Kid”. Well, “Cobra Kai” is the only show giving a continuation to the “Karate Kid” movies. Thirty years after the first tournament where Daniel LaRusso won against Johnny Lawrence, these two reappear with complete opposite lives.
LaRusso is a successful businessman while Lawrence is a messed-up goner that seeks for a new beginning by opening up a new karate center called Cobra Kai. Of course, these old opponents run into each other again when their kids start karate. Tensions rise between them and among the new generation of karate kids whether it may be because of love, mystery, friendship, or fighting. With the same actors from “Karate Kid”, the three seasons of “Cobra Kai” can be found on Netflix, Vudu, or Amazon Prime.
9. The Final Table
Another way to spend a weekend is by watching ruthless and competitive shows about food. “The Final Table” demonstrates 24 teams of chefs that show their skills by creating a one-of-a-kind dish depending on the country of that episode. Each team carries two chefs, but these chefs aren’t random amateurs. All of the competitors are men and women that have restaurants all over the world, and they are fighting only for their very last accomplishment that any chef desires: to become one of the best in the world.
There are only nine best chefs in the whole world, and these cooks compete to be the tenth. Only one can have this seat among the nine greats, so at some point they will have to compete against their fellow partners. Andrew Knowlton as host, invites three judges who are native to the country the episode is based off of. The worst three dishes will have to cook again for the best chef among the nine from that country. “The Final Table” can be found on Netflix only.
10. Hyper Drive
If adrenaline rushing through your veins is the way to excitedly enter a new day, then “Hyper Drive” is the one for those that love cars, competition, drama, and racing. This show demonstrates various street racers from all over the world competing against other elite racers on an obstacle course that has never been seen before.
The obstacle course can be anything. On water or through fire, but one thing is for sure: all drivers must have the drift skill under their helmets to show off to the world.
As the competition dwindles, the course gets harder and harder every time. Only the best racer will remain king or queen of the streets. Race for the remote control to watch this show! It can be found only on Netflix