As a 20-something in New South Wales, almost everyone I know has COVID or is in isolation.
Ella has been syncing up the laptop in her bedroom with her family’s TV just outside the door, where they’ve been watching old movies like Fight Club and Some Like it Hot.
“The idea was to watch things that would make us a better pub trivia teammate when we finally left the house,” she says.
But if you are after something fresh, whether it’s for you or a loved one you’re trying to keep entertained, here’s some new(ish) content to add to the list.
To stop you craving air travel: Yellowjackets (Paramount+, Amazon Prime)
US series Yellowjackets kicks off in the ’90s, when a plane carrying a high school girls soccer team crashes in the wilderness, and the survivors are left to fend for themselves for 19 months.
The story follows the women before, during and after the event, with hints at cannibalism, satanic rituals and the struggle of leading normal lives post-rescue.
Part suspenseful mystery, part coming-of-age teen drama, part black comedy, Yellowjackets kept Evie guessing as she isolated between Christmas and New Year.
“I found there was a real dearth of bingeable new content with a strong hook to pull me in and keep me watching, but this show’s got it,” she says.
“I was a kid in the 90s, so have been stanning the major nostalgia of the soundtrack and the all-female ensemble cast (RARE and awesome!) who were all young 90s stars themselves. Christina Ricci, in particular, plays kookier than ever.”
For something light and fluffy: Emily in Paris (Netflix)
OK, hear us out: Emily in Paris is the perfect zone-out show when you’re under the weather.
The somewhat-infamous series follows American marketing executive Emily Cooper, who lands her dream job in Paris where she juggles work, culture shock, friendship and romance.
Fatima says she had never even watched Netflix before but binged both seasons in three days while isolated.
Caitlin was also late to the Emily in Paris train but became obsessed while sick with COVID over Christmas.
“Boy is it bad in the best way,” she says.
“If you enjoyed Sex and The City, Darren Star has whipped up a show full of sexy Frenchmen, mismatched Chanel ensembles, social media cringe and ‘je ne sais quoi’.
“It’s perfect for escaping isolation and transporting you to a cafe in Paris with a pain au chocolat.”
For a gripping space thriller: The Silent Sea (Netflix)
The Silent Sea seems to have flown somewhat under the radar, but I personally became obsessed with this Korean thriller over summer, and binged the whole series in two days.
In a not-too-distant future where earth has run out of water, the series follows a group of space explorers and a scientist, who head to an abandoned research centre on the moon to retrieve an undisclosed sample.
The show mixes the excitement and mystery of Doctor Who’s space travel with the tension and social commentary of Squid Game (with some familiar faces in both series).
If you’re not feeling up to reading subtitles, I also tried The Silent Sea with the English dub and didn’t find it too cringe.
For a sweet local dramedy: Bump (Stan)
If you’re feeling a bit over international blockbusters, Stan’s hit Bump has just returned for its second season.
Bump follows high-achieving high schooler Oly, who unexpectedly falls pregnant and has a baby during year 11.
This sweet, funny dramedy was a favourite of Monique’s.
“COVID gave me so much brain fog and I had trouble concentrating on TV. Bump was great as it’s an Aussie tv show, it made me laugh and feel all the feels!” she says.
If you’re after more homegrown dramedy, Claudia Karvan also stars in the 2000s nostalgia fest that is The Secret Life of Us, which you can binge on Netflix. She also hosts the ABC’s new docuseries Books That Made Us, which celebrates the power of stories — you can catch it on iview.
For a feel-good family musical: Encanto (Disney+)
For me, the ultimate light watch when I’m feeling unwell will always be a kids movie.
Hayley says she found the joy of Encanto a welcome relief when she had COVID.
The film is set in Colombia and follows Mirabel, the only person in her family without magical powers.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Stephanie Beatriz takes the lead, while Lin-Manuel Miranda provides what Hayley dubs a “killer soundtrack”.
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