Hey all you cool cats and kittens! Let’s face it: being in the house actually sucks, but it gives you time to catch up on those shows and movies that’ve been on your watchlist forever. But once you’re done catching up on everything, what else is really worth the watch? Netflix, Hulu, Apple TV+, HBO, Amazon Prime, and many other streaming services have so many shows and movies available that it’s almost tiring scrolling endlessly on each app trying to find something that catches your eye.
So I decided to compile a list of what’s worth watching in my opinion, and also what my fellow Michigan Journal editors and writers have been checking out as well.
“Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness”
I’m going to assume almost everyone has seen this docuseries. But there are still people out there who are rebelling against it cause everyone has seen it. I highly recommend it because it’s ridiculous and almost like trashy TV. Filled with some of the most insanely interesting characters I’ve ever seen, every part of it will have you thinking “WTF did I just watch?” Aside from the ridiculousness, it ultimately teaches a lesson about tigers living in captivity, and how people use them to get money while trying to prove a point that they’re doing it for the animals. Regardless what anyone says about “Tiger King” it is definitely worth the watch. And rumor has it, there may be another part of the docuseries being released soon.
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“Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker”
Suggested by Staff Writer Kathryn Pentiuk, is the story of the African-American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and activist, Madam C.J. Walker. Known as the first female self-made millionaire, she developed a line of cosmetics and hair care products for black women in the early 1900s. Played by Academy Award winning actress Octavia Spencer, this limited series is definitely a must watch and one of the best feel-good stories around.
“The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez”
For the true-crime fans out there, this story is very heartbreaking, and is guaranteed to make you upset. Suggested by Staff Writer Zeena Whayeb, is the story of 8-year-old Gabriel, who was brutally murdered and abused by his mother and her boyfriend. This docuseries also touches on how social workers ultimately failed to protect Gabriel within a very broken system. There may also be a second part to this docuseries, according to its creator, for there is much more to the story.
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Another one for true-crime fans (and my top suggestion) is “Mindhunter.” Based on the book “Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit,” this series revolves around two FBI agents and a psychologist who operate the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit. They interview serial killers to get a better understanding of how and why they committed crimes, and what really goes on in their minds.
“Lost in Space”
“Perks of Being a Wallflower”
If you’re a fan of rapper Childish Gambino, then you should definitely check this show out. Created by and starring the rapper himself, comes this FX comedy-drama series about an up and coming rapper in Atlanta, trying to make a name for himself. So far there’s two seasons available on Hulu, and FX President John Landgraf hinted to the press that a third season may come out next year.
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“Little Fires Everywhere”
Suggested by Student Life Editor Jasmine Sizemore is Hulu’s newest miniseries, “Little Fires Everywhere.” Starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, the drama series is essentially about two families with opposing views caught in between a custody battle. It’s a miniseries that many critics believe is geared towards fans of “Big Little Lies.”
This is probably one of the funniest comedy shows I’ve seen in a long time. Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle play versions of themselves as 13-year-old’s in the seventh grade in the year 2000. They battle the trials and tribulations of being social outcasts, all while going through the very awkward stages of puberty no one wants to talk about.
If you like comedies and happen to listen to Lil Dicky, then this show is for you. Staff Writer Benjamin Jones is currently binging this show, which stars Lil Dicky as “Dave.” Dave, who is in his late twenties, came to the realization that he’s destined to become one of the greatest rappers of all-time. However, he has to prove to not only himself, but his friends and the rest of the world that he is the G.O.A.T when it comes to rapping.
“Portrait of a Lady on Fire”
Aside from Netflix and Hulu, the following streaming platforms also have some great titles worth checking out. Here’s some honorable mentions from each of them as well.
Photo// ‘The Morning Show’/Apple TV+
“The Morning Show”
“The Elephant Queen”
“Beastie Boys Story”
Photo// ‘See’/Apple TV+
“Game of Thrones”
“Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Amazon Prime Video:
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“Making the Cut”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
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“Desus and Mero”
Photo// ‘Desus and Mero’/Showtime