April 17, 2020

A TV show for every quarantine mood

Regardless of whether you're feeling the need for some laughs, or something tangible to be angry about, we've got you covered.

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Mood: The world is too serious, I want easy laughs

Shows: The Office and Parks and Recreation on Prime Video; That 70s Show and Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Netflix

You can’t go wrong with the classics. These shows have perfected the art of delivering good vibes in the most effective way, and let’s be real, we could all use more of that right now.

Mood: That wasn’t enough, I need more laughs, please

Shows: Schitt’s Creek, Man like Mobeen, and Derry Girls on Netflix

Watch them before you go to bed to minimise the stress of COVID-related dreams, or in the morning to start your day off on a light note, or in the afternoon, because really, there is no bad time for feel-good humour.

Related article: 12 signs that you’ve adjusted to being in quarantine

Mood: I need my problems to seem small

Shows: Black Mirror on Netflix; The Handmaid’s Tale on Prime Video

You might think we are already living in a dystopia, and you wouldn’t be wrong. But these shows will remind you how much worse it can be (or is likely to be in the future).

Mood: I need to shake my brain into action

Show: Money Heist on Netflix

This Spanish language crime series is fast paced, intriguing, and anti-establishment—what more could you want? As a bonus, the subtitles make sure your mind is actively engaged, and not wandering down a TikTok rabbit hole.

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Mood: I want something that will see me through the entire lockdown period

Show: Jane the Virgin on Netflix

This telenovela has 100 episodes, and each one is 45 minutes long. That’s 4,500 minutes of pure drama, complete with suspenseful music and over-the-top narration. If you like your TV shows to be grounded in reality, we suggest you avoid this one.

Mood: I want something to anchor my day around

Show: Ramayan on Doordarshan

Tune into it on Doordarshan at 9 AM and again at 9 PM, every single day of the week. Plan the rest of your day around it to give yourself a false semblance of order.

Mood: I want something wholesome to watch with my family

Shows: One Day At A Time on Netflix; Panchayat on Prime Video

The former is about a tightly-knit Cuban-American family. The latter is an honest depiction of a rural community in Uttar Pradesh. Family feels are guaranteed.

Related article: “There’s a TV show for that”

Mood: I need something tangible to be angry about

Shows: Love is Blind on Netflix

Really, it will have you yelling at your screen. As a bonus, if you ever needed an argument supporting your theory that marriage as an institution is problematic, this show is it.

Mood: I want to go back to the time when the words ‘COVID-19’ and ‘coronavirus’ had no meaning

Show: Game of Thrones on Hotstar

Sure, the final season was such a drag that you renounced the show for good, but maybe watching season one again will take you back to a simpler time, when your anxieties were not pandemic-induced.

Mood: I want to watch what the IDR team recommends

Show: Fleabag on Prime Video

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Devanshi Vaid

Devanshi is co-founder and director at IDR. Prior experience includes working as a part of the advisory research team at Dasra, and as a news producer at Times Now. Devanshi holds a BA in English Literature from Bryn Mawr College; has practice in building out communication and dissemination strategies, as well as in creating digital, user-friendly content.

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Saahil Kejriwal

Saahil Kejriwal is an International Innovation Corps Fellow, currently working as a consultant at Learning4impact, a knowledge partner of USAID/India. Previously, he was a programme associate at Centre for Effective Governance of Indian States (CEGIS), and before that, an associate at IDR. Saahil has completed the Young India Fellowship, a postgraduate diploma in liberal studies, from Ashoka University, and holds a BA in economics from Hansraj College, University of Delhi.