Quarantine Binge-Worthy TV Shows
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If you're looking for a good time, you've come to the right place. Just because you're stuck on your couch doesn't mean there's nothing you can do. These sitcoms will ease your mind of all your troubles and have you laughing all night long!
1. Seinfeld (1989-1998)
Perhaps the greatest show of all time, Seinfeld has been encapsulating audiences since its debut in 1989. The series follows four quirky friends and their dating adventures throughout New York City. The star of the show, Jerry Seinfeld, is portrayed as himself in the show as a professional comedian and, needless to say, he has plenty of jokes to make you laugh. His friends George Costanza, Cosmo Kramer, and Elaine Benes are an eccentric bunch to say the least. Each of them comes with their own strengths and weaknesses that are very relatable. Everyone who watches this show will be able to find someone similar to their personality. This is what makes the show so great; you get to live through this bunch and have a great time, all without leaving the couch.
You can watch Seinfeld on Hulu, and Netflix in the future, but I definitely recommend purchasing the hard copy of every season so you can cherish it for years to come.
2. Friends (1994-2004)
A truly vexing group of friends, Rachel Greene, Phoebe Buffay, Monica and Ross Geller, Joey Tribbiani, and Chandler Bing make for a very interesting bunch. The show is set in New York City where Joey and Chandler live in the apartment across the hall from Monica and Rachel for the majority of the show. The romance between Rachel and Ross fuels the show to perfection in its 'star-crossed' lover way. Along with the comedy sprinkled throughout the show, it is almost hard to stop watching. By the last season, you'll find yourself depressed that it's almost over. The first time I watched the show all the way through, I was so upset when it was over that I decided to just watch it again so I could keep living in this fantasy world where I was the seventh in a group of perfect friends.
Friends is about to get booted off of Netflix and put on NBC's very own network, but let's be honest, how many people are going to have Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney +, and all the other streaming services? I recommend buying every season of Friends so you don't have to keep paying to watch it, over and over again.
3. The Office (2005-2013)
A real fan favorite, The Office is a sitcom following a crazy group of coworkers that work for a small paper company named Dunder Mifflin in the town of Scranton, Pennsylvania. The manager of the office, named Michael Scott, is played by Steve Carell. His employees include Jim Halpert, Pam Beesly, and Dwight Schrute along with others. At the core of the show lies the relationships between these characters, but specifically the romance between Jim and Pam, which starts off forbidden as she is engaged. This gem is littered with hilarious comedy and lots of dark humor. Perhaps the funniest part of the show is the pranking relationship between Jim and Dwight that extends for the entire show, despite the eventual revealing of their respect towards one another. Usually, an everyday office job is not dreamed of, but this show will have you wishing you worked in an office filled with coworkers like Jim and Dwight to brighten your day.
Cheers is similar to the other shows in that it's a sitcom, but one thing about it is very different: the entire show takes place in the same location. Although the other shows mentioned occur in the same areas mostly, Cheers almost completely takes place in a tiny bar in Boston and nowhere else. The show follows an ex-baseball player named Sam Malone who can't drink alcohol anymore since he is also an ex-alcoholic. This creates irony since he owns the BAR! The central element of the show is his love affairs with tons of women and Diane's attempts to 'tame' him, which never quite work out. The show's foundation is that the bar is a place 'where everybody knows your name,' so it seems only right that some of the daily customers are also main characters, specifically Norm Peterson, who is unemployed for most of the show, Cliff Clavin, who's a mailman, and Dr. Frasier Crane, a psychologist. The bartenders are Coach, who is a very relatable, down to earth guy, and Woody Boyd, who is so dumb it's hilarious. This show tempts even the tamest of people to drink alcohol just so they too can find a bar where everyone knows their name.
5. Parks & Recreation (2009-2015)
Parks and Rec is a great sitcom to sit down with your family and watch. This series has a lot less vulgur and sexual references than Seinfeld, Friends, and most other popular sitcoms, which is what makes it so great. This parks and recreation department in the small town of Pawnee has plenty of hilarious moments to make light of their somewhat meaningless work. Ron Swanson is the head of the department and at his side is his quirky sidekick Leslie Knope. The eccentric presence in their office is Tom Haverford played by comedian Aziz Ansari. Jerry Gergich is perhaps the only sane presence in the department, but also the laughing stock whose name is often confused or forgotten. Andy Dwyer, played by actor Chris Pratt, and April Ludgate comprise the crazy trainwreck relationship in the office. Perhaps not quite as relatable a show as the others, Parks and Rec provides a very light hearted situation that is perfect for a joking mood amid these troubled times.
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