Something old, something new, something to follow and something to view: We’re obsessing over these TV shows and movies right now.
Staying in these days because of Covid-19? Don’t let the situation take all the fun away. Life must go on, right? Whether you’re practising social distancing or under a self-quarantine, there are so many fun things you can do without leaving the comfort of your own home. For starters, you can read a book or treat yourself to some online shopping. But if you’re looking for couch entertainment to pass the time, this grand list of shows and movies will come in handy. Bookmark the Honeycombers Binge-Watch List for times when you’re out of ideas and looking for something new to obsess over.
Crash Landing on You
If there’s one K-drama you should see, it’s this. With near-perfect TV ratings, the 16-episode series tells the story of a South Korean heiress who experiences a freak paragliding accident and somehow ends up across the demilitarised zone, in the arms of a dashing North Korean military officer. How romantic, right? Well, not really. In the vein of Romeo and Juliet’s tragic story, watch how the star-crossed lovers navigate through their differences, escape from near-death experiences and find joy in the unlikeliest of situations. Plus, each episode is around 90 minutes – almost a mini-movie!
Looking for a great sci-fi show? Enter Westworld. Based on the 1973 film of the same name, the premise is set in the eponymous theme park where human beings carry out the most insane acts to human-looking robots without any consequences. Everything seems peachy (for the humans at least) but the tables soon turn when the robots start to gain sentience due to a glitch in their systems. Plus, Singapore gets a starring role in season 3!
This storyline might be a little close to home at the moment, but hear us out. Set in the Joseon dynasty, Korea is hit with a mysterious epidemic that turns people into zombies. It starts off with a rumour that the king in Hanyang is dead but the queen and her subjects claim he is recovering from chicken pox. However, things take a turn when the prince, who is next in line for the throne, discovers something sinister inside the palace and heads down South to seek answers. There are several subplots for a six-episode arc but all of your questions will be answered post-haste as season two has just been released.
Adapting eight love stories from the New York Times column Modern Love, this anthology series explores the different facets of romance. From a bipolar lawyer in the dating scene to a couple struggling to save their marriage to a journalist pushing the founder of a dating app to go after his first love, this show will make you rethink the meaning of love. And did we mention, you’ll come across familiar faces like Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey and Dev Patel?
Don’t be fooled by the show’s cartoon cover. This critically acclaimed animation follows the fame-to-shame story of the titular protagonist who is a washed-up, alcoholic actor from a popular TV show in the 90s. Oh, and did we mention he also happens to be a talking horse? Inspired by the absurdity of Hollywood, the show is set in a wacky universe where humans and anthropomorphic animals coexist, and it presents us heavy issues like depression, addiction and anxiety through its complex and relatable characters. Don’t worry, there are golden lol-worthy moments as well.
Directed by Jordan Peele, who gave us the mind-bending thriller Get Out, Us is a horror film that explores the possibilities of an underground world made up of doppelgangers. The movie follows the Wilson family as they go on what seems like a fun beach trip; but soon after reaching the holiday villa, they’re terrorised by people who look just like them.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Forget what you know about Sabrina Spellman, as the Netflix version is not based on Melissa Joan Hart’s sitcom from the late 90s. In this series, Sabrina is a satanic witch, her entire coven aka The Church of Night worships the dark Lord, and there are hideous demons causing chaos. But fans of the old show can look forward to seeing familiar characters like Harvey Kinkle, Sabrina’s OG boyfriend; Salem, the feline sidekick who doesn’t speak in this iteration; and her protective aunties, Zelda and Hilda. You’re in for a hellish ride as Sabrina maneuvers to and from the magical realm and the human world.
The Handmaid’s Tale
Based on the titular novel by Margaret Atwood, this dystopian show chronicles June Osbourne’s (played by Elizabeth Moss) harrowing experience under the totalitarian regime of Gilead in the former United States. The plot pushes feminism to the backseat with women having no rights whatsoever as they are treated like they’re nothing more than commodities. As compelling as it is, we do recommend taking a break after an episode or two as the subject matter it tackles can get quite depressing.
What do you do when you find out you’re part of a cloning experiment? That’s what happens to Sarah Manning when she sees someone who looks just like her commit suicide. She opens a pandora box when she assumes the identity of the latter and soon realises there are more than just one of her. The show is peppered with plot twists, and you’ll be impressed by Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany’s acting chops as she plays different roles with such brilliance.
Sean Evans turns up the heat on his Hot Ones YouTube series. Each episode features a popular celebrity on the hot seat as they try to work through 10 hot wings, which gets progressively spicier, while answering typical interview questions. The show has seen guests like Cara Delevingne, Paul Rudd and even Gordon Ramsay! If you’re into seeing famous people in heat-induced torture, this bite-sized show is for you.
This British comedy drama has gotten a cult following online for its wokeness. It charts the life of awkward teenager Otis Milburn whose mother happens to be a sex therapist. Things start to get interesting when he offers the school bully sex tips and then soon decides to make money out of it by setting up a sex advice business in school. With two seasons and 16 episodes in total, it is an easily bingeable show.
It’ll take you about 50 hours to finish the entire series, which charts the journey of Vincent Chase, an up-and-coming actor, climbing up the Hollywood ladder to fame along with his best friends. The show was and is still a great classic hit, with popular celebs like Jessica Alba, Sofía Vergara and Whoopi Goldberg making an appearance throughout the eight seasons.
What’s not to love about five gay guys adding a little razzle-dazzle to people’s lives? In each episode, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk, Tan France and Karamo Brown aka the Fab Five will give a transformative makeover to someone, and it isn’t just limited to only jazzing up their appearance. From sprucing up their homes to teaching them how to cook tasty meals to having breakthrough conversations, this show will give you the warm fuzzies.
It looks like the Stephen King renaissance isn’t going to be over anytime soon. Jump on the horror bandwagon by watching the second adaptation of Pet Sematary. Equally eerie as the original film in 1989, the new version sees a completely different ending. But don’t worry, you’ll still get creepy scenes of the cemetery, or shall we say, sematary?
Well, this show might just calm your nerves about the current situation… or not. The six-part docuseries sheds light on the unsung heroes during a global outbreak. So ditch the fake news and learn about how the doctors and scientists have made efforts to fight the next pandemic.