Home with a streaming service is the place to be this year. Here are seven shows to binge on those nights where you can’t go anyplace else:
- The Queen’s Gambit
Adapted into a series from the Walter Tevis novel, this chess-themed show stars Anna Taylor-Joy as a brilliant chess prodigy tormented by addiction. This is a treat for the mind as well as the eyes, and it may very well inspire you to teach yourself chess while you’re stuck at home.
- The West Wing
No matter what side you’re on, the last few years have heightened everybody’s political awareness. Take a trip back to political idealism, thought-provoking topics, witty dialogue, and big-name guest stars.
- Warrior Nun
An adaptation of a comic, this show appeals to youth because of the troubled-teen theme and the dark edginess, but adults will appreciate the way that some tough topics are handled.
- Night Shyamalan returns to television in this Apple series. As befits an Apple series, it’s cutting-edge with high production value, and as befits an M. Night Shyamalan work, it’s intensely troubled and creepy. If you can handle it home alone, it’s definitely worth it.
- Game of Thrones
If you are one of the seven people on this planet who hasn’t seen this show yet, it’s time to get started. It’s based on George R. R. Martin’s books, but it’s a fairly loose adaptation. Still, the medieval mood reigns supreme here, and the huge HBO budgets allow for spectacular scenes.
- Curb Your Enthusiasm
Larry David is famous for breaking the fourth wall, and this series is a perfect example of that. Every episode highlights David’s has-to-be-intentional social awkwardness, and there are some big-name guests to make it even more interesting.
- The Mandalorian
This has to be the biggest title this season, and the Disney+ series keeps the Baby Yoda love alive. The show features plenty of Star Wars lore along with samurai-style adventures with a dash of galactic cowboy thrown in.