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100 Best TV and Film Recommendations for Surviving Quarantine

Everyone here knows what I’m talking about when I say ‘the list’… where the majority of recommendations from friends/family get deposited, or when you’re scrolling through social media and see everyone raving about a particular show or film and you say to yourself ‘I’ll have to add it to my list’. When in reality, there is no list, and you have no intention of ever watching it because you just don’t have time. Well! As this current situation would have it, all we have is time. So below are all of my personal favourites (in a couple of lists that I’ve grouped together into categories), of tv shows and films that I recommend you watch to help you pass the time during lockdown.


On the lighter side

  • Jane the Virgin
  • Friday Night Dinner
  • Friends
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Arrested Development
  • Insatiable
  • Modern Family
  • An Idiot Abroad
  • Better Late Than Never
  • Schitt’s Creek

Drama/Psychological (shows that get you thinking)

  • The Society
  • Inside Number 9
  • You
  • End of the F***ing World
  • Scandal
  • Dead to Me
  • Black Mirror
  • The Stranger
  • Big Little Lies
  • Dare Me
  • Lost
  • Unbelievable
  • American Horror Story
  • Stranger Things
  • Killing Eve
  • Peaky Blinders
  • The Crown
  • Mindhunter


  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • One Tree Hill
  • This is Us
  • Gossip Girl
  • Vampire Diaries
  • Suits
  • Glee
  • Gilmore Girls
  • The OC
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • Orange is the New Black


  • Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness
  • Abducted in Plain Sight
  • The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann
  • Amanda Knox
  • Evil Genius
  • Casting JonBenet
  • Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
  • The Innocent Man
  • The Keepers
  • Making a Murderer
TV recommendations - One Tree Hill



  • Love, Rosie
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • Someone Great
  • Crazy, Stupid, Love
  • The Kissing Booth
  • About Time
  • Definitely, Maybe
  • The Proposal
  • Yesterday
  • Life as We Know It
  • Horrible Bosses
  • Game Night

Oldies but Goldies

  • Ferris Bueller’s Day off
  • Dirty Dancing
  • When Harry Met Sally
  • Indiana Jones
  • Back to the Future
  • 10 Things I Hate About You
  • Say Anything
  • Mrs. Doubtfire
  • Footloose
  • Titanic
  • Harry Potter

Disney and Musicals

  • Tangled (highly appropriate)
  • Mulan
  • Sword in the Stone
  • Toy Story
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • The Sound of Music
  • Mamma Mia
  • Chicago
  • The Greatest Showman
  • La La Land
  • A Star is Born
  • Hairspray


  • Walk the Line
  • Rocketman
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Jackie
  • Diana
  • The King’s Speech
  • Lion
  • Five Foot Two (TV movie on Lady Gaga)
  • Miss Americana (TV movie on Taylor Swift)

Psychological Thrillers

  • Gone Girl
  • Silence of the Lambs
  • Memento
  • Shutter Island
  • Fatal Attraction
  • Psycho
The cinema/movie room in my boyfriend's house in Australia.
The cinema room at my boyfriend’s house in Australia

I hope this list has given some of you a few ideas of what to watch to keep you occupied during this lockdown. I’ve been in lockdown/self-isolation now since mid-March, as sad as it sounds I don’t know how I would’ve managed without technology and TV to keep me distracted haha. Let me know if you’ve been watching any of the same stuff as I have, or if something on this list has sparked your interest. Until next time x




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