With the coronavirus toll continuing to rise, many people are making the decision to stay home a little more than usual. Luckily, just because you’re at home doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy some popular entertainment. Instead of hitting the movie theater, take the day and camp out on your couch. There are tons of streaming services out there and with them, there are thousands of TV shows and movies bound to keep you occupied. Don’t let COVID-19 get you down. Just keep your hands washed, get your munchies delivered from your favorite Houston hot spot, and start building your watch list. After all, there could be worse things to do!
Frozen II (Disney+ – 7 day free trial)
As many people across the world are self-quarantining, Disney has found a way to ease our troubles, with the early release of Frozen II. Parents and kids alike can rejoice, because the film wasn’t supposed to be released until three months from now. The sequel to the blockbuster success, Frozen, beloved Disney princesses Elsa and Anna leave Arendelle on a journey in search of the root of Elsa’s magical powers. Joined by favorites like Olaf and Sven, the gang hopes to save the kingdom when Elsa hears a mysterious voice calling out to her.
The Mandalorian (Disney+ – 7 day free trial)
The whole family can enjoy the entire Star Wars catalog on Disney+ (excluding the yet to be released The Rise of Skywalker, though we are sure it will be on the site in no time), and that includes the critically acclaimed series, The Mandalorian. Not just amazing for giving us The Child a.k.a. Baby Yoda, the show follows Mandalorian bounty hunter, Din Djarin, and his exploits in space five years after the events of Return of the Jedi.
There are so many things you can find to watch on Disney+. If you aren’t currently a subscriber, you can sign up for the free trial. After that it’s just $7 per month with the ability to cancel anytime. Kids won’t want to miss classic cartoons like The Adventures of the Gummi Bears or favorite movies like the Toy Story series. Once they head to bed, parents can indulge in some superhero action with Avengers: Endgame or head to the Arctic with a series like National Geographic’s Life Below Zero.
Star Trek: Picard (CBS All Access – free 7-day trial)
Though it’s airing its penultimate episode this week, you have plenty of time to get caught up, before the season finale airs in two weeks. Taking place 18 years after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis, the show highlights where famed Starfleet Captain, now Admiral, Jean-Luc Picard has been. When the survival of a young woman, Soji, who may have a connection to the late Commander Data, is questioned, Picard and a ragtag crew head into space for what may be his last interstellar adventure.
The Craft (CBS All Access – free 7-day trial)
While most people know CBS All Access has television shows, what they might not know is that there is a robust library of popular films. One option is the 90s horror classic, The Craft. When Sarah transfers to a Los Angeles high school after a family tragedy, her telekinetic powers attract the attention of three troubled teenage girls who want to be witches. Things start to go haywire when she joins their circle of friendship and learns just how far her powers go.
If you have kids, they won’t want to miss all the amazing offerings on CBS All Access, including The Legend of Korra, multiple Bob the Builder shows, and the original Inspector Gadget. Parents will love the abundance of television shows including all the NCIS and CSI titles, as well as reality TV like the 40th season of Survivor. If you’re new to CBS All Access, you can watch all your favorites for $6 per month after a free one-week trial.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime – free 30-day trial)
Amazon offers some fantastic original content including the series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, now in its fourth season. Midge Maisel seems to have everything she wants as a Jewish socialite living on the Upper West Side in the 1950s with two small children. After she discovers her husband is being unfaithful, she decides to follow her dream of becoming a standup comic during a time when women weren’t welcome.
Troop Zero (Amazon Prime – free 30-day trial)
Families won’t want to miss the Amazon film, Troop Zero. The movie, which features big-name actors like Viola Davis and Allison Janney, follows a group of young misfits who want to infiltrate a scout youth troop, the Birdie Scouts. Teaching about inclusion, respecting differences, friendship, and love this is a heartwarming tale that the whole family can enjoy together.
Whether you are watching for yourself (The Man in the High Castle, Jack Ryan, Modern Love) or with the family (Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny, Costume Quest, Annedroids) there are plenty of things to watch on Amazon Prime. Best of all, Amazon Prime is one of the cheapest streaming services (less than $10 per month when paid annually) and you’ll start with a one-month trial.
Locke & Key (Netflix – 30 day free trial)
Netflix is known for a lot of original content. One such offering is Locke & Key, a horror thriller series based on the comics by Joe Hill (son of horror master Stephen King). When Rendell Locke is murdered, his wife and three children must return to his Massachusetts home, Keyhouse. When they discover keys throughout the house that open various magical doors, things become interesting. However, we soon discover they are not the only ones looking for the keys. A malevolent spirit is also on the hunt with its own agenda.
Stranger Things (Netflix – 30 day free trial)
It’s time to take a trip to the upside down. The series will soon air its fourth season, but you have time to catch up. A hit from its debut, Stranger Things follows a group of kids, now teenagers, in Hawkins, Indiana in the 1980s. When one of the boys, Will disappears, it is up to his friends along with their new, unusual companion, Eleven (a girl their age with unusual powers who has escaped from a research facility), to discover where he is. Of course, when that place may be a portal to an alternate universe, things get interesting very quickly.
Have you already watched these or looking for something else? Netflix has you covered! You can check out other offerings such as I Am Not Okay with This, Aggretsuko, and Raising Dion. For the kids, Netflix has many offerings including She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Fast & Furious Spy Racers, and The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia.
The Handmaid’ s Tale (Hulu – free 7-day trial)
Hulu has been making original content for a while now, and this is one of the more popular offerings they’ve developed. Based on the book of the same name by Canadian author, Margaret Atwood, the show follows June a.k.a. Offred, a handmaid who has been taken by one of the higher up commanders in the new country of Gilead, when the United States is overthrown and turned into a biblical state. June must find a way to survive, as she tries to ultimately escape and save her young daughter, who’s also been taken.
Devs (Hulu – free 7-day trial)
Hulu has some great drama thriller offerings, and Devs is one of them. The show follows computer programmer, Lily Chan, whose boyfriend has disappeared. When all signs lead back to their employer, the mysterious quantum computer company, Amaya, she must enlist help from her ex-boyfriend to try to find out what happened to her current one.
If these high-tech dramas don’t whet your whistle there is plenty of other content such as Marvel’s Runaways, Future Man, Wu-Tang: An American Saga, and Looking for Alaska. Kids and adults alike can get the latest fill of family-friendly offerings like My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Steven Universe, Endlings, and How to Train Your Dragon. Like all the services here, Hulu is a contract-free service. You can cancel anytime you want, even during the free one-week trial.
Hopefully, that will cover some of your time spent at home. Feel free to let us know what you’re watching in the comments!