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Here's What I've Watched in Quarantine

Updated: Sep 14

I haven't watched a lot of TV over the past few years. In fact, it took my husband Josh and I more than two years to finish the epic Downton Abbey series. We started it when we had just gotten engaged (I remember sobbing over Sybil's death in our apartment in Virginia) and by the time we'd finished the series (and seen Mr. Bates and Anna FINALLY get their happy ending), we'd gotten married ourselves and moved to California.


California is awesome and everything, but the weather is just too good all the time that I feel bad about staying in to watch TV. Yea, yeaaaaa I know, poor me. But, why watch TV when I could walk to the beach? Take a yoga class! Go for a hike! See a local magic show! Volunteer at church! Drive to Hollywood and see a weird variety show! Or really any number of other "LA things" that make my sister Christine roll her eyes into the back of her head.



Here's my sister Christine and I when she found out I was taking her to Mil Grus, an incredible grotesque French clowning show in Hollywood (July 2019)


But COVID-19 put a big fat stop to all of that and our couch is now my permanent residence. I'm obviously not traveling anywhere right now, so quarantine has provided an ample opportunity to catch up on TV and movies. Ever since California's shutdown began in March, Josh and I have enjoyed the nightly ritual of video calls with our brother Luke and sister Anna. I say "our", because although they grew up with Josh, they mean far more to me than the traditional terms "sister-in-law" and "brother-in-law" would suggest.


Here's Luke and Anna ready to hang out on one of our nightly calls (March 2020)


Anyways, the four of us have watched TV together every single night for the entirety of quarantine. That's almost 200 DAYS of television! We call Luke and Anna via Skype every night around 8 o'clock Pacific Time and after chatting about our days and whatnot, we watch a TV series or movie that we've all agreed on. I'm the countdown girl so when we're ready to start watching I yell, "Three, Two, One...Go!!" and we all click play from our respective time zones.


No matter how I'm feeling when we get on the call, I treasure this nightly ritual. We just show up as we are, which has brought comfort and constancy into a particularly dark time. We even do a special "Family Movie Night" on Sunday afternoons featuring a G or PG rated movie so Josh's parents will join us :) All of the hardcore action films are reserved for Saturday nights. That said, I thought it would be fun to share everything we've watched together!


Here's the master list of all the movies and TV shows I've watched in quarantine, along with a 5 word review/thought about each:


TV Shows


Movies

So instead of the live magic, comedy and theatre I'm usually out in the world enjoying, I've been at home. And that means I've watched 38 movies and hundreds of episodes of 20 shows. I'm confident there will be many more dramedies, comedies and other 'omedies in our future, so please let me know your recommendations! What have you been watching these days?

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