If you can stay home during the coronavirus crisis, you should. But what should you watch while you’re stuck inside? If you’re looking for a distraction from the world or just something to put on in the background while you keep checking the news, we’ve got suggestions for TV comfort food. Here are shows that we’re watching ourselves right now.
It’s time to grab a snack, call Bae and get cozy for a mandatory binge-watching TV sesh. (Note: A break from the news is bueno for your mental health.
Queen Sono (Netflix)
Queen Sono is the reckless-out-the-neckless spy show that we didn’t even know that we needed. This African Netflix original series gifts us Queen (Pearl Thusi), a bad-ass (some might say defiant) field agent in South Africa’s Special Operations Group (SOG). But is the SOG all that it’s cracked up to be? We’ll need more than six episodes to unpack things as Queen uncovers details about her revolutionary mother’s assassination.
Black Monday (Showtime)
Four words: Mo is back baby! And it’s just when you thought he would stay on the run forever, ever. In season one, Don Cheadle’s Maurice “Mo” Monroe took on Wall Street’s old boys club, which led to Black Monday, the largest stock market crash in history. This season is all about the aftermath of what happened when the Dow plunged 508 points on October 19, 1987 and the brown funky stuff hit the fan. This time around Dawn (Regina Hall) and Blair (Andrew Rannells ) are in boss mode and Mo returns—looking all weird and shit. Two questions remain: Who’s catching a case for the murders? And who’s going down for the crash? Check it out Sunday.
She Did That (Netflix)
Who’s the biggest boss that you’ve seen thus far? Answer: Black women. An estimated 1.9 million Black-owned firms whip up $51.4 billion in total revenue in the U.S., reports say. Executive producer Renae Bluitt explores the entrepreneurial journeys of The Lip Bar founder Melissa Butler, Carol’s Daughter creator Lisa Price, digital strategist and speaker Luvvie Ajayi and My Fab Finance founder Tonya Rapley—women who are building businesses and creating legacies. This is a must-watch documentary
Hair Love (YouTube)
YouTube hair tutorials aside, watching Matthew A. Cherry’s Hair Love, the Oscar winner for the Best Animated Short Film, ranks as some of the best time (6:47 minutes to be exact) you’ll spend on the video-sharing platform. Seven-year-old Zuri’s dad attempts to style his daughter’s natural hair for the first time and realizes creating a kinky faux hawk is harder than it looks. But he will not be defeated by elastic hair ties, leave-in conditioner and bobby pins
We finally see a queer AF woman be the lead character in a TV show. Creator Lena Waithe brings us the semi-autobiographical story of Hattie (Jonica Gibbs), an aspiring screenwriter eager to make it in Hollywood. Hattie’s ride-or-die friends Marie (Christina Elmore) and Nia (Gabrielle Graham) help keep their bestie employed (even when shady tweets from her past resurface during a job interview), while juggling love and career challenges.