Emmanuel Son, Staff Writer
Due to quarantine and states being placed under lockdown, many are left looking to our favorite streaming services for entertainment. It might take some time before life gets back to normal, but thanks to technology, we can stream shows to keep us occupied. Here are some of the most popular trending series since quarantine started.
One show is the obvious pick of the “Mandalorian,” a spin-off series of the Star Wars franchise. This Disney Plus original follows a bounty hunter making his way through the galaxy as the fall of the Galactic Empire causes anarchy. According to the LA Times, you do not have to be a fan
of Star Wars in order to understand or enjoy the series.
Disney Plus also features a wide range of family friendly series. Think about where you might travel once lockdown ends with National Geographic’s series “America’s National Parks.” Take a journey right at home exploring nature with “Earth Live” hosted by Jane Lynch, Phil Keogen, and wildlife expert Chris Packham.
It is not the easiest thing to be forced to stay home for the next month or so, despite most of us having a bed, a couch, air conditioner or heater, television, and most importantly – internet. But can you think of what it must be like to have to be stuck on an island where you must build your shelter and gather or hunt for food with just the people you are thrown together with for the last 39 days? Welcome to the world of “Survivor” hosted by Jeff Probst, where contestants must go through all that while also having to compete in challenges to win rewards or increase their odds of winning $1,000,000. Available on CBS, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Fubo, and YouTube – watch seasons of some of the greatest survivors to ever play before watching season 40, the current season.
Anime fans have many options as well, and being in quarantine might give you a chance to become a fan if you are not already. Among Hulu picks is “Demon Slayer Kimetsu No Yaiba,” based on the Taisho Period in Japan. The series follows Tanjiro, a warmhearted boy who sells charcoal for a living who decides to become a demon slayer after his friends and family are murdered by the demon and his sister is turned into one herself. This series is also available on YouTube TV and Crunchyroll.
Another Anime series that just came out this year is “Toilet-Bound Hanako-Kun.” Yashiro Nene is in her freshman year of high school at Kamome Academy. While investigating a rumor, she comes across the host of Hanako-Kun. Can students and the supernatural remain civil? This series is also available on the Google Play Store, as well as YouTube and Amazon Prime Video.
In the category of foreign entertainment, South Korean dramas (K-dramas) have been a popular choice of entertainment. “Crash Landing on You” is a highly rated series available on Netflix. When a tornado strikes Seoul, it knocks out an heiress walking in the city. The wind then blows her into the DMZ, where South Koreans are banned, and she is helped by a male North Korean special forces captain. Although not permitted, he creates a plan to secretly take her back to her home on the southern side. Also on Netflix is “The King: Eternal Monarch,” a story that follows a Korean emperor as he tries to close doors to a different world which was opened by demons releasing a deity into the human world.
In light of today’s pandemic, the doc-series “Pandemic” follows what the world was like during the influenza outbreak. Most of us cannot see the world right now as a lot of us are at home. This series, however, gives its audience a look into the eyes of front liners and their heroic efforts to stop the spread of the virus.
What might be the most obvious and most talked about on everybody’s minds is “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness.” This series was already gaining much attention before people were quarantined. The eight-part docu-series follows notorious zoo operator Joseph Allen-Maldonado-Passage, known as Joe Exotic, with his controversial practices regarding animals, mainly focusing on Tigers. Learn about the famous feud between Exotic and Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue, a Florida based non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing exotic cats. Follow the drama in the world when it comes to cat breeding. This series is exclusively on Netflix.