We are all in a weird state right now — too much time and what feels like not enough media to get through the day. Do you have every streaming service known to man, but no idea what to watch? Have you rewatched “Tiger King” and “Cheer” more times than you care to admit? Here are 10 TV shows with a cult following that you (probably) have not seen before, where to watch them and just how many seasons there are, so you start making your weekend plans.
90 Day Fiancé
This show follows couples who are engaged but just so happen to live in different countries. When your fiancé lives in a different country, you need to file a K-1 visa (or the “fiancé visa”) to bring them over to the US. Once the paperwork is approved, you have 90 days to marry your spouse. For anyone that has ever planned a wedding, you know that is a very, very short timeline. Plus, quite a few of these couples have not spent any significant time together IRL, so they have to learn to live together too. There are some heartwarming moments (like when a child accepts a new parent) and some completely insane moments (i.e., people still technically married to previous partners!). It is mindless reality TV drama and ends up being my primary Sunday night activity more than I would care to admit. And this franchise has a ton of content to binge! There are seven seasons of the main show, and 12 seasons of various spinoffs, including “Before the 90 Days,” “What Now?”, “The Other Way” and “The Family Chantal.” Plus, there is a thriving community of memes and discussions across Facebook, Instagram and Reddit!
Stream it on the TLC Go! App or on Hulu.
Love After Lockup
Despite this WeTV reality series only having two seasons at the moment, LALU is where 90 Day Fiancé fans turn to during the off-season for solid, ridiculous drama. It also comes with a thriving Facebook, Twitter and Reddit community (and, quite frankly, an amazing collection of memes). The show follows people just getting out of prison and meeting up with their significant other on the other side. It tracks their adjustment to real life and the drama that comes with being a different person on the other side of incarceration. Broken promises, invasive parents and suspense abound in this show.
Stream it on YouTubeTV or the WeTV website.
“Pushing Daisies” is a comedy-crime TV show which follows a pie baker, named Ned, who has a very unusual gift. When he touches a dead body, it brings them back to life. But touch them again, and they die forever this time. Armed with this power, he resurrects his dead childhood crush and solves murders by resurrecting bodies, going “Hey, who killed you?” and then touching them again (which is actually waaaay more complicated than it sounds) with the help of his childhood crush (who he obviously cannot kiss, and it is UPSETTING), a detective and a waitress at Ned’s restaurant who is hopelessly in love with him. Watch it for the beautiful cinematography and the delicious looking pies (and oh yes, all of the murder solving). This show originally aired on ABC for two seasons and is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up.
Stream it on Amazon Prime.
“Party Down,” written by Paul Rudd, stars Adam Scott and Ken Marino among others as six wannabe actors in L.A. who all work for a catering company. In each episode of this two-seasons-long Starz comedy, they work a different event (Sweet 16s, benefits, a porn awards afterparty – it is truly a wide array). Hilarity ensues with clashing personalities and interpersonal drama – not to mention the show leads up to an utterly chaotic wedding. Pairs really well with your fourth mimosa of the day (#nojudgmentzone).
Stream it on Hulu.
This three-seasons-and-a-movie mystery/horror/drama show on ABC is what people think of most often when they think of a “cult show.” David Lynch is the director for “Twin Peaks,” and this show is very… David Lynch. Lynchian, if you will. Follow FBI special agent Dale Cooper as he solves the murder of high schooler Laura Palmer. Come for the mystery and stay for the aesthetics and how nothing is as it seems. There are so many strange characters and unique visuals that make this show far from something you can put on in the background while you work and something you become invested in as you watch it.
Stream it on Netflix, Hulu, CBS and Amazon Prime.
It is hard to figure out where to begin with “Scream Queens,” the comedy/horror spectacular that ran for two seasons on Fox. Do you start with the plot: The sisters of Kappa Kappa Tau are getting murdered at an alarming rate by a mysterious figure known as the Red Devil? Or the all-star cast (Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Keke Palmer, Ariana Grande, Jamie Lee Curtis, Billie Lourd, Kirstie Alley, Nick Jonas and many, many more)? If you are not a horror person, “Scream Queens” may not be the show for you — I can’t get the lawnmower sequence from season one out of my mind! — but the comedy more than makes up for the terror inflicted upon the viewer. I mean, Emma Roberts’ character insists that all the sorority sisters change their name to Chanel. The show is an absolute riot and will leave you guessing who the Red Devil is until the very end. Perfect for all-the-lights-on viewing!
Stream it on Hulu and Amazon Prime.
Much like “Scream Queens,” “Galavant” has a real powerhouse team behind it. The leading writer/creator is Dan Fogelman, who you may know as the writer for Disney’s “Tangled” and the hit TV show, “This Is Us.” And the music? By Alan Menken, composer of “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin” and so many of your other childhood #faves. The show follows a knight (the titular Galavant) as he loses love, finds love, does a bunch of cool knight stuff and sings (gorgeously, I might add). This two-season comedy/musical/fantasy show originally ran on ABC and is hilarious, light, fluffy fun that will provide you with just the right flavor of escapism for these times.
Stream it on Netflix.
This CW comedy-musical follows Rebecca Bunch, an Ivy League-educated real estate lawyer. When we first meet Rebecca, she has just been offered a promotion at her job when she runs into her old ex-boyfriend from camp on the street. Experiencing a bit of a mental breakdown, she follows him to West Covina, California. The show, which ran for four seasons, is fun, energetic and full of Rebecca doing so many cringe-worthy things, but you can’t turn away. She is impulsive and unhinged, but somehow endearing, and the show’s musical numbers will have you tapping your toes all quarantine long.
Stream it on Netflix.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
This WB/UPN supernatural dramedy follows Buffy Summers, your average teenager, as she begins her new “normal” life at Sunnydale High School. Forced to transfer schools from LA after burning down her old school’s gym under “mysterious circumstances,” she comes to find she is the latest in a long line of Slayers, whose destiny is to kicks the asses of vampires, demons, and be the gatekeepers to hell. Which also happens to be right under Sunnydale! Watch Buffy struggle to embrace her Slayer self for seven seasons (plus five seasons of a spinoff and a movie!). It is a fun show and a true classic full of pretty great ‘90s and early ‘00s throwbacks.
Stream it on Hulu.
Remember when everyone thought that Pilot Pete was going to end up with the producer he kept posting on Instagram, and we all thought *that* was the big reveal at the end of the most recent season of “The Bachelor”? “UnReal” was doing that way before Pete was even a part of #BachelorNation. “UnReal” follows a producer for a reality TV show called “Everlasting” (which is absolutely 100% “The Bachelor,” just so we are clear). The show features manufactured drama (the main character’s job is to cause trouble between the show’s contestants) as well as her own interpersonal drama (her ex-boyfriend works on set and is dating another member of the team). If you are craving a more dramatic and fictional version of “The Bachelor,” this four-season Lifetime original is just what the doctor ordered.
Stream it on Hulu and Lifetime.
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