A lot of people on Instagram have been very “productive” during this time, posting inspirational messages about how Newton discovered gravity when trapped at home. If you are one of those productive people, I applaud you. I, however, have been spending my free time watching television shows targeted towards 15-year-olds. Getting angry at Netflix for asking me, “Are you still watching?” when it obviously knows I am trapped indoors. If Netflix corporate is reading this, how about an upbeat “We’re all in this together!” message? Keep reading to see what shows the Edit team has been debating about in our group chat.
Iman Balagam, Writer
All American — Netflix
Yet another television show about beautiful and rich high schoolers getting into shenanigans! My favorite genre! I have never met a CW show I did not love — “Gossip Girl,” “Riverdale,” “Vampire Diaries.” “All American” takes the traditional CW formula and combines it with everyone’s favorite pastime: football. The kicker (get it?) is that it contrasts the lives of the students at Beverly Hills High School to those at South Crenshaw High School. The characters are unrelatable, idealistic and fake-deep, making it the perfect show to binge-watch. We love to see it.
Lauren Hitzhusen, Fact Checker/Proofreader
The Orville – Hulu
This show, very poorly advertised as being “‘Family Guy’ in space,” is not that at all. “The Orville” is a spiritual successor to “Star Trek” in the best possible way. Follow Captain Ed Mercer across the galaxy in this episodic science fiction dramedy. I love this show because its cast is so talented, and it has so many amazing, smart women on the team. The show touches on some very deep concepts (the idea of social media being so serious that it is a life or death matter, for example) and has such a fun vein of humor throughout. If you like your science fiction shiny, optimistic and full of surprising cameos (hi, Charlize!), then this is the show for you.
Briahna Roberts, PR/Editorial Assistant
On My Block — Netflix
Set in the projects of Los Angeles, “On My Block” revolves around a group of friends and the shenanigans they go through in high school. I accidentally stumbled upon the show in 2018 and have been addicted ever since. Every time a new season comes out, I finish it within 24 hours, so it is definitely binge-worthy. From love stories to heartbreaks and everything in between, the friends, Monse, Cesar, Jamal and Ruby, find their way in this coming-of-age Netflix original series.
Sofia Media, Social Media Manager
Little Fires Everywhere – Hulu
As someone who usually has the patience to finish a book prior to its on-screen adaptation, I couldn’t help but to binge this Hulu series before reading Celeste Ng’s novel, “Little Fires Everywhere.” It could be the cabin fever this quarantine has created, or it could be the fact that both Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington star in this psychological mystery. Set it the late ‘90s, “LFE” will definitely feel nostalgic to all my fellow ‘90s babes out there. The plot continually evolves with complex and surface relationships. Witherspoon and Washington’s chemistry is tangible and the plot twist is so intense, you will wish there were more than just eight episodes in the limited series!
Mylan Torres, Creative Producer + Interim Deputy Editor-in-Chief
High Fidelity – Hulu
A much needed updated take on the 1995 Nick Hornby book and 2000 John Cusack film, Hulu’s “High Fidelity” stars Zoë Kravitz as Rob (short for Robyn), who owns the record shop Championship Vinyl located in a gentrified part of Crown Heights in Brooklyn. This Rob — a sexually fluid WOC — is still a music aficionado obsessed with making Top 5 lists and dissecting all her past relationships like the OG Robs, but without the eye-roll-inducing misogyny. Devastated after finding out her #1 major heartbreak is back in town and engaged, Rob tracks down all her exes to figure out where she went wrong. It is a must-watch for anyone still pining over “the one that got away.” You know who you are.
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