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What is the best thing to watch on Netflix while in quarantine?

As the world grinds to a halt with the spread of COVID-19, we all have the responsibility to take public health seriously and isolate ourselves. With that in mind, now's the perfect time to catch up on Netflix! Should you watch something scary to try and redirect your coronavirus anxiety? Or binge watch a sitcom so you can remember what it was like to be able to freely socialise?

Watch something scary

If you're screaming at your TV, it might distract from the general anxiety that has permeated your existence since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

Bird Box

A movie about a post-apocalyptic society that may make you feel better about our vaguely apocalyptic society. Explore

The Haunting of Hill House

If you're starting to hate the inside of your house, this will help you realise it could definitely be worse. Explore

The Stranger

Depending on what stage of isolation you're in, watching may actually make you crave the opportunity for a mysterious stranger to tell you devastating secrets about your loved ones. At least it would mean you were outside! Explore

Watch a drama

Once isolation is over, you will have actually watched the shows and movies everyone is always talking about - you won't have to pretend anymore!

The Irishman

Yes, it's three hours - but what else have you got on? Explore

Marriage Story

Is being trapped inside with your spouse slowly tearing the two of you apart? Marriage Story might be eerily prescient of what post-isolation life may be like. Explore


Roma was nominated for 10 Oscars in 2019, and is black and white. What could give your viewing habits more cred than that? Explore

Watch a documentary

Learn about the world around you, even when that world is currently closed for business.

Don't Fuck with Cats

If you're planning on spending isolation becoming an internet vigilante, here's a handy how-to guide. Explore


Even if you might end up leaving isolation with the muscle of a pool noodle, you can at least watch other people commit superhuman acts of athleticism. Explore

Watch something funny

The best thing to do is watch something fun - remember fun? In the days when we used to leave our homes?

Russian Doll

Natasha Lyonne stars in this dramedy about a woman who lives the same day over and over - not dissimilar to life in self-isolation. Explore

Bojack Horseman

Both incredibly funny and incredibly depressing - the ultimate catharsis. Explore

Sex Education

Viewers beware: the amount of germs shared may make you very anxious. Explore

Watch reality TV

Watching other people live their lives may be a bit more exciting than the life you are currently living.

The Circle

Get some inspiration on surviving total self-isolation. Fair warning: a possible side effect may be talking to your TV. Explore

Love is Blind

Watching people fall in love without ever seeing each other might give some insight into how to your dating life is looking from here on out. Explore

Nailed It!

Baking is a great hobby to pick up while you're isolating. Nailed It! is a how-not-to guide. Explore
This page was last edited on Wednesday, 18 Mar 2020 at 15:15 UTC