#Laughter is the Best #Medicine: Binge-Worthy TV Shows For When You’re Sick

My current state is that of a cesspool of germs. To cope these past 3 days, I’ve resorted to Netflix overdosing, in addition to tea, and over the counter medicines.

Deadly Women (TV Show airs on Investigation Discovery channel and is streaming on Netflix)

It’s cheesy, I know. But, it’s addictive. Watch it just for the re-enactments alone. There are also soundbite gems from former FBI profiler, Cadace DeLong. Apparently every case is the weirdest one she’s “ever studied.”

Breaking Bad (Airs on AMC, currently streaming on Netflix. Just ended. Sad.) Seriously, if you haven’t seen this show, it’s not too late to get sucked in. It’s insane and totally worth the binge-watching if you’re sick. It’s just as addictive as that blue meth they peddle on the show. Get watching!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wonder Years (Aired on ABC from 1988-1993; Available streaming on Netflix) If you ever wish that you could have your Mom tuck you in and feed you chicken soup again and curse being an adult, the Wonder Years is for you. Kevin Arnold can help you get through anything…from your first crush, to your cold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 Rock (aired on NBC, currently streaming on Netflix) Have no fear, whatever state you’re currently in with your illness, chances are, Liz Lemon has had a day that is far worse than yours. Revel in the fact that this show is so funny that you’ll laugh the whole time and get better quickly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The West Wing (aired on NBC, currently streaming on Netflix) Until our real government re-opens, why not watch one that is actually functioning. The West Wing is perfect for that and with writing like Aaron Sorkin’s, you’ll never get bored.

 

 

 

 

 

The Riches (aired on FX for two seasons, currently streaming on Netflix) This only lasted two seasons, but if you are a mega-fan of Breaking Bad and are going into Walter White withdrawal, check out The Riches with Eddie Izzard as the bad guy and he’s hysterical at it. “A family of crooks assume the identity of an upper-middle-class suburban clan in the Deep South.”–IMDB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raising Hope (currently airing on Tuesdays at 8p.m. on Fox, the first three seasons are streaming on Netflix): Theater and film vets Martha Plimpton and Cloris Leachman co-star in this hysterical series about a 20-something guy who is left to raise his daughter. Oh yeah, Martha Plimpton (you know, from the Goonies) plays the grandmother.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Psych (airs on the USA Network, streaming on Netflix): If you’re a fan of Law & Order, but wish it were, you know, funny, this is the show for you. Plus, it’s a fake detective agency and they are more often than not better than the detectives.  Oh, and four words: Clue. Movie. Tribute. Episode.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Office (aired on NBC, streaming on Netflix) Hey, when you’re out sick, at least you’re not at work. Why not take some time to vicariously laugh and prank co-workers by watching episodes of the Office? 

Malcolm in the Middle (aired on Fox, streaming on Netflix): For the lighter side of Bryan Cranston before he broke bad, pre-Heisenberg, from 2000-2006, he was just a laughable, fun-loving dad named Hal. Not to mention, Cranston got Emmy and Golden Globe nominations from this series as well.

#OrangeistheNewBlack is All the Rage and #Netflix #Gold

orange-is-the-new-black-logoOrange is the New Black went live on Netflix with its first season on July 11th. Within days, it became a hit. And, within days, the colorful cast of characters who live within the walls of the prison with the protagonist, Piper Chapman, became household names.  Red, Crazy Eyes, Pornstache, and Taystee all mean something to you if you’re watching the show. The amount of fabulous character actresses on this show is insane and it’s unbelievably entertaining. There are also inside references to American Pie (because of Jason Biggs and Natasha Leone, respectfully) and Star Trek (Kate Mulgrew played Captain Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager. ) If you don’t have Netflix, get it. It’s worth it just to be able to binge-watch all 13 episodes of the first season. The show has been adapted from the memoir of an ex-con and Smith educated woman, Piper Kerman, who served 13 of her 15 month sentence in a federal prison for money laundering and drug trafficking. Even though it’s inspired by true events, the mix of reality and the world of the show is well balanced. It may seem intense. But leave it up to creator Jenji Kohan of Weeds fame to help add a little humor to prison. The characters are the real deal, including the actors who play them. It’s so wonderful to see a show where the writing is funny AND smart and the cast is predominantly female.  Netflix has really stepped up their game in recent years with original online-only content. This show is the reason to join the millions of subscribers.

 

The New Standard: #OrphanBlack Changes the Way Actors Look at Acting

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BBC America has always pushed the envelope when it comes to programming. From imports like Doctor Who and Sherlock to its original content like Copper,  it has some of the best shows on television. The new show Orphan Black which premiered in March of this year, is an actor’s dream job. Star Tatiana Maslany plays seven, count’em, SEVEN DIFFERENT characters. Much of the time, she is acting against herself. Her approach is reminiscent of the chameleon-like qualities of Meryl Streep, with the visceral intuitiveness of Angelina Jolie. Here’s the catch though. Her training is heavily improv based. Acting throughout her native Canada as a child, she became involved with an improv troupe and acted with them for ten years. As an actor, I think the series, especially the first season, is a master class for other actors. Watching the show makes me want to study more and work harder at my craft. Honestly, it makes me want to hone my skills as an actor and I don’t think any television show has done that for me.  Tatiana Maslany is definitely an actor’s actor. The characters are so vastly different that people may forget that they are watching the same person act. It’s amazing, and honestly, I can’t talk much about details without giving away the plot. But check out the clips below: