100 TV shows that will keep you streaming for weeks of social distancing


Movie theaters may be closed, concerts postponed and school out long before summer, but TV is still here for us.

As much of the USA stays home to fight the coronavirus pandemic, our eyes have turned to our TV screens for entertainment and distraction, and there have never been more choices for what to watch. But not every TV show is right for every viewer in this tumultuous era (now is probably not a good time to watch HBO’s “The Leftovers,” wonderful as it may be).

Here are 100 TV shows worth watching while practicing social distancing, whether you want to laugh, bond with your kids or finally discover what’s behind the hype about all those “must watch” shows your friends are obsessed with.

When you need something, unabashedly, positively joyful

1. “The Carol Burnett Show” (Amazon) There are a multitude of series from the mid-20th century available to stream, when TV was a positive affair across the board. We’re partial to the timeless sketch comedy of Burnett, an American treasure.

2. “Fixer Upper” (Hulu) Chip and Joanna Gaines, their sweet kiddos, many adorable pets and can-do attitude may just give you the confidence you need to get through a tough time.

3. “Gilmore Girls” (Netflix) Although the Gilmore family has plenty of trials and tribulations, the world of quaint small-town Stars Hollow is usually upbeat in this beloved dramedy.

4. “The Great British Baking Show” (Netflix) Warm, friendly and with a focus on decent people doing their best (and doing their best to help each other), this British import is one of the happiest TV series ever made.

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