Holiday Quarantine Watchlist
As it appears, the pandemic is going to be with us for a lot longer than we had imagined. It also seems to be the upcoming norm that we continue wearing masks and social distancing with our family and friends. Many of us will not be spending time with loved ones during the approaching holidays. We thought since most of us will have more free time than usual, a list of great films and series (on Netflix and Amazon Prime since I don’t have Hulu or others) as well as cable television shows would be of great interest to many of our readers. Please enjoy our list of our favorites. We think you will enjoy them. They are not in any particular order. I have labeled them on the channel on which they appear and I have also given you a 1-5 star rating, running time (if known), shown any important filtering information (NFC-not recommended for children, H-Horror, D-Drama, C-Comedy) and given you a short description of the program. We will be updating this list on a continuous basis as more programs are placed online within each of the aforementioned channels. Happy Quarantine Watching!
The Crown - Netflix
(D) (4 seasons, 10 episodes each); 47-57 min.; Rating: 5 out of 5
This lavish, Netflix-original drama chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940’s to modern times. The series begins with an inside look at the early reign of the queen, who ascended the throne at age 25 after the death of her father, King George VI. As the decades pass, personal intrigues, romances, and political rivalries are revealed that played a big role in events that shaped the later years of the 20th century.
The Queen's Gambit - Netflix
(D) – (1 season, 7 episodes); 59 min.; Rating: 5 out of 5
Set during the Cold War era, orphaned chess prodigy Beth Harmon struggles with addiction in a quest to become the greatest chess player in the world.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 - Netflix
(D) – (Film); 2 hr. 10 min.; Rating: 5 out of 5
Written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, this film is based on the infamous 1969 trial of seven defendants charged by the federal government with conspiracy and more, arising from the countercultural protests in Chicago at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The trial transfixed the nation and sparked a conversation about mayhem intended to undermine the U.S. government.
Ratched - Netflix
(D,H,NFC) – (1 season, 8 episodes); 45-50 min.; Rating: 5 out of 5
Adapted by Ryan Murphy from the 1970’s movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” which is one of the few films to take the top 4 Academy Awards (Actor, Actress, Director, Best Picture). This series focuses on the character Mildred Ratched, a young nurse at a mental institution who becomes jaded and bitter before turning into a full-fledged monster to her patients. At times, this can be very graphic so I’d recommend not allowing young children to watch this. Adults, have fun! Amazing cast and storyline!
Mindhunter - Netflix
(D,NFC) – (2 seasons, 19 episodes); 45-50 min.; Rating: 5 out of 5
Mindhunter revolves around FBI agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), along with psychologist Wendy Carr (Anna Torv), who operate the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit within the Training Division at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. They interview imprisoned serial killers to understand how they think, with the hope of applying this knowledge to solve ongoing cases.
Season one is set in 1977 to 1980, in the early days of criminal psychology and criminal profiling at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Notorious serial killer Edmund Kemper (Cameron Britton) has a recurring role in this season as he assists Ford and Tench in understanding how a serial killer’s mind works.
Season two is set in 1980 through 1981 and covers the Atlanta murders of 1979–81. This is based on the real case of Wayne Williams who was charged for the murder of two adult men but was never found guilty of killing at least 28 children and adolescents.
Hollywood - Netflix
(D, NFC) – (1 Season, 7 episodes); 45-50 min.; Rating: 4 out of 5
In post-World War II, Hollywood, aspiring actors and filmmakers will do almost anything to make their showbiz dreams come true. The series is based loosely on the recollections of Scotty Bowers, a young ex-Marine who owned a gas station “and more” in Hollywood in the 1940s. Produced and directed by Ryan Murphy and contains a star-studded cast.
Schitt's Creek -Netflix
(C) – (6 seasons, 13 episodes each); Rating: 4.5 out of 5
A wealthy couple — video store magnate Johnny and his soap opera star wife Moira — suddenly find themselves completely broke. With only one remaining asset, a small town called Schitt’s Creek, which the Roses bought years earlier as a joke, this once-wealthy couple must give up life as they know it. With their two spoiled children in tow and their pampered lives behind them, the Rose family is forced to face their newfound poverty head-on and come together as a family to survive. It cleaned up at the virtual Emmy Awards this year!
The Life Ahead
(D) – (Film); 1 hr. 35 min.; (Subtitles); Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Academy Award winner Sophia Loren comes out of retirement to star in this epic role as an Italian Holocaust survivor who runs a daycare business and forms an unlikely friendship with a bitter street kid when she takes him in after he robs her.
(D) – (Film); 1 hr. 56 min.; Rating: 4 out of 5 [Launches November 24th]
A Yale Law student drawn back to his Appalachian hometown reflects on three generations of his family’s history and his own future. Directed by Ron Howard with Oscar-worthy performances by Glenn Close and Amy Adams.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - Amazon Prime
(C) – (3 seasons, 26 episodes total); 45-57 min. each; Rating: 5 out of 5
It’s the late 1950’s and Miriam “Midge” Maisel has everything she has ever wanted—the perfect husband, two kids and an elegant apartment on New York’s Upper West Side. Her seemingly idyllic life takes a surprising turn when she discovers a hidden talent she didn’t previously know she had—stand-up comedy. This revelation changes her life forever as she begins a journey that takes her from her comfortable life on the Upper West Side through the cafés and nightclubs of Greenwich Village as she makes her way through the city’s comedy industry on a path that could ultimately lead her to a spot on the “Tonight Show” couch.
Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan - Amazon Prime
(D) – (2 seasons, 8 episodes each); 45-57 min.;
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Author Tom Clancy’s character of Jack Ryan (formerly released in a series of books before heading to the big screen in several films) is shown in his earlier years as a former U.S. Marine and an up-and-coming CIA analyst. He is thrust into a dangerous field assignment for the first time and uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication. That launches him into the middle of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale. Season 3 is being released soon.
Hunters - Amazon Prime
(D) – (1 season, 10 episodes); 45-57 min.; Rating: 4.5 out of 5
The series is inspired by a number of real Nazi hunters through the decades, but it is not meant to be a specific representation of any of them. It follows a diverse band of Nazi hunters living in 1977 New York City who discover that Nazi war criminals are conspiring to create a Fourth Reich in the U.S. A parallel plot element is the discovery of Operation Paperclip, the U.S. government operation relocating many German scientists (many of them Nazis) to the U.S.