Covid 19 coronavirus: What to watch in lockdown – eight of the best shows to binge

Lockdown is upon us, and as much as our options for entertainment are limited it is the perfect excuse to settle down in the evenings and catch up on some of the latest and greatest TV shows, and some you may have missed.

Below are eight binge-worthy options to fill in time and have your whole bubble glued to their streaming services.

The White Lotus

Starring: Murray Bartlett, Alexandra Daddario, Sydney Sweeney, Connie Britton, Jake Lacy

Where to watch: Neon

What do you get when you throw a bunch of entitled rich people on tropical island vacation, and a resort manager who stops caring about their holiday? You get Mike White’s The White Lotus.

There’s an ensemble cast whose behaviour almost resembles the characters on HBO’s other show about rich people behaving badly: Succession.

The show builds up to a massive cliffhanger, so avoid trawling social media if you don’t want the tense mood ruined.


Starring: Sonoyo Mizuno, Nick Offerman, Alison Pill, Zach Grenier

Where to watch: Neon

If a tech industry thriller is more your cup of tea, the search for your next binge is over. The protagonist Lily works at a high-profile company in Silicon Valley.

When her boyfriend goes missing under suspicious circumstances, she tries to track down the truth.

Oh, and The Office funny-man Nick Offerman plays a villain if that’s a sell.

It's A Sin

Where to watch: TVNZ OnDemand

Starring: Olly Alexander, Lydia West, Callum Scott Howells, Omari Douglas

Set during the Aids crisis in 1980s London, It’s A Sin is as heartwarming as it is devastating. It’s packed with powerful performances and lessons in friendship, family and acceptance.

A warning in advance that it is a tearjerker, but it certainly fits the bill for a show to empty your lockdown emotions with.

The Panthers

Where to watch: TVNZ OnDemand

Starring: Dimitrius Schuster-Koloamatangi, Frankie Adams, Roy Billing, Beulah Koale, Lealani Siaosi, Jordan Mooney

It’s 1974 in New Zealand. Robert Muldoon is Prime Minister, and Pasifika people in Aotearoa are subject to injustices and the infamous dawn raids.

Inspired by the Black Panther movement in the US, ‘Ilolahia, a group of young street gangsters and university students founded the Polynesian Panther Party (PPP), with a mission to fight the system and become the history-making revolutionaries that their community so desperately needed.

The first episode of the mini-series is streaming now.

Little Fires Everywhere

Starring: Kerry Washington, Reese Witherspoon, Joshua Jackson, Lexi Underwood

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

If there is any role Reese Witherspoon has 100 per cent nailed over the years, it’s the character of an unhinged rich white woman.

Little Fires Everywhere is based on the book by Celeste Ng and follows Mia Warren (Washington) who is hired by Elena Richardson (Witherspoon) to help out with her affluent household.

What unfolds is a nail-biting thriller stacked with secrets, themes of parenting, class and racism.


Starring: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Sian Clifford, Andrew Scott, Olivia Colman

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

There is no better time than lockdown for some comic relief, and perhaps no show better suited to this than Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag.

If you’re one of the many who have already fallen in love with the show’s witty adventures of a woman trying desperately to navigate her somewhat disastrous life, no worries, lockdown is a perfect excuse for a re-watch.

My Unorthodox Life

Starring: Julia Haart and her children Batsheva, Shlomo, Miriam, and Aaron and her second husband Silvio Scaglia Haart

Where to watch: Netflix

This is one of the breakout reality shows of this year, and for good reason. Julia Haart is a former Orthodox Jew who is now the CEO of a modelling agency and fashion company.

Follow Julia’s adventures in entrepreneurship as she moves on from her fundamentalist lifestyle. There’s plenty of designer fashion, lavish lifestyles throughout the show’s eight episodes.

Watch for the intrigue, keep watching for the eventual flash mob.


Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Where to watch: Disney +

Marvel fans will already know the drill and may have binged this as soon as it came out, but if even if you are just dipping your toes into the Marvel cinematic universe it is still worth watching.

Loki (Hiddleston) the iconic Marvel villain has to work with the inter-dimensional time-keeping agency to ensure the universe stays in balance.

The show features great characters, cinematography and music.

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