Staying away from public events during COVID-19 caution? Stream these shows at home

Brandon Paykamian • Updated Mar 19, 2020 at 8:21 AM

Most live music and arts events, as well as shows at local theaters, have been canceled due to concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), leaving most of us at home to entertain ourselves.

So instead of a list of local events, the newsroom staff at Johnson City Press helped pull together a list of shows to watch on streaming services this coming week.

“Shrill” on Hulu: “Shrill” is a new Hulu comedy series starring Aidy Bryant from Saturday Night Live as Annie, a “fat young woman who wants to change her life but not her body.” Annie tries to advance her journalism career while dealing with bad boyfriends, a sick parent and an often dismissive boss. This show explores sexism, body image issues and much more.

“Rebellion” on Netflix: “Rebellion” is a five-part series that is told from the perspectives of a group of fictional characters who live through the political events of the 1916 Easter Rising. The show focuses on the revolutionaries fighting for a free Ireland, as well as those involved in the British occupation. A great show for history buffs.

“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” on Hulu: Fans of this cult comedy classic were displeased to see the show leave Netflix in 2017, but you can still catch the gang in action on Hulu, which recently added season 14 to its streaming service. The show, starring Glenn Howerton as Dennis Reynolds, Charlie Day as Charlie Kelly, Rob McElhenney as Mac, Kaitlin Olson as Dee Reynolds and Danny DeVito as Frank Reynolds, follows the exploits of a group of arrogant narcissists who seem to get worse as the show continues.

Adult Swim App: For fans of alternative comedy, the free Adult Swim app can be found on your Roku device or other smart TVs. The app includes everything the channel has ever featured over the years, including “Rick and Morty,” “The Eric Andre Show,” “Loiter Squad,” all the hijinks of “Tim and Eric,” and much more. With hours of free TV shows, this app alone could kill a lot of time.

“Counterpart” on Amazon Prime: “Counterpart,” a sci-fi thriller drama starring JK Simmons, Olivia Williams and Harry Lloyd, tells the tale of a United Nations employee, played by Simmons, who discovers that the agency he works for is hiding a parallel dimension that’s at war with our own. Within that parallel dimension is a top spy who’s his “other self.”

“The Expanse,” an Amazon Prime original: “The Expanse,” starring Steven Strait, Cas Anvar and Dominique Tipper, follows a police detective in the asteroid belt, the first officer of an interplanetary ice freighter and an earth-bound United Nations executive as they discover a vast conspiracy that threatens Earth's “rebellious colony” on the asteroid belt.

“Ozark” on Amazon Prime: “Ozark,” starring Jason Bateman, Laura Linney and Julia Garner, follows a financial adviser who takes his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks to work for a drug boss who he must appease through money laundering and more. Season three will come out on March 27.

“Altered Carbon” on Netflix: “Altered Carbon,” starring Anthony Mackie, Lela Loren and Simone Missick, is set in a futuristic transhumanist world in which people’s consciousnesses can be transferred into other bodies, or “sleeves.” This show follows a prisoner who returns to life in a new body with a chance to win his freedom by solving a murder. The show is based on Richard K. Morgan's cyberpunk noir novel of the same name.

“The Witcher” on Netflix: Though the show has received mixed reviews from some, most have seemed to enjoy “The Witcher,” an action fantasy series starring Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra and Freya Allan. The show, which is set for another season, follows a mutated monster-hunter for hire in a “turbulent world where people often prove more wicked than beasts.” 

“Frozen 2” on Disney Plus: The musical fantasy film “Frozen 2” was released early on Disney Plus on Sunday for viewers getting through “this challenging time.” This critically acclaimed animated film follows characters Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven as they leave Arendelle to travel to an ancient enchanted land to find the origin of Elsa's powers and save their kingdom in peril.

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