The COVID-19 global pandemic has drastically altered life for all of us, including vulnerable populations. Older adults, including those with underlying health conditions, are likely spending more time at home in recent weeks. Though staying at home can feel cozy and comfortable initially, it often doesn’t take too long for even the biggest homebody to feel stir-crazy.
Fortunately, we live in a time of easy to access distractions, including apps and streaming services that can connect anyone to exercise classes, online library checkouts, and television shows that give respite from the news. If you have Netflix, you are in luck; here are a few of our favorite binge-worthy shows that are worth staying home for.
The Great British Baking Show
This series is sure to get your mouth watering and give you some new ideas for when you are in the mood to whip up something delicious in the kitchen. Not a baker? That’s OK; watching someone else do all the work is seriously satisfying.
Five Came Back
“Five Came Back” is a documentary series that is narrated by Meryl Streep and tells the true story of five filmmakers who enlisted in the armed forces to document World War II. Packed with takes from famous current filmmakers as well as Old Hollywood footage, this series is worth the binge.
Call the Midwife
Popular among all age groups, “Call the Midwife” takes place in the 1950s and is full of drama. If you love the BBC style (or even if you don’t), you’ll make connections with characters that span more than one season.
Critically acclaimed for its storytelling and acting, you’ll find yourself falling in love with the crew on “The Office.” Be sure to watch this comedy quickly, because it could be leaving Netflix sometime this year.
The Good Place
Coming to Netflix right off its season finale means you can watch this treasure from beginning to end. It’s light and funny and heartwarming, which makes it perfect for this season.
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Travel the world and explore the people, tastes, and places of different cultures with Anthony Bourdain on this acclaimed series.
Speaking of travel, you’ll feel transported around the globe by watching episodes of “Planet Earth.” You’ll learn something new each episode and feel even more connected to our planet.
Even if you aren’t obsessed with British royalty, you’ll still enjoy watching Queen Elizabeth’s journey to the palace.
Parks and Recreation
Another light and warmhearted comedy, “Parks and Recreation” features stars you already love, like Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones. You will form a connection with these characters long before the first season ends.
If you like a mix of sci-fi and thriller, don’t miss this overnight sensation. There’s no shortage of cliffhangers and intrigue here, so you’ll want to binge this series quickly.
The Toys That Made Us
This docuseries explores famous toys from over the past decades and their little-known backstories. After you finish this series, binge “The Movies That Made Us” to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at some of your favorite movies.
Bingeing television shows and documentaries isn’t the only thing you can do to keep yourself occupied at home while staying safe from the COVID-19 pandemic. Be sure that you are making time to chat with friends, exercise, and work your brain. Need some ideas? Download our free guide, “The Busy Person’s Guide to Retirement.” You can adapt many of our ideas to keep you happily occupied while indoors.
Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay connected to others.