At the start of the pandemic, I was busy assisting my clients with the various new or updated government programs and helping them manage their businesses through the lockdown—so I did little TV watching. And after that I was busy with personal taxes and corporate filings until July. But since August I’ve accelerated my TV watching in between summer golf games.
Below I list my favourite series during the pandemic—some old, some new and some just released. We all have personal preferences in what we want on TV (and we also may be limited what we can watch by our TV subscriptions, as there seems to be unlimited subscription options). I like TV series that are so compelling or gripping that I can’t stop watching or cannot wait until next week’s episode. I also like a great comedy (few and far between, although I really enjoyed Schitt’s Creek the first couple of years and watched it when it came out on CBC) or, alternatively, something very unexpected, such as the The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix, which I discuss below. Here are my top five:
Game of Thrones
The Queen’s Gambit
Beth is played by Anya Taylor-Joy, and she is awesome in the role. I loved this Netflix show because I had no idea what it was about and figured it was some boring chess show. Far from it. Beth is an extraordinarily complex and compelling character, who is super-cool, albeit with some issues, yet still a chess “nerd” at heart. This show was so unexpected, and I really enjoyed it.
It is my understanding that the show and the complex chess strategies it reflects, together with the hip character created by Anya, have created a chess craze across the world. Chess memberships are reaching record highs and chess boards are becoming scarce. Perhaps I’ll move from chess-watching to chess-playing in 2021.
Based on a true story, Netflix's Mindhunter boasts the involvement of A-list movie director David Fincher. While the show is a bit slow at times, I found it compelling and enjoyed both seasons (supposedly a third will not happen or not happen again for several years). Some of the criminal characters were so intriguing that you almost forget they committed heinous crimes.
A couple of shows that just missed the list were the Undoing, a mystery psychological thriller starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant, and You, a dark series about a bookstore manager who is also a serial killer (it reminds me a bit of Dexter, one of my all-time favourite shows, if you have ever watched that series).
Feel free to let me and the other readers of this blog know your top five series during COVID by posting them in the comments below. That way others can check them out.
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