These Are the TV Shows T+L Editors Are Binge-watching Right Now
We've swapped trips to faraway locales for staycations in our living rooms, and dinners at restaurants for takeout at home, as we continue to follow social distancing guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19. While at home, Travel + Leisure's editors have been cooking globally-inspired dishes, reading travel books, and, of course, watching a healthy amount of TV. During these uncertain times, some editors are rewatching comforting classics, while others are enjoying a little lighthearted television with comedies and reality TV.
These are the shows that T+L editors are currently binge-watching.
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Law & Order
"I'm feeling a certain protectiveness and renewed love for my hometown of New York City, as residents here clap for medical workers every night at 7 p.m. and stay at home in their apartments to fight the virus. And what better way to celebrate New York than to watch a show that chronicles the lives of residents — the good and the bad? We TV is airing all 496 episodes of this landmark procedural drama, which began in the early 1990s, and I'm finding it fascinating how over the years, you can watch the city change — look at the old taxis! No iPhones! Oh wait, there's my neighborhood! Unlike any other show, Law & Order documents the complicated place that I call home, in such a remarkable way. Cue that signature sound: dunk-dunk." – Jacqueline Gifford, Editor-in-Chief
Watch it on We TV.
The Good Place
"Few shows have made me laugh out loud the way The Good Place does. With funny, endearing characters (Jason Mendoza will forever be among my favorite TV characters) and absurd comedy, this show is everything I need right now. At a time when it's easy to feel like we're in 'the bad place,' this show reminds us of our common humanity and the complexity of being a 'good' person." — Elizabeth Rhodes, Associate Digital Editor
The Wonder Years
"If there's a TV show equivalent of comfort food, The Wonder Years is it. I can name every episode, recite every line, and still, the coming-of-age series, which is narrated by a man reminiscing about his childhood in the '60s, leaves me totally and completely verklempt. The soundtrack, the characters, the bell-bottoms and tie-dye, the stories of first loves and first heartaches, and of strong bonds between best friends and family, even the opening credits that consist of a home movie montage — it's all dripping with nostalgia and oodles of charm. It's my chicken soup for the soul when I'm sick, when I'm bored, when I'm looking for a good laugh or cry, and now, for quarantines, too." — Alisha Prakash, Senior Digital Editor
"Name a greater comedic character on television than Moira Rose. I'll wait. Catherine O'Hara and the rest of the cast are truly brilliant in this feel-good series that will have you howling with laughter and wiping away tears all in the same episode. I'm patiently waiting for the final season to be released on Netflix, but if you haven't caught up, seasons one through five are available now, and I can't think of a more worthy show to spend your time in quarantine watching. Plus, one of the show's themes is appreciating the simpler, but most important, things in life: family, friendship, and community. And isn't that the lesson we're all coming out of this with?" — Karen Chen, Editorial Producer
The Imagineering Story
"Take a behind-the-scenes peek at the Happiest Place on Earth — you might be surprised at what you find. The Imagineering Story takes viewers through the history of the Disney parks, starting with Walt Disney's foray into amusements and ending with the boundary-pushing experiences you'll find at the theme parks today. I'm a huge fan of the parks, so it was fascinating to see how much goes into each ride, experience, and attraction." — Elizabeth Rhodes, Associate Digital Editor
Watch it on Disney+..
"I binged the new Hulu series High Fidelity (a remake of the 2000 movie starring John Cusack) during the first week or two of quarantine. I did things a little out of order, since I watched the series before getting around to finally seeing the movie, but I enjoyed both nonetheless. Zoë Kravitz is painfully cool as a record store owner living in Brooklyn, and the supporting cast of characters, with their eclectic music tastes, is delightful. The show made me miss New York, yet excited for the city to return to its unmatchable energy in due time." — Madeline Diamond, Associate Digital Editor
Locke & Key
"Much of my TV time is spent with my eight-year-old son, so most of the shows I binge have to be age appropriate. I highly recommend Locke & Key, if you allow your kids to watch slightly older shows, for a dose of mystery that's similar to The Spiderwick Chronicles, but a tad creepier." — Deanne Kaczerski, Digital Executive Editor
Curb Your Enthusiasm
"What can I say, Larry David is a comedic legend. The extreme takes with Curb Your Enthusiasm are providing me all the laughs I need right now. Plus, you never know who’s going to make a cameo, which is even better." — Mariah Tyler, Digital Photo Editor
Watch it on HBO.
"If you've never watched it, now's the time. If you have watched it, now's the time to watch it again. I recommend you pair it with pizza and red wine, but however you do it, I bet you 10 boxes of ziti it'll take your mind off things for a while. I leave you with a quote from Junior Soprano to get you through quarantine: 'You steer the ship the best way you know. Sometimes it's smooth. Sometimes you hit the rocks. In the meantime, you find your pleasures where you can.'" — Nina Ruggiero, Deputy Digital Editor
Parks and Recreation
"I never watched this series when it aired on TV, and I only got around to starting it for the first time ever a couple of months ago. It is a joy to watch. I finally understand why Leslie Knope, Ron Swanson (my personal favorite), Tom Haverford, and Andy Dwyer are such iconic characters with one-liners that have been the subject of endless memes over the years. Plus, the ensemble cast and guest appearances from other very funny actors are just fantastic. This is the kind of show you put on when you want to give your brain a nice warm hug and tell it to sit back and have a brownie (or a waffle with whipped cream). It's just dessert for the soul." — Karen Chen, Editorial Producer
"This iconic (iconic!) reality show is truly the gift that keeps on giving. In this moment when we are doing what we need to do in order to survive, it is strangely cathartic to see people wheeling, dealing, scheming, and strategizing out in the wilderness, doing each other dirty in the name of victory. The b-roll of the wildlife and landscapes in their filming locations — Borneo, Panama, Australia, and beyond — is low-key amazing. Plus, Jeff Probst. Did you know that Survivor is now in its 40th season? Unreal. Just don't read too much about it on the internet, lest you run into spoilers." — Hannah Walhout, Associate Editor
"Admittedly, this show has some cringeworthy secondhand awkward moments, but the misadventures of Sharon and Rob, an unlikely couple that has a family together after a wild one-night stand, are downright hilarious. The writing, by Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney (who also play the lead characters), is razor-sharp and, despite being a dark-ish romantic comedy, so original. At a time when I am just trying to get through each day without a meltdown, Catastrophe is a great reminder that even adults (with big-time jobs and kids) don't always have everything together. In fact, they rarely do." — Karen Chen, Editorial Producer
Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.
"Okay, you caught me. I'm never not watching 30 Rock. This is my forever show, my greatest of all time, and I can recite entire episodes from memory. (That's a joke, but just barely.) On top of being subtly, cuttingly smart — so much so that I catch new jokes every time I rewatch it, which is all the time — it is subversive, it is challenging, and its list of guest stars is absolutely unbelievable. Carrie Fisher! Buzz Aldrin! Oprah! Al Gore and Condoleezza Rice?! If you haven't seen it (or even if you have), now is the time, my friend." — Hannah Walhout, Associate Editor
"I’m not a film critic, but I will say Good Girls is the Breaking Bad-meets-Weeds show that I’ve been craving. High drama with some incredibly badass women making what could be argued as bad mistakes is thrilling without being too serious." — Mariah Tyler, Digital Photo Editor
Making the Cut
"Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum are back, and honestly better than ever. If you're a fan of Project Runway, you'll love Amazon’s take on a fashion design competition. This show is less about the technical elements of fashion and more about the design as a whole. Plus, they’re constantly traveling around the world for inspiration and incredible runway shows — and who wouldn’t want to watch an amazing fashion show with the actual Eiffel Tower in the background? (Bonus points for the show significantly cutting down on the time between the judges just talking amongst themselves.)" — Tanner Saunders, Associate Digital Editor
Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.
Below Deck Mediterranean
"The yachts! The ridiculous charter guests! The absolute buffoonery of the beautiful crew members! This is the trashy TV our moment demands — and it's all the better for being set against the jaw-dropping scenery of the Med." — Paul Brady, Articles Editor
Watch full episodes on BravoTV.com.
"Everyone needs more Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman in their lives. The real stars of Making It are supposed to be the show’s charming, creative crafters, and it’s truly fun to watch what they can make with balloons, hot glue, and dried pasta. But it’s Nick and Amy who’ll keep you clicking 'play next.' They’re seriously funny, relentlessly positive, and have a habit of making each other giggle that’s hard to resist." — Skye Senterfeit, Photo Editor
"Technically, I'm not binging Ozark, as I'm very carefully rationing the episodes to make them last, but I'm definitely hooked on this complicated drama. There's something satisfyingly escapist about watching Marty Byrde try to dig out of the very deep and dangerous holes he’s dug for himself in a small lake town in the Ozarks. It’s got: Drugs! Money laundering! Affairs! Family drama! Jason Bateman! And, some seriously complex female lead characters that make my jaw drop every episode." — Skye Senterfeit, Photo Editor
Next in Fashion
"I’ve always loved watching fashion designers implode on Project Runway when they have to do team challenges. Next in Fashion, a designer competition show hosted by Alexa Chung and Tan France, leans in hard on the team dynamic. Designers work together in pairs for more than half of the show’s challenges; drama ensues, and there’s some seriously great design that happens, too. We zoomed through the show’s sole 10-episode season in no time." — Skye Senterfeit, Photo Editor
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
"If I had to pinpoint my belief system, it'd probably be the Tao of Buffy. It's entertaining and quippy on a surface level, so a good option if you want to turn your brain off for a bit. But Joss Whedon is also a master at using the supernatural as allegory, especially when it comes to many experiences we all had as teenagers, so if you want to think a bit deeper, you totally can. The writing is stellar throughout, but the one-liners are truly legendary and remain quotable to this day. (Tell me you haven't seen someone meme Sarah Michelle Gellar's iconic 'If the apocalypse comes, beep me!' sometime in the past several weeks.) Yes, it hails from the time when seasons were 22 to 24 episodes long (and there are seven seasons in this case), so it's a commitment to watch the whole shebang, but DM me and I am more than happy to give you an abbreviated road map to get started."— Sarah Bruning, Senior Editor
"The fact that I've already watched all 11 seasons and both movies no fewer than seven times hasn't stopped me from turning to Chris Carter's masterpiece as pop-culture comfort food. Sure, the '90s-era special effects are dated, and the grand conspiracy arc turns into a hot mess at times, but David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson's chemistry is epic (where my fellow shippers at?!), and so many of the episodes hold up really well. For first-timers, I'd recommend watching all the way through, but if you've already seen it all and want an abbreviated binge, Den of Geek has a great binge-watching guide that splits episodes into a few different routes." — Sarah Bruning, Senior Editor
"No show nourishes quite like The Office. I've seen every episode 10x over and each one still manages to make me cry laugh. In uncertain times, it's comforting to revisit a show that is certain to make me laugh. It's also perfect background material (only since I've seen it so many times) to keep on while embroidering, painting, working out, or doing any number of the other things I've taken up in quarantine." — Kendall Cornish, Associate Digital Editor
"Perhaps because I miss visiting my own neighborhood watering hole, I’ve been binging the timeless sitcom Cheers. With the real world changing so much day by day, I have even more appreciation for the show's consistently cozy bar setting and characters that revisit the same low-stakes antics over and over again. It’s easier for me to relax when watching a show that doesn’t have too many twists and turns (other than Sam and Diane’s on-again, off-again relationship, of course). I was also supposed to visit Boston this month, so here’s hoping that Cheers can hold me over until we can travel again!" — Courtney Dennis, Digital Producer
"Spending the majority of my time indoors these days has me feeling a little restless, which makes it the perfect time to live vicariously through the incredible athletes on Netflix's Cheer. Though I binged the docuseries following the Navarro College cheer team's journey to nationals when it was first released in January, a show as mesmerizing as this one deserves a second go-round. As someone who spent 10 years in the sport, I knew I'd be watching the show as soon as I heard about it, but don't let having never cheered deter you from this fascinating inside look at the teamwork and talent that goes into competitive cheer. You also just might find yourself getting emotional over the characters' backstories — and longing for coach Monica's approval." — Hillary Maglin, Assistant Digital Editor