What you’re consuming includes more than just food.
The shows we watch and the music we listen to have the power to put our minds at ease or transport us to mystical lands (or to mediocre coffee shops with our best friends Chandler, Ross, Joey, Monica, Rachel, and Phoebe).
Cancer treatment can drain the energy right out of you. If you’re one of the rare types of people who can go for a run or box a few rounds with your trainer while undergoing treatment, more power to you. BUT if you’re looking to exercise your mind (or maybe allow it to drift off into another world), we’ve compiled a list of what we think are some of the most entertaining shows to binge right now:
- Lucifer: Based on the comic series of the same name, Luciferfollows the titular devil as he rises from the depths of Hell to plant his roots in LA and begin a career as a high-end night club owner. Things get tricky when his friend is killed at his club and he inserts himself into the police investigation. Lucifer discovers that he loves the work…and the detective working the case, Chloe Decker. The show began on Fox and was subsequently picked up my Netflix where it filmed for three more seasons. Lucifer has hints of comedy that keep what could turn into a dry, procedural cop-drama light and breezy and the supernatural elements are entertaining. Plus, we get to see the devil go to therapy, which…cool. Where to watch: Netflix
- WandaVision: I don’t know how, but this show just spews so much sunshine despite its dark undertones. If you’re a fan of the Marvel Universe, dive into this magical series that satirizes classic American TV shows, from I love Lucy to Malcolm in the Middle. Scarlet Witch, aka Wanda, lives the perfect suburban life with her husband Vision, but it quickly becomes clear that Wanda has cast her spell on everyone in town so they are forced to play a role in creating her perfect life. Nostalgic, spooky, fun, this show is everything amazing about Marvel plus the quirkiness of the Brady Bunch. I don’t even know how else to describe it. Where to watch: Disney+
- Happy Endings: An ensemble 30-minute comedy where the actors’ chemistry is so good that they must be best friends in real life. When runaway bride Alex leaves her fiancé Dave at the altar, all hell breaks loose within their friend group. Alex and Dave need to discover a way to get along post-breakup so the six best friends since college can remain a strong unit. Happy Endings is a lighthearted comedy that doesn’t take itself too seriously and, even when you want to be annoyed by some subpar writing, Damon Wayans Jr. and Eliza Coupe save the entire show with their wit and impeccable comedic timing. Where to watch: Hulu & Netflix
- Schitt’s Creek: The Beverly Hillbillies but reversed. A wealthy businessman (Eugene Levy) is defrauded by his business manager and is left with only a decrepit, backwoods town that he gifted to his son (Dan Levy) as a joke. The family moves to the town called Schitt’s Creek (of course) and live out of a motel. Eugene Levy. Catherine O’Hara. Daniel Levy. Annie Murphy. Chris Elliott. Witty. Smart. Quirky. Ahead of its time. Full of heart. If you haven’t seen it, I refuse to give anymore away. Where to watch: Netflix
- Bridgerton: The Gossip Girl of the 1800s. If you haven’t seen season 1 yet, get on it! Season 2 launches at the end of March 2022 and we’re predicting now it’ll be all over the internet. Also, once you start your eyes will be glued to the screen. No spoilers here, but you’ll want to find out who Lady Whistledown is (this century’s xoxo Gossip Girl) before Season 2 premieres. Set against the backdrop of Regency-era England, Season 1 follows Daphne Bridgerton through courtship, lust, marriage, betrayal, all things drama. Bonus: all the beautiful dance sequences have a string quartet playing current music that somehow has the power to transport you to the 1800s while hearing the instrumental version of Ariana Grande’s Thank U Next. If that sounds chaotic to you, then this is a party you’ll want to be part of. The absolute perfect escape. Where to watch: Netflix
- The Crown: Follows the political rivalries and romances of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that shaped the second half of the twentieth century. Olivia Coleman is Queen E and Helena Bonham Carter is Princess Margaret. Listen, anything Helena Bonham Carter touches turns to gold. This is no exception. Princess Diana’s storyline will have you transported back in time to the events that unfolded and, if you thought what you read in the news was wild, wait until you see what the show uncovers. Where to watch: Netflix
We spend enough time thinking about our treatment, what to eat during our treatment, how to manage the side effects of our treatment (enterade, anyone?) and when we need to be at our next appointment. Give yourself the freedom to do something that feels normal–binge watching Netflix (or Hulu, Amazon Prime, whatever your streamer of choice) is a welcomed escape in a time that can be incredible difficult. Have you seen any of the above shows? Did you love them? Let us know! Not a fan? What are some of your favorite shows to binge? Grab a friend and your favorite snack and tell Netflix “yes, I AM still watching.”