Hockey has stopped. Sports has stopped. It feels like the world has stopped. But television rolls on.
When there are no new hockey games to watch, rewatch, or dive into the stats of, there is plenty of time needing occupied. Since the quarantine, we have all had more time on our hands to use our eyeballs to watch things other than sports.
So, what am I watching?
Survivor: Winners at War (CBS)
Let’s get two frequently asked questions out of the way first:
“That show is still on?!?”
Yes, Survivor is currently in its 20th year and 40th season. And it’s better than ever.
“They don’t actually strand them with nothing and make them sleep outside, right?”
Wrong. Well, mostly. The contestants are given limited rations and resources at the start, with the opportunity to win some small rewards along the way, but they are outside, fully at the mercy of the elements for up to 39 days.
OK, with that out of the way, let’s get to it.
Survivor: Winners at War is the first of its kind for the series. The season is exactly what the title sounds like: a battle between 20 previous winners to determine the best of the best.
There have been seasons with returning players before – some may say too often –, and seasons with returning winners – but not all winners. In those seasons, the winners are typically targeted because of their past win and the non-winners believing it’s their turn for a crack at the crown. But this season, while there are different tiers of winners, all of the 20 contestants have won the game before for whatever reason.
This is a legendary season of Survivor with some of the most iconic players coming back for what is likely their final time. We have already seen some historic moments and interesting storylines this season, and we aren’t even halfway through!
Survivor originally started as an experiment to see how 16 normal Americans would fare on an island, with the idea that the best “survivalist” would win. However, it quickly turned into a strategic game with the most cutthroat – yet likable – players coming out on top. It has become a multi-layered game full of heroic moments, villainous backstabbings, and plenty of emotional twists and turns along the way.
If you have watched the show before and put it down due to college, work, or just life getting in the way, now may be the time to get back in. There are likely players that you watched win on this season, and there are plenty of online resources to get you up to speed with the players you don’t know.
If you haven’t watch the show before and don’t mind spoilers if you go back to old seasons, this is the perfect season to watch. It has the best players, the best gameplay, and some of the best storylines.
If you have been interested in watching Survivor and are spoiler-averse to knowing the winner(s) of previous seasons, maybe binge some of them before watching.
Survivor may not be as popular as it once was, but it is still one of the best shows on television and has a very active online community full of podcasts, blogs, and more.
With the sports world frozen, Survivor is one of the closest things you can get to it: 20 contestants battling it out to determine who will be the sole survivor.
How to watch: Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Previous seasons are streaming on Hulu.
Dave is a comedy, semi-autobiographical series about the Philadelphia-based rapper Lil Dicky – he was born out of Philly, grew up in a little silly old town called Cheltenham.
The show details some of the challenges Dave faces and hijinks he gets into while trying to become one of the best rappers of all time.
Dave premiered just a few weeks ago and is only four episodes in, but so far it’s a fun look into the life of Lil Dicky with plenty of laughs.
How to watch: Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET on FX. Available the next day on Hulu.
BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
BoJack Horseman is a wild ride that follows the life of, well, BoJack Horseman. On the surface it looks like a comedic show about a former TV star living in Hollywoo(d), but looks can be deceiving. The show takes a turn into a darker, more real place that most people can relate to in one way or another.
The show ran from 2014 up until its final episodes were released on January 31st of this year.
As someone who tried to get into the show back when it was originally released, and just couldn’t get into the first several episodes, take the advice of a good friend of mine: power through the first season, because the rest is so, so worth it.
The show brings out a rollercoaster of emotions with funny moments, self-reflective tones, and works of art all rolled into one. BoJack Horseman is a great representation of a world full of anxiety, self-doubt, and struggles, and how to get over – or not get over – the past.
This is a very binge-able show. I watched all six seasons within the past two months, including the final season during this quarantine. I wouldn’t put it past you to knock out this show in a few weeks, or less.
How to watch: Netflix.
Late addition: Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness has seemingly taken the world by storm after being released earlier this week.
You’ve probably at least heard of it by now, if not been spoiled to some extent. Tiger King is a docuseries that follows the lives of “Joe Exotic” and other big cat/exotic pet owners. There is no extreme animal abuse shown in the series, but it does depict the seedy underbelly of certain zoos – or “zoos” – and other similar locations.
I highly recommend watching this very binge-able show. There are only seven episodes, with each one running around 40 minutes. It will draw you in, so maybe hunker down on your couch in quarantine and knock it out in a sitting or two.
How to watch: Netflix.
If you have any questions about any of these shows, just want to talk about them, or have suggestions for me, please don’t hesitate to reach out on Twittter @RGilbertSOP or in the comments!