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CORNELLA | How to Properly Watch TV in 2020

By the time December 26th rolls around, Instagram was suddenly flooded with memes revolved around the new year: Confessions of how awful 2019 was. Proclamations that 2020 will be the year. Resolutions for the months that lie ahead. Even if you’re not the biggest New Years Eve fan yourself — you know the type of person who has the glasses with the year awkwardly fit on them and a sparkly outfit perfect for when they live stream with their drunk friends all screaming “3! 2! 1!” on camera —you have to admit it is hard not to get swept up in all the excitement at the prospect of a new beginning. 

Well, that was me. Now I’ll confess that I ended up passing out before midnight hit, with my mom next to me and the ball drop still playing on our TV. But even with my lack of enthusiasm for the festivities, I still woke up on January 1st as the rest of the world did: hopeful. It only took about an hour into 2020 for me to realize the worst has happened and this would certainly not be my year — Friends was missing from Netflix. 

After going through the 7 stages of grief (denial hitting the hardest as I continuously typed Friends into the Netflix search bar, praying it may magically show up), I accepted my reality and just wanted to understand why Netflix would remove their number one watched series. But during my research, I realized 2020 would only get worse since The Office is said to be leaving Netflix, as well. It was becoming increasingly harder to accept my fate…

Each article explained that since Friends and The Office brought in such a large quantity of viewers to Netflix, why shouldn’t the studios that created the shows stream the classic sitcoms themselves — assuming that true fans would subscribe to a new streaming site just to watch their hit shows? Well, their assumptions are correct. Moments after I found out, I was already planting the idea in my dad’s mind that we would have to add a couple more subscriptions to our bill. 

“You mean in addition to Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, Amazon Prime Video, Disney +, and Apple TV, you need more places to watch TV?”

And then it hit me. This is our new reality. Hundreds of websites with hundreds of options and hundreds of lost viewers. Binge watching TV is no longer a mindless hobby: it is a f***ing talent. And as someone who prides herself on succeeding in this talent, I’m here to help you and guide you through the forest of modern television. So here is what to watch, where to watch it, and when you’ve finished, remember to cancel the subscription. 

 

Netflix: The Office (fast!), Parks and Recreation, New Girl, Stranger Things, Gossip Girl, Gilmore Girls, The Great British Bake Off, You, Big Mouth, Bojack Horseman, and Sex Education.

 

Hulu: Handmaid’s Tale, Family Guy, Rick and Morty, Law & Order, Seinfeld, How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family, and if you’re a fan of any news/game show/reality TV/or late night comedy, Hulu has them all (i.e. this is where I watch The Bachelor). 

 

HBO Now: Big Little Lies, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage, Euphoria, Game of Thrones, Insecure, The Night Of, Sex and the City, and Silicon Valley.

 

Disney +: Mandalorian (I mean… Baby Yoda), Hannah Montana, The Suite Life of Zach and Cody, Wizards of Waverly Place, Lizzie McGuire, and Kim Possible. (This is definitely the site if you want to transport back to your childhood.) 

 

Amazon Prime Video: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Modern Love, Sneaky Pete, 30 Rock, The Man in the High Castle, and Downton Abbey.

 

Apple TV: The Morning Show and Emily Dickinson (a new addition to the streaming family so not the widest selection, but definitely worth watching).

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