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The cure for cabin fever: five shows to watch during quarantine

Here's a primer on some streaming TV services and the deals that might help you get through the next several weeks of hunkering down at home. (Dreamstime/TNS)

By Jamie Miller

Well, ladies and gentlemen our fears have been realized. The coronavirus is spreading like a rumor through a hair salon. And as a result it is highly recommended that we remain in our homes alone and isolated. Now this can breed cabin fever. But never fear, I’m here to give you advice on how to pass the time. And that advice is to binge, binge, binge watch, now you may be asking “binge watch what?” Well, that is precisely what I’m here to answer. So take a deep breath, put on your comfy clothes and enjoy. 

First, I bring you to a show called  “Salem.” “Salem” is a retelling of the Salem witch trials but with a twist. Not only are the witches real, they are exploiting the witch trials to their own ends. The show features Mary Sibley, the witch pulling all the strings in Salem. The show also features John Alden, Mary’s former lover and a man returning to Salem after years fighting in war who comes home to the madness of the witch trials. And Alden is a man with secrets of his own. Also along for the ride are Anne Hale, an independent young woman who strongly disagrees with the witch panic, a slave and witch who brought Mary into the fold and Cotton Mather,  a minister who starts off as a feverish participant in the trials but slowly begins to have his doubts. The second season also introduces the vile evil witch Countess Palatine Ingrid von Marburg played by Lucy Lawless known for playing the main role in “Xena Warrior Princess,” amongst numerous other roles. If you seek this show, look to Hulu. This show is perfect for fans of horror shows.

Next up is a classic, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Sarah Michelle Gellar, who would later be known for her roles in horror movies such as “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and “The Grudge,” stars in the titular role as Buffy who protects the town of Sunnydale California which sits upon a gateway to Hell known as a Hellmouth that causes all sorts of nasty demons and other creatures to attack the town, chief among them vampires. Not only does Buffy possess superhuman strength and other attributes but she is aided by a group of her friends and allies known as the Scoobies namely Willow Rosenberg played by Alyson Hannigan of “How I Met Your Mother” fame,  a powerful witch, in the early seasons the vampire known as Angel played by David Boreanaz also known from “Bones,” once an incredibly cruel and sadistic vampire known as Angelus who would be cursed back with his soul by a group of angry gypsies and become a hero later with his own spinoff and Spike, a vampire with Billy Idol style hair and a rebellious attitude to match, played by James Marsters known from numerous cult television shows. Perfect for fans of both horror and drama, you can catch both “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and its spinoff “Angel” on Hulu. 

Another show you could watch is “Daybreak” on Netflix. “Daybreak” is a hybrid of comedy, drama and post-apocalyptic survival. The show is the tale of Josh Wheeler, a high school student who, after a nuclear attack in his town, begins to search for his girlfriend Sam. Also along for the ride are Wesley Fist, a former bully turned pacifist, would-be samurai, and Angelica Green, a 10-year-old genius pyromaniac who seeks to become like Griselda Blanco, a Colombian drug lord. What sets this show apart from movies like “ZombieLand” and shows like “The Walking Dead” is that “Daybreak” is like a spoof of not just zombies but movies like “Mad Max” and oddly enough “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” which is why, appropriately, Matthew Brodrick plays the principle of Josh’s high school. This show is available on Netflix. 

However, if you seek laughs without zombies then Netflix has a show for you. That show is called “The Good Place.” “The Good Place” stars Kristen Bell as Eleanor Shellstrop, a woman seemingly sent to heaven or “The Good Place” by mistake who seeks to morally improve in order to earn her place without Michael played by Ted Danson of Cheers and CSI fame, the architect of “The Good Place” finding out. However, not all is as it seems.

Now some may say “What if I don’t have any streaming services?” Well never fear I’m here with a show for you: “Batwoman.” “Batwoman” is the tale of Kate Kane who, after Batman “abandons” Gotham, takes on the role of the grim guardian. Also on this journey is Meagan Tandy of “Teen Wolf” fame as Sophie Moore, Kate’s former lover who works under Kate’s father as a member of the Crows, a private security firm. Also, there is Dougray Scott as Jacob Kane, leader of the Crows, a man haunted by the “death” of his daughter. And in the role of the sweetly psychotic Alice we have Rachel Skarsten  from “Lost Girl” and “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Alice is a wild woman obsessed with “Alice and Wonderland,” hence her name, who has a personal vendetta against the Crows and Jacob himself.

Well, there you have it, ladies and gentlemen, five shows you can watch during these trying times to keep yourself from going mad as a hatter.