8 Bingeable TV Shows To Get You Through Quarantining
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8 Bingeable TV Shows To Get You Through Quarantining

The unprecedented amount of time we have sitting at home allows us to spend time watching some great television shows.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has all affected our lives in some way or another. It's closed restaurants, parks, gyms, libraries, coffee shops, churches, stores, schools, office buildings and practically everything in between. As a result, we are living in unprecedented times in which we are all probably cooped up in our homes to the point we are going insane. While our cabin fever may be running high, it is important to realize the importance of not only practicing this, but also social distancing when we have to go out for groceries or maybe for a run.

With all the time in the world now in our hands, one way to cope with stir craziness is to do my favorite art of downtime: binge-watching. Here are eight of my favorite shows recently that I've either caught up on or finished altogether.

1. "9-1-1"

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Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Buckley in Fox's "9-1-1."

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"9-1-1" is heartwarming just as it is tragic. It follows a group of first-responders in Los Angeles as they navigate both their personal lives and professional lives as Los Angeles's finest and bravest. Come for the show's realistic scenarios, from absurd ones like getting impaled by a steel girder to the most insane like a tsunami hitting LA, and stay for the ensemble of characters that are likable and relatable in one form or another.

2. "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"

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A scene in Amazon's "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel."

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"Mrs. Maisel" is probably that one show that you keep seeing on your Amazon Prime menu and you keep ignoring because it sounds and looks lame. Indeed that may be the case, but don't judge a book by its cover. Rachel Brosnahan is brilliantly as she is slaying the fashion game in this 60s-era drama of a New York housewife looking to make a name for herself as a comedienne. The plot unfolds with humor so stale that it's funny, but allows enough room to give some drama with how dysfunctional Mrs. Maisel's family truly is.

3. "This Is Us"

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Eris Baker and Justin Hartley as Tess & Kevin Pearson in NBC's "This Is Us."

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"This Is Us" just wrapped up its fourth season, and holy cow this NBC drama just knows how to keep its audience on the edge of its seat. The series focuses on the lives of a set of triplets, Kate, Kevin and Randall Pearson, and the strong role that family means to them in their lives. The show swings back and forth between the past, present and future, further unlocking each puzzle piece to the intrinsic lives of the Pearson family that fans of the show have come to love.

4. "Gentefied"

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Karrie Martin as Ana Morales in Netflix's "Gentefied."

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This new Netflix drama focuses on a Mexican family clinging onto their livelihood as their neighborhood of Boyle Heights in Los Angeles continues to be in the crosshairs of gentrification. One aspect of this series is its robust representation of people of color and queer people. It gives "Gentefied" not only a humorous side but also an all-too-real reminder of how gentrification threatens the livelihood of longtime residents that have lived in cities across the country for many years.

5. "The Good Place"

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Kristen Bell as Eleanor Shellstrop in NBC's "The Good Place."

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If you haven't watched or added "The Good Place" to your long list of must-watch sitcoms, then that needs to change. This NBC sitcom, which just wrapped up earlier this year, follows a group of people who died and went to the afterlife which is divided into the Good, Medium and Bad Place. I love this show not only for its ability to make me laugh but also its ability to give audiences really deep lessons in ethics. As boring as that may sound, once you start watching "The Good Place," you'll understand what I'm talking about.

6. "Hunters"

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Al Pacino in Amazon's "Hunters."

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If I could reduce this Amazon series to one sentence, it would be "Percy Jackson kills Nazis." Because after all, this is what it is. Logan Lerman and Al Pacino star in this show that chronicles the adventures of a vigilante group in New York that hunts down former Nazis that have changed their identities and assimilated into American society. If you love a good action-packed show with some really graphic scenes sprinkled in every now and then, consider giving "Hunters" a try.

7. "Castlevania"

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The character Alucard battles enemies in Netflix's "Castlevania."

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Horror isn't really in season this time of year, which is a shame because we're seeing new forms of the genre take shape especially in recent years. Netflix's animated series "Castlevania" is one of them. Inspired by the video game of the same name, the series follows vampire hunter Trevor Belmont as he hunts down and defeats Dracula. This isn't your everyday vampire series. It's one that ups the gore, storyline and likable characters that its video game counterpart masters.

8. "Superstore"

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Colton Dunn as Garrett in NBC's "Superstore."

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Grocery stores are chaos in this age of COVID-19. It seems as if we've forgotten the time when grocery stores did not look like Black Friday for days in a row. I'm putting NBC's "Superstore" on this list because of that. A show with an ensemble of memorable characters and misadventures that happen in a parodied Walmart provides us with some sort of nostalgia especially in this day and age. And, well, we should cherish America Ferrera being on the show before she leaves it in the next season.

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First things first I do not agree with people getting so caught up in the specific theology of a song that they forget who they are singing the song to. I normally don't pay attention to negative things that people say about worship music, but the things that people were saying caught my attention. For example, that the song was not biblical and should not be sung in churches. Worship was created to glorify God, and not to argue over what kind of theology the artist used to write the song. I was not made aware of the controversy surrounding the popular song "Reckless Love" by Cory Asbury until about a week ago, but now that I am aware this is what I have concluded.The controversy surrounding the song is how the term reckless is used to describe God's love. This is the statement that Cory Asbury released after many people questioned his theology regarding his lyrics. I think that by trying to clarify what the song was saying he added to the confusion behind the controversy.This is what he had to say,
"Many have asked me for clarity on the phrase, "reckless love". Many have wondered why I'd use a "negative" word to describe God. I've taken some time to write out my thoughts here. I hope it brings answers to your questions. But more than that, I hope it brings you into an encounter with the wildness of His love.When I use the phrase, "the reckless love of God", I'm not saying that God Himself is reckless. I am, however, saying that the way He loves, is in many regards, quite so. What I mean is this: He is utterly unconcerned with the consequences of His actions with regards to His own safety, comfort, and well-being. His love isn't crafty or slick. It's not cunning or shrewd. In fact, all things considered, it's quite childlike, and might I even suggest, sometimes downright ridiculous. His love bankrupted heaven for you. His love doesn't consider Himself first. His love isn't selfish or self-serving. He doesn't wonder what He'll gain or lose by putting Himself out there. He simply gives Himself away on the off-chance that one of us might look back at Him and offer ourselves in return.His love leaves the ninety-nine to find the one every time."
Some people are arguing that song is biblical because it makes reference to the scripture from Matthew 28:12-14 and Luke 15. Both of these scriptures talk about the parable of the lost sheep and the shepherd. The shepherd symbolizes God and the lost sheep are people that do not have a relationship with God. On the other hand some people are arguing that using the term reckless, referring to God's character is heretical and not biblical. I found two articles that discuss the controversy about the song.The first article is called, "Reckless Love" By Cory Asbury - "Song Meaning, Review, and Worship Leading Tips." The writer of the article, Jake Gosselin argues that people are "Making a mountain out of a molehill" and that the argument is foolish. The second article, "God's Love is not Reckless, Contrary to What You Might Sing" by author Andrew Gabriel argues that using the term reckless is irresponsible and that you cannot separate Gods character traits from God himself. For example, saying that God's love is reckless could also be argued that God himself is reckless. Reckless is typically not a word that someone would use to describe God and his love for us. The term reckless is defined as (of a person or their actions) without thinking or caring about the consequences of an action. However, Cory Asbury is not talking about a person, he is talking about God's passionate and relentless pursuit of the lost. While I would not have chosen the word reckless, I understand what he was trying to communicate through the song. Down below I have linked two articles that might be helpful if you are interested in reading more about the controversy.


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