What to Watch

What to Watch

Keertana Addagudi, Contributor

Are you stuck in Quarantine and bored of your watching options? Do you have Hulu, Disney Plus, or
Prime Video? Well you’re in the right place! Here’s some great watch options one those streaming
Hulu: Brooklyn 99
This show mainly follows detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), and his job in the 99th precinct in
Brooklyn, New York. Jake is a care-free, live life to the fullest guy that doesn’t believe in the rules. Jake’s
views are challenged when a new captain is appointed to the 99th precinct, Captain Raymond “Ray” Holt
(Andre Braugher) who teaches Jake to “respect the badge” and to lead with his head and still use his
heart. The show focuses on what the job of a detective looks like while incorporating hilarious life
experiences with Jake’s friends and fellow detectives Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero), Charles Boyle
(Joe Lo Trugillo), and Terry Jeffords (Terry Crews) that teach lessons of life, love, race, sexuality, and
This show is exactly what you want in a sitcom. A plot that isn’t hard to follow and the best characters
always getting themselves stuck in funny situations. The show tackles important real world issues like
racism, sexism, and homophobia in professional settings which isn’t mentioned in the media as much as it
should be. It has 20 minute episodes and doesn’t go in any specific order so it’s very easy to binge watch.
If you have even the slightest interest in watching this show go for it! You will get obsessed with it so
Hulu: Modern Family
Modern Family follows the separate stories of the Pritchetts, Tuckers, and the Dunphys who all belong in
the same big family. Jay (Ed O’Neill) was divorced and controversially marries the much younger Gloria
(Sofía Vergara) and faces the challenges of fatherhood again as Gloria’s son, Manny (Rico Rodriguez) is
also part of the package. His older daughter, Claire (Julie Bowen) is uptight, but strong willed and the
wife of her completely polar opposite husband, Phil (Ty Burrell) who battle the struggles of raising their
three completely different children. Jay’s youngest son, Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and his husband
Cam (Eric Stonestreet) dealing with the stigma of being a gay couple rising their younger daughter Lily
(Aubrey Anderson-Emmons). The family faces big challenges of love, loss, parenting, sexuality, anxiety,
and social acceptance but one thing is for sure: their family will always be right behind them.
This isn’t just your typical family sitcom because this family is far from normal which isn’t necessarily a
bad thing. The family faces different challenges that arise from their differing personalities. The
characters have the best personalities which results in amusing banter. My favorite thing about the show is
how it incorporates important lessons learned in your adolescence, but under different circumstances. For
example, a high achieving honor student’s stress vs her lower achieving sister that is written off as a
failure before she graduates highschool. The writing is also exceptional. It features deep statements but in
simple language so it’s easy to understand. It’s emotional and inspiring but also enjoyable and witty.
Disney Plus: Encanto
After the unfortunate death of her husband, Abuela Alma, the mother of the Madrigals (María Cecilia
Botero) is left all alone with her three kids, Julietta (Angie Cepeda), Bruno (John Leguizamo), and Pepa
(Carolina Gaitán). She is blessed with a magical candle, called Encanto that gave the family refuge in the

magical Casita and gave them all magical powers. Fifty years later the Madrigals are a very respected
family. Every member born into the family was given a gift except Mirabel(Stephanie Beatriz). Being a
part of such a gifted family, Mirabel has always felt unworthy. But now the Encanto is in danger and it’s
fate falls into the hands of Mirabel.
Encanto is the first Disney movie featuring a Colombian family and is a feel good movie and a great
watch for the entire family. It focuses on the idea that all families aren’t perfect and they are important to
lean on in times of distress. It also conveys the message about generational trauma that is carried through
many families. Each of the gifts represent something someone’s going through. For example, super
strength can be interpreted as the pressure of carrying the family’s weight. It’s a great watch for
entertainment and learning more about the power of family.
Disney Plus: Once Upon a Time
A dark curse in the fairytale world erases the memory of all of the beloved fairytale characters and brings
them to the modern world. Meanwhile, Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) is living all alone in Boston as a
bails bond collector, when her son Henry (Jared S. Gilmore) shows up at her house, and is convinced that
she’s the daughter of Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) and she was
sent away to our world before the curse hit the fairytale world and brought all the characters to present
day Storybrooke, Maine. Emma takes Henry home and stays to keep an eye on him and starts to discover
that he might be right.
This is a great show to watch if you enjoy different variations of fairy tales. It’s a great family show that
has many twists and turns keeping you on the edge of your seat.

Prime Video: Dead Poets Society
On a journey of self discovery, students at Welton Academy learn the importance of staying true to
themselves. John Keating, their teacher, shows them what it means to live fully as they explore navigating
adulthood and the difference between obedience and identity. They find the strength and individuality to
leave behind the structured, planned out life their parents have to offer them in exchange for a life of their
own. This Academy Award Winning movie is worth a watch especially in quarantine because it can
provide an escape to a different place. The dreamy, mysterious, New-England set this movie takes place
in, will have you fully immersed with it’s cinematic scenes and vivid colors.
Prime Video: Survivor (28)
39 days, 18 people, 1 survivor. This reality TV show follows everyday, normal people who live under
harsh conditions and live with complete strangers in a competition for a prize of 1 million dollars. Each
episode follows an unchanging structure of a challenge for a prize or immunity (protection from being
voted out), followed by tribal council (majority vote out of one person). Despite the rigid structure, each
episode proves to be exciting and plot-filled due to a mix of social dynamics, strategy, unpredictable

twists, and much more. This is the perfect season to watch in quarantine, because it is widely considered
to be one of the show’s best. Watching this will leave you wanting more, which you can find in one of the
other 40 seasons.