Unfortunately, COVID and the holidays have everyone on lockdown. While people are getting out, spending money and shopping for gifts, there is much more time spent at home these days than ever before. Some of this is because of COVID, and some of this is because people are financially struggling these days. With people out of work and the holiday right around the corner, fewer and fewer people are spending money. That being said, there is nothing wrong with staying at the house. It’s not only safer, but it gives you a chance to catch up on the latest TV series.

The only problem is, there are so many TV series currently available that it can be hard to tell which are worth checking out and which aren’t. While there have been tons of new shows released since COVID, not all of them are worth their salt. These are the ones that are!

‘Survivor’ and ‘Hoarding: Buried Alive’

There is no denying that these certainly are trying times. Trying times can be conquered and filled with good TV shows. While there are tons of great shows available to stream, it is hard to beat those competition shows. The ones that pit real jerks against other jerks. You thought that story of a Costco customer attacking another Costco customer over hand sanitizer sounded bad, right? Well, you haven’t heard or seen anything yet until you check out some of these available competition shows. The competition shows and docuseries available today drop the bar so low that it’ll make these recent stories of Costco attacks sound like a fairy tale.

There are multiple shows to chose from, but amongst some of the best are ‘Survivor’ and TLC’s ‘Hoarders: Buried Alive.’ There is nothing like the insanity of a good reality TV show to make this pandemic feel sane. That’s exactly what these shows will offer you.

‘Call the Midwife’

If you want to step away from reality TV and get back to something back on real events and occurrences, you’ll want to check out ‘Call The Midwife.’ The vulnerabilities of the healthcare system today are all too real. There has never been a better time than to check out a show about how socialized medicine can turn people’s lives upside down. And, the best thing about ‘Call The Midwife’ is, you don’t have to worry about all the politics. The show delivers the realities of what it was like for midwives and hard-working nurses back in poverty-stricken East End London during the ’50s and ’60s.

While these were olden times, they offer a familiar feel, as people are struggling with healthcare and similar medical issues today. The hard-working midwives of this show all live in a convent called Nonnatus House and travel by bicycle, delivering these medical services all over the country to people struggling.

‘The Walking Dead’

While COVID isn’t turning people into zombies, this social distancing sure makes you feel like you are dodging zombies every time you’re out in public. That being said, anyone that bets and gambles with quality sites like casino online will tell you that ‘The Walking Dead’ is a surefire winner, although the gore is a bit of an acquired taste. It’s oftentimes stomach-churning and the sheer brutality can be extremely upsetting, but it really makes one think.

If you’ve been paying close attention to the news and what’s going on around you, you’ve already likely seen how dramatic events and pandemics change people. It brings out the worst in them. This is what COVID did and this is clearly what the zombie apocalypse did. Both are turning good people into ruthless thugs, only out for themselves.

‘Doc Martin’

Going back to another medical drama, you simply cannot overlook this British comedy. It is somewhat reminiscent of the past hit medical series ‘House,’ as it takes a sheer genius with little bedside manner and pits him against some of the most challenging cases. There is a reason that the series ran for a span of 15 years and 70 episodes. Once you see the first couple of seasons or even the first couple of episodes, you’ll understand why. It’s about a highly-skilled eccentric London surgeon with little to no bedside manner who develops an aversion to blood. There is no better time for this kind of irony and satire than during a pandemic like the one the world is currently facing.

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By Karen Benardello

As a graduate of LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic, Karen Benardello serves as ShockYa's Senior Movies & Television Editor. Her duties include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, and scribing movie, television and music reviews and news articles. As a New York City-area based journalist, she's a member of the guilds, New York Film Critics Online and the Women Film Critics Circle.

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