27 TV show recommendations from TechCrunch while youre stuck at home

With shelter-in-place orders worldwide, its never been a better time to curl up on the couch and loss oneself in a TV show. Thats what were doing.
Some TechCrunch staffers are watching perennial favorites like The Wire or The West Wing or Gilmore Girls. Others are trying new shows like Devs or McMillions. The Covid-19 pandemic hit at the height of TV show production. There has never been so much good content available and now many of us are stuck at home with nothing but our TVs and Netflix.
We polled TechCrunchs staff and what follows is an eclectic mix of viewing suggestions. And yes, most of us are watching Tiger King, too.


Tiger King
Most documentaries I watch are educational. Im not sure what this one is, but its wildly entertaining. Stories like this are so crazy that they must be real. Travis Bernard Senior Director, Membership
7-ep docu-series, thats part big cat zoo doc and part dateline on steroids. Jason Kopeck, Event Manager
Its so bad that its fun to watch. I just cant believe people like this exist. Safa Aliabadi, Sr. Event & Digital Advertising Partner
Dirty Money
Docu-series about embezzlement and money related fraud. Robin Julius, Lead Software Engineer
The West Wing
Its classic and still relevant in the global landscape. Neesha Tembe, Startup Battlefield Editor
MST 3000
Srsly? The best cry-laugh hysterical comic viewing of trash movies. Jeff Taylor, TechCrunch Partner Relations

Jason Bateman drama/thriller about a big-city family displaced to middle of nowhere Missouri to launder money after a terrible run-in with the Cartel. Truly terrific. Jordan Crook, Managing Editor
Compelling plot line and good character arcs. Megan Rose Dickey, Senior Reporter
Gilmore Girls
When the COVID-19 news wont stop, sometimes you just need to fill your home with the fast-talking Gilmores to melt your cares away. I understand more quippy references on every rewatch and I also realize how smug an asshole that Luke Danes is. Lucas Matney, Reporter
Great for binge watching.Safa Aliabadi, Sr. Event & Digital Advertising Partner
Valhalla Murders
Iceland kills! Watch a great murder mystery through the lens of Icelandic values. Jeff Taylor, TechCrunch Partner Relations


Tech + terror TV series from director Alex Garland (Ex Machina) Sarah Perez, Senior Writer
Little Fires Everywhere
Enjoyed the book and now seeing it on film. Washington and Witherspoon are great. Sarah Perez, Senior Writer
One Tree Hill
Truly terrible television that is 13/10 on the nostalgia scale. Jordan Crook, Managing Editor
High Fidelity
Twist on the Nick Hornby novel set in Brooklyn Record store. Ron, Writer
An adaption of Stephen Kings eponymous novel, 11.22.63 takes you back to the 60s and adds a sci-fi spin to it. What if you could go back to 1960, spend three years there, find the killer of John F. Kennedy and prevent the assassination. Would the world be a different place? Manish Singh, Writer
Show about parenting with Martin Freeman. Yashad Kulkarni, Executive Producer
Vanderpump Rules
Reality show focusing on the lives of servers/friends that have all worked at SUR restaurant, spin-off from Real Housewives of BH (Lisa Vanderpump). Jason Kopeck, Event Manager


High Maintenance
This show tells fantastic stories. Each episode focuses on a character loosely connected to an NYC-based weed dealer. Its a fun episodical show with a lot of heart. This is a show to keep in your back pocket. Have an hour and need an easy break? High Maintenance. Matt Burns, Managing Editor
On one hand, this would have been a much better documentary than docu-series, theres just not enough source material and its too reliant on modern day interviews. BUT the story is simply insane and the show does a great job of showing how FBI agents get creative to nail investigations. Lucas Matney, Writer
The Wire
I always meant to watch it but never seemed to have the time. Its realistic with the system as the villain, they hired local actors from the neighborhood. Emma Comeau, Director of Events
Okay, The Wire. Its widely cited as the best TV show ever made and Im not one to argue. At its basic level, the show follows the life of Baltimore-based drug dealers and the police detectives trying to take them down but theres so much more to it. Matt Burns, Managing Editor
The first two seasons were amazing, and so far the third season doesnt disappoint. What better way to embrace a pandemic than an apocalyptic AI thriller? Travis Bernard Senior Director, Membership

Amazon Prime

Cozy 50s murder mysteries starring a handsome, heavy-drinking vicar with PTSD. The murders are almost always more morally ambiguous than they first appear Devin Coldewey, Senior Editor
Black Books
Who doesnt want to watch an alcoholic, useless bastard run a used book store with his two friends? Its good, its light, and if you drink heavily while watching no one can judge you. Alex Wilhelm, Extra Crunch Writer
Father Ted
A bit like Firefly this doesnt have enough seasons, but Father Ted is one of the funniest bits of TV Ive ever seen. A must watch if you like to laugh. Alex Wilhelm, Extra Crunch Writer
Case Histories
Dark adaptation of Kate Aktinsons private detective character, Jackson Brodie. Ron Miller, Senior Writer
George Carlin Life is Worth Losing
George Carlin, nuff said. Robin Julius, Lead Software Engineer


The L Word
Its super queer and Im queer so its great. Megan Rose Dickey, Senior Reporter
Claire Danes and Mandy Patankin. Roller coaster, watch it from beginning on Prime. Damien Lewis is in it too. Yashad Kulkarni, Executive Producer


Mobile Suit Gundam 0079
Before anime became notorious and full of problematic tropes, there were shows like this one that are plain excellent and just HAPPEN to have giant robots in them. The 49-episode show was condensed into 3 movies for the US market, which arent commercially available, but can still be found! Devin Coldewey, Writer


Le Bureau des Legendes (The Bureau)
Like everyone, I watch a ton of American TV shows. But Le Bureau des Legendes is by far the best written French TV show Ive watched. It deserves one of top spots with my favorite American TV shows (Mad Men, The Sopranos). Le BDL is an incredibly well-documented show on secret services, geopolitics and high-stake moral decisions. Romain Dillet, Senior Writer
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