5 series to binge-watch during Covid-19 self-isolation

Being in self-isolation is the perfect time to binge-watch all your favourite series and movies. (Rawpixel pic)

PETALING JAYA: In light of the drastic rise in Covid-19 cases, which the World Health Organisation has declared a pandemic, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin ordered a 14-day Movement Control Order from Mac 18-31.

Right now, you’re stuck within the four walls of your home and needing any kind of entertainment before you go insane.

Here are five series guaranteed to help you breeze through this quarantine period.

1. Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak

Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak will help you understand how viruses came to be. (Netflix pic)

If you’ve already anxiety-watched Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion, Netflix’s Pandemic couldn’t have come at a better time.

A six-part documentary about the spread of viral illness throughout history, the series is currently trending all around the world, no doubt due to the deadly Covid-19 sweeping the globe.

It currently ranks at ninth place in Netflix Malaysia.

In Pandemic, viewers meet the “heroes on the front lines of the battle against influenza and learn about their efforts to stop the next global outbreak,” the series’ summary on Netflix reads.

The show highlights the need for a universal flu vaccine and how scientists across the globe are rushing to come up with one.

2. Kingdom

Netflix’s Kingdom’s cliffhangers will definitely get viewers hooked. (Netflix pic)

Set in Korea’s Joseon period, a few years after the Japanese invasions of Korea (1592-1598), the plot starts off with the Crown Prince Lee Chang, accused of treason.

He flees the palace only to discover a mysterious illness is spreading across the country – a zombie infection.

The series is a mix between Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead and every episode leaves viewers on the edge of their seats.

Season Two which was just released a few days ago has already got viewers talking and is currently number four on Netflix Malaysia’s ranking.

The silver lining to Kingdom is that you will have newfound gratitude that dealing with a zombie outbreak and escaping from being eaten by flesh-loving zombies is much, much worse than not being able to find toilet paper.

3. The Walking Dead

For post-apocalypse zombie fans out there, this is the perfect show for you (Wikipedia pic)

Of course, the most popular zombie apocalypse series of all time, The Walking Dead had to make the line-up.

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past nine years or so, the series features a large ensemble cast as survivors of a zombie apocalypse, trying to stay alive under near-constant threat of attacks from the mindless flesh-eaters.

The show premiered in 2010 and by Season Five, it was a rating sensation, pulling in 17.3 million viewers, which made it the most-watched show in cable television history.

The Walking Dead is currently in its tenth season, perfect for those wandering around aimlessly in their homes with nothing to do.

4. Tidying up with Marie Kondo

Channel your inner Marie Kondo goddess during this quarantine season (Netflix pic)

It’s understandable that people are anxious and scared right now because of the ever worsening Covid-19 outbreak, not just in Malaysia but across the word.

Plus being stuck at home can be quite stressful if there’s a houseful of kids, parents, the live-in maid and the two cats to contend with. Well, Marie Kondo is here to save the day.

The show follows Kondo’s 2014 number one best-selling book titled, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

Why not channel that anxiety by spring-cleaning the house Marie Kondo-style?

Find out whether that lamp that has been gathering dust on your table or that dress you haven’t worn in years will still spark joy in you today.

5. Dirty Money

Hit series Dirty Money features Malaysia’s former prime minister. (Netflix pic)

The list wouldn’t be complete without Dirty Money, of course.

Ranking number six on Netflix Malaysia, this show tells the story of corporate corruption, securities fraud and creative accounting.

The show’s executive producers include Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney.

There are currently two seasons on Netflix with each episode being an hour long.

The highlight of the show? The second season features Malaysia’s former prime minister and his wife and the infamous 1MDB controversy.

With so much entertainment right at home, there is absolutely no excuse why you should be wandering the streets outside.

Stay in the safety and comfort of your home and binge-watch these instead.