Haunted, Season 1

Where To Watch: Netflix

Created By: Brett-Patrick Jenkins

There’s some contention in the online communities right now about whether or not this new Netflix show — which presents itself as a documentary series — is actually a fabrication. For one, the family in episode 2, “The Slaughterhouse,” don’t have a last time, they never reveal their true location, but claim their patriarch is a serial killer that offed possibly hundreds of people. The show’s producers have been vocal that the series is true, but anything is possible these days. You can make your mind up for yourself by checking out Haunted’s 6-episode first season. (I’m not sure where I stand on this one just yet.)

Bob Ross: Beauty is Everywhere, Season 1

Where To Watch: Netflix

Starring: Bob Ross

We all love Bob Ross. And if you’re like me, we all love to fall asleep to Bob Ross. Netflix recently posted this collection of Ross segments and it’s exactly what you’d expect: ASMR-like landscape sessions that are so peaceful and kind, it’s easy to forget every horrible thing happening in the real world. Do yourself a favor and zone out to a few episodes of this per day. You deserve it.

Married… With Children, Seasons 1-11

Where To Watch: Hulu

Created By: Michael G. Moye, Ron Leavitt

Starring: Ed O’Neill, Katey Sagal, David Garrison, Amanda Bearse, Christina Applegate

Hulu just acquired every season of this stone-cold sitcom classic, about the Bundys, a suburban Chicago family and their daily antics. Patriarch Al (O’Neill), a one-time high school football star, is now a downtrodden shoe salesman, married to Peggy (Sagal), a lazy, TV-obsessed housewife who is constantly running her husband into debt. It’s familiar sitcom territory; they’re constantly getting into trouble of Al’s making, and figuring it out with the help — or lack thereof — of their teenage children and neighborhood friends. It’s been a while since I’ve revisited this series, but when it popped up on my homepage, I felt a pang of excitement. I used to watch it Saturday mornings as a kid, and can’t wait to do that again now that it’s available in its entirety.

Degrassi: The Next Class, Seasons 1-4

Where To Watch: Netflix

Created By: Linda Schuyler, Yan Moore, Stephen Stohn, Sarah Glinski, Matt Huether

Starring: Nikki Gould, Eric Osborne, Amanda Arcuri, Ana Golja, Sara Waisglass

I’m a child of Degrassi: The Next Generation, the beloved Canadian teen series that gave us the gift of Drake, so I was always open to possibly loving Netflix’s franchise rebirth. The Degrassi shows date back to the 1980s, with new iterations for every generation since. The show’s tagline — “it goes there” — is totally appropriate for a series that delves into every possible taboo subject you can imagine: teen pregnancy, LGBT+ issues, feminism, abortions, school violence, blackmail. The new version — where every episode title is literally a hashtag — doesn’t lighten up on these issues, but refocuses them for its Generation Z audience. Whatever it takes!

Being Erica, Seasons 1-4

Where To Watch: Amazon Prime

Created By: Jana Sinyor

Starring: Erin Karpluk, Michael Riley, Tyron Leitso, Vinessa Antoine

Another Canadian show! I used to love Being Erica, and was thrilled to see it nestled in the annals of Amazon Prime. It’s sort of a therapeutical comedy sci-fi, about a woman who starts seeing a new therapist who has the ability to send her back in time to correct the problems she brings to him. I’m sure its content would drive any real psychological professional crazy, since it implies simply redoing past problems is better than working through them and growing, but whatever, it’s a fun show! I never followed it too closely and never finished every episode, so I look forward to jumping back into it when I need some good ol’ Canadian levity.

Superstore, Seasons 1-4

Where To Watch: Hulu

Created By: Justin Spitzer

Starring: America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Lauren Ash, Colton Dunn

There’s something really delightful about a quiet weekly network sitcom that does fun things with normal characters, featuring stories anyone might relate to. I have a soft spot for NBC’s Superstore, about a group of employees at Cloud 9, a big-box store in St. Louis. Like The Office before it, the show tells simple stories about these middle-Americans, including daily work hijinks, the friendships and love affairs that spring up in work environments, and workplace hierarchies. It’s not exactly reinventing the wheel, but it’s a charming show, with the lovely America Ferrera at the center. What’s not to love?

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