Isolation has meant a lot of time indoors, giving online streaming services a bollocking. What are the best TV shows to binge while blazed on the couch? Read on to find out.
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The Covid pandemic has changed life as we know it. Entire cities has all but closed down and the majority of the general public is kept indoors. Although businesses have altered ways of working – including Zoom meetings, online collaboration and zero-contact selling, we find ourselves in a time where we're allowed to chill for far more hours than usual.
If you're at home with some ounces and hours on your hands, check out some of the best TV shows for your stoned self. While our world is literally burning around us, it can be refreshing to sit back and watch someone else's go up in flames.
1. The Midnight Gospel
Based on podcast The Duncan Trussell Family Hour, this cartoon reimagining discusses big philosophical topics with beautiful and unrelated visual plot.
Each episode is quite short, but densely packed. Be prepared to pause and ponder a comment, or discuss it with an iso buddy while you watch. The first episode discusses the opioid crisis in America and entertains the idea that marijuana could be key to solving it – while fighting (allegorical) zombies in the White House.
The animation is done by none other than Pendleton Ward of Adventure Time fame. Ward's style gives each character a serene calmness, even in the more violent scenes. The use of colour is also really engaging and quite unlike many other animated shows.
If you're a thinker and keen for life and death discussions while you're high, this is the show to see.
Find it on Netflix.
2. That '70s Show
1970's suburbia never looked so good. Set in Wisconsin, this show follows a group of friends as they get to the end of their high school years and look toward college and growing up.
High school sweetheart romance is strong throughout the seasons of That '70s Show, with a number of criss-crossed hookups and breakups between the group. There are also some relatable dumb teenage decisions which take the show to some interesting places.
The soundtrack is great, and the 'stoner circle' scenes are always a good laugh. There are even regular guest appearances from stoner legend Tommy Chong of Cheech & Chong fame.
3. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Set in Brooklyn's police precinct 99, this sitcom has a brilliant cast of lovable idiots. The Lonely Island's Andy Samberg stars alongside Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero and Stephanie Beatriz as they search for perps and fight for top detective.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine has an incredible ability to respectfully cover a huge range of racial, gender and sexuality political points. From misogynistic call outs to sexual identity and exploration, this is a great starting point for conversations about these topics.
There is a real vibe of 'adulting is a lie' within this show which makes it hugely relatable. The whole precinct is nailing their job but having a laugh while doing so. That sweet spot is nice to watch.
4. Rick and Morty
Rick and Morty have quickly become household names through their time- and space-travelling antics. This is absurdism at it absolute finest, while keeping tongue firmly in cheek.
There are, however, some pretty touching moments throughout the seasons showing some pretty raw pain and family love. Don't let that put you off, though. These touching moments are quickly brushed off with some more of the ridiculous.
This is a great binge-watch to follow the character development of the family and understand their motivations more clearly. The sheer off-the-wall nature of each plot is like nothing else around today, so there's a great level of escapism from watching.
5. Grass is Greener
Fab Five Freddy uncovers the US's history with cannabis through interviews with celebrities and cannabis advocates including Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill and Damian Marley.
The politics behind the original demonization of weed in the US is linked to the government's racism towards people of colour. The War on Drugs highlighted the hypocrisy of the US government and people of colour are still far more likely to be imprisoned for marijuana-related crimes.
This systemic racism and demonization of cannabis are key to today's imprisonment rates and legalization debates across the country.
This documentary is really easy to watch, even though it gets into some heavy topics. It's interesting to see cannabis' influence on jazz music in the US, and how this morphed into the Beatnik movement and then into hip hop.
For an engaging and educational experience, you can't go past Grass is Greener.
Find it on Netflix.
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