Did anyone else think quarantine was going to be right up their alley for the first few weeks, but now they’ve finished all of Netflix* and there’s nothing to do except alternate between staring hopelessly at the ceiling for hours on end and watching TikTok compilations? No one else? Just me?
Well, fear not either way, because even as you reach your final episode on your final show on Netflix, there are still half a dozen other streaming platforms out there waiting for you to give them a whirl. And why not! There are so many hours in the day in quarantine. You are never required to wear pants. You can be on Slack and watch TV in the background. The only rule of quarantine is to never leave your house. The real world has become a place of madness and fiction, and the only solace we can now find is going to be in the fabricated stress of television.
So, without further ado, here are the best shows available on Amazon Prime during this quarantine. Disclaimer: I haven’t spent as many hours on Amazon Prime as Netflix, mostly because it makes me weirdly uneasy to see my recent orders for lamps and cleaning supplies while I also browse for shows, so it goes without saying that I have probably missed a few of them.
*By all of Netflix, I mean the shows worth watching.
The first season of Hunters recently started airing on Prime, and because I’m trying to avoid high-stress situations, I haven’t started it. However, executive producer Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us) is an absolute genius storyteller, so it’s gotta be super good. It also stars Al Pacino and Logan Lerman from the Percy Jackson movies, whom I completely forgot about, and now I need to watch. The show is set in New York City in 1977 and follows a group of Nazi hunters as they try to dismantle a secret group of Nazi officers that are trying to implement a fourth Reich in America.
‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’
If you’ve ever thought to yourself that maybe you were meant to live a different life and that life is specifically to be a Jewish mother living on the Upper West Side in the 1950s with an undiscovered talent for stand-up comedy, then this show is for you. Created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, of Gilmore Girls fame, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel follows Midge Maisel’s journey through the New York stand-up scene after her husband leaves her for his secretary (schmuck). Would Midge have worked for Betches if it was around back then? Almost certainly, and that’s all you need to know.
Didn’t we all already watch Girls? Personally, I stopped around Season 5 because every character became as annoying as humanly possible and I couldn’t watch Hannah make another terrible decision or listen to Marnie try to launch her singing career for another second. That being said, I did like some of the characters and the incredibly dysfunctional family they created. At least Girls is a really easy binge because the episodes are short and the storylines are engaging and easy to follow. Just don’t watch too much in a row, or you will go through what I did and never finish (but that’s okay, too).
I haven’t watched Fleabag yet, but it won like, all the awards, and I see it everywhere on TL so I think I might just have to start. Phoebe Waller-Bridge writes the show and stars as the titular character, Fleabag. From the season 1 trailer, it seems kind of like a British and more updated version of Girls? As in, the main character kind of self-sabotages everything for herself but you still keep watching to see if maybe she’ll turn it around one day. What seems more unique and interesting about it, though, is that Fleabag breaks the fourth wall often to explain to her viewers what’s going through her brain, so maybe we have some more perspective and empathy for her questionable choices.
Modern Love is a miniseries that brings the New York Times essay column of the same name to life. Whoever was the casting agent really knew what they were doing. They’ve got Tina Fey, Anne Hathaway, and Dev Patel in their own 30-minute episodes, appearing casually as if they were normal people. The first episode made me cry, and the rest were definitely worth watching. With only eight episodes, this is a great show to watch if you don’t want to commit to a whole series. And then you will become addicted to the stories and read 20 essays in one night and convince yourself you can write your own about the guy that has been delivering your groceries for the last week, if only you could come up with a catchy title.
‘Sex and the City’
Since we have nothing else to do in quarantine, let’s all sit around the kitchen table and discuss with our fellow quarantine inmates which character every person in our friend group most identifies with. Luckily, Sex and the City is on Prime to help you out. The one who is still making you do her Ship matches, just to f*ck with the guys? Samantha. The one who began planning a Zoom wedding immediately and already had a stockpile of hand sanitizer? Charlotte. The one who actually knows the facts of what’s going on, but is over talking about it? Miranda. The one who thinks the pandemic is the just the thing to spice up her forthcoming-but-still-unwritten memoir? Carrie.
Psych is a detective sitcom that is the exact show to watch if you want to get really invested in/binge something for like, a minute, but don’t want to be thinking about 24/7. Shawn Spencer is a police crime consultant who has convinced the police that he solves cases using psychic abilities, but was really just trained as a child by his dad to have heightened awareness and photographic memory, which is shown in flashbacks. Shawn works with his friend and partner Gus, at his psychic detective agency, Psych.
The world will never get enough American-Italian mobster drama (@The Irishman), and that’s all there is to say about that. The Sopranos is regarded as one of the greatest television series of all time, and luckily it’s on Prime for you to decide for yourself (although I’m sure everyone has seen at least one episode at some point or another). Tony Soprano is the show’s protagonist (if you will), who must balance his family life and role as crime boss of his New Jersey-based crime family—he delves into this narrative through talking to his therapist, Dr. Melfi.
Some of us think we are quirky and talented enough to be writing for Saturday Night Live, but just haven’t had our big break yet. While we wait for that dream to manifest itself, we can watch 30 Rock. The popular sitcom, created by and starring Tina Fey, is available on Prime, and is based loosely her days as a head writer at SNL (although the live-sketch show depicted in 30 Rock is fictional). 30 Rock is right up there with The Office and Parks and Rec; it’s just a super easy sitcom that you can throw on at any time of day and for whatever mood you’re in.
Downton Abbey is one of my favorite shows ever, and I’m so glad it’s on Prime. Downton Abbey takes place in England and follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants from 1912-1926. There is so much drama both upstairs and downstairs, and while there are some people that try to cause tension, mostly everyone gets along and has adorable British accents. It’s so easy to watch and get obsessed with, and I promise it’s worth it.
Honestly, who let Dance Moms air in the first place? Every Tuesday night in middle school for me featured a Dance Moms and Pretty Little Liars marathon, and looking back, that lineup feels like a bizarre fever dream. The antics of Miss Abby Lee Miller honestly haunt me, and the fact that she went to jail for a minute really doesn’t help the whole situation. How did she choreograph those dances every single week? What is the rival studio, the inglorious Candy Apples, up to now? Will Maddie ever not be at the top of the pyramid?
Mostly just putting this on the list because I think it might be fun to watch Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (wait do we still call her that, or no?) during her life before Harry. Suits is set at a New York City law firm, opening when Harvey Specter hires Mike Ross, a genius college dropout, to help him solve and close cases, despite Mike never attending or graduating from law school at all.
‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’
Larry David, the creator of Seinfeld and hilarious Bernie impersonator on SNL, plays a version of himself in Curb Your Enthusiasm. The 10th season just started, and luckily Prime has all the prior seasons so you can catch up. In the show, David faces the many annoyances of daily life, and basically just calls everyone out on their bullsh*t. TBH the show stresses me out because I am not a confrontational person at all, but it’s really funny. I would love to see an episode of David coughing on someone and/or being coughed on during this pandemic. Maybe they’re already working on it.
‘Law & Order: SVU’
Over the last 20 years, Law & Order: SVU has seemingly gotten away with any and every plotline they could ever think up. My jaw immediately hits the floor every time I watch this show, and it stays there the whole episode. I love how they only seem to get the perp like half the time and then the rest of the time it’s a therapy session. I love how they make up mid-season storylines for the main characters, and when you question them, diehard fans comment, “oh yeah, they mentioned that offhandedly 10 seasons ago,” as if you should’ve remembered. I love how Finn seems to improvise all of his lines and no one ever reacts to them. This show is a great watch because you really don’t need to watch it any particular order, and after one episode you’ll be done with TV for a while.
‘American Horror Story’
Eight seasons of AHS are on Prime, and I know everyone has a personal favorite. I only tried to watch this show once, when I was in ninth grade. I remember it so clearly, sitting in my friend’s basement in the dark. It was season four: Freak Show. She didn’t warn me at all. Enter: the scariest clown I have ever seen. Cue: me not sleeping for a week. That was the last time I ever even thought about watching this show. However, I’m older now, and wiser, and the world is as scary as it’s going to get, so I’m considering giving it another try. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Let me be the first to say I would GLADLY elect Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Vice President and/or President of the United States right now, which is her role as the protagonist in Veep. Veep is about the personal and political careers of Selina Meyer, the Vice President, and her wacky but reliable staff as they try to make their mark and advance themselves politically. Does it seem like something like this will ever be allowed to happen in our country? Maybe not, but it’s still fun to watch nonetheless.
Hopefully, by this point, you have found some sort of routine for your quarantine, and are not just watching TV for 9 hours a day as you maybe did at the beginning. (And if you are doing that, literally no shame at all.) However, we’re in it for the long haul, and we’ll need some entertainment to help us through it. If you can’t stand staring at the screen any longer, try an audiobook. One show at a time, this quarantine is going to get a little more bearable.
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I think I’m alone here, but does anyone else actually not hate winter? There’s something about bundling up and
not leaving my apartment because it’s too damn cold throwing on a pair of over-the-knee boots that just fills my icy heart with joy. Don’t get me wrong, one of my favorite fashion-related pastimes is pushing my company’s dress code with aggressively short sundresses in the summertime, but cold-weather clothes, specifically coats, are my favorite thing to wear. Ever since that episode of Gossip Girl when Blair whisper-yelled that she’s not pregnant on the steps of the Met while making a serious case for patent leather trenches, I decided it’s time to toss the tragic North Face I got for my effing bat mitzvah and up my coat game STAT.
If you, too, have a coat fetish (not judging) then you better believe I’m about to change your life in a minute. Now, before we go any further down this cozy and well-insulated rabbit hole, I would just like to say that having a gorgeous coat does not have to cost what you would spend on a new laptop. Another fun fact about me, aside from my addiction to outerwear, is that I have zero patience and refuse to wait five to seven business days for something I ordered online to make its way to my closet. Enter, Amazon. If you didn’t know, Amazon is a fashion hub. Shopbop even has its own storefront! So, if you’re in dire need of a new jacket, these are the best winter coats you can shop on Amazon for way less than you’d spend anywhere else.
Orolay Women’s Thickened Down Jacket, $140
Obviously, I have to start with the coat that put Amazon on fashion girls’ radar last winter. This coat was hands-down the midi-length leopard skirt of 2018, and after trying it on, I understand why. It’s really well-insulated and it’s obviously pretty chic, which is saying a lot since it’s a puffer. I am all for “beauty is pain,” and shivering my tits off in a coat that is cuter than it is functional, but after experiencing New York City winter, I am pro-puffer. Until I ordered this bad boy (in black), I used to associate thigh-length puffer coats with my middle-aged figure skating coach who, bless her Ukrainian heart, was not chic. Not anymore! There are two elements about the Orolay coat that make it stylish: the giant military-inspired pockets and the blunt shape that is longer in the back. Bottom line, this coat is really warm and will look cute with everything, whether you’re wearing skinny jeans and Red Wings or a shift dress and over-the-knee boots.
Tanming Double-Breasted Plaid Wool Blend Peacoat, $49
I love a good menswear-inspired piece, and this shapeless peacoat is giving me all of that. It reminds me of something Don Draper would pair with one of those weird cashmere turtlenecks he used to wear towards the end of the show, but honestly, I’m into it. The only downside is that it’s probably not the warmest coat you’ll own, but good thing climate change is eliminating that issue, right? This may just be a me thing, but I never buy coats in weird colors because they obviously don’t really go with anything. This coat is great because the base color is a neutral, but it’s layered with a bunch of other colors, so you can really pair it with almost everything. Toss this over jeans and a T-shirt, and you’re good to go. If you want to feel a little Parisian, throw on a pair of oversized sunglasses and a pair of ballet flats, et voilà! Can you tell I’m 110% American? Cool, cool, cool.
Apparis Women’s Jahaira Faux Fur Coat, $400
Apparis has quickly become my go-to for coats, because even though they neither look nor feel like real fur, they’re still really luxurious. I have a cropped forest green version of this coat and sometimes I just lay it across my lap at work when my space heater blows its fuse and pet it. Do my coworkers think I’m a little nuts? Maybe, but I don’t care because this coat is that soft.
Now, if you have working eyesight, you’ve probably noticed that camo is everywhere these days. Apparis took the trend to the next level, though, and added the bright orange accents, which I am absolutely loving. The orange adds a unique element that regular camo is obviously lacking. It’s also neutral enough that you can wear it with pretty much anything.
ECOWISH Faux Shearling Oversized Jacket, From $22
If you are a decent human being, you are anti-fur. Because I’m such a good person, I only wear faux fur that looks super duper fake because I don’t want my fake fur to look even a little bit real. Enter, this very fake-looking, Easter egg pink, oversize jacket. Obviously, this is not an everyday piece, but I’d wear it to a dinner with skinny white jeans, a gray oversized tee with a French tuck á la Tan France, and black booties. Basically, you can wear this with anything as long as the rest of the outfit is on the quieter side.
J.O.A. Shearling Jacket, $163
For those of you who think I just contradicted myself re: fur, this coat specifically is made using both faux shearling and faux leather, so two claps for J.O.A. for going vegan on this beautiful piece of clothing that is currently in my shopping cart and will soon be on my person. What makes this coat look of-the-moment, as opposed to something you’d find in a bargain bin at Forever21, is that the exterior leather looks a bit worn and weathered. In my opinion, this would look amazing over a crisp white button down tucked into a pair of straight leg jeans and white sneakers. I know I’ll definitely be wearing it with my favorite red blanket that Zara calls a scarf. You say tomato…you know how it goes.
S13 Emmy Midlength Down Puffer, From $109.20
We already know that I can’t resist a patent leather coat, so it’s no surprise that this S13 number really spoke to me. This coat is long enough that it covers your toosh, but short enough that you can still show off your legs in your Madewell High Risers, or whatever your skinny jean of choice may be. Because it’s black, the limit does not exist with regard to the things you can wear under this coat, but I love a shiny black coat with a cherry red scarf. There’s something very ‘90s about that color combo that I’m really feeling these days. If you want to drift away from the safety that is black, she also comes in silver and a very cool metallic navy. You really can’t lose with these options. Lastly, we need to address that if you buy a beautiful down-filled puffer for under $200, you’re basically stealing it.
Floerns Distressed Denim Jacket, $29.99
This recommendation is geared towards the Florida and California folks who don’t have to deal with the literal sh*t storm that are East Coast winters. It is my personal belief that the only acceptable denim jackets are oversize ones. The only thing you probably shouldn’t wear it with is, like, jeans, but everything else is fair game. Because it’s a little distressed, I’d wear something slightly more modern underneath so your outfit doesn’t look like a costume, ja feel?
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It’s more or less Christmas in July for those of us who have waited and hoped for the promised return of Amazon Prime Day. Better than Christmas, though, Amazon Prime Day means I can sit in the privacy of my home, comforted by the warmth of my laptop and the silence provided by a lack of screaming kids, in-laws, and other holiday chaos. It’s no secret that Amazon Prime Day will have buckets of f*cking deals available at our fingertips, and some of our favorite deals to shop are those that normally seem out of reach, like tech sh*t.
If, for some reason, you have no idea what Amazon Prime Day is, it basically started in 2015 to celebrate Amazon’s 20th birthday. Today, it’s a giant online sale that, this year, will run for 48 full hours starting Monday, July 15.
Here are some of the best tech deals you can peruse come Christmas in July—er, Amazon Prime Day.
If you’re still into watching sh*t on tablets (I mean, it’s fine), Prime Day will have several deals on a few different tablet options:
Amazon’s Kindle e-reader, normally retailing for $89.99, is listed for $59.99, The battery lasts for weeks, you can highlight and look up words you don’t know, and the way the screen is built allows you read in bright spots (like by the pool) without the glare.
Fire HD 10 Tablet with Alexa Hands-Free is normally $149.99. Prime Day has this price dropped to $99.99, because Amazon loves us and wants us to be happy.
Do you have an Amazon Echo yet? You should. Alexa tells me if it’s raining, what I need on my grocery list, and what the news for the day is. I mean, it’s like a more knowledgable Siri just working to make my life easier, ya know?
The Amazon Echo Dot, normally $49.99, is only $22. Holy sh*t, how have you not bought one yet?
The Echo 2nd generation, originally $99.99, is now on sale for $49.99. That’s voice control of your music, your news, your groceries, and a computer friend for literally the price of one bar tab.
Between wearable tech like wireless earbuds and watches to Macs, there’s quite a bit of Apple sh*t available as part of Prime Day.
Apple Watches series 3 and 4 are all on sale. The Series 4 with GPS is selling for $399 (previously $429); Series 3 with GPS and cellular is selling for $299, down from $379 (which is like, v good).
Apple AirPods with Charging Case are normally $159.99 and currently only $144.99.
Apple iPad 32G is the smaller model but is available as part of Prime Day festivities for $249. That’s an $80 savings off the usual price. If you’re fancy and need the bigger model, the Apple iPad Pro, normally $1149, is listed currently at $999.99 for an 11-inch.
If you’re still tracking your steps (slowly raises hand), there are several deals on FitBits you can take advantage of.
FitBit Alta HR is deeply discounted in certain colors (as low as $79.99), so you can be stylish and know exactly how fast your heart is racing after one flight of stairs
FitBit Versa SE is like the Apple Watch for people who hate Apple (minus like, phone calls and stuff) and is currently available on Amazon for $199, marked down from $229.
FitBit Charge 3 is currently selling for $129.95, down from about $170. That’s a pretty good deal, fam.
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I love quality fashion. I love even more not paying very much for good quality. It’s rare feat to find items that are cheap but also amazing, which is why I almost never shop at places like Forever 21 anymore. I’m sick of ill-fitting clothes that rip immediately. That said, I am in very serious relationship with Amazon, specifically Amazon Prime. It’s my favorite thing in the entire world, and now I don’t understand when I have to wait longer than two days for anything. It’s the absolute best. If you’re not aware, their fashion is actually pretty on point. You can get high quality brands like Kate Spade (RIP) and Wildfox or find these rando brands that are super cheap but still quality. Here are my favorite finds from Amazon fashion that are have-to-haves.
1. Your Go-To Leggings
I am a leggings connoisseur. I own no less than 25 pairs of almost identical black leggings, ranging in price and quality. However, they all fit differently—some are too thick, some attract dog hair, some give me love handles… I’m realizing I need to clean out my closet as I write this. But my absolute favorite leggings right now are these $13(!!!) high waisted ones from Amazon. Which I’m annoyed by, because I definitely paid $17 for them. Anyway. They’re soooo soft, make me look way thinner than I am, and are completely opaque. I want to live in them and I’m going to buy a few more pairs right now. And they come in 22 colors.
Sejora Satina High Waisted Leggings
2. The Perfect Bralette
Women who don’t know the magical wonder that is Amazon fashion are paying $30+ for these super trendy bralettes at Urban Outfitters. Get them on Amazon for $10 instead—they’re the exact same fit and quality. They’re super comfy and also come in 20+ colors! You can find a whole bunch of other fits if the halter isn’t your thing, but whatever you do, don’t pay so much for these ever again!
Ted Noah Halter V Neck Flora Lace Bralette
3. Basic Bodysuits
Bodysuits are the “it” item right now, thanks to a woman you may have heard of named Kim K. But they are so easy, comfortable, great for layering, and make you look thin with their Spanx-like effect. You can pay $90 for bodysuits from Nordstrom, or pay $13.99 on Amazon.
SUNRO Women’s Sexy Scoop Neck Bodysuit
4. Trendy Sunglasses
Literally everyone had these sunglasses for a while, some from brands that were really expensive. However, I got mine from Amazon, and literally no one ever noticed the difference. Plus I took them to Cabo and scratched them and broke them a tiny bit. So then I just bought another pair because they are only $13!
SojoS Cat Eye Mirrored Flat Lenses Street Fashion Metal Frame Women Sunglasses
5. The Bathing Suit That Looks Good On Everyone
My roommate bought this bathing suit last year, and it is so cute. If you haven’t seen this suit yet, it’s a miracle worker. One piece suits are super in, but you don’t need to pay a huge amount for one that is both cute and flattering. This one is high waisted so it hides your tummy and the top straps are adjustable, so even if you have a super weird body type (hi), this suit will fit well on you. It also comes in a ton of different patterns and is only $25!
COCOSHIP Retro One Piece Backless Bather Swimsuit High Waisted Pin up Swimwear
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