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Entertainment Picks to Help Pass the Time

We have the cure for your social distancing boredom. Check out this huge list of movie, TV, book, music, and podcast recommendations from CX users!

Are you bored at home right now? Well, we have the cure. We asked the CollegeXpress community for their best entertainment recommendations—everything from movies to add to our lists and TV shows to binge-watch to what books we should be reading, the podcasts you won’t get enough of, and the best music for fun and for studying. Here are a few of their favorite things. We hope this list alleviates some restlessness and makes sheltering-in-place a little easier!


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“I've been making my way through all of the Disney classics and some pro-shot musicals; I've probably seen Falsettos twice already.” — Zia S. from Warrenton, VA

The Darkest Minds is very topical at the moment, in my opinion.” — Jordan-Paige S. from Richmond, TX

“My favorite movies are Merlin, Titanic, Maleficent, and Rapunzel. Sometimes it’s good to have a flashback of old movies.” — Esther I. from Enugu, Nigeria

More movie recommendations

  • He's Just Not That Into You (Netflix)
  • Knives Out
  • Little Women (the new remake)
  • IT Chapter 1 and 2
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Netflix)
  • Onward (Disney+)
  • Rim of the World
  • How I Live Now
  • Ready Player One
  • Color Out of Space
  • Joker
  • Event Horizon
  • Jay and Silent Bob Reboot
  • Avengers: Endgame (Disney+)
  • Signs
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Birds of Prey
  • Hobbs & Shaw
  • And a few that may be too close to home right now: Contagion; Pandemic; Flu; and Outbreak

Related: 10 Movies You Should Watch During Black History Month


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“I've been watching stuff with my friends using Netflix Party, so we can all watch it at the same time together. We've done The Office, of course!” — Giulia

“One show I definitely recommend is All American. It’s without a doubt my favorite show on television right now. The latest season just ended, but the whole series is on Netflix. Another show I recommend is Love Is Blind. I'm not usually into reality shows, but this is one that had me thinking a lot throughout it.” — Isaiah D. from Brookhaven, PA

“If you can handle seriously strong secondhand embarrassment and like a really good laugh: Sex Education.” — Courtney F. from Denton, TX

“My favorite TV shows are the CW DC TV shows: Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow. Also, Korean dramas (k-dramas) are really good, like Because This Is My First Life on Netflix.” — Elena K. from Fairview, PA

“I’m currently watching the 100 Humans series on Netflix as well as keeping up with my regular lectures for school.” — Alejandra A. from Chicago, IL

More TV recommendations

  • The Replacements (Disney+)
  • The Simpsons (Disney+)
  • I Am Not Okay With This (Netflix)
  • The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)
  • Locke and Key (Netflix)
  • On My Block
  • The Good Place (Netflix)
  • The 100 (Netflix)
  • She-Ra (new animated Netflix series)
  • Fleabag (Amazon Prime Video)
  • One Day at a Time (POP TV)
  • PSYCH!
  • Castle Rock (Hulu)
  • Guy’s Grocery Games
  • Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
  • The Blacklist (Netflix)
  • The Boys
  • Community
  • Batman: The Animated Series
  • The Walking Dead (Netflix)
  • Mayans M.C.
  • grown-ish
  • Dynasty
  • Supernatural (Netflix)
  • Prodigal Son
  • Grace and Frankie (Netflix original)
  • Game of Thrones (HBO)
  • Tiger King (Netflix)


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“Some podcasts I recommend are Timesuck, Small Town Murder, and Crime and Sports. They’re all relatively long but do deep dives on their subjects. And they’re all hosted by comedians, so expect jokes.” — Anonymous

“Some of my favorites are Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk; Faculty of Horror; Astonishing Legends; and Chilluminati.” — Lawrence C. from Robbinsville, NC

Note to Self is a podcast I've gotten into before this chaos; it's nice and short for breaks between tasks or for driving.” — Anna M. from Missouri City, TX

More podcast recommendations

  • The Magnus Archives (for horror fans)
  • Bill Nye's Science Rules!
  • Scared to Death
  • This Might Get Weird
  • The Johnjay & Rich Show
  • War of the Roses
  • DKMH (the Dacre Montgomery podcast)
  • NPR Ted Radio Hour


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“Fantasy books (it’s nice to be thrown into a different world)” — Anonymous

“I have a LOT to list, especially books! The Darkest Minds series by Alexandra Bracken, The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater, Kingdom Keepers series by Ridley Pearson, Blue Is for Nightmares series by Laurie Faria Stolarz, Sweethearts by Sara Zarr, Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld, and We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach.” — Jordan-Paige S. from Richmond, TX

More book recommendations

  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han
  • The Troop by Nick Cutter
  • There, There by Tommy Orange
  • In the Night Wood by Dale Bailey
  • Misery; The Institute; and The Dark Tower series by Stephen King
  • Beartown: A Novel; and A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman
  • House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

Related: 5 Great Book Recommendations for Social Distancing


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“TikTok has surprisingly good music to listen to!” — Tanvi H. from Miami, FL

“I’m listening to a lot of mxmtoon and lo-fi music, which is great for studying but also staying levelheaded during this crazy transition.” — Zia S. from Warrenton, VA

“I love listening to the Canadian artist Matthew Barber and his Canadian country-style music.” — Elena K. from Fairview, PA

5 Seconds of Summer’s new album C A L M” — Anonymous

“Listening to PARTYNEXTDOOR” — Lauryn M. from South Bend, IN

“For study music, I like these groups/artists: Audiomachine, Jennifer Thomas, Lindsey Stirling, The Piano Guys, The Vitamin String Quartet, Thomas Bergerson, and Two Steps From Hell.” — Anonymous

“I’ve been listening to throwback music like High School Musical and old Taylor Swift.” — Laura from Savannah, GA

Related: Study Playlist for Students in the Spring Mood

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