7 Netflix series to binge during self-isolation

Worried about coronavirus? Stuck in self-isolation? Boost your mood with these feel-good Netflix shows.

The world as we know it has changed drastically over the past few weeks. We’re working from home, wondering if it’s safe to visit our hairdresser and questioning our gym memberships. But while the coronavirus pandemic is serious, it’s not all doom and gloom.

From unexpected free concerts to surprisingly positive news stories, there’s still plenty to be thankful for. And one of those things is Netflix. If you’re stuck in isolation and need a break from the news – or just want to show yourself a little self-care – here’s everything you need to watch.


Only six episodes long, this docuseries about a cheerleading squad from Navarro College in the US is like a warm hug for your heart. It’s got all the themes that make up a truly moving TV experience: friendship, tension, competition and Jeremiah Harris – the sweetest soul in the world. Follow the group on their journey to the national championships, led by badass coach Monica Aldama, who will both inspire and terrify you. It’ll make you laugh, cry, stalk the cast on Instagram and finally, cheer.

Schitt’s Creek

If you haven’t watched this series about a rich family who ends up in the backwater town of Schitt’s Creek, get ready to not leave the couch for days. Created by the genius Eugene Levy (who stars as patriarch Johnny Rose) and his son Daniel Levy (aka, David Rose), the show explores what would happen if two wealthy parents and their kids lose all of their money and have to make it on their own. Expect Catherine O’Hara (as Moira Rose) to blow your mind with her outstanding wig collection and prepare to understand this reference:

Love is Blind

If you’re obsessed with Married at First Sight but want something even more wild, Love is Blind has you covered. In this American dating show, a group of hopefuls enter a house and the men are quickly sectioned off from the women. After that, the singles get to ‘date’ each other over 10 days and then decide who they want to ‘marry’. The catch? They don’t get to see each other while they’re dating. They talk through a wall and their identities are only revealed after that’ve chosen each other. Cue: ALL THE DRAMA.

Queer Eye

Feeling anxious? Scared about what’s happening in the world? Let Bobby Berk, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown and Tan France take care of you. Based on “Queer Eye For the Straight Guy”, this reality show follows the Fab Five as they help makeover the lives of their worthy nominees. As well as getting a new ‘do courtesy of Jonathan, each nominee gets a mindset makeover by culture expert Karamo, learns how to cook (mostly with avocados) thanks to Antoni, gets schooled on fashion by Tan and has their house made over by Bobby. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll forget all about what’s happening outside.

Nailed it

Baking shows are therapeutic. Nailed It is not. Instead, it’ll make you LOL in real life as you watch a trio of hopeless cooks try their best to recreate the masterpieces of renowned chocolatier Jacques Torres and other professional chefs. It’s messy, it doesn’t make sense and it’ll make you cringe so hard you can’t see, but it’s oh-so funny.

Goop Lab

Whether you love all things GP or not, everyone can get a kick out of Goop Lab. Watch as Gwyneth Paltrow tests out weird and wacky wellness trends with her Goop colleagues and explore the benefits of fasting for anti-ageing and whether psychedelic mushrooms can help you heal from past trauma.

The Chef Show

If you’re more into watching people who actually know how to cook, try The Chef Show. After mentoring Jon Favreau for his role in the movie Chef, Roy Choi teamed up with the star again to celebrate the real-life craft of cooking. From making a pepper pot with Gwyneth Paltrow to whipping up omelettes in Las Vegas, this show will have you laughing and drooling at the same time. Warning: Do not watch when hungry.