The coronavirus pandemic has left everyone at Virtuoso Life and Virtuoso Traveler with a little extra time at home.
We’re heeding CDC Health Notices, practicing social distancing (flatten the curve!), and still talking about travel. We hope that sharing stories, photos, and ideas from our own staff and our worldwide network of travel-industry friends inspires you to keep dreaming about your own future travel plans.
We look forward to traveling again, but until that’s a possibility, we’re filling our queues with diversion. Here are a few of our personal favorites for your streaming enjoyment. Stay healthy and keep dreaming.
I’m currently bingeing The Great British Bake Off (Netflix), because we could all use a few more carbs, cakes, tarts, and tortes in our lives. Teach me your ways, Mary Berry!
– Korena Sinnett, art director
I knocked out a chunk of a flight home from Hong Kong watching Chernobyl (HBO), a five-episode thriller based on the U.S.S.R.’s nuclear power plant disaster. It starts with a suicide and only grows gloomier (and almost too graphic at times), but the cinematography, sense of dread, and callous apparatchik characters make this slice of 1980s Soviet life one of the most captivating series I’ve seen in a year.
– Justin Paul, senior editor
I’m obsessed with all things true crime. A pair of docuseries, The Pharmacist and The Keepers (Netflix), draw me in with every twist and turn. And yes, I know these shows aren’t exactly uplifting. But after every episode, I’m reminded of two things: People have been through worse, and our resilience as humans is stronger than we might think.”
– Veronica Rosalez, senior graphic designer
First and foremost: Move Tiger King straight to the top of your queue. Big cats, big beefs, and larger-than-life characters. In my house, we just discovered Little America (Apple TV+). Each episode retells a based-on-a-true story of an immigrant’s experience in America. They’re everything you’d want at a time like this: Uplifting, touching, heartwarming, and a good reminder of what our country is really about. I’m also turning to Gardeners’ World (Britbox). Host Monty Don (aka Britain’s favorite gardener) makes the world seem OK. My family and I are working our way through all nine seasons of The Office (Netflix), which our 12-year-old can’t get enough of. And yes, I binged Love Is Blind (Netflix).
– Marika Cain, managing editor
I’ve put my most-recent addiction to Homeland (Showtime) on hold (Carrie Mathison and Saul Berenson weren’t doing my high blood pressure any favors) and have turned to Harry Potter instead. As I make my way through the books and films with my oldest daughter, I’ve been loving J.K. Rowling’s messages within – mainly: Dark figures and difficult times are, unfortunately, a part of life. But so, too, are goodness and light, along with our collective power to come together to defeat both. Albus Dumbledore said it best: "We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided."
– Joel Centano, editor
If you’re in need of a good laugh and enjoy dark comedy, Fleabag (Amazon) and The Righteous Gemstones (HBO) are musts. For all of the super moms out there, watch Big Little Lies (HBO). If you miss your workplace drama, The Morning Show (AppleTV+) is for you. I’m watching Hunters (Amazon) right now, and I can’t wait for season three of Ozark (Netflix). – Melanie Fowler, design director
I’m firmly on team "read the book before you watch the film/TV adaptation," so I’m currently wrapping up Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu) by Celeste Ng before diving into the new Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington-led drama. Cheer (Netflix) is also at the top of my queue, right next to to Parks and Recreation (Netflix), my go-to for a laugh when it’s needed most. We could all use a little Leslie Knope optimism right now.
– Amy Cassell, manager, digital content
I’m excited to – finally – get into the most recent season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon). This show completely transports me to 1960s New York City, and strong, wise-cracking Midge can handle just about anything.
– Samantha Faléwee, assistant editor
Sex Education (Netflix) is the laugh-out-loud relief I’m craving at the end of my work-from-home day (complemented by a generous glass of full-bodied cab, of course). Next on my list is Gentefied (Netflix), which, if my pattern continues, will occasionally be interrupted by a witty bombshell from Schitt’s Creek (Netflix). Excuse me while I channel my inner Alexis Rose with, "I love this for me."
– Eva Seelye, social media specialist
I’m renting all the classic movies that I haven’t ‘had time’ to watch in the past. First up, rom-coms: Victor Victoria (my love for Julie Andrews will never die), Bringing Up Baby, and an Audrey Hepburn marathon that’ll start with Sabrina and end with Charade.
– Rebecca Ratterman, assistant editor
My partner is an avid series-watcher and he’s not above re-watching his favorites. We’re currently streaming Veep and Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO) for belly laughs and so many cringe-worthy moments. We recently finished re-watching Fargo (Hulu) and Boardwalk Empire (HBO). They’re violent, but the writing and acting are too good to miss.
– Mary Toombs, graphic designer