Stuck at home? Here’s how we’re entertaining ourselves.

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While you're social distancing, our sports editor Sam recommends The Good Place on Netflix. (Photo via nbc.com)

Editorial Board

If you’re home social distancing, you can only re-watch your favorite show so many times – it’s time to branch out. The Lasso Editorial Board has put together their best recommendations for your viewing, reading, and listening pleasure.

Erin Dean (Editor-in-Chief): In case you are one of the seemingly few people that haven’t heard of this new documentary from Netflix, I’ll give a quick rundown. The title itself might come off as sensationalized, but it truly sticks to its name. Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness only dropped on Netflix on March 20, but it has its viewers hooked. In this limited series, it follows exotic zoo owner and tiger aficionado Joe Exotic as he battles it out with Carole Baskin, a big cat activist, to keep his zoo alive. Along the way, the documentary discovers thousands of twists in the story; including murder-for-hire, polygamy, and a missing persons case. To keep you entertained this quarantine, watch this seven-part series that’s sure to keep you interested.

Fernanda recommends Ozark on Netflix. (Photo via IMDb.com)

Fernanda Molina (Editor-in-Chief): Recently I have been watching Ozark. This is a show on Netflix and if you have not heard of it, you should get binging. This show is a high-end drama with a top-rank cast. It is about a financial adviser named Marty Byrde who is involved in a money-laundering scheme after getting into some trouble with a Mexican drug cartel. The whole show is thrilling and all of the episodes end on a cliffhanger, leaving you to want more. Additionally, Season Three just came out so that leaves you with plenty of episodes to watch during these tough times.

Colter Adams (Managing Editor): American Gods is a masterpiece of surrealist fantasy; a testament to America’s suppressed mythos, full of traditions and secrets of the immigrants who built our country, and the folklore born from people oppressed by it. Neil Gaiman depicts America’s values as a collection of jealous, warring gods, sustained by the complicit worship of the masses. Take Mr. World, the manifestation of globalization or Mr. Wood, an ancient god of trees who sacrificed his forest for the prayers of industrialists. Gaiman gathers these characters in an atmospheric pre-dawn America where the line between reality and perception is blurred, symbolizing the implausibility of any single story serving as a single narrative for our country.

If you’re stuck at home with nothing to watch, Sequoia recommends the Great Pottery Throw Down. (Photo via www.bbc.co.uk)

Sequoia Wyckoff (Features Editor): I’ve been watching The Great Pottery Throw Down. It’s a show on YouTube, and to be honest, it’s the best thing I’ve ever seen. The premise is exactly the same as the Great British Baking Show, with a cozy setting, quirky hosts, absurd challenges, and amusing British contestants. I’ve identified only two differences: for one, instead of baking, they make pottery! And two, the male judge (equivalent to Paul Hollywood) is much nicer – he has now twice been so moved by the pottery that he’s cried, and it’s only been a few episodes. Who knew you could improve upon the Great British Baking Show? My mom and I are obsessed.

Sam Mostow (Sports Editor): NBC’s The Good Place has gotten me through the first few weeks of this quarantine. Starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, the show centers around the afterlife. In this reality, there is a “Good Place” and a “Bad Place”, and one’s actions on Earth dictate where they end up. It’s just dumb enough to make you forget about the chaos in the world around you, which I have found to be comforting. It can be found on Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube TV.

Anna Tarter (News Editor): If you’re looking for something to watch on Netflix, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, starring Michael Cera, is a great pick. Scott Pilgrim vs the World revolves around a guitarist (played by Michael Cera) who fights the ex boyfriends of a girl he obsesses over. Based off of a graphic novel series of the same name, Scott Pilgrim vs The World is entertaining and funny, and includes comic book stylistic elements, original music, as well as punchy dialogue.

Sarah Lambert (Features Editor): If you’re sick of binge watching every TV show on Netflix and want to do something that feels productive, you may want to try buying a paint-by-numbers set. These are pictures or drawings divided into shapes, each marked with a number that corresponds to a particular color. You paint in each shape and ultimately the picture emerges as a finished painting. You can purchase one on Amazon for less than 20 bucks. You need absolutely no artistic ability because the sets are basically a coloring book with instructions. I have never graduated past the stick figure phase of drawing and was able to create a decent painting. Sets are great if you want to learn art techniques or just want a relaxing way to kill a few hours.