We’re in the era of social distancing. As we stay at home with more time than usual on our hands, web series have gradually replaced most other sources of entertainment in our lives. So just in case you’re running out of content to watch or need some recommendations, here are some underrated gems from the realm of online streaming.
Gullak (Streaming on SonyLIV)
TVF (The Viral Fever) proudly lives up to its reputation of creating heartwarming content, with Gullak. Narrated from the perspective of a gullak (piggy bank), the show explores the dynamics of the Indian middle-class. The series chronicles the life of the Mishra family, who face everyday challenges that a quintessential middle-class family would face. Despite the challenges and imperfections, their love always shines through. The series follows an unconventional yet extremely endearing style of storytelling. This 5-episode series is a medley of emotions, learnings and laughter, all rolled into one. It’s definitely a treat to watch.
Barry (Streaming on Hotstar)
Bill Hader and Alec Berg’s Emmy-winning dark comedy has been hailed as the new Breaking Bad by many critics—perhaps, rightly so. Barry will give you several glimpses into the darker side of human nature on one hand, and make you laugh on the other. The plot concerns Barry, a former US marine turned hitman who is hired to assassinate a member of an acting workshop but winds up falling in love with acting instead. Tempted to give up killing for his newfound love, Barry finds himself leading a dangerous double life. What’s on the cards for Barry? Watch to find out. You’ll be hooked, we promise.
The Haunting of Hill House (Streaming of Netflix)
Adapted from Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel of the same name, The Haunting of Hill House strikes a completely different note from your regular, jump scare-y horror projects. The show unfolds the story of the Crain family and the terror that accompanies them through half of their lives. The family that moves into a Massachusetts estate in the early 1990s, find themselves confronting the tormenting memories of their past. To know what we’re talking about, wait till you watch the sixth episode. You’ll find everything that makes this series so scary, inviting and as creepy as the empty windows of the Crain property. Watch it for its unique casting, incredible direction and engaging storytelling. Super bingeable!
This is us (Streaming on Hotstar)
This is Us is not only one of the lesser-known shows but also one of the best of recent times. Featuring an incredibly talented cast of Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown and others, this brilliant family drama will manage to tug at your heartstrings effortlessly. The story follows the lives of the Pearsons and goes back and forth to showcase intricate details that make the characters who they are at present. Through its thought-provoking storytelling, this feel-good piece of art will change your perspective about family and relationships in a uniquely effective way. Watch it if you haven’t already, and get ready to experience all the feels!
Upload (Streaming on Amazon Prime)
From the vault of ‘The Office’ veteran Greg Daniels, Upload takes a look at the concept of the afterlife. The series is set in the year 2033, where life after death is a possibility. Technology has been invented for anyone who can afford, to upload their entire consciousness to an afterlife digital community. Everyone stuck in this digital afterlife can still interact with their living friends and family, and see what’s happening in the living world via giant screens. The story follows Nathan Brown, an app developer, who meets with a horrible self-driving car accident. On his deathbed, Nathan chooses to have himself uploaded to his girlfriend’s luxurious virtual afterlife. Upload is a satirically brilliant take on the afterlife and capitalism—portrayed through Nathan’s experience.
We may have to stay home for an indefinite period, but we hope these shows fill every second of your time. Enjoy watching them and also drop your recommendations in the comments below.