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March 18, 2020

Our Team’s Recommendations for Best TV Shows, Books, Movies and Podcasts To Enjoy While At Home

PartnerCentric

Every week during our all-hands Tuesday Chats, we provide updates for our departments but also answer fun prompt questions that change every week. A few weeks ago (when life was very different) we were asked to share what our current favorite books, movies, tv shows and podcasts are. It was an enjoyable discussion and we were excited to have an arsenal of new entertainment to explore in our free time. Fast forward to now and with the need to practice social distancing, we thought we would share this list with all of you to provide our recommendations and also open the floor to hear about what you’re watching, reading and listening to.

After all, when you work from home, you need to be more vigilant than ever about a work/life balance, and when you can’t go anywhere, that means your “life” is centered around what you can entertain yourself with at home. We hope this list helps for those times you need a little recharge before you can get back to taking over the world.

Must-watch Shows

  • Hunters (Amazon Video)
  • Lego Masters (Amazon Video)
  • The Masked Singer (Netflix)

“Lately, I’ve been watching The Masked Singer with the kids. It’s such a feel good show, a nice change compared to many things on TV these days.” – Julie Ávila, PartnerCentric COO

  • Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Netflix)
  • Big Little Lies (HBO)
  • Love is Blind (Netflix)
  • Working Moms (Netflix)
  • The Office (Netflix)
  • Ozark (Netflix)
  • Royal Pains (Netflix)
  • Westworld (HBO)
  • Ally McBeal (Hulu)
  • Outlander (Netflix)
  • Dave (FXX)
  • Dead to Me (Netflix)
  • Suits (Prime Video)
  • The Witcher (Netflix)
  • Britain’s Best Home Cook (Hulu)
  • Narcos (Netflix)
  • Jack Ryan (Prime Video)
  • Queer Eye (Netflix)

“This is a feel-good show for EVERYONE! My mother, my husband, my hairdresser, and my grandparents alike love what this show stands for and how it makes you feel. It is about tolerance, loving kindness, self-love, community and so much more! Not to mention the cast will have you laughing and crying in the best way from start-to-finish every single episode! Can’t say enough good things about this series!” – Dana Miller, PartnerCentric Marketing, Graphic Design

  • Ugly Delicious (Netflix)
  • Mad Men (Netflix)
  • StarTrek (Prime Video)

I have been getting back into Star Trek. I just finished the first two seasons of Star Trek Discovery and I’m about up to date on Star Trek Picard. I was really into Star Trek: The Next Generation in junior high, but haven’t watched a Star Trek TV series since the end of DS9 so it’s been fun getting back in touch with my roots. Fun fact: my friend Michael and I went to an actual Star Trek convention in 1995. I did NOT wear a costume and no pictures are known to exist.” – Adam Dahlen, PartnerCentric VP of Client Success

  • Good Girls (Netflix & Hulu)
  • How to Get Away with Murder (Netflix)
  • The Stranger (Netflix)
  • The Outsider (Netflix)
  • Devs (Hulu)
  • His Dark Materials (HBO)
  • Dirty John (Netflix)
  • Schitt’s Creek (Netflix)
  • Homestead Rescue (Prime Video)

“My husband has us hooked on tv series, Homestead Rescue… the Raney family cracks me up and it is incredible to watch and learn about people living off the grid, I am convinced that this is NOT the lifestyle for me!” – Katherine Gunderson, PartnerCentric Associate Account Manager

  • CHEER (Netflix)
  • YOU (Netflix)
  • McMillions (HBO)
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm (Prime Video & HBO)
  • Stranger Things (Netflix)
  • Gilmore Girls (Netflix)
  • Nailed It (Netflix)
  • Locke and Key (Netflix)
  • Parks and Rec (Netflix)

Must-read Books

  • Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • The Lowland, Interpreter of Maladies, and The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Dr. Paul Kalanithi

“When I finished his memoir, I felt privileged to have the opportunity to read his words and I couldn’t get over the fact that a scientific mind could write like that. It made me feel so much gratitude and I HIGHLY recommend his book!” – Alisa Crowley, PartnerCentric Senior Marketing Manager

  • Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Principles by Ray Dalio
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  • Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis 
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • The Red Tent by Anita Diamant.
  • The Start-up of You Reid Hoffman
  • City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  • The Golden Compass book series by Philip Pullman
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
  • Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy
  • Fearless Living by Rhonda Britten
  • Bitter is the New Black by Jennifer Lancaster

“My all-time favorite book is Bitter is the New Black by Jennifer Lancaster. I read this book over and over when I need too lighten my mood and get a good laugh in. Her ability to look back at her hardships and laugh and allow others to laugh with her is truly amazing! Always have to look for the silver lining, and sometimes it can be hard, but it is there more often than not.” – Patti Jones, PartnerCentric Account Manager

Podcasts

  • Stuff You Should Know by Josh Clark and Charles W. “Chuck” Bryant
  • 99% Invisible by Roman Mars
  • Hardcore history by Dan Carlin

“A few years ago, Tom [Tom Rathbone is PartnerCentric’s VP of Strategic Initiatives] introduced me to this and since then I’ve listened to every single podcast at least once (including over 15 hours on the Roman Republic) and some probably 3-4 times.  The way the host presents the information and discusses it makes it easily digestible and extremely interesting (to me at least). Basically, he’ll read at least 5-7 books on the subject and then along with his own knowledge present the information in a discussion format.  One awesome thing he does is leaves a bibliography at the end of the web piece for it so you can read the books related if you want. I’ve learned so many fascinating tidbits about events I thought I knew everything about.” – Dan Fink, PartnerCentric Associate Director of Client Success – Small Business and Finance

  • Getting Curious with Johnathan Van Ness