THE COVID YEAR (and after)

Below is a truly insane list of TV shows, films, documentaries, audio books, youtube streams and podcasts that have I have consumed over 12 months since being sent home from work last March. (2020)

Some were inspired & inspiring works of art, while others were a waste of my time. While I watched many seasons of some TV shows, and possibly did find them somewhat enjoyable or enough to keep me distracted from the paranoia of Covid-19 life, I ultimately felt like I should have spent those hours doing something else.

The ones I have bolded, are ones that I feel like I did get something from them, whether it be simple entertainment, or a deeper understanding of culture or even life itself. I would not feel bad recommending these and I could argue their merits. I’ve added links to the lesser known ones, or ones that might not be known to some Americans. 

This may seem like an egotistical thing to post. However Its mostly for myself, to remember what I've watched & what a crazy year its been. If anyone gets something from it, then that's a bonus.


TV :
Top Boy - Seasons 1,2 & 3 
Victoria - Season 3 
The Crown - Seasons 1,2,3 & 4 
Better Call Saul - Seasons 1,2 3 & 4 
Billions - Seasons 1,2, 3, & 4 
DEVS  - Season 1 
After Life - Seasons 1 & 2 
Broadchurch  - Season 1 (abandoned season 2)
Hand of God -  Season 1 (abandoned season 2)
Peep Show -Seasons 1,2 & 3 (rewatched)  
Seinfeld : 23 Hours to Kill
The Wire - Season 1 (rewatched), 2, 3, 4 & 5
Lie To Me - season 1 (abandoned) 
Space Force - Season 1
Jack Ryan  - Seasons 1,2 & 3
Broadwalk Empire - Seasons 1,2, 3, 4 & 5
Line of Duty - Seasons 1,2 ,3, 4 & 5 
Mayday - Season 1
The Man in the High Tower -  Season 1 (rewatched), 2  3, & 4.
Umbrella Academy - Season 2 (abandoned)
Hanna - Seasons 1 & 2
Doom Patrol (abandoned)
Raised By Wolves  
The Vow
ZeroZeroZero - Season 1 
The Great (abandoned)
The Boys - Seasons 1 & 2 
London Spy    
Away (abandoned)
LEGION - Season 2 & 3   
Fargo - Season 4
Halt and Catch Fire - Seasons 1, 2, 3 & 4    
Formula 1 : Drive to Survive - Seasons 1, 2 & 3
Gangs of London (abandoned)
Peeky Blinders - Seasons 2, 3 & 4
The Expanse - Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5
The Flight Attendant  (abandoned)
Collateral
Unforgotten  - Seasons 1,2 & 3
Westworld - Seasons 1, 2, 3 (abandoned)
Bodyguard 
The Trip  - Season 1 
How To : with John Wilson 
Taboo (abandoned)
Last Tango in Halifax - Seasons 1,2 ,3 & 4 (abandoned)
Snowpiercer  (abandoned)
Fortitude - Season 1  (abandoned)
River - Seasons 1 & 2
Spy Craft - Season 1 
Queens Gambit 
Dark - Seasons 1, 2, 3 (abandoned)
The Tunnel - Season 1 
Schitts Creek seasons 1,2,3 & 4


FILM :
Blue Velvet (rewatched) 
Uncut Gems
Joker
Hereditary 
24 Hour Party People (rewatched) 
Paris Texas (rewatched) 
Performance  (rewatched)  
Gimme Danger : Iggy Pop   
Force Majeure                              
The Celebration (aka Festen)   
Avengers: Infinty War
Avengers: End Game
Thor: Ragnarok
The Banker
Have a Good Trip
Ford v Ferrari  
Stranger Than Paradise
Down by Law (rewatched) 
Pineapple Express (abandoned)
The Go Gos’ Movie 
American Dream/American Knightmare - Suge Knight
Project Power 
Capone 
71   
Aggie   
Moneyball
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
The Trial of the Chicago 7
Knives Out
Tenet
Take
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
The Cooler
Constantine (abandoned) 
VICE
SPENSER, Confidential (abandoned)
The CLASH : Don Letts 1978 Unreleased documentary
Fast and the Furious 
Inception (rewatched) 
Zack Snyder’s Justice League
The Old Guard
Manc
The Midnight Sky
Made You Look: A True Story About Fake Art



AUDIO BOOKS :
Beastie Boys Book


PODCASTS: 
Adam Buxton 123-151 
Reply All - 159-173
Raised By Wolves  1-5
Films to be Buried With. -“Joe Cornish” 
Distraction Pieces - approx 10 shows

ART on YouTube :
Mark Leckey -4 hours  
Zdzislaw Beksinski 1 hour
Ed Rousha 3 Hours 
Francis Bacon 2 Hours 
Francisco Goya 2 Hours
Black Art: In the Absence of Light  1.5 Hours
Jean Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child  (rewatched) 

UPDATED : After The One Year Post

FILM :

Army of the Dead (2021)  
The Gentleman
Without Remorse  
The Bank Job 
Snatch  (Rewatched)  
Shazam  
The Tomorrow War
American Animals 
Memento (Rewatched)  
WEWORK 
Too Funny Too Fail 
My Scientology Movie 
Batman & Bill 
Mister America 
Zero Dark Thirty 
Anthropoid 
Boss Level 
Safety Not Guaranteed  
Palm Springs 
Gunpowder Milkshake (abandoned) 
Zack Snyder's Justice League (abandoned) 
Coming 2 America   
Ted  
Ready Player One 
No Sudden Move 
The Vault
The Suicide Squad
Suicide Squad
Birds of Prey
A Life of Crime
War Dogs
Deadwood : The Movie
Vice (2021) (abandoned)

TV :

Schitts Creek seasons 5 & 6 
Hacks
Thunder Force
The Mole 
Star Struck 
Mare of Eastwick 
The Line Of Duty - Season 6 
63 and Up 
Line of Duty - season 6
Better Call Saul - season 5
Thick Of It - season 1

PODCASTS :

I Can't Believe it's Not Buddha 1,2, 3

Dialogues: The David Zwirner Podcast -
Beeple with Jordan Wolfson
Robert Crumb with Art Spiegelman
Sofia Coppola with Rainer Judd
KAWS with Lucas Zwirner
Minimalism Today
Alex Da Corte with Charlie Fox
Jordan Wolfson with Jeremy O. Harris
Audio Books :
The Flamethrowers : Rachel Kushner
The Hail Mary Project : Andy Weir
Marcel Drama with Will Butler
Lisa Yuskavage with Tamara Jenkins
Jeff Koons with Luke Syson 

Grounded with Louis Therous Approx 10 shows

Audio Books :
The Flamethrowers : Rachel Kushner
The Hail Mary Project : Andy Weir

Music on YouTube : 


Trash Theory, including... 
Before Loveless: How Shoegaze Became Shoegaze
Exploring Massive Attack & "Unfinished Sympathy"
Tim & How The Replacements Ruined Everything
The Endless Struggle Behind Soft Cell & TAINTED LOVE
Dizzee Rascal, I LUV U & The Birth of Grime
The Story of Pulp and COMMON PEOPLE
CLINT EASTWOOD & The Birth of Gorillaz
The Complex Journey of M.I.A. & PAPER PLANES
The Most Controversial BRIT Awards Performance Ever (Dave - "Black")
FKA twigs & The Fragile Bombast of "Cellophane"
"Can't Stand Me Now" - The Shipwreck of The Libertines
The Universal Appeal of Buzzcocks' "Ever Fallen in Love"
How an Illegal Mash Up Reignited British Pop (Sugababes - "Freak Like Me")
The Smirking Revenge of The Sisters of Mercy & THIS CORROSION
FIRESTARTER - How The Prodigy Won Over the Metalheads
Fugazi: The Path of Most Resistance
Before Black Sabbath: How Psychedelic Rock Became Metal
Before Bauhaus: How Goth Became Goth
"Ghost Town" by The Specials: The Sound of Impending Doom
Aladdin Sane: David Bowie's Dark Reflection of Ziggy Stardust
Exploring Joy Division & "She's Lost Control" 
How Echo & The Bunnymen and God Wrote "The Killing Moon"
How Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Maps" Transcended the Post-Punk Revival
"How Soon Is Now?" - The B-Side That Defined The Smiths
Blur Vs. Oasis: Who Won The Battle of Britpop?
Before Are "Friends" Electric?: How Synth-Pop Became Synth-Pop
Before 1976: How Punk Became Punk
The Shocking Real-Life Story Behind "Teenage Dirtbag" by Wheatus
Songs That Are Most Likely About Courtney Love

CHAOS / The Dave Goodman Story (11 parts)

ART on YouTube : 

3 Hours of Oliver Payne and Nick Relph - “Driftwood”, “Mix Tape , Comma , Pregnant Pause,  Oliver Payne - “Inventory Eleven”

2 hours of Matt Pyke : Universal Everything