Things aren’t looking good right now. Coronavirus is all around. The economy will probably collapse. There’s no toilet paper available anywhere. And worst of all, we’re all stuck inside with our families.
Luckily, there’s a ton of great TV to help get us through this difficult time. If you’re looking for something to watch, Fancy Boys Club is here to help. Over the next few days, we’ll be breaking down our favorite coronavirus quarantine streaming options in the only way we know how: a draft.
25. Mr. Show with Bob & David | Matt Drufke
It’s kind of crazy when shows like this even get made. Mr. Show with Bob and David is an alt-comedy sketch show which lasted four seasons on HBO. It helped give exposure to such amazing comedians as Paul F. Tompkins, Brian Posehn, Sarah Silverman, Jack Black, Tom Kenney, and Scott Aukerman. It’s also one of the most original, insane, and funny shows I’ve ever seen.
Every episode had a half dozen sketches seamlessly flow into each other to form one complete, cohesive, utterly bonkers show. Because the show found a home on HBO, they didn’t have to worry about language or content restrictions. Unlike Saturday Night Live, there wasn’t a need to hear two songs from a pop star. This was just two of the smartest, funniest dudes around doing whatever the fuck they wanted.
There are so many wonderful sketches in this show, and it blows my mind when people tell me they haven’t seen this show. It’s one of the best things HBO has ever given us, and if you haven’t seen it, you need to correct that right away.
Ok… one more:
Available on: HBOGo, HBO Now
26. Curb Your Enthusiasm | Rick Copper
It’s really great and there is a lot of yelling. Larry David is a comedic genius and Jeff Garlin holds his own very well here. I was going to play the ‘skip this season’ game, but you have to take it all or nothing. Plus, David has come back this year with some of his best stuff. The ‘MAGA’ episode was so good our Idiot-In-Chief tweeted it as if it was a homage to him. Spoiler alert – it’s not.
I really have zero argument with any show in this round. If Matt wouldn’t have picked Mr. Show, I would have for certain.
Available On: HBO Go, HBO Now
27. Schitt’s Creek | Jack Baker
What the world needs now more than ever is laughter and Catherine O’Hara is the funniest person on television. All of the characters on Schitt’s Creek are great, but Moira Rose is delightfully unhinged in all of the best ways. She’s a completely self-absorbed former soap star clinging to her fading fame as her family is forced out of their lavish lives and into a motel in the town they once bought as a joke.
Over time, the whole family becomes less self absorbed and starts to grow into a real family. But, the show’s big heart never gets in the way of great jokes…and that’s where Moira really shines. Her outfits, wigs, and insane delivery have made her one of television’s best characters.
The whole show is great, but I’d have drafted it even if it was just O’Hara reading the phone book in character. That’s how great she is.
Available On: Netflix, Pop TV
28. Brockmire | Brandon Andreasen
It is genuinely hard to quantify how underrated this show is from a comedy standpoint. The fact that it is made for a sports fan like me is even better. It’s very rare that a show revolving around sports doesn’t bastardize itself for the sake of gaining a wider audience. Brockmire does the opposite. It’s not trying to be super inclusive. If you don’t understand baseball, you very well might not understand this show. But if you get baseball, and you like to laugh, this is one of the most essential shows to binge watch.
Available On: Hulu
29. Top Chef | Brandon Andreasen
I was a late convert to Top Chef. I was never really into cooking shows outside of occasionally watching Chopped when there was nothing else on. My wife (girlfriend at the time) got me to start watching after we began dating. It wasn’t until I discovered that the show was on Hulu that I would lose entire days trying to watch full seasons of the show. The great cooks, the villains, the competition made it all so enthralling. Whenever Top Chef isn’t on TV, I feel like there is a void, and I fill that void by watching the previous seasons. Every person has a favorite chef (mine is Sheldon Simeon) and everyone has a most hated chef (mine is, of course, Marcel Vigneron). That’s the fun thing about a reality show like this: there is an endgame. There are winners and losers.
Available On: Hulu
30. Dirty Money | Netflix
There is no better time than a global pandemic to get righteously indignant at the powers that created the awful problems around the world exposed by Coronavirus. Alex Gibney is one of the best documentary filmmakers alive and he turns his focus on some of the most awful corporations that have lied, cheated and stolen their way to billions of dollars.
Also, season 2 takes on Trump’s most trusted dipshit/advisor/son-in-law who just so happens to be part of the team actively managing the government’s failed response to the very same Coronavirus that’s caused you to be at home binging.
Available On: Netflix
31. The Wire | Rick Copper
TBH, this is a weird round. Only by happenstance did these shows get quadded together like bad old clumpy candy on an Easter Sunday.
The Wire is all about Baltimore, drugs, grit, grime, graft, crime, gangs, law enforcement, you name it. It’s nasty and that’s a good thing. Hell, there’s killing whenever but on occasion they have a twisted set of scruples:
Available On: HBO Go, HBO Now
32. Arrested Development | Matt Drufke
I want to say this right away: It is so tragic that this show, an amazing piece of comedy I love and cherish so much, has been absolutely tarnished by the horrible behavior Jeffrey Tambor would show, both on this show and on Transparent. I cannot watch him in this show without thinking about that, and it’s taken so much of the joy I got from this show.
What I will say about Arrested Development is that it’s a perfectly written show that has a cast delivering those lines with near-perfection. So many people have never been better than they were on this show. Like… pretty much everyone. I don’t care about Tony Hale in Veep or Will Arnett in Bojack Horseman or Jason Bateman in Ozark or Michael Cera in… well, anything. This was the show they were meant to be in. This is the show where they found their home.
Quite frankly, all of those actors owe show creator Mitchell Hurwitz a lot of money. Because he gave them something great that allowed them to try and do other things.
Available on: Netflix
Check back tomorrow for rounds 9-10!