Since the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic on March 13, 2020, some have been quarantined for months.
Although NYC and other states began to enter reopening phases, many have been delayed due to a (the)second wave of COVID-19. States with rising numbers of coronavirus cases as of July 2020, include Arizona, Texas, Florida, and several others. In addition to COVID, the fight to end systemic racism continues through protests, signing of petitions, etc; the state of the economy is questionable, and overall, the Earth feels quite gross.
While keeping up with the news has become a crucial part of many quarantine routines, is always important to detach from the chaos and traumas of the world. For this purpose, many turn to entertainment; as they should.
Online streaming services have hit an all-time high in terms of viewers. Invoke, a real-time market research company, found in a study that 75 percent of surveyors are watching more streaming content than before the pandemic struck. With nowhere to go, generational lines blur as people of all ages binge as the pandemic, protests, and politics continue to brew.
For those growing bored of or finished with binge-worthy series on streaming services, fear not. Web series that can be easily accessed via YouTube and make for great distractions for the sake of mental health. Here are three The Knockturnal recommends:
On its first season, the “mockumentary” follows an acting teacher, Maria Kurz, played wonderfully by Bianca Waechter, and her students as they struggle to make their dreams come to life. The loosely improvised series, created by Waechter and Pranav Kothary, premiered at the Big Apple Film Festival last year in November. It premiered on YouTube just in time for quarantine on March 30. With only five (pretty short) episodes, the comedy tells a unique story that is relatable, awkward, and definitely binge-worthy.
This web series is about an aspiring writer/director named Maya, who is played by the shows creator Regina Hoyles. Maya, with the support of her peers, is trying to manage both everyday life as a black millennial; and her hair. Since it’s release in April 2018, the six-episode season premiered on numerous occasions including the Fusion Film Festival, Top Shorts Online Film Festival, Miami Web Fest, and more.
20 or Something
“20 or Something” is an unfiltered six-episode comedy that peaks into the millennial world perspective of a first-generation Caribbean young adult. Creator and star Mickalia Forrester Ewen aka Cakes, lives in the heart of Brooklyn, NY; where the show is based. The series follows Cakes as she navigates and confronts the good and bad of love, friendship, and the real world as she figures out here whats seems to be the 20s pre-midlife crisis.