I was one of the seemingly millions that was hit with COVID over the holidays.

I'm here to tell you that it isn't fun. I am vaccinated so I feel like I got off pretty easy but it was a rough 7-10 days.

Most of it was spent sleeping. I'm pretty sure I spent 60 hours over a 3 day stretch asleep. The rest was spent with something on the television. Even if I wanted to go out (I didn't), I couldn't with the positive test so it was just me and the TV for a few days. Here are the top 7 shows and movies that got me through the quarantine.

1. Seinfeld. 

I watched a LOT of Seinfeld through the week and a half I was shut down. It was on constantly for about 2 straight days with me falling in and out of consciousness. Some of the best episodes that I was awake for were:

  • The Parking Garage. The episode where they get lost in the parking garage looking for Kramer's car. Elaine has a dying fish. Jerry gets arrested for public urination. It's a classic.
  • The Boyfriend - This is the introduction of Keith Hernandez in the series, one of the best celebrity cameos in television history.
  • The Contest - A truly scandalous episode for network television in the mid-90s. I'm surprised it made it past the censors.
  •  The Stall - "I'm sorry, I don't have a square to spare" A classic line.
  • The Marine Biologist. I contains probably my favorite speech in all of Seinfeld, George's "The sea was angry that day my friends, like an old man trying to send back soup at a deli."

2. How To With John Wilson

This is a weird show that isn't for everyone but I adore it.

Season 2 was just released on HBO. Again, this is NOT for everybody, it's not even for most people, but those that vibe with it will be transfixed. Give it a whirl sometime, if after 5 minutes you just think it's weird, you can turn it off because it only gets weirder after that.

3. Pitch Perfect

This is possibly my favorite movie of all time. It was on HBO a lot over the last week and a half. Probably watched the whole thing at least twice while falling asleep. The music is great, it's pretty funny. If you haven't seen it, give it a try. DO NOT watch Pitch Perfect 2, that was not good.

Seriously, the final performance by the Bellas is goosebump city every time.

4. Magic Mike XXL

Honest question. Is this a good movie? I woke up to this about halfway through it playing on HBO and was pleasantly entertained for about 20 minutes before I had to go do something else. I think I have to go back and watch the first one. I would embed a clip but none of it is very family friendly.

Side bar: Channing Tatum needs to be in even more things. The guy is funny. 21 and 22 Jump Street is criminally underrated. Watch those if you haven't.

5. She's All That

A pretty good 2000s teen rom com. Made Sixpence None The Richer a lot richer in the process thanks to this iconic scene.

My favorite scene in the movie is when the dad, played by venerable character actor Kevin Pollack, is confidently throwing out incorrect Jeopardy answers from the couch. There is inexplicably no clip of this on YouTube but you can kind of hear him do it in the background of this clip.

6. 13 Going On 30. 

This like She's All That was caught on HBO after waking up from a nap. I don't remember this one very well but you probably know what happens. I don't want to spoil it, but they get together at the end. This is a very standard rom com that doesn't try to do anything too weird, it's as comfortable as a bowl of oatmeal.

Judy Greer shows amazing range outside of her normal role as best friend. In this movie she plays the bitchy best friend. I love Judy Greet.

7. Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj

This move was not good. It can be un-humorously inappropriate at times. Just not funny at others. And a blatant cash grab at all times. Van Wilder 1 was good. I'd rather watch Pitch Perfect 2 than this sequel.

There were some other things I watched but most of it has evaporated into a COVID haze. I'm much better now. Stay safe and stay protected.

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