The Tribeca Tribe give our recommendations for the ten TV shows you can’t miss during lockdown
By popular demand (well at least from our Tribeca Tribe and families), we’re back for the next instalment of our Tribeca Top Ten, where we’ve put together those binge-worthy TV shows you simply can’t miss during lockdown – from the gripping to the simply bizarre.
1. The Last Dance - Netflix
You don’t have to be a sports lover to be drawn into the world of Michael Jordan and the all-conquering Chicago Bulls team of the 90s. As much about Jordan’s fierce determination to win as the pure brilliance of the man, this stunning documentary uses fly-on-the wall footage with current-day interviews to tell this gripping story of a once-in-a-generation basketballer and team.
2. The Tiger King - Netflix
It’s hard to describe this documentary. Review platform Rotten Tomatoes captures it best: “A bizarre true crime story you have to see to believe, Tiger King is a messy and captivating portrait of obsession gone terribly wrong.” The true-crime miniseries follows the rise and fall of big cat zookeeper Joe Exotic, culminating in his conviction for hiring a hitman in an attempt to murder his main adversary and big cat conservationist Carole Baskin.
3. The Test - Amazon Prime
OK, so it’s another sports documentary. But like The Last Dance, this is much more than a portrayal of sport. It’s really a story of redemption, providing a behind-the-scenes look at how the Australian men’s cricket team went from the top of the world to rock bottom. And their road to reclaiming their title and integrity.
4. After Life - Netflix
People either love or hate Ricky Gervais, but After Life seems to be one show that has won over everyone. Written and directed by Gervais, this dark comedy/drama follows Tony dealing with the loss of his wife. His solution is to say or do whatever he likes without caring about himself or anyone else – he calls it his superpower. Much to his surprise and annoyance, no matter how hard he tries people still care for him and try to rediscover the Mr Nice Guy they once knew.
5. Ozark - Netflix
If you liked Breaking Bad, you’ll love Ozark. Jason Bateman plays Marty Byrde, a financial planner who relocates his family from Chicago to a summer resort community in the Ozarks. With wife Wendy and two kids in tow, Marty is on the move after getting entangled in a drug cartel’s money laundering scheme. You know this isn’t going to be smooth sailing…
6. Morning Wars - Apple TV+
Starring Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell and Reese Witherspoon; Morning Wars is a worts-and-all look at breakfast TV. The story centres on hosts Carell and Aniston who become embroiled in a #metoo scandal, resulting in Carell’s character being fired in disgrace. Witherspoon emerges as his plucky southern replacement, which is when the drama really begins. Anniston received a Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance.
7. Killing Eve - ABC iView / Stan
This critically acclaimed British thriller follows Eve, a spy whose life is unfulfilled; and Villanelle, a psychotic killer who clings to the luxuries of her job. These two fierce women, equally obsessed with each other, go head-to-head in an epic game of cat and mouse in true spy-action style.
8. Brooklyn-nine-nine - Netflix / SBS
First aired in 2013, this hilarious series keeps on delivering as we follow the trials and tribulations of NYPDs 99th Precinct. With quirky characters and clever dialogue, this is the perfect show to put a smile on your dial during lockdown. If you’re late to the party, don’t worry, there’s plenty of time to get up to speed with seven series to binge through.
9. Nailed It - Netflix
Yes, there’s plenty of cooking shows. But this one you’ll never forget, especially for the title (you’ll know what we mean when you watch it). This fun reality show brings together three home bakers to try their hand at re-creating dishes cooked by renowned pastry chef Jacques Torres. The problem is the contestants are failed cooks, so it’s the best of the worst who wins. Host and comic Nicole Byer makes sure there’s plenty of laughs to go with the failed baking attempts.
10. Outlander - Netflix / Foxtel Now
This is another oldie but a goodie, with the first episode launched in 2014 and now in its fifth season. Launched is the appropriate word, as this historical/war/fantasy starts off season 1 by unexpectedly transporting the main character (Claire) from 1945 World War II Scotland back to the Highlands of 1743. She must now navigate and survive between both lives and wars, as well as the two vastly different men that she falls in love with in each era.