Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Skip The Theater And Watch These Instead

We are in the throes of the first long weekend of the summer, so your dance card is most likely full of barbecues and picnics, but if you’re using this time to recharge and eschew the warm embrace of humanity for the equally sweet embrace of your own private solitude, here are three things you could watch, instead. 

You can now stream “Girlhood,” from French director Céline Sciamma, on Netflix, and boy howdy, you better. It’s a nice slice of life story following young black teenagers in the banlieues of Paris, and from all the buzz it’s gotten, I am pretty sure it’s fabulous. Check it out here.

Netflix keeps churning out exclusive streaming series that mostly never let us down. “Grace and Frankie” is wonderful because of the cast, but also because of how it sensitively explores the notion of being faced with spending the rest of your life alone when you’re in your third act. Lily Tomlin is refreshingly zany in her portrayal of Frankie, and serves as a lovely foil to Jane Fonda’s patrician elegance. These ladies will get you in your feels when you least expect it, so if you’re okay with crying jags spurred by Jane Fonda going into a CAT scan machine, pour yourself a very tall margarita and settle in. Watch it here.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” is my favorite show on television. The great news is that if you have Amazon Prime — you should, it’s kind of great, trust me — you can stream most of the show for free. It starts with Season 4, which features two of my favorite queens of all time, Latrice Royale and Sharon Needles. If you want some lighter fare, something that won’t make you contemplate your own mortality or reflect upon your teenage years with a combination of regret and sorrow, then this is your ticket. Stream it now on Amazon Prime.