As long as the city is on PAUSE, we're going to publish a guide every week offering different TV viewing recommendations—you can catch up with our wide variety of previous recommendations, from baseball series to immersive dramas to classic comedies, at this link. Below, some recommendations for our tenth week of social isolation:

The Trip To Greece

For the last decade, comedians, old friends and professional frenemies Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon have been getting together with filmmaker Michael Winterbottom every couple of years to go on a fine-dining trip to various European locations including northern England, Italy and Spain. Those journeys, and their hilarious bickering, have been turned into a series of six half-hour episodes on BBC, which have then been turned into trimmed-down movies for international audiences. All of the films, which are filled with impeccable imitations, loosely-scripted banter and gorgeous vistas, are soaked in the atmosphere of their locations—at a time when no one is really going anywhere for vacation anytime soon, they're perfect for watching right now.

If you haven't seen them yet, the first three installments in the series—The Trip, The Trip To Italy, and The Trip To Spain—are all currently available to rent on Amazon Prime. And the fourth and supposedly final movie, The Trip To Greece, is going straight to VOD starting this Friday. The latest film is roughly organized as a Homeric journey to various spots from The Odyssey, but with more four star hotels and James Bond impressions. It's got lots of the same humor as previous films, though as Vulture puts it, it also has a slightly darker edge, showing that "today’s heartbreaks and passions and tragedies are merely variations on ancient patterns." — Ben Yakas


Amazon's twisty psychological thriller Homecoming seemed like a perfect one-season wonder when it was released way back in 2018. Based on the hit podcast series of the same name, the first season was about a caseworker (played by Julia Roberts, in her best performance in over a decade) at a government facility and her relationship with a soldier (a breakout role by Stephan James) attempting to return to civilian life. It embraced paranoid '70s thriller vibes, which was aided by the knockout work of director Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot), who was able to use a ton of showy shots all in service of the story. And perhaps best of all, it was the extremely rare thirty minute drama, a true streaming pleasure amidst a never-ending queue of hour-long shows.

The show returns this Friday for a belated second season that fans of the first season won't want to miss, even though there are some major changes in front of and behind the cameras. Roberts is gone, Esmail has stepped back from directing duties (Kyle Patrick Alvarez has taken over on that front), and the main character now is played by Janelle Monáe, who kicks off the mystery of the season when she wakes up in a rowboat in the middle of a lake with no memory of how she got there. James is back, supporting actor Hong Chau gets a bigger piece of the story, there are new roles for Chris Cooper and Joan Cusack, and the story remains riveting for fans of the first season. — Ben Yakas

Formula One: Drive to Survive

For fans of last year's instant classic racing film Ford v Ferrari, you can stay in that lane with one of the more fast-paced docu-series on Netflix, Formula One: Drive to Survive. It’s one part travel show, one part fast cars, one part driver drama culminating in 30-minute episodes that follow most of the F1 races leading up to the championship. The first season focuses on some of the smaller teams while the second season brings in racing powerhouses Mercedes Benz and Ferrari.

Prior to filming, each team gets to choose which race they want to be filmed. Most teams go for their home races, such as Mercedes Benz in the second season choosing to have their performance filmed at Spa, the legendary German Grand Prix, and McClaren choosing the Spanish Grand Prix focusing on driver Fernando Alonzo. But these spots are chosen months before the race and it doesn’t always go the way the teams hope. Driver drama flairs up, especially when teammates crash each other out, and scenes quickly become tense as personalities clash between drivers and team owners (known as team principals). Sometimes you wonder if a driver is about to be fired on the spot.

Drive To Survive not only focuses on the old faces of F1 such as Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, but also shows the pressure young drivers face when entering into this sport. Personally, I have a soft spot for Alex Albon, the 23-year-old Thai-British rookie whose rise with teams Torro Rosso and Red Bull is inspiring to watch.

The series takes viewers from the seaside track in Monaco to the night race in Abu Dhabi. It’s a great way to see a part of the world while we’re all stuck inside right now. Also, Ginger Spice, Matthew McConaughey and others make surprise cameos. — Annie Todd