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One Good Thing - 900 channels and nothing on

For the first time since before I even began working, I’m running out of things to watch.

I like having a show or movie on, even if it’s just running in the background while I do other things. I usually catch just enough of the plot to see me through to the end for the conclusion. I don’t usually have enough time day-to-day to specifically dedicate just to watching them, but I’ve done it a lot more since the pandemic began.

I have Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+ and Netflix. Between them all, I can’t find a thing to watch. I relish having a series that I can put on during chores that are a little mindless and boring to help make it more tolerable, but I scrounged and dug and browsed for ages a couple nights ago only to wind up empty-handed. How is it that, between the “thousands” of items the subscription services I have offer, I couldn’t find a single thing to watch?

There were a few non-starters from my pitiful short-list of shows. I don’t normally give up on a show or movie at the get-go and I absolutely refuse to stop reading a book once I’ve started – so tenacity is something I can assuredly say I have when it comes to these methods of entertainment. I can appreciate the effort that writers and actors put into their craft, but the ones I wound up with were so astonishingly boring I couldn’t get past the first episode.

Exasperated, I finally wound up watching some true crime. I suppose if the fictional world isn’t being cooperative, there’s always true crime to fall back on. A lot of the cases are some I’ve already seen or heard of before, but it is better than silence or the alternatives I found.

I suppose, if one is to be made, the silver lining is that some of my favorite series are either beginning to run again or will soon wrap up production and I’ll be able to enjoy them soon. "American Horror Stories" has begun playing again and I’m excited for this season. I purposely avoided all spoilers so I had no idea what I was getting into, but it is shaping up to be interesting.

"Her" will also be returning in October with its third season, and I plan to rewatch the first and second seasons so I remember everything that happened. Both series are good psychological horror/dramas, so I happily recommend both to anyone who has interests in that wheelhouse. "Manifest" and "Nine Perfect Strangers" are new additions to my repertoire that I’m still undecided on, but I haven’t given up on them yet.

Luckily, my suffering will soon end as many other series are also making way for their fall return later this month and onward, so I only need wait a bit longer before I’ll have some of the shows I love to watch back on the screen once more.

Standard reporter Nikki Childers can be reached at 473-2191.