Revisit these old gems with your family during the lockdown

The Bridge Chronicle's guide to watching "family-friendly" series during the lockdown
Sitcom guide to watch with your family
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With the new wave of coronavirus, there is a new wave of lockdowns. People are once again confined to the walls of their homes and settling into their homes (literally.) But this time around, the lockdown will be different.

Until last year, no one knew what a lockdown was. We had no idea how to manage work from home and had never tried staying indoors for long periods. At the beginning of March 2020, we had barely any idea as to how to spend all our time indoors and hence found relief in following social media trends. There was also very little known about the virus and hence, fear dominated most of our actions.

But this time, we are more aware of the virus and understand the importance of taking preventive measures. We are also now well equipped to handle our work from home and also manage our personal time effectively. And while we do that, we have an interesting way to help you pass time with your family during the lockdown.

But before we do that, let's address something. Indian families are not comfortable watching intimate scenes in a film together. Though we do appreciate the kind of content that has been getting the limelight in India, very few productions are released in the "U-grade" category. Also watching a film is too short a commitment for the long lockdowns being imposed in the country.

Talking about the genre, Comedy is one genre that safely falls under the universal tag. Appropriate for all ages, comedy is something that brings the family together. Additionally, watching a sitcom is better than watching a one-time film.

The Bridge Chronicle brings to you some show suggestions you can use when you are in the mood to binge-watch with your dear fam!

The Middle

The Middle is a family sitcom that followed a lower-middle-class Midwestern family where Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn played the role of Frankie and Mike Hack. They have three children Axl, Sue, and Brick. Most of The Middle’s comedy comes from the family’s Midwestern values and a lower-middle-class lifestyle. The show stands at the level of wholesome comedy which relies on the eccentricities of the Heck family to bring the big laughs. This makes it a show that can be watched by people of all ages without getting bored or worrying about too much adult humour. Catch the show only on Comedy Central.

The Good Place

A ridiculously well-written comedy-drama with a philosophical bent, The Good Place not only makes you laugh but also makes you think about some of your life choices, and what morales drive them. It answers all your questions about the afterlife and takes them up a notch. Eleanor Shellstrop is vain, rude, and downright unpleasant, but people can change, right?

Where to watch: Netflix

Liv and Maddie

Dove Cameron plays twins Liv and Maddie in this Disney Channel original series. The show is about the sisters learning to connect again after time apart and their different interests. Liv and Maddie tackle the everyday trials and tribulations of being teen girls, but with the added complication of one being famous and the other a devoted and skilled basketball player. The show is entertaining, funny, and an insightful comedy to witness.

Where to watch: Netflix

Modern Family

The show Modern Family, even after being a slow watch is quite hilarious. Be it Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet, or Sophia Vergara, the mannerisms that these people embody, or the pragmatism that the Pritchett family showcases, is a spectacle to witness.

Where to watch: Disney+Hotstar

The Simpsons

With a rating of 8.7 and 31 seasons worth of content, there is no denying that The Simpsons is one of the best family sitcoms of all time. Who would have thought that an animated yellow family would be a staple in our lives and a constant source of entertainment?

Where to watch: Disney+Hotstar

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