What to watch while you’re at home

Most streaming apps are available for use in Kenya and have a list of movies and shows to watch

Production stills from the set of Netflix Queen Sono with Pearl Thusi, directed by Kagiso Lediga. Credit: Chris Duys / Netflix

As you may have noticed from reading the News or being on Twitter, the Coronavirus is changing how live, how we work and how we engage socially. With two more reported cases since Friday and President Uhuru Kenyatta’s announcement yesterday, we are all going to find ourselves at home more. Not to worry though, streaming apps are full of infinite movies and shows for your entertainment. Here are five to get you started.

Queen Sono (Drama; Available on Netflix)

Production stills from the set of Netflix Queen Sono. Pictured Pearl Thusi. Credit: Chris Duys / Netflix

This South African drama starring Pearl Thusi as Queen Sono is an African spy thriller not seen before on an international platform. Queen traverses African borders on missions from a South African covert organisation while simultaneously trying to uncover her mother’s murderer.

Think Alias but set in Africa.

Love is Blind (Reality show; Available on Netflix)

Lauren and Cameron one of the few successful couples from the ‘Love is Blind’ experiment.

As far as reality TV goes, Love is Blind is the craziest of them all. Unlike the Bachelor or Bachelorette where singles try to vie for the affections of one main star through one on one dates, in this show singles vie for each other’s affections without ever seeing each other. Dates and conversations happen in pods with frosted glass and they’re only allowed to see each other once they’re engaged.

You’ll shake your head, be exasperated and sigh in disappointment watching every episode but numbers don’t lie; its great entertainment.

Noughts and Crosses (Series; Available on Showmax)

Picture Shows: Sephy Hadley (MASALI BADUZA), Callum McGregor (JACK ROWAN) – (C) Mammoth Screen – Photographer: Ilze Kitshoff

Set in a dystopian 21st century, black people, called Crosses, rule over the lower-class white population, called Noughts. Despite racial segregation, two people from opposite sides fight to love in a segregated world.

It’s Romeo and Juliet in an imagined world where segregation is in force.

Jack Ryan (Series; Available on Amazon Prime)

John Krasinski as Jack Ryan

This one isn’t exactly new; the second season premiered at the end of last year but it’s still an amazing show to binge-watch.

Tom Clancy’s titular character Jack Ryan (played by John Krasinski) tries to unravel world power conspiracies in a world plagued by terrorism, corruption and uprisings. The series has two seasons each 8 episodes long.

It’s an action-packed, investigative spy thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Spenser Confidential (Movie; Available on Netflix)

(L-R) Mark Wahlberg (Spenser) and Duke Winston (Hawk).

This movie starring Mark Wahlberg, Duke Winston, Alan Arkin and Post Malone has been on Netflix Kenya’s top ten list since last week when it premiered on the streaming platform. The movie, based off the books by Robert B. Parker, revolves around Spenser (Mark Wahlberg) an ex-cop and ex-cop investigating the murder of two Boston police officers.

If you’re into gritty, action-packed movies with a touch of comedy, this one will float your boat.

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