10 Best Educational TV Shows to get your brain in shape while staying at home

Spending time in quarantine and self isolation means plenty of time and space to educate yourself. There’s much going on right now with the Corona virus pandemic raging around the globe and it’s hard to keep track. But you’re lucky: lots of television programs to fill your brain with and to make sure you’ll stay on top of your political game while staying at home.

On EU nationalism

Game of Thrones (2011-2019, 8 seasons, HBO)

Valar Morghulis. Valar Dohaeris.

On mass surveillance and Artificial Intelligence

Person of Interest (2011-2016, 5 Seasons, CBS)

One day, I realized all the dumb, selfish things people do… it’s not our fault. No one designed us. We’re just an accident. We’re just bad code.

On fascism in late capitalism

The Handmaid’s Tale (since 2017, 3 seasons so far, Hulu)

Praised be, bitch.

On neoliberal supremacy in late capitalism

Westworld (since 2016, 3 seasons so far, HBO)

Violent delights have violent ends.

On neighborhood support networks in working class and poor communities

Shameless (2011-2020, 11 seasons, Showtime)

I always fantasized about having enough money to stock up on toilet paper.

On neighborhood support networks in upper class communities

Downton Abbey, (2010-2015, 6 seasons, iTV)

Don’t be defeatist. It’s very middle class.

On Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence

Big Little Lies (2017-2019, 2 Seasons, HBO)

Heterosexuality should be illegal. [That’s not a quote from the series. That’s just the moral of this show.]

On how to defend yourself against your abusive partner

How to Get Away with Murder (2014-2020, 6 seasons, ABC)

The way you are whining right now makes me believe you think I’m your mother.

On Gentrification and Housing

Vida (2018-2020, 3 Seasons, Starz)

Qué pasa mi raza? This is your girl, La Pinche Chinche. This is a manifesto, mi gente. So grab a pencil and take note, because this morning, I’m saying, ‘Basta.’ The way they shut us down at the city council meeting last night, was some straight bullshit – like if we shouldn’t have a say in how and where we live. But if those fuckers think that we’re going to take this occupation, this recolonization lying down, they got another thing coming, mi gente.

On Public Health and Oppression

Pose (since 2018, 2 seasons so far, FX)

They’ll never know that feeling what it’s like to love without worrying that you’re gonna die, or worse yet, that you’re gonna kill somebody. I don’t know what’s shittier having that freedom taken away or never having had it to begin with.

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