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As the world grinds to a halt with the spread of COVID-19, we all have the responsibility to take public health seriously and isolate ourselves. With that in mind, now's the perfect time to catch up on Netflix! Should you watch something scary to try and redirect your coronavirus anxiety? Or binge watch a sitcom so you can remember what it was like to be able to freely socialise?

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The best thing to do is watch something fun - remember fun? In the days when we used to leave our homes?
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Watch Bojack Horseman in quarantine

Both incredibly funny and incredibly depressing - the ultimate catharsis.

Context

Beginning in April of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic shut down schools, offices, and businesses. Many people are under a stay-at-home order and are avoiding social contact as of July 2020. This means people have a lot of time to watch Netflix, and settling what’s best will save everyone time when choosing what to watch.

The Argument

During this trying time, it is good to laugh. Mental health issues (particularly anxiety and depression) are flaring up because of the quarantine, and laughter is the best medicine. Bojack Horseman will undoubtedly give viewers something to laugh about. Bojack Horseman is an animated show about a talking horse with childhood trauma and depression. [1]Since so many people are depressed during quarantine, this is a relatable show for those stuck at home. However, it’s also a great comedy. Rather than mock mental illness, Bojack Horseman humanizes it in a comedic way. People who are depressed while watching Bojack Horseman will be able to laugh at themselves and feel understood. Those two needs are typically met in the presence of other people, so Bojack Horseman is the show that fills the social void created by quarantine.

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Bojack Horseman is too depressing. It has lots of silly puns, but it focuses on heavy topics like mental illness and addiction. [1] With everyone stressed during quarantine, such a heavy show is not ideal to watch. People should watch a real comedy if they want to laugh during quarantine. Furthermore, not everyone in quarantine has depression so this show is only relatable to a small group of people. Everyone else should avoid this bizarre, depressing show during these uncertain times.

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  1. https://www.digitalspy.com/tv/ustv/a30747312/bojack-horseman-mental-health-season-six-diane/

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