Stay InsideShow Pop Culture Picks – Day 20

Due to social distancing, many of us have found ourselves with more time inside than usual. Many of our schedules have changed, giving us the opportunity to try new things. As fans of pop culture ourselves, Sideshow’s Staff is happy to share a few suggestions to help you fill your newfound time with high quality content.

To help encourage everyone to Stay InsideShow, every day this week we will be recommending one film/series, one comic/book, one board game, and one video game that you can enjoy while you practice safe social distancing. These picks are the best of the best, curated and personally suggested by our very geeky staff.


Streaming

Recommended by Brett

The Leftovers (HBO)

In my opinion, The Leftovers is one of the most underrated shows in the last decade. At only 28 episodes, it’s an easy & addicting binge watch. What happens to society when 2% of the world’s population vanishes in thin air? With some unexpected sci-fi elements, a fantastic performance by lead actor Justin Theroux, and some of the best written television I’ve seen, I can’t recommend this show enough to people ages 18 and up. Go check it out!


Book

Recommended by Andy

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

An utterly charming, but undeniably creepy YA Novel about a young orphan boy called Nobody, who is raised by the supernatural inhabitants of a Graveyard.

Often described as “Jungle Book but with ghosts” this is one of my favorite Gaiman books, and probably one of the ones I’ve returned to and re-read the most.


Board Game

Recommended by Amy

Gloom (2-4 Players, 60min)

Gloom is a storytelling game perfect for fans of The Addams Family. You take control of the miserable lives of a misanthropic cast of characters, narrating their lives and playing event cards that heap misfortune on the family. The more miserable your family is before they die, the more points you earn!

However, you are playing against other “families” and to thwart your foes, you can bestow benevolent goodness on their characters to take away points. The events are adorably macabre (Pursued by Poodles, Mauled by a Manatee), and the cards are uniquely translucent and stackable. Messed up fun for you and your friends!

There are several expansions that add even more families and events into the fray, plus a Cthulu and a Fairytale edition base set that adds famous fictional characters!


Video Game

Recommended by Bri

Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4

A really fun journey through Hogwarts as Harry, Ron, or Hermione. The characters are really funny and you get to wander through Hogwarts and learn spells! The whole thing is nostalgic and exciting.


Check out some of our recommendations, and as always don’t forget to Stay InsideShow!