So, we’re all stuck at home without anywhere to go — although cars continue to zip past my house, which has a blind driveway, at twice the posted speed limit like they’re actually late for something important. But I digress… What to do when we’re all stuck at home and we’re trying to do the family bonding time? I know… let’s binge-watch films and television shows. What could possibly go wrong with this idea?

So, even though we have enough television sets for all of us to watch what want, and frequently do, we decided to do some great family bonding: we’d each get to pick a film or show that each of us wanted to see and we’d go from there. Great idea, right?

So we figured we’d set aside time every night and watch something together. The bulldog, which usually snores in the office with me, was quite put out that there was no room for her on the couch. But other than that, we were doing good. 

So, we put together a very unscientific poll, WAIT?!?! WHAT?!?!?! Everyone on Facebook or Twitter is an expert on contagious diseases, foreign policy, etc. or so I thought, but I digress again. Yes, we made a poll in the house for listing the films and shows that we each wanted to watch. It won’t be hard to figure out who picked what, but that is what the purpose of this activity was: to watch together what we each like. 

This is democracy in action folks, you just gotta love it. 

Hopefully, our nation and the world will be once again bustling about and this stuff will be a thing of the past. However, here is our quarantine list of films and shows that we have watched together so far in no particular order.

“Young Frankenstein” – An absolute classic by Mel Brooks, starring Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Madeleine Kahn, Terry Garr, and Marty Feldman who steals nearly every scene he’s in. In a spoof of old horror films, Brooks used many of the sets of the original 1931 Frankenstein version and had Wilder play Victor Frankenstein, who goes by “Fronk-en-steen” to escape the legacy of his grandfather. Well, we all know how that turns out… Kenneth Mars is hilarious as Inspector Kemp. a one-eyed police official with a prosthetic arm, whose German accent is so thick that even his own countrymen cannot understand him. Timeless… 

“Blazing Saddles” – Another hilarious comedy-western film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Harvey Korman, with hilarious bits by Slim Pickens, Madeline Kahn, and Alex Karras. The film could never, ever be remade in today’s politically correct world.