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Top 10 documentaries and series about viruses

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A report from Wuhan cut off from the world, the story of the fight against the Ebola virus, memories of the Spanish epidemic and other educational projects.

Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak

At the beginning of the year, when coronavirus was not yet widely publicized, Pandemic appeared on Netflix - a six-part project dedicated to the global cause of the fight against viruses and, in fact, summarizing many documentaries from this collection.  Its creators methodically analyze the process of the emergence of new strains; answer why it usually happens in poor countries and how some infections spread through animals.

American Experience: Influenza 1918

The history of the spread of coronavirus is often compared with the events of a hundred years ago.  Then, in a world not yet recovering from World War I, an epidemic of Spanish flu was raging. The episode of the cult documentary series American Adventure is dedicated to her.

We Heard the Bells: the Influenza of 1918

This movie is also dedicated to the well known 1918 epidemic.  But this is not an attempt to recreate the events of a century ago, but rather the desire to reflect them.  The main characters are old people from different parts of the USA who, as children, became eyewitnesses of the spread of the disease.  They recall how they did not believe that the Spaniard would touch them, how they had faced the death of relatives and friends, how they were ill themselves - and after that they had a long biased attitude, because other people were afraid that they would infect them too.  According to many heroes of the movie, the events of those years became the most terrible memories in life.

The Lockdown: One Month in Wuhan

A documentary project about life in the famous city of Wuhan during its complete isolation.  At the beginning of 2020, 11 million people remained on their own at the epicenter of the spread of coronavirus.  The main characters are doctors, officials and ordinary citizens, who were able to organize themselves in the face of the disease.

How to Survive a Plague

Contrary to the name, this movies is not a training manual on what to do in the event of a “black death” pandemic.  We are talking about HIV and AIDS - diseases that they preferred to remain silent about until a certain time - but somewhere they are still silent today.

Fire in the Blood

If treating HIV-infected people in America is a difficult but solvable problem, then in Africa it is almost impossible.  The fact is that many pharmaceutical giants refuse to voluntarily supply medicines necessary for antiretroviral therapy to poor countries.  Because of this, dozens of people who are unable to receive treatment die every day.

Why Do Viruses Kill?

Of all the projects on the list, this is perhaps the least optimistic.  The movie was released 10 years ago after the swine flu pandemic, which killed some 18,000 people.  Then it became obvious that we are still powerless in front of some of the creatures of nature and that modern science is not fully aware of the mechanisms of the emergence of new strains.  "Why are viruses killing?" introduces us to the device of viruses and answers the question why, even today, scientists cannot stop their spread in time.

Hero with a Thousand Faces

From 2014 to 2016, a disease was raging in West Africa, killing more than 11,000 people.  But this movie is not about how quickly Ebola destroys a person from the inside, but about people who are fighting an epidemic.  The focus of the crew going to Sierra Leone is doctors and volunteers risking their lives.


Speaking of Ebola and other viral diseases, one can not help but talk about other human enemies.  We have long been accustomed to them and often do not even take them seriously, but they very often carry deadly infectious diseases.  That's right, we are talking about mosquitoes. The movie contains a fascinating and consistent story about how they reproduce, what they feed on and for what global epidemics these seemingly harmless insects are responsible.

Coronavirus: Explained

The most relevant project on the list.  This is the new season of the Explained documentary series, whose authors in half-hourly videos answer simple questions about health, sex, politics and economics in simple language.  One of the episodes of last season was devoted to epidemics - in it, Bill Gates and a team of visiting doctors discussed the likelihood that a new pandemic will happen in the next decade.  Alas, their predictions came true even faster.

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This is the compilation of the best series about or with werewolves. Everyone, even the hopeless romantics, and lovers of scary stories will find here something interesting for themselves. Choose the best from this list to watch for the rest of quarantine.

As the quarantine measure have not been lifted in full across most of the countries, we still have time to stay at home and enjoy watching a good movie compiled by Bemorepanda

The innocents

16-year-old lovers Harry and June escape from the supervision of their parents. Suddenly strange things begin to happen to the heroes, after which June discovers the ability to transform into other people. Perhaps professor Halvorson will help her control supernatural powers.


The order

To avenge the death of his mother, freshman Jack Morton enters a secret community that involves him in a dangerous game. Gradually, the hero finds himself in the center of hostility between werewolves and dark magicians.



The only werewolf woman in the world, Elena Michaels, is trying to live a normal human life. But once something happens, because of which she has to return to the pack, leaving the groom - an ordinary guy.


Hemlock grove

In the town of Hemlock Grove, one of the local girls dies, and this event strangely coincides with the arrival of young Peter Rumancek, whom evil tongues call a werewolf. Rumors attract the attention of Roman Godfrey, the heir to the richest family in the city. The guys become friends and together try to reveal the secret of the killer’s identity, especially since he is clearly not going to stop on one victim.


Being human

The notorious werewolf and depressed vampire decide to rent a house, but do not suspect that there they will meet another neighbor. It turns out to be a cynical ghost of a girl.


Teen wolf

A sixteen-year-old teenager, Scott McCall, once bites a mysterious beast, after which the hero realizes that he has become a werewolf. Now he must learn to control himself in order to protect his loved ones.



This British fantasy series will be interesting mainly for a very young audience. In the story, the young girl Maddy lives in a family of half-wolves and carefully hides her nature from others. Once at a school where the heroine studies, a new one appears, in whose veins wolf blood also flows. After some time, an unusual relationship develops between teenagers.


Lost girl

An ordinary girl, Bo, learns that she is a born succubus, feeding on the energy of people. At the same time, the heroine refuses to take the side of dark or light forces and simply lives on her own, moonlighting as a private detective. She is assisted by Russian thief Kenzie, detective-werewolf Dyson and researcher Lauren Lewis.



Detective Nick Burkhardt learns that he is from an old family of fighters against evil spirits. Now the hero has to lead a double life in order to continue the work of his ancestors and protect everyone who is in danger. Nick’s associate is the re-educated werewolf Eddie Monroe, whom you can always turn to for help and advice.


The originals

“The originals” grew out of the multi-part teenage drama “The Vampire Diaries”. As in the original series, they immediately tell about werewolves and vampires, and a significant part of the timing is involved in the analysis of complex characters' family relationships.



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Beautiful nature shots, crime investigation, research projects and immersion in history. This is the collection of top 10 series that will teach you something new.

Don’t F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer

A creepy real story that emotional people should watch with great care. Once an unknown man posted on the Internet a video of the killing of kittens. Several strangers to each other on the Web decided to figure out the offender themselves. But soon the case took a more terrible turn.

Night on Earth

A stunningly beautiful series from the British studio Plimsoll Productions explores the life of animals that are active at night. The project provides an opportunity to observe the hunting of lions, and bats, and even plunge into the night ocean.

Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity

Today it is impossible to imagine our life without electricity. It gives not only light in homes, but also provides communication around the world. However, this was not always the case. The project of the BBC channel tells how humanity began to use electricity.

Formula 1: Drive to Survive

A unique project gives fans the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of Formula 1. The series allows you to follow the fight for the championship title, as well as learn more about the life of riders and the work of teams.

Making a murderer

Steven Avery was arrested on suspicion of rape. Despite the fact that the witnesses did not agree, he was sent to prison for 18 years. Having freed himself, Avery filed a lawsuit against the leadership of the district and several officials. But soon the man was arrested on murder charges.

Through the wormhole

Through the Wormhole is one of the most comprehensive documentary series. In it, even fantastic and philosophical questions are analyzed from a scientific point of view, inviting various experts. And the legendary actor Morgan Freeman brings together all the ideas and presents them in a simple and understandable language.

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

The HBO channel is investigating a case involving billionaire Robert Durst. He was accused of a series of murders, and the defendant even admitted to one of them, but convinced everyone that he was only defending himself. The authors of this mini-series found new evidence related to the case.

30 for 30

Back in 2009, the ESPN cable channel launched a series of films dedicated to pivotal events in the sports world. Each season contains 30 episodes telling about important moments in the history of boxing, football, hockey and other popular competitions.

One strange rock

The series, received in the original ironic title “One Strange Rock”, is dedicated to the secrets of our planet. The authors talk about unexplored corners of the Earth and the most unusual phenomena.

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Scientist Neil Degrasse Tyson “travels” in space and time, telling viewers about scientific discoveries, space, secrets of the past and the likely future.

This series is based on the project "Space: a personal journey" in 1980, which was led by Carl Sagan. But over the years, science has gone far ahead, and the possibilities of television have greatly expanded. The series has a sequel called "Space: Possible Worlds."

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Interesting dramas, detective stories, witty comedies and even a gloomy anti-utopia. This are the best series collected by Bemorepanda about women and their life. 

Sorry for Your Loss

Lee Shaw was happily married.  And then her husband died, and the young heroine lost almost everything in life.  Do you need to learn to communicate with friends again, remember your interests and gradually let go of the past.

Little Fires Everywhere

Elena Richardson lives with her husband and children in the quiet city of Shaker Heights, where everyone is literally obsessed with order and cleanliness.  Once the heroine meets Mia Warren - an artist and photographer who came with her daughter Pearl and temporarily lives in a car.  Elena decides to help her new friend, but gradually this leads to serious problems.

Good Girls

Three housewives found themselves in a very difficult situation: they do not have money to pay the bills, and one also has a sick daughter.  Desperate, they arm themselves with a toy gun and go to rob a supermarket.  The proceeds are much higher than expected, but the heroines are taking over the world of crime.

Russian Doll

Nadia leaves the party dedicated to her birthday, and then dies under the wheels of the car.  The next moment she returns at the moment when she was just about to leave the holiday.  The heroine will die over and over again, stuck in a loop of time.  Then Nadia decides to figure out the cause of the anomaly.

Dead to Me

After her husband was hit by a car, Jen alone brings up two sons.  She believes that she can find the culprit of the accident by inspecting cars on the streets.  In a support group, Jen meets Judy's strange neighbor.  Women become friends, supporting each other in difficult moments.  But Judy has some secrets in the past.

Sharp Objects

Reporter Camilla Priker returns to her hometown to write an article about disappearances and murders of children.  But once at home under the control of an autocratic mother, she again plunges into unpleasant memories of her childhood and her dead sister.  And at this time, the general situation is heating up.


In the Wild West, criminal Roy Hood escaped from his adoptive father and accomplice Frank Griffin with looted goods.  He took refuge in a secluded ranch near the city of La Belle, where almost only women live after the collapse of the mine.

Why Women Kill

Three women lived in the same house, but at different times.  Each of them at some point encountered difficulties in their relationship.  It is impossible to predict what a housewife from the 60s, a socialite from the 80s and a lawyer from today will do.  Although the headline hints that good things will not end.

Killing Eve

Eva Polastri, a MI5 employee, is completely different from the cool movie intelligence agents.  She is mired in domestic problems and feels very insecure.  But it is Eve who will have to track down the insane hired killer with Russian roots, known under the pseudonym Villanel.  Over time, their confrontation develops into an obsession.

The Morning Show

For many years, Alex Levy hosted the popular Morning Show program with her colleague Mitch Kessler.  But then he was accused of sexual harassment and fired.  Now Alex must fight for her place with the new employee Bradley Jackson.

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Even if we spend time in the house, that doesn't mean we don't have a lot of activities we can do.  From reading, cooking, meditating, sports to watching series that have become classics.

 And in case you have no idea what to watch, we come to you with a series of recommendations that you should consider.

 1. The Twilight Zone

 If you're a fan of fantasy series, then The Twilight Zone is right for you.  In fact, the series is a continuation of another, produced between 1950-1960 by screenwriter Rod Serling.  From horror, mystery or extraterrestrials, you will find them all in the series.

 2. Mad Men

 Although it ended five years ago, the Mad Men series is still appreciated.  It captures the story of Don Draper, played by actor Jan Hamm, and the advertising agency he works with, Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency.  The action takes place in New York in 1960. You will see how, both women and men, will be put in positions of power and will try to reconcile their personal and professional lives.

3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

 Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, protagonist of the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is that elegant girl, always fashionable, ready to conquer the world.  The series features the adventures of a teenage girl who starts on the trail of vampires.

 4. Breaking Bad

 Another classic fast-paced series is Breaking Bad.  It ended seven years ago, but it is still being pursued.  The series captures the story of Walter White, a chemistry teacher who, after being diagnosed with cancer, is told he has two more years to live.  So, in order to protect his family and ensure their financial situation, he is entering the dangerous world of drugs.

5. Twin Peaks

 You've definitely heard of David Lynch's Twin Peaks so far, so you should give him a chance.  The series debuts on a rather strange note, more precisely with the murder of Laura Palmer. Her body is discovered in a lake, and with it, the true personalities of the protagonists are revealed.

 6. Arrested Development

 Another series that you should include in your list is Arrested Development.  And we say that because he has a family in the foreground, namely Bluth, who despite having been financially successful, now has problems.

 7. The Office

 If you have ever had a weird boss or had a coworker you didn't understand, then you should look at The Office.  The serial is a perfect representation of the different human characters you can meet in the workplace.

8. Parks and Recreation

 Similar to The Office is Parks and Recreation.  Leslie Knope is a bureaucrat from an Indiana Department of Parks and Recreation who wants to beautify the city.  Her plan to turn a construction site into a park is hampered by government bureaucracy, but also by other challenges.

 9. Star Trek: The Next Generation

 You've certainly heard of the famous Star Trek series so far, and if you haven't had the opportunity to watch it so far, well, that would be the time.  Producer Gene Roddenberry conceived of a world in which gender and racial equality were normal during space exploration.

10. The X-Files

 X-Files was one of the most successful series.  The mystery, but also the tension between Fox Mulder, played by David Duchovny, and Dana Scully, played by Gillian Anderson, will make you watch the entire series.  The cases investigated by the FBI department are new, almost unexplained, and their solution is hindered by the hidden forces.

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These romantic dramas, vivid detective stories and witty comedies are worth seeing for everyone.

Doctor Who

A time lord named Doctor from the planet Gallifrey travels in space and time on the TARDIS spaceship, which looks like a blue police booth.  The hero regularly saves entire worlds.

Monty Python’s Flying Circus

The brilliant path of the comedy troupe "Monty Python" began with the sketch show "Flying Circus", which immediately made a real revolution in the genre.  In their humorous scenes, the artists often broke the “fourth wall”, refused the final funny phrases (punchlines), and Terry Gilliam's psychedelic animated inserts gave a special relish to the project.

Fawlty Towers

Sitcom talks about the Faulty Towers Hotel on the English Riviera and its owner, Basile Faulty.  The owner understands very poorly how to manage a hotel, and his lack of professionalism and aversion to guests are eternal sources of trouble.  Together with him, the work of the hotel is supported by his bile wife, a stupid waiter and a business maid.

Only Fools and Horses

The main plot revolves around the next silly ideas of the Trotter brothers, who decided to become millionaires.  To achieve the goal, they drive around in a yellow three-wheeled van, selling useless and usually stolen goods.

The Black Adder

The series takes place at different times - from the Middle Ages to the First World War.  The hilarious Rowan Atkinson first plays the stupid and cowardly Prince Edmund, nicknamed the Black Viper, and in the remaining three seasons his descendants who participate in important historical events.  Each time, the characters find themselves in the most inappropriate place, in every possible way harm others and put themselves and others in awkward situations.

Agatha Christie’s Poirot

The reference adaptation of the classic works of Agatha Christie is dedicated to the famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.  This pedantic detective is famous for his passion for order and is able to unravel even the most difficult thing.

Jeeves and Wooster

The hapless aristocrat Bertie Wooster is constantly embroiled in trouble and adventure, but the all-knowing and witty valet Jeeves pulls the master out of the most delicate situations.  And he does it easily and calmly.


Dr. Fitzgerald, nicknamed Fitz, successfully "splits" the criminals, helping the police to investigate the most complex and bloody cases.  He also has a lot of problems and shortcomings, for example, he smokes and drinks a lot, suffers from gambling and regularly cheats on his wife.  But still it remains extremely charismatic.

Pride and Prejudice

The legacy of the main English novelist Jane Austen was filmed very often.  And best of all, the BBC company succeeded, whose mini-series perfectly recreated the atmosphere of the 19th century and conveyed the true spirit of Great Britain.  According to the plot, a rich bachelor Mr. Bingley and his best friend Mr. Darcy visit the mansion of the Bennet family.  Acquaintance soon turns into a confused and turbulent story of love and hate.

Black Books

The owner of the bookstore Bernard Black wakes up every day in a bad mood, does not believe in the favor of friendly customer service, and indeed in the need for attention to them in general.  He just sits at the cash register, reads, drinks, smokes, is rude to everyone and, whenever possible, rushes to the pub with his friends.

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