Free entertainment to help you survive Covid-19

Grace King-Wagner, Editor

Amazingly good freebies in all categories: movies, TV series, games, music, and books. Welcome to our new abundantly cautious coronavirus reality, in which social distancing is the new normal and everything is closed or canceled. Already bored? Have no fear, I’ve rounded up a BUNCH of ways you can entertain yourself, all of them free.

Tired of bite-size phone games? This is the perfect time to reconnect with, or discover computer games, which can deliver richer, deeper experiences. If nothing else, you’ll love playing on a bigger screen too. Here’s what you can get free right now: Drawful 2, Figment, GOG is giving away a whopping 27 PC games (how could you deny that gamers), Rayman Legends, and World War Z.

Audible is now offering a bunch of Audible Originals for free as well, most of them rated four stars or higher. Here’s the list: The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, An Act of God, Evil Eye, Feeding the Dragon, The Half-Life of Marie Curie, Proof of Love, and Sakina’s Restaurant. Get some good reading in, now’s the time! No excuses as to why you haven’t read a good book in over a year.

Don’t get stuck listening to just Pandora playlists and the ads that frequently interrupt them. Several services are offering free premium subscriptions. 90-day Amazon Music HD subscription, Sirius XM free streaming: between now and May 15, SiriusXM is offering unlimited free streaming through its web portal and mobile apps.

Just want to veg out in front of the TV? Don’t blame you one bit. Over at Pluto, for example, you can find an entire channel of James Bond movies, while Kanopy is home to notable films like Captain Fantastic, Midsommar and The Great Buster: A Celebration. Next up, the best free TV streaming services. IMDb TV just added the first five seasons of Schitt’s Creek to its lineup. Previously you had to subscribe to Netflix if you wanted to watch that increasingly beloved show. While you’re there, check out Friday Night Lights and The Middle in their entirety. Good news for parents: Amazon is now offering a bunch of free streaming kids shows, including Arthur, Caillou and The Dangerous Book for Boys. You don’t need an Amazon Prime subscription to view these, just an Amazon account. If you don’t have an HBO subscription and want to check out a notable series, the Roku Channel is currently offering Westworld season 1 for free. It’s also available via the Apple TV app, even if you don’t have an Apple TV Plus subscription.

Even though Covid-19 has been one hell of a mess for everyone, at least entertainers have our backs and are helping us to stay entertained. Hopefully you found something you can read, play, watch, or listen to at home. We’re all in this together!