If you're one of the millions of people working at home amid the coronavirus pandemic, chances are you've seen about a 1,000 percent increase in your office's use of teleconferencing apps like Zoom over the past month or so. What you may or may not already know, though, is that customized Zoom backgrounds have become something of a style symbol in the virtual workplace lately, and TV shows are getting in on the game in a very big way.
Sure, there are the premade backgrounds that come along with the Zoom app if you, for some reason, want to have a field of grass floating behind you for the duration of your next meeting. But this is the perfect time to go a little wild and put yourself inside your favorite show. Doesn't the thought of your co-workers seeing The Simpsons' couch behind you, instead of your actual couch, sound kinda nice in these uncertain times?
Check out some of the shows making it easy to add some joy to your next conference call.
Bonus points if you spend the whole meeting doing your best Moira Rose impression.
Don't take social distancing tips from the Love Island contestants, but do slap on some of these backgrounds.
Because we're definitely in the Bad Place right now.
Hide out among all the clothes and shoes, you know you want to.
Joe Goldberg's glass box from You is definitely one unsettling way to self-isolate. And if you prefer your Netflix-branded spookiness to be a little more teen-oriented, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrinahas you covered.
To remind you of your family, even if you're not with them.
Put yourself inside the dream house, hold back your tears.
For all of your virtual dating needs.
You, too, can embody Coulson's work ethic.
Start belting out a power ballad during your next meeting, there are no rules anymore.
Who doesn't want to pretend they're giving their own version of a Dunphy family confessional?
Their couch is probably a lot more comfortable than your desk chair.
Unfortunately, we can't actually escape to deep space, but we can pretend we're crew members on the Discovery. If you'd rather pretend to be stuck on an island or in a house surrounded by 24/7 cameras, CBS also came through with someSurvivor and Big Brotherbackgrounds.
All riiiiight! Bring Bob and Linda Belcher with you to a meeting as honorary members of your team.
To paraphrase Leslie Knope, "We need to remember what's important in life: friends, waffles, Zoom."
Live from your living room, it's...
I want to go to there.
Maybe even break out your own Prison Mike impression.
Keep productivity high in Captain Holt's office.
Put yourself on the Iron Throne, at John Oliver's desk, or even in the Sharp Objects house if you're feeling especially sinister.
Host your virtual happy hour at Paddy's Pub.
Zoom, tan, laundry.
Add a little wholesomeness to your conference call.