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 Sabrina has you covered.
Adult Swim Shows
Didn't clean the house? Download these backgrounds before your next video conference.— adultswim (@adultswim) March 31, 2020
Get more backgrounds here: https://t.co/SMTVylzEvU@ericandre @RickandMorty @JosephPera @zoom_us pic.twitter.com/oVlSEwdMR3
To remind you of your family, even if you're not with them.
Insert yourself into the world of #GreysAnatomy. Save these photos to your computer or phone, and set it as the background for your next video conference call! Directions: https://t.co/0bdeZHoHaN pic.twitter.com/Fx65t6xNo1— Greys Anatomy (@GreysABC) April 2, 2020
Put yourself inside the dream house, hold back your tears.
Insert yourself into the world of #TheBachelor. Save this photo to your computer or phone, and set it as the background for your next video conference call! Directions: https://t.co/YIpUNNAnFm pic.twitter.com/HhDPXqISPn— The Bachelor (@BachelorABC) April 1, 2020
For all of your virtual dating needs.
Insert yourself into the world of #AgentsofSHIELD. Save these photos to your computer or phone, and set it as the background for your next video conference call! Directions: https://t.co/GvNJiJqVMU pic.twitter.com/JJMpyO0NYZ— Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (@AgentsofSHIELD) April 1, 2020
You, too, can embody Coulson's work ethic.
Insert yourself into the world of #AmericanIdol. Save these photos to your computer or phone, and set it as the background for your next video conference call! Directions: https://t.co/QjxTnz6YYj pic.twitter.com/Rbjfsruhwx— americanidol (@AmericanIdol) April 1, 2020
Start belting out a power ballad during your next meeting, there are no rules anymore.
Insert yourself into the world of #ModernFamily. Save this photo to your computer or phone, and set it as the background for your next video conference call! Directions: https://t.co/tn34fZOtqe pic.twitter.com/nX97Ovulp7— Modern Family (@ModernFam) April 2, 2020
Who doesn't want to pretend they're giving their own version of a Dunphy family confessional?
Insert yourself into the world of #TheConners. Save this photo to your computer or phone, and set it as the background for your next video conference call! Directions: https://t.co/Y1z9sRMpIY pic.twitter.com/PehZvjJ9Sh— The Conners (@TheConnersABC) April 1, 2020
Their couch is probably a lot more comfortable than your desk chair.
CBS All Access Shows
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 some Survivor and Big Brother backgrounds.
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."
This is the only time we encourage taking calls in Studio 8H. pic.twitter.com/R7tYOmjB3P— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) April 6, 2020
Live from your living room, it's...
I want to go to there.
Pssst. First one to use our video conference backgrounds gets to be Assistant to the Regional Manager. 😉 pic.twitter.com/dk6RbL5HGX— 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚘𝚏𝚏𝚒𝚌𝚎 (@theofficenbc) April 1, 2020
Maybe even break out your own Prison Mike impression.
In case you want to spice up your next video conference. pic.twitter.com/90O7QxeOby— Brooklyn Nine-Nine (@nbcbrooklyn99) April 1, 2020
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.
with this new zoom background you can get a virtual drink at paddy's pic.twitter.com/O6zZ3lR9I2— FX on Hulu - Now Streaming (@FXNetworks) March 31, 2020
Host your virtual happy hour at Paddy's Pub.
Zoom, tan, laundry.
Add some sunny days to your next video call with Sesame Street backgrounds! ☀️ pic.twitter.com/vPd7e0K4ft— Sesame Street (@sesamestreet) March 31, 2020
Add a little wholesomeness to your conference call.