Second Semester Netflix Binge Guide

 

By Izzy Aronin, Abby Owen and Leah Roffman

Okay, everyone, take a breath, midterms are over. We can once again use our laptops for what they were made to do; watch hours and hours of television.

You can now type in your address bar and let the Netflix flow begin. But after weeks of being buried in books, it can be difficult to find a show that strikes your fancy by simply browsing. So we’ve hand-selected shows that we think will make you feel just the right balance of happy, and ashamed that you breezed through them so quickly. Make sure you check out all the options and be NetFlexible with your binging selections.

To start things off, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a light option. Tina Fey makes a return to TV creating this hilarious Netflix original series with Robert Carlock. This show stars Ellie Kemper as Kimmy Schmidt, a young woman who was rescued from a cult that was tricked into hiding underground from the apocalypse. She decides to stay in New York City and not return to her home in Indiana. With only a middle school education and no real perception of the way the world is today, she tries to start her own life. The show follows her adventures such as finding a job and discovering the wider world. There are only 13 episodes currently, but it is perfect for a lazy weekend!

 

A Netflix revival from the late 90s, Freaks and Geeks. It is all you could want from a classic high school sitcom. In a quirky twist on the stereotypical drama, the show follows the everyday struggles of a studious sister Lindsay (Linda Cardellini) turning rebellious, and her awkward younger brother Sam (John Daley) and his freshman adventures. This geeky comedy will make you laugh and feel better about your own awkward high school moments.

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The stars of Freaks and Geeks (photo courtesy of Rollingstone.com)

Another option is How to Get Away With Murder by Shonda Rhimes. Every episode will leave you dying to watch another! Starring Tony-winning and Oscar-nominated actress, Viola Davis plays a tough defense law professor who teaches the class, “How to Get Away with Murder.” In just the first episodes, there are murder sand epic plot twists. Throughout the episodes there are also smaller cases that tie into the bigger murder. This is a show that’s easy to get into, but impossible to stop once you start. With complex, emotionally intriguing characters and story lines, this is a show definitely worth binging!

One show you should definitely watch is Jane the Virgin. Main character Jane faces her decision to stay pure until marriage, except a mix up at the doctor’s causes her to end up pregnant with a familiar stranger’s baby. Each episode ends with a cliffhanger, whether it be a mysterious string of murders or a complication regarding police work surrounding a drug lord, Sin Rostro that seems too close for comfort. Jane’s decisions on who she wants to pursue, her longtime boyfriend or her child’s father. She also makes choices towards finding her father and decides what to do about the relationships in her unconventional family. This show views like a soap opera, or in the case of the program, a Tele Novela. With season 2 still running on CW, Netflix only has season one, but this riveting “dramady” won’t take you long to binge your way through.

In a documentary filmed over 10 years, Making a Murderer uncovers the shocking truth behind the false conviction of Steven Avery. Convicted of sexual assault, Avery spent 18 years in jail before a legal battle prosecuted his biased conviction and pointed out the obvious evidence pointing to the actual culprit. But later on, he is convicted again on what the documentary examines as another possible mistake. This chilling story has already grabbed the attention of Netflix watchers everywhere, as a drama with a painful underscore of reality, and is fueling a general awareness and important discussions about the law that you will not want to miss out on.

For science fans, puzzle fans, and entertainment fans alike, Brain Games is the perfect change of

pace. Each episode analyzes different gripping mysteries of the human brain, but don’t assume that this is just the typical factual science show. Interactive challenges and tests that you can participate in from your couch let you uncover strange mental barriers and fun mind cheats, all the while keeping you entertained. The easy to follow narration is meant for everyone and is sure to keep you hooked!

Another suggested series is the new show About a Boy, which revamps the 2002 movie starring Hugh Grant, which is based on the 1989 book by Nick Hornby. This show portrays a successful man who’s hit it big and is granted a life of freedom. He whole life is changed when a single mom and her 11 year old son move in next door. The two “boys” form an unlikely friendship and seem a little too similar considering their extreme age difference, and they begin to bring out the best in each other. This feel good comedy will leave you laughing and smiling at the hilarity and helpfulness that these two provide for each other.

Since midterms have come to a close, students hopefully have more time to relax and of course, watch Netflix. These selections capture what a perfect binging show should be. Happy watching!

 

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