There’s nothing quite like getting home after a long day, making a high carb meal, putting on your favorite sweatpants, and kicking back for hours of binge watching on Netflix. You scroll through the plethora of options numerous times, but always end up resorting back to your old favorite. What’s the point? You already know who Gossip Girl is, and you’ve watched Monica and Chandler’s wedding too many times to count. If this sounds familiar to you, it may be time to find something new. Luckily, as a self proclaimed Netflix enthusiast, I’ve put together a list of recommendations that will meet all of your binge watching criteria.
Comedy: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
The series picks up with 29 year old Kimmy Schmidt being released from a doomsday cult after being held there for 15 years. Kimmy decides to move to New York City, and must adjust to living in a society that she hasn’t been exposed to in over a decade. While this topic has the potential to be very dark and depressing, it’s exactly the opposite. “I really like the amount of energy that Kimmy gives off,” says Grace Henry (‘19). “She lives her life with a positive outlook on things.” So if you want a feel good show that will also make you laugh out loud, look no further than Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Drama: American Crime Story: The People Vs OJ Simpson
If you’re a fan of shows like Law and Order and CSI, The People Vs. OJ Simpson could be your new favorite series. This true crime saga portrays the famous 1994 trial of OJ Simpson, who was charged with the murder of his ex wife, Nicole Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman. The show was met with great support from critics and fans alike for its spot on portrayal of the case. “It feels like you’re watching the real trial,” says Ben Harriton (‘18). With only one season containing ten episodes, The People Vs OJ Simpson is perfect for anyone who struggles with long term commitment to a series. The People Vs OJ Simpson is sure to leave you with strong opinions and lots of questions. “It really makes you think about the criminal justice system.” Harriton says.
Fan Favorite: The Office
While it seems like everyone and their mother has seen this show, on rare occasion I’ll stumble upon someone who hasn’t. If you’re one of the few who has yet to binge this comedy classic, then you’re in luck! You have nine hilarious seasons ready for your viewing. Arguably the most popular show on Netflix, The Office rarely disappoints. The show follows the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the Dunder Mifflin paper company. While this may not sound like the most fascinating premise, the outrageous cast is really what makes the show stand out. “Each character is so unique and funny in their own way,” says Gigi Reece (‘18). So if you’re looking for guaranteed laughs, it may be time for you to hop on The Office bandwagon.
Top new show: Riverdale
Ever since its premiere in early 2017, Riverdale has kept fans talking. Based on the famous Archie comics, the show follows Archie Andrews, a high school student in the small town of Riverdale. The show also features other classic characters from the comic, like Betty, Veronica, and Jughead. “The characters are all really different and well developed,” says Juliet Clark (‘19). The series explores the dark side of the town of Riverdale, which on the outside seems like a perfectly normal place. While Riverdale has especially been a hit amongst teenaged audiences, there are aspects of it that appeal to a wide range of people. “There’s a lot of different substories,” says Clark. “I feel like a lot of different types of people would like it.”
Stand up: John Mulaney
If you’re looking for nonstop laughter, then you’re in luck, because comedian John Mulaney has not just one, but two gut busting stand up specials on Netflix. His first special, New in Town, was released in 2012, and his second special, The Comeback Kid, was released in 2015. Mulaney gives his unique take on a wide span of topics, ranging from the dangers of quicksand to real estate agents. He also tells many stories from his life, including the time he threw a raging party at his teacher’s house. While he’s not afraid to make fun of anything and everything, Mulaney is able to laugh at himself as well. “He uses self deprecation, which I think is one of the best kinds of humor,” says Madelyn Verno (‘18). No matter your sense of humor, it’s doubtful that you won’t find something in these specials that makes you laugh. “I’ve seen each special at least three times and the jokes still make me laugh” Verno says.
Named after the amendment of the Constitution that abolished slavery, this riveting documentary follows the history of the complicated relationship between race and the justice system. The film also looks at how certain politicians and legislation have been discriminatory against African Americans in particular. 13th features interviews from a number of famous historians, politicians, and equal rights activists with varying viewpoints, increasing the films’ credibility. “Racism is still a serious issue, and being able to educate people educate people about its role in the legal system may give them a better understanding on the topic.” Says Kagan Conrad (‘18). Whether you’re a history buff, a political junkie, or you just want to learn more about the topic, I recommend 13th to all.