Netflix offers a wide variety of TV show and movie options. However, not all of the shows and movies that Netflix has to offer are worth anyone’s time. Some people waste hours and hours watching something, only to be disappointed in the end. No longer will this reporter stand by while innocent people go on living boring, un-cultured Netflix lives, letting all of the good shows go unseen. The following is a list, in no particular order, of shows that Netflix offers that are worth the time and effort to watch. As the summer break approaches and students are looking for something to do with the time they would normally spend on studies or extracurriculars, it would be in the reader’s best interest to watch all of these shows.
Freaks and Geeks
“Freaks and Geeks” is an American comedy-drama from 1999. Sadly, the show is only one season, which consisted of eighteen episodes. The cast includes Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jason Segal, and Linda Cardellini. The show is about a group of teenagers at William McKinley High School in the 1980-1981 school year. Though this show is set in the 1980’s, every episode has a situation that high school students can relate to today.
“The Office (US)” is NBC’s hit show based off of the original BBC television series. The entire “Office (US)” series is on Netflix. The show has nine seasons with almost 200 episodes, which should keep you entertained for a good portion of your summer. If you binge watch for 10 hours per day, it would take you about two weeks to get through every episode, but I can’t in good conscience recommend that. Go outside once in a while. Anyway, the cast includes Steve Carell, Mindy Kaling, Ed Helms, and Craig Robinson. The show is a comedic mockumentary about the shenanigans, conflicts, and friendships among the office workers of the Dunder Mifflin office branch in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
“Doctor Who” is a British science-fiction series about the adventures of The Doctor, a humanoid alien who travels time in space in his advanced spaceship. The first episode aired in 1963 and is still running today, making the storyline over 50 years old. The role of The Doctor has been played on screen by William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, and Peter Capaldi. Though the modern version of the show is now in it’s eighth season, Netflix only provides six. This show is a must-watch for any science fiction fan. Weather it’s fighting space ghosts, saving the world from alien robots, or traveling back (or forwards) in time to save the day on some strange planet, “Doctor Who” is a show just about anyone can enjoy.
Parks and Recreation
“Parks and Recreation” is an American mockumentary-style comedy about the everyday projects of the Parks and Recreations Department, as well as the antics of its employees. The first episode aired in 2009 and is rumored to be working on it’s final season this year. The show’s cast includes Nick Offerman, Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari, and Adam Scott. Though there is soon to be a seventh season, Netflix only provides seasons one through five. What sets this show apart from others is this style is the wide variety of sets and settings.
“Bob’s Burgers” is an American animated comedy about the life of the Belcher family, consisting of parents H. Jon Benjamin as Bob and John Roberts as Linda, and children Tina played by Dan Mintz, Gene played by Eugene Mirman, and Louise played by Kristen Schaal. The show is now into its fourth season, though only seasons one through three are currently on Netflix. Even if you aren’t all that into cartoons, H. Jon Benjamin’s voice is enough to make the show interesting. Combine that with the personality and general shenanigans of each episode, “Bob’s Burgers” is a show that everyone can enjoy.
For more on Binge Watching check out this article by Barry Auxilien.