Whether you’re in high school or college, we all have come to know and love one of the greatest time-wasters out there, Netflix. I have spent hours and hours watching the different movies and shows that Netflix has to offer. Here are my personal top five most binge-worthy TV shows from Netflix that I think you should try.
5. Sons Of Anarchy (2008-2014)
Sons of Anarchy follows a young, single father who is the vice president of a notorious biker club in California. Jackson Teller (Charlie Hunnam) struggles with how the club has been running lately, after finding notes in his deceased father’s belongings (who used to be the president of the club). Jax finds out that running guns, dealing drugs, and owning a porn business isn’t exactly what he father wanted for the club. Now that Jax has his own child, his views on running the club are very close to what his dad wanted. Running for seven seasons, the show follows all the crazy circumstances that come with being in a motorcycle club;from protecting their territory from other clubs to being on the run from the police. If you like Harley’s, guns, or illegal business, then this is the show for you.
4. Bates Motel (2013-)
Maybe you’re more into suspenseful, creepy kind of shows, and if that’s the case then Bates Motel is a must. Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore), is just a regular teenager who has some serious issues. Living at home with just his mother and his older brother, Dylan, for a short period. You can tell from the start that Norman isn’t normal, but it could just be passed off as him being very socially awkward. That is until you see him murdering someone. He tends to black out every now and then, and that’s when he kills people. He has no idea that he does until later on in the show, but his mother Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) knows what her son does, and she attempts to control it- without ever turning him in. She tries to help him throughout the whole show, but as you can imagine, he’s a pretty difficult son. If you’ve ever seen the film “Psycho,” which came out in 1960, then you might have recognized some names here. Bates Motel shows us what Norman Bates from Psycho was like in his teenage years and how he came to be who he was in the movie. There is a lot of suspense, a little bit of love, and a large amount of marijuana in this creepy TV show and I highly suggest it.
3. Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000)
Freaks and Geeks…what can I say? It’s just a great show. With a lot of big name actors when they were very young like James Franco, Seth Rogan, Jason Segal, Rashida Jones, Katie Mann, and even Shia LaBeouf, how could it not be great?! The main characters are brother and sister, Sam and Lindsey Weir, (John Francis Daley and Linda Cardellini) as they try to survive high school. Sam is a freshman who spends his days doing his best to avoid getting stuffed into a locker with his two best friends, Neil and Bill. Lindsey is an ex-mathlete who is second guessing her “goody goody” lifestyle and is starting to hang out with the burnouts and the stoners. It’s a great, sort of quirky show that any high school or college student is sure to enjoy.
2. The Office (2005-2013)
The Office. I’m sure that over 90% of you reading this has already seen some of The Office but I still have to give it a place on this list. Running for nine absolutely amazing seasons, this is easily one of my favorite TV shows and I know it’s a favorite of many others. Whether you’re in the mood to laugh, to feel awkward, or to cry, The Office is there for you. Watching Jim and Pam’s (John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer) life from when they were just coworkers that sat thirty inches away from each other to when they were married and started to have kids, listening to Michael’s (Steve Carrell) “that’s why she said!” jokes in nearly every episode, and even Dwight’s (Rainn Wilson) very odd personality and his undying love for Angela (Angela Kinsey) throughout the entire show. This is one of those shows that you feel like you really know the characters, and every single one of them played their part so perfect that you couldn’t possibly ask for a better cast. This is a must watch for literally any audience.
1. How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014)
Remember that this is all my personal favorites and not based off factual evidence. That being said, this is the greatest show ever created. I have watched HIMYM at least four times beginning to end, which is a lot considering there are nine seasons with 24 episodes each. There really isn’t a thing I would change about this show, the episodes are great, the cast is amazing. Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) is a hopeless romantic stuck in the New York City dating pool who is constantly going over the top for every woman who might be “the one.” Ted from the future, who is voiced by Bob Saget, is telling his two kids the story of how he met their mother and he is going over every single last detail. He tells them the awesome stories that he experienced with his four best friends; Marshall, Lily, Barney, and Robin (Jason Segal, Alyson Hannigan, Neil Patrick Harris, and Cobie Smulders). Marshall is Ted’s best friend and has been since college, which is when he started dating Lily. You really get to see the characters grow into who they are by the end of the show, and how drastically they change. Ted finally finds his “the one,” Barney actually takes a break from his bachelor lifestyle and settles down with one girl for while, Marshall and Lily get married and start a family, and Robin becomes a very successful news reporter. The show ran for nearly ten years, so not only did the characters change and develop but so did the actors. You can see how different they look from the start of the show to the ending. This is a show that will really make you feel a hundred different ways all at once and I strongly recommend it to everyone.
Those are just five of what I think are the best shows out on Netflix right now, and I hope that you see some you recognize and some you don’t and decide to watch them. Whatever the case, I hope that you enjoyed the read!
That 70’s Show (1998-2006)
New Girl (2011-)
Breaking Bad (2008-2013)
Mad Men (2007-2015)