Thanksgiving break is fast approaching and we all know what that means – eating, sleeping, capitalism, and avoiding responsibilities by watching Netflix.
However, a certain dilemma also pops up. What the hell do I watch?
It seems as if Netflix has a never-ending array of possibilities yet none of them seem appealing. Fret no more – I’ve compiled a list of movies and shows that I recommend for your viewing pleasure.
(These are in no particular order)
- Black Mirror
I talked about Black Mirror in my previous post so that should give you an idea of what it’s about. Basically, each episode is independent of the other. They’re about the dark side of a technologically advanced world that’s not so different from our current one.
- How to Get Away with Murder
This show is a wild ride. The main character, Wes, was Dean in Harry Potter. He’s grown up a lot as you can tell. The storyline is suspenseful and the show is super addicting with lots of twists and turns.
- Stranger Things
I’m sure you’ve heard about this show or have watched it already. It’s so freaking good. There’s only eight episodes in the first season so this is perfect to watch over break.
- Tucker and Dale vs Evil
Okay, so despite what the trailer may make this movie seem, it is surprisingly hilarious. In short, ” In the vein of Shaun of the Dead, Tucker & Dale is a wild, wonky tale of two hillbilly buddies trying to survive their vacation in the woods when they are mistaken for killers by a gang of college kids.” What ensues is hilarious.
- Bob’s Burgers
Bob’s Burgers is a great show if you wanna laugh and lift your spirits. It centers around Bob and Linda Belcher and their three kids Louise, Tina, and Gene. You don’t have to watch it in order so there’s no strings attached. Although it’s animated, it’s not really a show for kids.
- That 70’s Show
As you can see from the clip, it’s super funny. It’s set in the 70’s and features a group of friends going through life in Wisconsin. Like Stranger Things, the show does a good job on making the setting look as real as possible.
- Arrested Development
Arrested Development was picked up by Netflix for it’s fourth season. The show changes a little in format but it’s still pretty hilarious. It centers on a dysfunctional family in California. Basically, Michael Bluth finds himself forced to stay in Orange County and run the family real estate business after his father, George Bluth Sr., is sent to prison for committing white-collar crime. He tries to juggle the wants and needs of his spoiled and eccentric family while being a good role model for his teenage son, George Michael.
Elijah Wood is nothing like his Lord of the Rings character. He tried to commit suicide but survived (you’ll know why in the first episode) and then sees his neighbor’s dog as an Australian guy in a costume while everyone else just sees a dog. It’s really funny and a little crude but worth watching.
Dexter is a blood splatter analyst by day but a serial killer by night. Miami is the perfect backdrop for his story. Granted, I haven’t seen it all but it’s incredibly addicting and has a lot of unexpected twists.
For all my Spanish speakers out there (or anyone, you can use subtitles), this show is LIT. It was my favorite show growing up and I was obsessed with the band. It’s kind of hilarious looking back at it but I don’t even care, it was really good. It’s like a Mexican version of High School Musical meets Hannah Montana meets Degrassi. Only 1000000x better. Netflix has all the episodes (I think) but be warned, there’s like 300.
- Breaking the Magician’s Code
So my friend recommended this show and I was skeptical at first but then I was hooked. It’s about the secrets behind all the magic tricks you see in magic shows. It gets kind of addicting. The narrator gets progressively creepier in his comments about the assistants but the tricks make you look past that.
- Make Happy or what.
Bo Burnham is pretty freakin funny. I had heard about him from friends but I didn’t really pay attention until my friend got me to watch Make Happy. Honestly, I wish I had watched it earlier. I haven’t gotten around to watching what. but I’m sure it’ll be just as funny. It’s great to watch when you feel down.
This list is not at all comprehensive. Honorable mentions are Parks and Recreation, Orange is the New Black, American Horror Story, Law and Order: SVU, and Zack and Miri Make a Porno.
So, hopefully this list helps you as you binge-watch and eat leftovers. I know that’s what I’ll be doing.