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Netflix binge essentials

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Being a fresher means that you may have some time on your hands at first, and no parents to tell you off for staying up late at night on your laptop, so it’s the perfect time to start binging a new show. If you want a long show or shorter episodes to watch, here’s my recommendations of shows on Netflix to binge.  

If you love dark comedy and haven’t seen It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, now’s the time. This show is quite hard to describe to people without them thinking you’re a terrible person. The best way to describe it is Friends but all the characters are horrible people who you aren’t really meant to like, and instead of living in New York apartments they run an unsuccessful (but somehow still open) Irish-themed bar in Philadelphia. There’s 13 seasons (season 14 coming in September), but each episode is only about 20 minutes long, so it doesn’t take that much time to watch through. It’s the only show that makes me laugh out loud and continues to do so every time I re-watch it. Its quotability is unlike any other show, and honestly is one of a kind. 

In contrast to It’s Always Sunny, if that isn’t your cup of tea, then Jane the Virgin is definitely worth a binge. I started this show later than a lot of people I know because I heard the title and thought it sounded cliché and cheesy. And yes, it is. But the way the show carries itself has a charm that I couldn’t not enjoy. If you’re unaware of the plot, it revolves around a Catholic woman called Jane who gets accidentally artificially inseminated when she is a virgin and engaged to another man. The story itself is interesting and in the style of a telenovela, and the twists and turns it takes every episode make its binge-ability high because every episode ends on a cliff-hanger. The show revolves around love, family and hardships, whilst having never-ending optimism. Also, the show recently finished so if you haven’t seen it before, now you don’t have to wait for new episodes weekly. 

Now, here’s a show for the adult cartoon lovers. A show that simultaneously brings me immense joy and crippling sadness whenever I think about it – Bojack Horseman. Even if you don’t like cartoons, I’d give this show a chance because the writing is impeccable. Bojack Horseman revolves around an actor-horse whose careered peaked in the 90s on a show called Horsin’ Around (basically Full House) and his desire for relevancy whilst ultimately being self-destructive. The show deals with many topics such as mental health, addiction, sexism and trauma much better than any other show I’ve seen. The characters are well fleshed-out and loveable, in spite of their own personal flaws. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions because of its wit and realism, and the animation style is quirky. 

Last modified: 22nd September 2019

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