Dear 100 Hour Board,
Homework is for people who can't escape the system. I want to Netflix binge all day long all semester long. What do you recommend right now?
-My Name Here
I recommend homework.
~Anne, Certainly (a buzzkill, but if you do your homework you get to graduate, and then you can watch Netflix after work in the evenings because you'll have a job and you can afford Netflix and you don't have to do homework in the evenings any more) (Also if you want to watch something you could watch Free Rein it's a Netflix original pre-teen Horse Drama so what does that tell you about me)
Binge watching Netflix instead of doing homework is one of my greatest talents, so hoo boy have I got recommendations; buckle up (but also listen to Anne and do your homework, too). I'll also recommend a few shows from Hulu (which, if you're a student, you can subscribe to for super cheap, and it also gives you access to Spotify!)
- Parks and Rec. Come on. Everyone needs to watch it at least once, but personally I definitely think it's worth a re-watch every so often.
- The Office. Again, it's just a classic, and you understand so many more pop culture references if you've seen it, so it's worth binging.
- Jane the Virgin. It is SO FUNNY and SO ENGAGING, and also has a phenomenal cast of Latino actors, and makes fun of telenovelas in the best way, and Gina Rodriguez is a national treasure, and everyone should watch it.
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. It's funny and quirky, and has a good mixture of humor and drama.
- The Good Place. I'll say it until I die (and hopefully go to the good place), this show is amazing.
- The Great British Baking Show. Delicious food, great accents, hilarious hosts, judges whose names are literally Marry Berry and Paul Hollywood, this show has it all.
- New Girl. I can't really think of a good description for this show, except to say that I love it and you should watch it.
- Queer Eye. Just watch it and tell me if you don't want to be best friends with the Fab Five (actually don't tell me if you don't want to be best friends with them because if that's the case we clearly have very different world views).
- Grey's Anatomy. Okay, I'm slightly embarrassed to include this on my list, because I fully acknowledge that it's sort of trashy TV, but I just have this need for fake drama in my life that it really fills.
- A Series of Unfortunate Events. I feel like it does a good job of staying true to the spirit of the books, and it's pretty enjoyable.
- Stranger Things. If you've made it this far in life without someone (or a million people) telling you to watch Stranger Things, you've probably been living under a rock, but it's a good show.
- Planet Earth II. It's not really great for binging, but let's be honest, we all need more David Attenborough in our lives.
- Sherlock. Each episode is quite the time commitment, but it's worth it, and I really needed to include at least one crime show in this list.
- Bob's Burgers (on Hulu). My father-in-law described it as "that show with all the yelling," but it's actually got good family values, and is pretty funny.
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine (on Hulu). I'm honestly shocked that more people don't know about this show, because everyone I know who watches it LOVES it.
- Masterchef (on Hulu). Masterchef is great because it's a cooking show that's also super dramatic, so it checks off all my boxes.
- Ghosted (on Hulu). It started out strong, but then slowed down and had a weird ending and got cancelled, but it's got Adam Scott and Craig Robinson, so it's worth at least checking out.
I could go on, but I tried to keep it to current shows (either ongoing, or ended earlier this year), and this is probably enough to last you at least the semester. If you're interested in even more recommendations, though, check out Board Question #91291.
I second most of Alta's recommendations, especially The Good Place and Queer Eye. Additionally, you might want to check out a few of these:
- Wynonna Earp - Demons, sisters, secret government agencies, immortal old west lawmen, and a magic revolver all in a small Canadian town. What more could you ask for?
- Galavant - A medieval half-hour comedy musical. It's up there with The Good Place in terms of original concept and hilarious execution of that concept.
- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend - Another musical television series. Could it be that I have a type? Examines the life of a woman who moves across country on a whim to be near her ex-boyfriend from summer camp ten years ago.
- Limitless - Look, I know that everyone saw the movie and was less than impressed with the idea of turning it into a series. However, as a person who never saw the movie, I looooove this show. It's the perfect combo of procedural crime show, goofy comedy, and dark blackmail thriller. Unfortunately, it got cancelled after one season.
- Every comedy special that Mike Birbiglia currently has on Netflix, especially My Girlfriend's Boyfriend - This was the first comedy special that I watched that ever had a plot. Most comedy specials you can pause in the middle and come back to in a few weeks. If you give My Girlfriend's Boyfriend that same treatment, you will have missed a lot of the heart that runs throughout. The ending connects back to the beginning in a way that pulled on these ol' heartstrings.
Alternately, you could just watch To All the Boys I've Loved Before ten times in a row. Goodness knows I've been tempted.