By Ryan Sutherland, Staff Writer
As spring break approaches and homework dwindles down, we tend to crave “me time.” We look forward to mom’s cooking, endless naps and Netflix. Kick start your break with our top ten binge worthy Netflix shows.
This animated comedy has the audience laughing hysterically at its ridiculous plot lines and unbelievably funny dialogue. International spy Sterling Archer (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin) works alongside his ex-girlfriend Lana Kane and for his mother Mallory who is the head of the International Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS) agency.
9. Arrested Development
With an all star cast including, David Cross, Michael Cera, Jason Bateman, Portia De Rossi, and Will Arnett (to name a few) it’s no wonder this show was such a big hit. The show is about the dysfunction of the used to be rich Bluth family. As level headed son Michael Bluth tries to keep the family affairs in order the rest of the family makes this task virtually unbearable. The show is wildly funny.
8. Orange is the New Black
Since 2013, America has been in awe over this Netflix original. Waiting for each new season to come out, only to binge watch it and wait another year for the next. It’s a vicious cycle. Written by Jenji Kohan, Orange is the New Black is going on its fifth season after a cliffhanger of an ending on the end of season four. The story of Piper Chapman starts off as a seemingly naïve white girl and slowly turns into a hardened convict. This dramedy takes you through a world you never knew existed. If you are new to OITNB then it’s time to curl up in front of the TV before summer gets here and watch some good television.
7. House of Cards
Kevin Spacey takes the role of Francis Underwood and runs with it. Francis and his wife Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) are perfect examples of modern day politicians. The events that take place are exactly what you might image politicians do behind the scenes when it comes down to covering up their past. This husband and wife duo take on Washington by climbing the political ladder of power in this American version of the BBC House of Cards written by Jacob Oberfrank.
6. Freaks and Geeks
Freaks and Geeks is one of those shows. The type of show that transcends time and sends you back to your high school years (which may have not been that long ago for most of you). This show is where actors like James Franco, Seth Rogan and Jason Segel got their start. Based in the 1980’s, McKinley High School is a place where all social clicks coexist. The freaks or more commonly known as the cool kids, and the geeks all exist in the same world. The show explores things most adolescents go through during those years. The worst realization after season one is over is that there are no more seasons. Just the one.
5. Black Mirror
Black Mirror is modern day Twilight Zone. With a strong foundation on dark social commentary and intensity the viewer is hooked from the first episode. These separate realities take place in the future and are oddly an accurate prediction of what the world could face. It doesn’t matter what episode the viewer begins watching first because the shows don’t depend on each other. Aside from the philosophies of the program, it was technically very well produced and edited. A sample of people’s favorite episodes include Fifteen Million Merits, Nosedive, and San Junipero. The reason why it isn’t closer to number one on the list is because of how few seasons and episodes are available.
4. Mad Men
This drama is set in the 1960’s and depicts the lifestyle of self proclaimed “mad men” and women on Madison Avenue. The stories focus on the life of the company, Sterling Cooper’s creative genius Don Draper (Jon Hamm). The show has seven seasons and aired on AMC. Mad Men takes you on a journey of what it was like during a time not too long ago. A time when JFK was assassinated, the 1950’s were over, Vietnam was on the horizon and somewhere in the middle of this was an advertisement boom depicted in this television series.
Louie C.K. is one of today’s greatest comedic entertainers and writers. The FX show Louie, which he wrote, directed and starred in, is a window into the life of the comedian. The show tackles a lot of important issues regarding religion, suicide, sex, and parenting. It also has its fair share of fart jokes. It has deeply sad and dark moments as well as laugh out loud moments of joy. It is one of the best filmed shows of it’s kind.
Shameless is one of the most heartbreaking, funny, and entertaining shows on Netflix. Oscar nominated actor William H. Macy plays Frank Gallagher, an alcoholic father who spends the majority of his time in bars. His eldest daughter Fiona (Emmy Rossum) assumes a parental role after her mother abandons her father and his other five children. Every episode of this tough south side of Chicago family keeps you wanting more until the seventh season is over. But don’t fret! Shameless will begin production on Season 8 in May 2017 for a fall premiere.
1. Breaking Bad
Directed by Vince Gillian, the award winning show Breaking Bad is a must watch. Walter White played by Bryan Cranston is a high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. With the time he has left to live, White and former student Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul, decide to buy an RV and cook meth in the desert in order to pay medical bills and support his family after he is gone. This is only the beginning of the story. Greed sets in and it’s a roller coaster from season one until an incredible finale at the end of season five.
Other notable favorites include the thrilling American drama series Bates Motel, American science fiction-horror web television series Stranger Things and the infamous American sitcom Family Guy with five stars.