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Journalism I reporters select their favorite binge worthy TV shows for quarantine

As a follow-up to editor-in-chief Gracie Vanover’s review of worthy TV shows to binge watch, 10 Journalism I students offer their own binge worthy shows. 

 

Story by Catherine Amos

The Magicians

Many people can only wish for the ability to perform magic. Quentin Coldwater [Jason Ralph] finds what he has spent his entire life dreaming of when he stumbles onto the campus of Brakebills University for Magical Pedagogy. The show follows several students as they try to complete as much of their education as they can. It isn’t easy, and they find that magic isn’t as whimsical as they had hoped. There are much scarier things than exams and class drama, and Quentin finds that there is something off about his favorite childhood books. For lovers of the Harry Potter series, The Magicians is the perfect show to binge. It adds a darker and more conflicting perspective to the traditional whimsy of magic.

Where to Stream: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon (Prime) Video.
Age Rating: TV – 14
Notable Actors: Stella Maeve, Summer Bishil, Jason Ralph.
Seasons & Episodes: 5 Seasons, 65 Episodes.
Favorite Episode: s3e5 “A Life in the Day.”
Favorite Character:  Eliot Waugh.

 

Story by Delaney Cook

Bojack Horseman

If you are a fan of dark humor and psychological shows, this just might cure your quarantine boredom. BoJack Horseman is about an actor who got his big break from a cheesy 90s sitcom called Horsin’ Around.  BoJack is a hasbeen actor trapped in a pit of depression, alcoholism, and self-hatred; the show gives you a small glance of how even people who seem together may be suffering the most. A little forewarning, it might not be the best idea to watch with your parents. The show has very mature themes that might make it awkward…

Where to Stream Netflix
Age Rating TV-MA
Notable Actors in the Show Will Arnett, Alison Brie, and Paul F. Tompkins
Seasons & Episodes 6 seasons, 77 episodes
Favorite Episode “Nice While It Lasted”

 

Story by Hallie Funk

The Office

The Office follows the events of a typical workplace, with characters based on the original British series. But with a blend of humor, quirks, and awkwardness, it had a long run of nine seasons. It features stereotypical roles, such as Jim, the likeable employee who has a thing for Pam, the receptionist. The main character, famously known as Michael Scott, has a bit of a narcissistic and attention-seeking personality that many fans grow to love. Many times, the characters’ personalities will clash and cause awkward tensions that we can’t help but laugh at. The great camerawork adds to the humor, showing occasional, confused glances at the camera and zooming in on expressions. And just like in real life, things go wrong. Whether it’s holding a pizza guy hostage or Dwight teaching the office how to do CPR, this show is a must-watch for comedy seekers.

Where to Stream Netflix
Age Rating TV-14
Notable Actors in the Show Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski
Seasons & Episodes 9 seasons and 201 episodes
Favorite Episode ”Dinner Party”

 

Story by Josie Hardesty

How to Get Away With Murder 

Love at first sight? More like obsession at first sight. This suspense-driven thriller can have anyone flying through its episodes in no time. How to Get Away With Murder follows a group of young, ambitious law students and their brilliant, mysterious criminal defense professor. Every year, the ruthless lawyer, Annalise Keating [Viola Davis], selects four out of the hundreds of students she teaches to work with her as lawyers. This year differs as Keating chooses five competitive, attractive, and cunning students. Although, the five soon discover that working for Keating won’t be so easy when a young girl goes missing and everyone becomes a suspect. Lies are told, betrayals are revealed, and secrets uncovered. So what happens when everyone’s alibi has to match up, and they don’t?

Where to Stream Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Prime
Age Rating TV-14
Notable Actors in the Show Viola Davis, Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee
Seasons & Episodes 6 seasons and 84 episodes
Favorite Episode “Wes”

 

Story by Abby Hoffman

Jane the Virgin

Jane the Virgin is a hilarious and dramatic, American telenovela with five seasons. The show is about the strong Jane Villanueva [Gina Rodriguez] and her adventures through her crazy life. She lives with her extremely devout Catholic abuela [Ivonne Coll] and her not-so-devout mother [Andrea Navedo].  It is full of unexpected twists and turns and you never know what could happen next, just like an authentic telenovela. It has something that just about everyone likes, romance, comedy, crime/mystery, and a lot of drama. Jane the Virgin is a fantastic binge worthy TV show that will keep anyone on their toes.

Where to Stream  Netflix
Age Rating  TV-14
Notable Actors in the Show Gina Rodriguez 
Seasons & Episodes 5 seasons and 100 episodes
Favorite Episode “Chapter Forty-Four”

 

Story by Sydney Landrum

All American

All American is an up and coming TV show. Directed towards a teenage audience, it explores the challenges of overcoming adversity and showing loyalty to those who love you. The second season was just released, which made it a front contender to binge. The plot follows a football player named Spencer James (Daniel Ezra), who lives in a poorer neighborhood in South Crenshaw, California. When coach Billy Baker (Taye Diggs) shows up at one of Spencer’s football games, he is given a new opportunity. Coach Baker offers Spencer a spot on the football team at Beverly Hills High School. Spencer denies the offer at first, but then decides to take the leap into a whole new environment to fulfill his football dream. Throughout the show, Spencer faces the difficulty of the new lavish life of Beverly Hills, versus his home back in Crenshaw. The two worlds are displayed and explored deeply in the series. This gives the audience a view into how it feels to be a fish out of water.

Where to Stream Netflix
Rating TV-14
Notable Actors Daniel Ezra, Taye Diggs
Seasons & Episodes currently 2 seasons, 32 episodes
Favorite Episode ”Life Goes On”

 

Story by Meghana Mohankumar

The Flash

Yellow lightning crackles, a man zooms by so fast you can barely see him. Who is it? He’s the fastest man alive, and his name is Barry Allen [Grant Gustin]. Barry Allen’s mother was killed when he was 11 years old. The police arrested his father for her murder. Years later, STAR Labs creates the particle accelerator, but something goes wrong a freak storm is created and lightning hits Barry. Nine months later, Barry wakes up from a coma with superspeed. He decides to use his powers to stop crime, creating the Flash. With the help of Harrison Wells [Tom Cavanagh], Cisco Ramon [Carlos Valdes]. and Caitlin Snow [Danielle Panabaker], Barry forms Team Flash.The Flash is a unique show with its ability to mix comedy, family, love, friendship, darkness, and pain. The show explores the complexities of relationships and the importance of one’s actions. The writing in this show is phenomenal, the storylines are detailed and every single action that is made plays an important role in the overall. I think this show has something to offer to everyone, I never was a fan of superheroes, but it quickly became one of my favorite shows. The Flash is in the middle of its sixth season, episodes air every Tuesday on the CW.

Where to Stream Netflix, The CW
Age Rating TV-14
Notable Actors in the Show Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh
Seasons & Episodes 6 seasons and 129 episodes
Favorite Episode “The Man in the Yellow Suit”

 

Story by Aidan Graef

The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead is a riveting post-apocalyptic masterpiece that draws the audience in with every second that passes. Viewers watch as a group of survivors led by Rick Grimes travel their way through the harsh environment overrun by undead “Walkers,” or zombies, as we call them. The Walking Dead is not for the faint of heart; more than once I have wanted to look away as characters have to do unspeakable things to survive in this new world. With 10 seasons and more to come, The Walking Dead will have you fascinated for hours and wishing season 11 was already here. 

Where to Stream  Netflix
Age Rating TV-MA
Notable Actors in the Show Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus
Seasons & Episodes  10 seasons and 146 episodes
Favorite Episode “Better Angels”

 

Story by Claire Furmall

Virgin River

If you have some free time on your hands, and are looking to find a new show on Netflix I know just the one for you! Virgin River. Virgin River is about a big city doctor, Mel, from California that moves to a small town up north to help the main doctor there. Upon arriving, she doesn’t quite blend well with Doc Mullins. He tells her that he doesn’t need any help and doesn’t want her there. Crushed, she then goes to the community bar where she meets Jack. He comforts her, and is sweet, and he welcomes her to Virgin River. She develops feelings for him, but finds out that he has a girlfriend and she’s not sure she wants to begin a “new life” here. Meanwhile, Doc Mullins gives her a trial period so that she can prove herself and display that she has what it takes to be a good doctor. Mel is loved by everyone in the town except Doc Mullins. But, as much as Mel wants to start over here, her sister calls from Los Angeles. She wants Mel to come home. Can she prove herself and show that she is worthy? Or will she come home with a crushed spirit? 

Where to stream: Netflix
Age rating: TV-!4
Notable actors in the show: Alexandra Breckenridge, Martin Henderson, Tim Matheson
Seasons and Episodes: 1 season, 10 episodes
Favorite Episode: “Under Fire”

 

Story by Kennedy Page 

The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone is a classic and incredibly binge worthy television series. The iconic opening and narration by Rod Serling laying out the story begins every episode. Each is a different look into new characters dealing with something disturbing or unusual in their lives as they enter a dimension dubbed The Twilight Zone. At the end there’s usually a moral, but sometimes there’s a surprise ending with no moral at all. It’s fairly slow paced, but easy to watch and pay attention to. No episode is like the other and the writing is fairly unpredictable. This series is abundant in episodes, has interesting stories to tell, will keep you on your toes, and gives you something new at the end of each episode – so binging is no problem. 

Where to Stream Netflix, Hulu, CBS, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV, iTunes, and Vudu
Age Rating TV-14
Notable Actors in the Show Rod Serling, Robert Redford, Carol Burnett
Seasons & Episodes 5 seasons and 156 episodes
Favorite Episode “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street”

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10 more binge-worthy shows to stream during this pandemic

Story by Rachel Bowling

The minutes feel like hours as the stay-at-home order drawls on and on. With endless time on our hands, we’ve turned to many different sources to entertain ourselves, television being one of the most widely used. But sometimes, the search for a proper bingeable TV show feels like the endless search for the Holy Grail. So, here are my top 10 most binge-worthy shows to watch. 

#10. Stranger Things

Science fiction meets 80s thriller in this spectacular Netflix series. The world was taken aback when this show was released in the summer of 2016. Everyone was astonished by its individuality. The first episode takes us to 1983 Hawkins, Indiana, where Will Byers mysteriously vanishes on his way home from a game of Dungeons and Dragons with his friends. When his family and friends start to dig a little deeper into his disappearance, they discover that their sleepy little town of Hawkins is not all that it seems. 

Where to Stream Netflix
Age Rating TV-14
Notable Actors in the Show Winona Ryder, Millie Bobby Brown
Seasons and Episodes  3 seasons, 25 episodes
Favorite Episode The Battle of Starcourt

 

#9. Murder, She Wrote

This show follows Jessica Fletcher, a notable mystery writer with a few tricks of her own. Every episode, Fletcher is thrown into a real-life crime in which the police have no leads on the killer. And although she is just a mystery writer, Fletcher is very easily able to solve each crime because of her amazing skills of deduction. She always catches the bad guy in the end, however, the show is wonderfully unpredictable. Murder, She Wrote is a fresh spin on the classic whodunnit that we all know and love. 

Where to Stream Amazon Prime
Age Rating TV-PG
Notable Actors in the Show Angela Lansbury
Seasons and Episodes  12 seasons, 264 episodes
Favorite Episode The Sins of Castle Cove

 

#8. Downton Abbey

This period piece is set in early 1900s England at the Downton Abbey Estate. It showcases the Crawley family, a very wealthy and well respected group among the people. But, with wealth comes its misfortunes, and nothing is ever as it seems on the outside. Downton Abbey also shows the interaction between the Crawleys and their staff, and the various bonds they form. The viewer is pulled in by the spectacular acting and emotion in this show, and they won’t want to stop watching as the plethora of scandals unravel before their eyes. 

Where to Stream Amazon Prime
Age Rating TV-14
Notable Actors in the Show Michelle Dockery, Maggie Smith, Phyllis Logan
Seasons and Episodes  6 seasons, 52 episodes
Favorite Episode Season 3, Episode 5

 

#7. Psych

Shawn Spencer is thrown into the heat of the action when he accidentally stumbles upon an active crime scene. Wanting to help solve it, but knowing the police won’t trust him without good reason, he comes up with an elaborate lie, telling the Santa Barbara Police that he is a psychic. And while that is a lie, he manages to convince them because of his unique crime-solving skills. Spencer does such a spectacular job of cracking the cases that eventually the police department hires him as a third-party psychic detective. The only one who knows the truth is his best friend, Gus, who eventually comes to help Spencer in various ways. And while the show revolves around murder, it always keeps a light and comical tone. 

Where to Stream Hulu
Age Rating TV-PG
Notable Actors in the Show James Roday, Dulé Hill, Maggie Lawson
Seasons and Episodes  8 seasons, 120 episodes
Favorite Episode Heeeeere’s Lassie

 

#6. Doctor Who

Doctor Who is about as sci-fi as a series can get, being that it literally revolves around an alien who travels from planet to planet helping others with their various misfortunes. However, this alien looks and acts just like any other human, and he intends to keep it that way. And he doesn’t ever do it alone. Any time you see him, he’ll always have a human companion at his side. And although he is widely known throughout the universe, no one knows his name. They only call him the Doctor.

Where to Stream Amazon Prime
Age Rating TV-PG
Notable Actors in the Show David Tennant, Jenna Coleman, Karen Gillan
Seasons and Episodes  12 seasons, 851 episodes
Favorite Episode The Waters of Mars

 

#5. Gilmore Girls

This series follows Lorelei and Rory Gilmore, a mother-daughter duo who navigate the jungle of new relationships, new adventures, and everything in between. However, there is one thing that sets this family apart from all the rest. Lorelei had Rory when she was only 16. Cut off by her parents, Lorelei had to grow up and grow up fast in order to raise her newborn child. When she is forced to reconcile with her estranged parents 16 years later, Lorelei finds giving them a second chance one of the hardest things she’ll ever do. 

Where to Stream Netflix
Age Rating TV-PG
Notable Actors in the Show Lauren Graham, Scott Patterson
Seasons and Episodes  7 seasons, 153 episodes
Favorite Episode Raincoats and Recipes

 

#4. Parks and Recreation

Leslie Knope is a big fish in a small pond. All she ever wants to do is help her town, Pawnee, and more often than not, she’s faced with backlash and incompetence. And although she’s usually in over her head, her heart is always in the right place. When Leslie is given a massive opportunity to help the people, she must deal with an uncooperative town and a lazy parks and recreation department. And, as you can imagine, hilarity ensues. 

Where to Stream Netflix
Age Rating TV-14
Notable Actors in the Show Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman
Seasons and Episodes  7 seasons, 125 episodes 
Favorite Episode I love you and I like you

 

#3. The Golden Girls

The Golden Girls is a timeless classic that follows four best friends, all living together in Miami in the late 80’s. The viewer can’t help but laugh as these old broads live their drama-filled lives, chock-full of hilarity and cheesecake. The Golden Girls has gotten many awards, including 58 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, and 11 wins. This iconic series will have you laughing right until the credits, and wish you were in 1985 Miami laughing right along with the leading ladies. 

Where to Stream Hulu
Age Rating TV-14
Notable Actors in the Show Betty White, Rue McClanahan
Seasons and Episodes  7 seasons, 180 episodes
Favorite Episode Golden Moments, Part 1 and 2

 

#2. The Office

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work at your local paper company? Well, wonder no more, for I have the show for you. The Office revolves around Dunder Mifflin, a small-town paper company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. And although that may not sound very eventful, the staff of Dunder Mifflin will assure your otherwise. The Office shines a new light on slapstick comedy and awkward humor while navigating office friendships, romances, feuds, and the like. 

Where to Stream Netflix
Age Rating TV-14
Notable Actors in the Show Steve Carell, John Krasinski
Seasons and Episodes  9 seasons, 201 episodes
Favorite Episode A.A.R.M.

 

#1. Bones

This show is a breath of fresh air when it comes to the classic cop show. We all know the story. Bad guy commits a crime, and the police put him in jail. But Bones brings an entirely new perspective to the table. Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan teams up with the FBI to solve various murders with her astonishing intellect and her cognitive skills. The series shows us the science side of the FBI, and gives us an inside look at the inner-workings of catching the murderer. 

Where to Stream Hulu
Age Rating TV-14
Notable Actors in the Show Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz
Seasons and Episodes  12 seasons, 246 episodes
Favorite Episode The Master in the Slop