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
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
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|
|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 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|
|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|
|Notable Actors in the Show||Viola Davis, Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee|
|Seasons & Episodes||6 seasons and 84 episodes|
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|
|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 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|
|Notable Actors||Daniel Ezra, Taye Diggs|
|Seasons & Episodes||currently 2 seasons, 32 episodes|
|Favorite Episode||”Life Goes On”|
Story by Meghana Mohankumar
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|
|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|
|Notable Actors in the Show||Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus|
|Seasons & Episodes||10 seasons and 146 episodes|
|Favorite Episode||“Better Angels”|
Story by Claire Furmall
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|
|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|
|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”|