Let’s be real, everyone loves a good Netflix binge.
There’s something for everyone on Netflix and it’s just oh so tempting to tuck yourself into bed, surrounded by unhealthy snacks and putting on a 7 series long TV show all of your friends have bragged about when you should probably be doing something more important.
If we’re being truthful, that’s how this list came about. As the self-appointed Queen of Procrastination, I spent a lot of time binge watching Netflix whilst studying for my exams. I make no excuses. I spent a lot of time doing practice questions and practice exams with all of the following shows in the background. I may not pass Clinical Neuropsychology, or be an exemplary student but my taste in shows to binge watch is great, so let me share with you five series on Netflix that are great to watch… just not when you’re meant to be doing other important things!
Everyone’s talking about Riverdale and it’s with good reason – the show’s bloody good. With characters based off of the Archie Comics, put into a 21st-century murder mystery that blew my mind, it’s addictive viewing. Thank goodness there’s a second season set to be released in October 2017. I will say that the second you think you’ve figured something out or discovered a little clue, you’ll be proven wrong, there are so many plot twists that your head will spin a little (in a good way!) so this isn’t a good show to play in the background while working on something else. It needs your full attention or you’ll find yourself a little lost.
(I should also mention, I’ve found out that apparently Riverdale isn’t available on Netflix everywhere but it is here in Australia, so sorry about that but if you can, watch it! It’s good!)
Gilmore Girls is a sentimental favourite. Not the best to binge watch when you’re procrastinating because it is long and suckers you in, in the best way, but my goodness it’s good. I started watching Gilmore Girls as a kid with my mum. When news broke that the show was getting a revival season on Netflix, I was thrilled and decided to watch all seven series before the new four-episode revival series was released. It was better than I remembered. There are some great popular culture references that you’ll miss if you’re not paying attention as well as some hilarious one-liners that you’ll find slipping into your own repertoire (“Oy with the poodles already” and “I need coffee in an IV” are some personal favourite). It’s my go-to recommendation whenever someone asks me what they should binge on Netflix. I love it so much that I often play it when I don’t know what else to watch, haha!
Look, as an Australian, and a low-key lover of the monarchy (I just want to be a princess, okay?!) I cannot recommend The Crown enough. It’s got something for everyone – there’s lots of drama (romance and family drama which keeps things interesting), there are amazing fashion and some serious looks that I wish I was alive at the time to wear, the acting is phenomenal and it’s a visual masterpiece – the cinematography is insanely good. It’s apparently pretty realistic and the Royal family have seen it and approve, so you know it’s good.
Also, the Queen is a total bad ass. Like literal, take no shit from no political powerhouse men kinda bad ass and I love her. Genuinely, love her.
This one comes with a warning – British humour, sex, swearing, drugs and alcohol. If you’re looking for a wholesome family viewing Fresh Meat is not it. It’s a quick watch (four seasons with about 8 episodes each, so if you’re a seasoned Netflix binge viewer, you’ll power through this in a day or two.) that’s all about living in a share house at University but, with the expected British comedy twist. I freakin’ loved it. The characters are diverse, and well thought out and even though it is a comedy show, and nothing really delves beneath the surface level, it does pretty well at touching base on some serious issues like substance abuse, neglectful parents, student poverty, alcoholism and to a slight extent, but not really, rape.
If you like British comedies or are looking to branch out from the same old shows that Netflix pushes on their home page, I highly recommend Fresh Meat.
A classic. Another long one with 6 glorious seasons, you get to follow the lives of upper-class teens living ridiculously privileged lives with some weird twists of drama and some seriously great fashion. Also, it’s set in the very scenic New York City. What’s not to love? I will admit, I do think the show dragged on a little teensy bit and the series finale sucks (personal opinion, if you’ve seen it before you probably know why I think that) but as an entirety, it’s so good and damn easy to get sucked into to binge watch.
My only piece of advice when watching is don’t get too attached to particular characters, they’re all bound to do something you hate at one point or another.
What are you currently watching on Netflix? Send me your suggestions so when exams finally come to an end and I find myself procrastinating yet again, I have something to watch!