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The Art of Netflix Streaming During Quarantine

by Macayla Temple

In between TV shows? Need a way to fill the void between wake-up time and bedtime? Binge-watch some of these award-worthy shows to make the next 14 days fly by.

Thankfully, Netflix has an abundance of shows and movies fit for even the pickiest of streamers. You’ve probably watched all of the “trending now” on your Netflix home screen, so here is a list of top picks that you might not have considered:

Family-Friendly Fun

Green Eggs and Ham (1 Season)
This family comedy, starring Michael Douglas and Adam Devine, is based on the classic Dr. Seuss book but with a twist. These two very unlikely friends will go to great lengths to save a new feathery friend.

A Series of Unfortunate Events (3 Seasons)
Based on the book series by Lemony Snicket, this Netflix show follows the lives of the Baudelaire orphans as they are hounded by Count Olaf, portrayed Neil Patrick Harris, who’s only goal is to steal the Baudelaire fortune

Shows That Are Mind-FUC*$

You (2 Seasons)
Hey, you. I see you’re looking for a new show to watch, but not just any show. There’s a lot of shows out there, but you’re reading about this one. You is a psychological thriller that will leave you wondering “How did I not see this coming?” with its many twists, turns, and manipulations.

The Sinner (2 Seasons)
Not all murders are committed out of cold blood. Maybe there’s a deeper reason. A small-town murder stirs up a media frenzy but also catches the eye of a detective with a troubling past.

Mindhunter (2 Seasons)
What makes a murderer? Follow the careers of FBI agents Ford and Tench as they develop the modern-profiling methods while interviewing America’s most heinous serial killers. 

Maniac (1 Season)
Both seeking a revolutionary drug that can repair the brain, Emma Stone and Jonah Hill star as two clinical study participants. Annie, Owen, and 10 other people partake in a three-day drug trial; unfortunately, the trial begins to fall apart.

Blood Ride (1 Season) 
A Norwegian series that combines horror with dark Scandinavian humor, setting each episode in its own obscure, twisted world.

Laugh-Out-Loud Comedies

Santa Clarita Diet (3 Seasons)
Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant star as married realtors, Sheila and Joel, who live peacefully with their daughter in Santa Clarita, California. Things take a turn for the weird, when Sheila starts to go through some abnormal changes.

F is for Family (3 Seasons)
Inspired by the life of stand-up comic Bill Burr, this comedy set in the 1970s follows Frank Murphy, an irritable veteran who lives in the suburbs with his wife and kids. Get a little nostalgic by celebrating all things 1970s with this comedy.

The End of the F***ing World (2 Seasons)
Psychopath meets teenage angst in the dark comedy. James and Alyssa meet and have two very different outlooks on life: James is always plotting to kill Alyssa, while Alyssa wants to marry James. The couple gets into a load of trouble along their rebellious path to see Alyssa’s estranged father.

Big Mouth (3 Seasons)
Puberty. That was rough, but too bad we didn’t have this comedy to normalize the changes we were going through. Big Mouth is a raunchy comedy that has all of your favorite stand-up comics like John Mulaney, Nick Kroll, Maya Rudolph and Jordan Peele. ***Not suitable for children even though it’s a cartoon***

TV Hits Turned Netflix Binge-Watches

Breaking Bad (5 Seasons)
Life can’t get much worse for high-school chemistry teacher Walter White, but once he learns that he is faced with a terminal illness, he tries to find a way to help his family financially. Sounds pretty typical, right? Wrong. He begins to make meth.

Penny Dreadful (3 Seasons, 1 Spin-Off Show Coming Soon)
Ever wondered what creatures lurked around the dark corners of Victorian London? See classic literary characters, like Frankenstein and Dorian Gray, take a new life as they join Sir Malcom, Vanessa Ives, and Ethan Chandler, in the hunt for the creatures that took Sir Malcom’s daughter.

Sherlock (4 Seasons)
In this contemporary version of the Sherlock Holmes tales, Dr. Watson is a war veteran, who just returned home from his service in Afghanistan. After advertising for a flatmate, Dr. Watson meets the brilliant, but eccentric, Holmes, who serves as a consultant to Scotland Yard.

Girl Power

Cable Girls (5 Seasons)
This Spanish drama series follows the ladies, known as “cable girls,” as their work begins to represent something more: social progress. See these women’s different takes on relationships, family, and progress during the 1920 in Madrid, Spain.

The Crown (3 Seasons)
This award-winning Netflix-original drama accounts the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s to modern day. Catch an inside look into her reign from the time she took the throne at 25 to the 20th century where she deals with secrecies, romances, and political rivalries.

Jessica Jones (3 Seasons)
Marvel fans everywhere will rejoice for this dark character. Jessica Jones is not the typical Marvel character; she is not concerned with saving the world, rather, she just wants to keep her apartment and get through her day. This ex superhero is now a detective who finds a strange connection between the cases coming to her desk.

How to Get Away with Murder (6 Seasons)
ABC has really outdone itself with this show. Viola Davis stars as a defense-law professor who teaches the class “How to Get Away with Murder”. She picks the brightest students to help her with her cases as a criminal defense attorney, but truths begin to surface that test everyone’s limits and reveal dark secrets.

Action-Packed

Altered Carbon (2 Seasons)
When you think of the future, what does it look like? This dystopian, sci-fi series is a glimpse at one of the many possibilities. People are now able to live forever in a different sleeve, but with that being said, their burdens and secrets follow them. Follow Takeshi Kovacs as he is tasked with solving a murder that goes far beyond what anyone thought possible.

The Umbrella Academy (1 Season)
One day, 43 infants were mysteriously born to random women across the globe who were not pregnant the day before. Sir Reginald Hargreeves, who creates the Umbrella Academy, adopts seven of the children and trains them to use their remarkable abilities to save the world. However, the family disbands until they all receive news that their father has passed away. The mysterious death pulls the children together, but the looming apocalypse is set on tearing them apart. 

Looking Ahead

Netflix changes its shows and movies frequently, so mark your calendar for these shows coming to the service in April!

April 1

Nailed It! (Season 4) — Cooking series
Community (Seasons 1 through 6)
Kim’s Convenience (Season 4) — Canadian comedy series
Man Like Mobeen (Season 3) — British comedy series
Sunderland ‘Til I Die (Season 2) — Docu-series covering the British soccer team

April 3

Nicky Jam: El Ganador (Season 1) — Docu-series about the life and career of Nicky Jam
Starbeam (Season 1) — Animated kids superhero series

April 6

The Big Show Show (Season 1) — Reality show about WWE star and raising three daughters

April 7

Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020 (Part 3) — Japanese reality series

April 8

Hi Score Girl (Season 2) — Continuation of an anime series
The Circle: France (Season 1) — Regional variant of The Circle

April 10

Brews Brothers (Season 1) — Comedy series about two brothers brewing beer together

April 15

The Innocence Files (Limited Series) — True crime docu-series
Outer Banks (Season 1) — Teen soap drama

April 16

Fary: Hexagone (Season 2) — French stand-up comedy series
Fauda (Season 3) — Israeli action series

April 17

#blackAF (Season 1) — Sitcom about Kenya Barris’s life
Too Hot to Handle (Season 1) — Reality series

April 20

Cooked with Cannabis (Season 1) — Cooking series
The Midnight Gospel (Season 1) — Adult animated series from the creator of Adventure Time

April 22

Win the Wilderness (Season 1) — British reality series

April 23

The House of Flowers (Season 3) — The final season of the Spanish series

April 24

After Life (Season 2) — Comedy series
Hello Ninja (Season 2) — Animated kids’ series

April 26

The Last Kingdom (Season 4) — Drama series

April 27

Never Have I Ever (Season 1) — Comedy series for teens

April 29

Extracurricular (Season 1) — South Korean drama
Summertime (Season 1) — Italian teen drama series
Time to Eat with Nadiya (Season 1) — Cooking series

April 30

Biohackers (Season 1) — German thriller series
The Victim’s Game (Season 1) — Mandarin thriller series

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