A $7.99 Spring Break
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Let’s be honest with ourselves a lot of us have an exciting Spring Break to Cancun or California or even Canada planned out but the rest of us, especially college students, are just glad for the break from tedious teachers, horrifically long hours of homework and group projects that reek of a either picking up the slack of others or praying for invisibility and an A.
For those of us who aren’t traveling any farther than their beds this break here is a gift to you.
As we all know for the low price of 7.99 a month you and friends can binge watch a mix of original productions and all the ghosts of television shows cancelled and seasons passed on a website called Netflix. Now don’t be fooled by its fairly simplistic user interface Netflix can be a labyrinth when it wants to. So think of me as your friendly guide, let start the tour.
Now Netflix is essentially divided into movies and television shows. I, however, am going to start with the one thing us stereotypical millennial love most: nostalgia. Some of our childhoods greatest hit are on here including Spy Kids 1-3, all of the Power Rangers up until now and even 4 seasons of the Magic School Bus (if that’s your thing). Also some of our favorite Disney movies are on here including The Chronicles of Narnia, Tarzan, Lilo and Stitch, High School Musical 1 and 2, The Cheetah Girls, Sky High, and even new favorites like Zootopia, the new Jungle Book and Finding Dory. All you have to do is type in Disney into the search engine and let the Magical Kingdom whisk you away.
Speaking of things that might tickle your imagination, Netflix is equipped with superheroes galore. I’m talking about shows and movies like, Captain America Civil War, Young Justice, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, The Batman. Other shows that are more recent are The Flash, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl. What I am most excited for this March is the show Iron Fist. This break gives you a perfect chance to catch up on the other pieces of the superhero group called The Defenders. You can spend your time watch the other members Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.
If you are one of our more distinguished readers with an itch for drama and mystery as a certified movie lover I recommend the following in very large binge worthy doses: Shameless, Luther, Sherlock, Leverage, Gossip Girl, The Get Down, Frontier, Black Mirror, and Bates Motel. And for when you are feeling more mystical there is a more supernatural end of the spectrum there lies shows like Supernatural, The 100, The Magicians, The Shannara Chronicles, Merlin, and Dark Matter, but of course what’s a show without sharing. So when you finally venture into your shared living space carve some time out with others to binge shows like House, Parenthood, NCIS, Criminal Minds, How I Met Your Mother, and Person of Interest.
The last stop on this tour is Comedy. I’m talking about your sitcoms, you stand-ups and everything in-between. While a lot of the shows previously mention may contain minor comedy these not only majored in it but also graduated Sum Cum Laude. In the killer stand-up department we have the works of Illiza Shlesinger, Kevin Hart, Trevor Noah, John Mulaney, Anjelah Johnson, Donald Glover, Louie CK, Eddie Murphy, Katherine Ryan and Cristela Alonzo. There is no shortage of stand-up gold on this platform. And if stand-ups aren’t your speed spin offs/reboots like One Day at a Time and Fuller House or classics like The Office and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Some other options are Grace and Frankie, Real Husbands of Hollywood, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Lovesick but, if that still isn’t your speed we can downshift to movies. Legendary flicks like White Chicks and Chicago are always on the radar with a cool mix of rom-coms like Two Weeks Notice and new comers like A Fundamentals of Caring. These among many others are waiting for you as well as your bed.
For those of you with more expensive taste and a true impatience there is always Hulu. For that I always recommend the Mindy Project. If you are even fancier than that and have Amazon Prime a) I tip my hat to you and b) I recommend a little show called The Man in the High Castle. And for those of you who are just the faux fanciest of them all with your HBO (let’s be real there is a 1 month free trial you’re not that fancy) there are a number of great shows Last Week Tonight with John Oliver for the news, Game of Thrones for your one stop drama needs and Insecure if you want a real laugh or insight into my mind.
This is where our tour ends and your break full of magic, mayhem, suspense, strange, astonishment and amusement begin. Go off and be merry.