Quick Picks for Netflix

By Krishna Varre

Privileged Americans struggle with major disadvantages each day; I am not referring to hunger or poverty. I’m talking about real “first world problems.” For example, when a person wants to start watching a TV show, but doesn’t want to start mid season.

Until recently, viewers have been at the mercy of television channels, having to either start a show half-way through the story or catch up on previous episodes at obscure hours. But with Netflix’s addition of the instant queue, we can watch entire seasons of a show in one shot. Whether it’s on your TV with your family or on your laptop when you’re really supposed to be doing homework, Netflix’s instant queue is readily available.

But now a new monstrous problem has surfaced. The question is no longer how can I watch the shows I want to watch; the question is what shows should I watch.  Netflix viewers are crippled by the over abundance of choice.  Netflix has an arsenal of TV shows, some of them completely awesome while others are… not so great. And the list, well it’s daunting. Choosing which show to watch is truly an impossible task.

On the contrary, I know what is and isn’t worth your time on Netflix, considering that I am a procrastinating teenager that spends most of his time on Netflix. Got an hour but don’t know how to spend it? Spend it watching these fantastic shows.

Scrubs:

Scrubs is your classic medical comedy. The show, predominantly following the antics of Dr. John Dorian (JD), entails the daily life of a series of doctors and nurses in a hospital. From the über sassy Chief of Medicine Dr. Cox to the quirky “janitor,” each character is… well… just plain old crazy. I assure you when watching this show, you will never find a dull moment. Even in the “serious” episodes, there is always something humorous going on. Between the vivid daydreams of JD and the witty banter, there are just too many jokes in Scrubs to even talk about.  You just have to watch it!

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The Walking Dead:

To be honest, when I heard about this show, I thought it was a really stupid concept. It seemed just like any other zombie apocalypse show to get the public riled up with the 2012 scare (again). Turns out it’s not. Yes there is quite a bit of gore and violence and the zombies are kind of gross, but the show is more than just testosterone pumping action: the story line is more geared towards character development. By the second episode you’ll pick favorites: which characters you hate, which characters you love, and which ones you think are just cool. But don’t get too attached to these characters: the show is infamous for brutally killing off fan-favorites.

Sherlock:

This show is brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. Easily one of the most amazing shows I’ve ever seen. Basically the show is a modern rendition of the classic Sherlock Holmes stories with Sherlock being a “consulting detective” to Scotland Yard and Watson, a recovering army doctor.  This revamped Sherlock Holmes is nothing like your normal Holmes. In simple terms, he is an arrogant jerk devoid of any social skills. However, he is ingenious. Like any Sherlock Holmes portrayal, he brings to light overlooked details with his unfathomable accumulation of knowledge — all with the intent of making you feel inferior. If you watch this show (and I recommend that you do), be prepared to feel stupid, because the mysteries seem so obvious, yet so elusive.  After the first half-hour, you will be hooked.

How I Met Your Mother:

No comments needed: it features Neil Patrick Harris.

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 Downton Abbey:

I never really got into this one, but my mom and sister are hooked. The show is most popular among the ladies as it’s one of those historical dramas (eh). Set in Britain around World War I, it follows the daily life of the Crawley household. I can tell you that the acting and the story are phenomenal (as proven by the countless awards it has won) and that it one of the more interesting dramas that is available to you on TV/Netflix.

Of course these aren’t the only shows available on Netflix. There are hundreds of fantastic shows just waiting to be discovered.  Now our largest problem is finding time to watch all of these shows. Maybe that history report could just hold off another day then…

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