BDP’s Top 5 Binge-worthy Netflix Shows

Monday, April 27th, 2020

Written by: Elizabeth Offerosky

As we continue to practice social distancing, being at home can start to feel like a boring chore; however, this is the prime time to sit down and binge watch shows. Life can be pretty exhausting for those who are struggling to keep up with online classes or work, so we want to give you the opportunity to unwind. We, at Blue Devil Productions, have created a list of the top 5 binge-worthy television shows on Netflix that will keep you plenty occupied during quarantine.

5. Atypical

This Netflix Original show first released in 2011 and it currently on finishing is final season, season 4, which will be released in 2021. It is a comedy/drama that focuses on 18-year-old Sam Gardner, who has autism spectrum disorder. Despite having several social setbacks, Sam is determined to find a girlfriend and apply for a college. While his dad, Doug Gardner, is in full support of Sam’s endeavors, his protective mother, Elsa Gardner tires to reel him back in. The first 3 seasons show the complicated family dynamic of the Gardners as well as Sam’s search for adventure. It is an engaging show that, although very funny, has deep and powerful messages.

While some have critiqued the first season by saying that the representation of autism spectrum disorder was not entirely accurate, I would argue that it’s a better representation than other films or shows out there. Atypical is an inspiring and thoughtful show. It demonstrates how anyone can make big strides in life, no matter who that individual is.

Most episodes are fairly short, so it is an easy show to finish in a short period of time. So, if you are in to comedy, drama, and feel-good vibes, then this is a good show to binge.

4. You

Another Netflix Original, You first released in 2018 and is based off of Caroline Kepnes’s novel, You. It released its second season in 2019 and has been renewed for a third season that will come out sometime in 2021. You follows serial killer Joe Goldberg, a bookstore manager, who falls in love with a customer named Guinevere Beck. This love quickly turns in a toxic obsession where Joe stops at nothing in order to get with her. It is a deeply intense show, and not much else can be said about the plot without spoiling it.

Fans of this show find themselves both loving and hating Joe. You find yourself eventually feeling sympathy for a cold-blooded killer. Season 2 is especially well done, with a plot twist at the end that comes out of nowhere. This show is for the people who like crime drama, toxic love plots, and serial killers. Although there are only 2 seasons, each episode runs for about 50 minutes, making it worth your time.

3. Black Mirror

Black Mirror is a British science fiction anthology series that first released in 2011. Currently, it has 5 seasons on Netflix, as well as its interactive tv-movie: Bandersnatch. Each episode has a different story; however, the technological theme remains the same. Most episodes are of alternate realities that are set far into the future. In most cases, the technology that the characters interact with become their ultimate downfall. Not all episodes are dark. Some are more experimental and satirical. The ones that are darker, give the audience a warning about the dangers of developing technology.

Black Mirror is overall a creative show that contains unique and entertaining stories. It is a series that really makes you think about the world around us. Each season has about 4 to 5 episodes; however, each episode runs a little longer than an hour. Actors such as Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana), Anthony Mackie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), and Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World) have made appearances in the series.

2. American Horror Story

Here is a show for you horror fans out there. American Horror Story or AHS is a horror anthology series that first released on FX in 2011 with Murder House. There are currently 9 seasons, however, a season 10 is in production. Each season has its own story that ultimately has a beginning, middle, and end. While some of the stories intertwine, there is ultimately no continuous theme. Murder House, the first season, follows the Harmons when they move into a restored mansion. The family soon finds out that the mansion is filled with ghosts of anyone who has died on the property.

AHS is a rather intense show and is one of the few horror series that actually conveys good and intense horror. While the show is not necessarily terrifying, some of the imagery and thematic elements are unsettling. It is a very easy show to get hooked into. Most episodes end on a cliff hanger, which begs the audience to watch more. Most seasons have a lot of subplots going on around the main plot, which can be both good and bad. Overall, AHS is a very engaging and fun show with a great cast of actors who are commonly seen throughout the entire series.

1. The Good Place

The Good Place is a comedy series that first aired on NBC in 2016. It has 3 seasons up on Netflix but ended with its fourth and final season in 2020. This show follows Eleanor Shellstrop who arrives in the afterlife. She is welcomed by Michael who introduces her to the “heaven-like” utopia that surrounds her. Eleanor quickly realizes that she was sent to The Good Place by mistake because of how awful of a person she was when she was living. In her attempts to becomes a better person, she asks her fellow Good Place neighbors for help. While this plot seems silly, it actually makes for a brilliant and hilarious show. It is highly engaging and actually has a ton of unexpected plot twists. Along with that, The Good Place also has a lot of positive messages about friendship and ethical decision making. Each character has their individual quirks that help make the show even more cohesive. Overall, it’s a pretty wholesome show. If you are aching for a good laugh, this is this right show for you.

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