by Sally Senior

Dear Sally Senior,

What should I watch on Netflix?


Sue Sophomore

Dear Sue Sophomore,

Spring break, aka binge-watching season, is near. Here are a few shows on Netflix that are sure to keep you occupied, categorized by Spring Break moods:

TFW you miss Obama: Parks and Recreation

If the uplifting theme song isn’t enough for you, the amazing actors and plot will make you want to watch this tremendous show. You will get an inside look into the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana (unfortunately, not a real city). Most importantly, you will get introduced to Leslie Knope, a misogyny-crushing, kind-hearted, hard-working gal and her friends. This show is much like The Office – there is a lot of dry humor, the characters are lovable, and the show has a total of seven seasons for you to binge watch. Pro tip: The first season is a lot different from the rest of the show (and a lot less funny in my opinion), but you could probably skip it and still understand the basic plot of the show. Parks and Rec is perfect for reminding you that government is not all bad (at least in Pawnee).

TFW your power goes out for the 2390342 time: Stranger Things

Maybe if you have been living under a rock (or don’t have a Netflix subscription, but pretty much same thing) you haven’t seen Stranger Things. But you NEED to. This show has an 80s vibe, and the episodes flow just like a movie. It’s a bit slow at first, but your time will be worth it by the end of the series. It features lovable kids, mystery solving, and Christmas lights. And surprisingly, there are more power outages than HB has. What more could you want? This show is super amazing, but super short since only the first season is out right now, so if you want something longer to watch, go for…

TFW you need critical thinking skills for your APs: Sherlock

At first, episodes that are one hour and thirty minutes long can sound daunting. Then you are following a sociopath and a retired war doctor on a criminal case that they solve using almost no clues. This show is a thriller, and you will have fun trying to uncover these mysteries yourself before Sherlock gets them. In my experience, you will not succeed. But if nothing else, you get to see Benedict Cumberbatch in a trench coat, so it’s a win-win.

TFW you feel like complaining: The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Kimmy has had it rough, but she is possibly the most positive person I know. This show is a satire on the three girls who were kidnapped and found after ten years in Cleveland, but turns out to be a pretty uplifting comedy about life in New York. Tina Fey sometimes guest stars and is one of the writers of the series, so the comedy is gold. Also, Tituss Burgess and his singing have cleared my skin, paid my bills, and finished all my homework.

TFW you need motivation: Grey’s Anatomy

If being a doctor is this exhilarating/fun and I get to make awesome friends, then I don’t care how long I have to be in school tbh. Meredith Grey and her crew navigate their residency with tremendous skill. I’ve been told heartbreak ensues, but I haven’t finished the series yet. Luckily, there are eleven seasons, so this show should be enough to keep you in bed all Spring Break. And then maybe you will be motivated to finish your Calculus homework? It’s the only way you’ll become a doctor, after all.


Sally Senior