By Troi Watts
We’ve all been there: you’ve finished the last episode of your favorite tv show on Netflix and now you don’t know where to turn. With so many tv shows to choose from, it’s hard to know what will entertain you and be binge-worthy, but no worries! Let me help you! Try out one (or all!) of these great shows available on Netflix and let the bingeing continue!
- How to Get Away with Murder
This crime drama doesn’t feature the team of cops catching the daily bad guy. Instead, we follow Annalise Keating, portrayed by Viola Davis (The Help, Suicide Squad), a top-notch defense lawyer with a troubled personal life made even more complicated when the murder of one of her husband’s students is uncovered. With the help of five of her Criminal Law 100 students, nicknamed the Keating 5, Annalise continues her regular work while gradually uncovering the truth of the student’s murder. One of the many aspects that makes this show so addictive is its use of flashbacks and flash-forwards. The pilot introduces this by showing us what is happening in the present and then using flashbacks to explain how we got there; we know what happened, but not how or why. This causes intense suspense and makes the twists even more shocking. Another noteworthy feature of How to Get Away with Murder is the fact that it doesn’t shy away from key social issues, like racism and homosexuality. If you’re tired of being able to predict how a show will progress and want a show that is current, go try How to Get Away with Murder. The first two seasons are available on Netflix and season three is currently airing on ABC.
- How I Met Your Mother
How I Met Your Mother follows the lives of five friends, with the main focus on Ted Mosby. Ted, portrayed by Josh Radnor, is a hopeless romantic on the quest to find his soul mate, the titular Mother. He is actually the one narrating the entire show to his children, which leads to some funny incidents such as Ted forgetting the names of his ex-girlfriends. How I Met Your Mother deals with real life issues like marriage, having a child, and starting a career. I wish I knew the inspiration that led writers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas to create situations involving a goat attacking Ted, a mouse-cockroach combo invading his apartment, and the puzzling pineapple incident. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Go watch all nine seasons of How I Met Your Mother on Netflix. (But beware of the final episodes, Parts 1 & 2, seeing as it leaves most fans feeling betrayed and ripped off because of how it left the main characters. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.)
- One Tree Hill
One Tree Hill showcases the relationship that develops between brothers Lucas Scott, played by Chad Michael Murray (A Cinderella Story, Freaky Friday) and Nathan Scott, played by James Lafferty. When Lucas’s talent is discovered and he is placed on the high school basketball team, conflict ensues with his half-brother Nathan, the original star of the team. This show may be classified as a drama, but it’s not like the usual dramas that you hear girls squealing about all the time. The main conflicts of One Tree Hill come from family issues, not relationship drama. Father-son issues are in the spotlight, with Dan Scott having abandoned Lucas, but demonstrating how proud he is of the only one he considers his son, Nathan. The setting of a high school basketball scene adds another interesting twist to the show. Actions are given more consequences and tensions are more palpable on the court. Dramas aren’t for everyone, but this is not a run-of-the-mill TV drama. Embrace your inner Hoosier and check out all nine seasons of this basketball-driven show on Netflix.
- Agents of SHIELD
Marvel fans, rejoice! Now you have something to watch while you wait on the latest movie to be released. Agents of SHIELD gives viewers a detailed look into the operations of the organization introduced (formally) in Iron Man 2. After the events of the first Avengers movie, Agent Phil Colson, played by Clark Gregg, assembles a special team to handle the new extraterrestrial problems the world faces. This show has all the fight scenes and explosions associated with superheroes, for all you action fans out there. Another really cool aspect of the show is how it continually ties into the Marvel movies. For instance, after the events of Thor: The Dark World (2013), the team has to go to Greenwich to clean up the mess left behind by the battle. Other times the show introduces new aspects of the Marvel universe, such as the Inhumans. It’s even been suggested that some of the show’s characters will appear in future Marvel movies. If you’re getting restless waiting for the next Phase 3 movie to come out, kill some time catching up on the first three season of Agents of SHIELD on Netflix. Season four will air this fall on ABC.
- The Originals
If you want realistic vampires, try out The Originals. This spinoff series of The Vampire Diaries follows the exploits of the original vampire family. When Klaus Mikaelson, portrayed by Joseph Morgan (Immortals), learns that he is going to be a father, he rushes to New Orleans to protect the mother-to-be and take back the city that he ruled in the 1920s. Following him are his brother, Elijah, and sister, Rebecca, who all just want to live normal lives and seize the new opportunities the baby will bring. While the storyline may seem like a lot to digest, you don’t need to have seen The Vampire Diaries (also available on Netflix) to understand it. This show finds a good balance between all the common vampire lore. These vampires don’t sparkle and aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty. Beheadings and ripping out hearts are common occurrences throughout the show. Also, these vampires have deeper issues that allow them to develop and learn as the show progresses, which keeps things interesting. Full of historical flashbacks and intense situations, the first two seasons (with season 3 probably close behind) of The Originals are available on Netflix with the fourth season set to premiere on the CW in January 2017.