Written by Kristen Davis. Media by Madison Moran.
It’s 3:45 p.m. Your classes are done for the day, and there’s multiple assignments to complete for tomorrow. It’s obviously time for Netflix!
If you’re like me, you can’t just sit down and watch one show–you have to finish the episode you were forced to pause so that you wouldn’t be late to your 11:00am class, and then you obviously have to watch 3 more episodes before beginning your homework. Netflix has caught on to the trend of college students completing 5 seasons of one show in 2 weeks and has therefore taken action to supply the demand for their customers.
Netflix has developed their own series in efforts to continue providing entertainment to the generation of people who live vicariously through the lives of characters such as Piper Chapman (Orange is the New Black), Michael Bluth (Arrested Development), and Francis and Claire (House of Cards). These shows are shorter and not as well known as some of the other shows promoted on both Netflix and regular TV channels. However, due to Netflix’s attempt to create more original shows on their website, they have allowed more options for their viewers.
The shows created also cater to a wide range of interests. For example, Orange is the New Black was such a big hit when the first season dropped on Netflix. I can distinctly remember my friends planning their evenings around a two hour block of time in which they gathered around a laptop in my friend’s dorm room to engage in the story of Piper Chapman as she leaves her life in New York to pay her time in a woman’s prison. The other fascinating detail about these new Netflix series is the awards that they have received. Orange is the New Black received a dozen Emmy awards and Arrested Development received an Emmy as well.
All of this to say, if you’re searching for a new show to watch on Netflix, the Netflix originals may not be as bad as you think. Some suggestions for shows to try out would be Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Bloodline, the newest season (third season) of House of Cards, and of course Orange is the New Black and Arrested Development (as referenced earlier). Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt seems to be the most popular new Netflix sitcom compared to the other options due to the fun-loving, innocent mindset of Kimmy, a young woman who has been imprisoned by a cult for the last 15 years and decides to move to New York the minute they release her. In general, give the Netflix shows a shot! After all, you are procrastinating your homework anyway. What’s another hour?