Seven Shows to Binge-Watch this Spring Break
Spring break is approaching, and we all know what that means ... more time for Netflix.
Should we probably use this time to be active and productive? Sure. But let’s be honest with ourselves: we could all use a break from work and have an addictive TV show to enjoy. To help you out with where to start — because Netflix has a seemingly endless sea of options — the Be Well team compiled their favorites.
Katie — Parks and Recreation
Parks and Recreation is my all-time favorite show because I think we can all relate to the main character, Leslie Knope, on some level. Every episode has me literally laughing out loud, and the plot is deep enough that it'll keep you watching one episode after another.
Cassie — New Girl
If I’m looking for a good laugh and/or day brightener, New Girl is my go-to. The series highlights everyday humor in the characters’ lives, which is abundant when a quirky, full-of-life female has three male roommates. Jessica Day, the main character, is my spirit animal, and her relationship with her roommates is #goals. Watching the show has me wishing I could move out to California and be their roommate too.
Chaney — Stranger Things
My favorite show to binge-watch is Stranger Things. It all started last year when one of my roommates was watching an episode in our living room. I caught the last 20 minutes of the episode and was hooked. The confusion and suspense that each episode produced left me with an eager desire to watch more! I canceled the rest of my plans for the day and stayed up until 2 a.m. to binge the entire season. I didn’t continue that pattern when the second season came out, but I did watch in it about a week.
Kyleigh — Grey’s Anatomy
With the help of 14 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy, I’d argue that I’m pretty much qualified enough to be a General Surgeon, though I might need to re-watch some to perform neurosurgery. Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital feels just as much like my home as my actual house does. The cast is practically family. If you’re looking for a show where you’ll connect with the characters, share in their wins and cry a lot, Grey’s is for you.
Michelle — The Good Place
“Welcome! Everything is fine.” In this show, Eleanor Shellstrop wakes up to find she’s in the afterlife. Luckily, she’s made it to The Good Place. Unluckily, she definitely wasn’t meant to be there. This series is super funny and quirky and even throws in some ethics lessons. You can watch the whole first season on Netflix, but the second season you’ll have to find on nbc.com. And trust me, after that season finale, you’ll want to.
Julia — Vampire Diaries
This show is so easy to binge-watch. It’s one of those stupidly-cheesy, indulgent shows that you know isn’t quality television, but you love it (and love to hate it) anyway. It has the perfect mix of romance and over-the-top, dramatic plot twists, and it'll bring you back to your middle school Twilight phase. (For the record, The Good Place was my first choice, but Michelle stole it.)
Jack — The Office
Ever since I started watching the show in high school, NBC’s "The Office" has been my go-to whenever I need to unwind (and cringe a little). The characters are delightful, the dialogue is strong, and I love the awkward, second-hand embarrassment. Whether I’m watching Michael hit Meredith with his car, Jim and Pam being Jim and Pam, or even Dwight’s fire safety drills, I can’t help but fall in love with this beautiful little office. You can watch all nine seasons (or just seasons two through seven, for the show at its best) on Netflix.
So, if you find yourself with some downtime this break, give one or more of these shows a try. After all your hard work so far this semester, you deserve it.
Be well, Auburn.
Photography: Chanah F.