5 things to binge on Netflix

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

With summer in full swing, it's officially binge watching season and to help your Netflix endeavors I've decided to present a list of the Netflix recommendations that have kept my hooked. I know that by now we all have long, daunting 'lists' to get through but adding these 5 shows and movies to your list will make it ten times better.

A lot of these things have already been raved about, but I'm here to cement the cinematic importance of each.

The Get Down

 

Oh, the Get Down. I normally wouldn't recommend canceled shows to people as I know how frustrating it is to not know how the story ends. When I recently found out that Netflix wasn't going to continue carrying this series I was devastated- Part II of the series left on a good note but still there were a lot of loose ends. However, for what it's worth, the story that we do get to see is worth every second. The Get Down is set in the late 1970s when disco slowly lost its buzz and hip-hop rose in New York. The story line follows a group of young Black and Hispanic teens struggling through their love of South Bronx and their dream to get out of it. Their pride, goals, and integrity are constantly questioned as they navigate the dangerous and unsure atmosphere around them through music, dance, and love. The Get Down will move you.

Jane the Virgin



Jane the Virgin is a hilarious take on a very modern day family. A CW show, Jane the Virgin is shot through the lens of a telenovela. Jane's story starts off as she is artificially inseminated at a trip to the gyno. From there Jane and her family are catapulted into a life of drama, suspense, and diapers as a dodgy hotel deals unfold and a love triangle make things complicated. It's definitely worth the time and will make you laugh! (As an extra bonus: It doesn't hurt that it exposes you to Spanish if you are currently in classes like me.) 

Clown


Clown is the only movie that's gonna be on this list. It's also the only thing with horror involved so beware. Clown starts off lighthearted. Basic, white American family planning a birthday party for their only son? Nothing can go wrong, right? Well, the son is obsessed with clowns. Unfortunately, the clown they hired for the event called off the day of. The dad, a well-meaning real estate entrepreneur, happened to come across an abandoned clown costume in one of his properties and decided to dress up and bring back spirits. Little did he know that the suit was cursed. I don't want to blow too many details but basically, don't watch this at night or alone.

Riverdale


Riverdale! Call me basic, but I'm obsessed with this show. When it aired on the CW, I was away for college so I couldn't tune in. Riverdale was the first thing I binged as when school came to an end and boy am I glad. Riverdale is a modern day take on the Archie comics and it encompasses the whole gang with a few tweaks here and there. Josie and the Pussycats even make a few cameos. The story starts off with Veronica and her mother moving to the small town in order to escape scandal. Instead, they step right in the middle of it. When Roni makes her appearance, Riverdale is still shaken by the Blossom murder and suspicions are riding high. Naturally, the iconic foursome- involving Veronica, Betty, Archie, and Jug Head forms- forms to bring to light the real culprit of the murder and the story follows their lives while doing so. I sincerely can't wait until the next season.

Dear White People



Last, but certainly not least, Dear White People. I have no doubt that you've all heard of this one considering it caused major controversy all of the internet. Of course, if you judge a show by its title and you also refuse to look at the world through eyes unlike your own, the show and its title will rub you the wrong way. However, if not this show is for you. Being a black person in America is hard, but it's ten times harder if you are a college student at a PWI and Dear White People showcases our struggles masterfully. The one thing that I love the most about this show is that they don't typecast us. It shows Black people coming together as a whole through the Black Student Union, but it also showcases the individual. The jock, the pretty girl, the nerd, the African, the SJW, and the token- Dear White People makes sure to showcase that all Black People are not same. Even so, when scandal ensues as a frat throws a Black Face Party, the crew struggles to fight against the stereotypes as their voices get drowned out by the majority and written off as nonsensical complaining. Dear White People is not only for Black People, in fact, that's the point of the show. (I was actually put on to this by a Latina friend of mine.) Dear White People is for everyone and, the way I see it, the only reason why a person would be rubbed the wrong way by this show is if they are doing something wrong.

Anyway, those are the 5 Netflix recommendations that I always make! I personally found all of these things super enjoyable to watch. Let me know if you have any recommendations.

Until next time,

Victoria xx

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