Posted On July 10, 2014 By In Television

5 Series to Watch on Netflix Before You Go Back To School (If You Haven’t Already)


1. Breaking Bad

Honestly, if you haven’t watched a single episode of Breaking Bad at this point, then you’re probably living under a rock.  I have this at the top of the list for a reason.  Those of you who have not jumped on on the Heisenberg train yet need to.  Now.  This show starts off a little slow, but the interest in the storyline will quickly start to grow as the seemingly innocent Walter White begins to morph himself into the character that he ends up being at the end of the series.  The numerous supporting characters and side stories are what make this series so damn interesting, and will keep you on the edge of your seat for the entire time that you indulge yourself.  Trust me.  If you’re looking to waste hours and hours of your precious time on a show before you head back to school and actually have stuff to do, then Breaking Bad is the way to do it.

Binge watch rating: 8/10

2. Orange Is the New Black

Only two seasons up so far, should be easy to get through them in a week or so.  That might mean that you have to find another show to get you through the rest of the summer, but oh well.  Orange Is the New Black is the newest show made only for Netflix that everyone is talking about.  I originally thought that I wasn’t going to enjoy it, given the fact that it kind of looks like a romantic comedy from the way Netflix presents it.  However, I soon found out that after a couple episodes, the story takes some unexpected turns that make my initial assessment seem foolish to say the least.  If you’re looking for something deep, dark, and sometimes funny (in a weird sort of way) then #OITNB is the perfect show to hit up before getting back on campus.

Binge watch rating: 7/10

3. Trailer Park Boys

The episodes are short, the story is perfectly dumb, and the antics are unending.  A Canadian show about some dudes that get out of prison and are selected to have a documentary team follow them around and film their readjustment to normal life on the outside chronicles nothing short of the most outrageous and Canadian accent filled stupidity and debauchery ever to be captured on camera.  You have to watch it to believe it.

Binge watch rating: 10/10


4. Louie

Louis CK plays himself as he tries to capture the essence of his existence.  That basically sums it up.  The awkward situations never seem to end, and the stand up segments that separate the different phases of each episode are absolutely hilarious.  If you like Louis CK and his comedy, then this is the perfect show to watch for hours and hours on end without feeling bad about it.  Ok, maybe a little.  You probably should get up and do something at some point.

Binge watch rating: 7/10


5. House of Cards

Intellectual, fast-paced, slick, and horrifyingly realistic are the words and hyphenated phrases that I would apply to the description of House of Cards, another made-for-Netflix series that just released it’s second season in February.  Kevin Spacey plays a South Carolina congressman that is planning to make his way to the top of the political ladder in Washington someday, and is determined to do it by any means necessary.  His performance is outstanding, and his character is absolutely ruthless.  This show makes me never want to know what actually goes on in D.C. to get things done.

Binge watch rating: 8/10

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Corben is a 20-year-old Twitter addict that hates Facebook now that his parents - and grandparents - are on it. He classifies himself politically as a Libertarian and actually runs a (small) political blog with his friend from high school, which can be viewed here. He enjoys rap music, porters, Parks and Recreation, and lacrosse. Someday he hopes to retire to the woods somewhere in eastern Tennessee to live out the rest of his days in peace, but for now living with his parents while they pay for college is just going to have to do.