The Most Binge-Worthy Netflix Originals

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April Carver and Miranda Palsson spend their night binge watching either Friends, The Walking Dead, or Once Upon a Time on Netflix to pass the time. Photo by Alyssa Worthington

April Carver and Miranda Palsson spend their night binge watching either Friends, The Walking Dead, or Once Upon a Time on Netflix to pass the time. Photo by Alyssa Worthington

Whether you have reached a long-awaited weekend free of plans, are looking to procrastinate on homework, or are planning a session of “Netflix and chill” with your bae, there are many great shows on Netflix to binge-watch. Besides the old standards like Friends or The Office, Netflix offers a vast array of original content to stream as well. Here are just five to get you started on your latest Netflix marathon.

Stranger ThingsStranger Things premiered last summer to universal praise from critics and audiences alike. Taking place in the 1980’s, it follows a group of small town teens and tweens unraveling a bizarre conspiracy when friends begin disappearing and a mysterious stranger with remarkable powers shows up. Student Zack Anderson says, “It makes the viewer want to know the answers to the questions that keep appearing.” In the spirit of Stephen King and Steven Spielberg, Stranger Things is equally spooky, exciting, and funny.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt– From the mind of Tina Fey comes a hilarious comedy about a young woman named Kimmy Schmidt who rediscovers life after fifteen years of being held in an underground bunker by a cult leader. Despite the dark premise, Kimmy Scmidt is actually one of the happiest, most optimistic (not to mention most hilarious) shows running today.

BoJack Horseman– This animated comedy stars Will Arnett as BoJack Horseman, a washed-up former star of a 90’s sitcom who happens to be an anthropomorphic horse. BoJack hopes to return to fame by publishing a revealing autobiography, while also dealing with agents and an on-again, off-again girlfriend. If you’re a fan of Rick and Morty or Archer, you’re sure to love this dark sitcom.

Santa Clarita Diet– Drew Barrymore stars in this horror-comedy as a realtor who discovers she is undead and develops an insatiable craving for human flesh. Weak-stomached viewers should be warned however. Says student Hannah Warden, “It’s so graphic that I often have to look away, but at the same time, I can’t stop watching.”

Black MirrorBlack Mirror is a sci-fi/horror anthology series in which each episode tells a new story with a new cast, usually satirizing society and our use of technology.  Critically acclaimed as the Twilight Zone for millennials, this show promises to give you the heebie-jeebies even as it makes you think.

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