|This always happens|
By Lilian Safon
We can no longer hide from the truth. Sure, classes may have ended, and finals are coming up, but we all know that sooner or later we’re all going to give in. We are going to waste precious hours that we need for studying. We are going to procrastinate. And, let’s face it, we’re going to keep our papers up on our computer screens just to make us feel like we’re being productive.
This is the age we live in – the age of binge watching, the act of endlessly watching back-to-back episodes of random TV shows just to feel like we’re accomplishing something without actually doing any work. No? Just me? Well, at the very least, many people will turn to TV shows over the next two weeks in order to have just a few minutes to decompress. So we thought we’d save you a few steps – here are our recommendations for shows that are streaming online. You know, to make your binge watching as effective as possible.
American Horror Story: This show is pretty much an ode to classic American scary stories. And now that I have finally got over my paralyzing fear and finished the first season, so now I want everyone to suffer through, I mean, enjoy it as much as I did. Plus, Jessica Lange is seriously brilliant.
How I Met Your Mother: The endless tale of how a man finally meets the love of his life. Or, at least the mother of his children. Prime for binge watching, mainly because Friends won’t be added to Netflix until January.
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The 100: A futuristic dystopian show with the optimal formula for binge watching: a premise that is both interesting and emotional enough without hitting you too strongly with heavy drama. Plus a group of dynamic (and attractive) characters, including some kick ass female characters who are leaders and never just the overly-qualified sidekick and flawed while never being vilified. And Bob Morley, who plays Bellamy Blake, is reason enough to keep clicking the “next episode” button.
BoJack Horseman: This is a show about a former sitcom star that is now washed up and living a life that is anything but glamorous. Oh, and he’s a horse-man.
Veep: A half-hour long comedy about the Vice President of the United States (played by the fabulous Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and her dysfunctional staff. Political knowledge is not necessary, just an appreciation for crude humor.
Silicon Valley: Another half-hour long comedy about a group of college drop-outs trying to make it in Northern California’s burgeoning tech industry. There’s only been one eight episode-long season, perfect for guilt-free binging.
Sex and the City: Because if you haven’t watched the entire series yet, you’re doing it wrong.
True Blood: While certainly silly and outrageous, it’s the perfect sex-filled, vampire-centered guilty pleasure you’ll ever need. Also Alexander Skarsgard and Joe Manganiello are often shirtless: what more do you need during finals week?
THROUGHOUT THE WEB
Over the Garden Wall: A cartoon of two brothers who are trying to get out of a strange land and finally home. Voice actors include Elijah Wood and Melanie Lynskey (!!!).
Lilian Safon is a junior at Barnard College and a staff writer for The Nine Ways of Knowing