Five Netflix shows to binge watch instead of putting your heart into the work
Determined to start the semester off strong by staying focused on your studies? Not if Netflix has anything to say about it.
Find yourself with free time, and the streaming service becomes your best friend.
Find yourself close to missing a deadline, and you’ll wish you could exit out of the show on your screen. Even if you manage to barricade yourself on Hunt Library’s quiet floor, there’s still opportunity for distraction if your laptop is connected to the Internet. Behind social media, Netflix may be a college student’s biggest foe when it comes to academics.
Going beyond Netflix’s popular originals like House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black, here are five shows on Netflix to watch when you should be doing something else.
Seasons on Netflix: 6
Number of Episodes: 120
Time Wasted: 3 days, 14 hours, 52 minutes
Number of round trips you could have driven to Pittsburgh International Airport: 58
Take the plunge down the hatch with Jack and Kate to find a way off of this show’s mysterious island. Sometimes more baffling than The Island itself are its seemingly hostile inhabitants, The Others. The show will no doubt keep you wanting to know more about these elusive people and their origins in the most remote spot on Earth. From smoke monsters to secret codes and hydrogen bombs, Lost’s creator, J..J. Abrams, puts his characters through it all. Although the show raises many questions about the island, its finale, which aired in 2010, may leave you asking even more. Nevertheless, Lost’s unpredictable storyline and well-rounded characters will force you to move on to the next episode even when you know your project group mates can’t afford you to.
Seasons on Netflix: 8
Number of Episodes: 96
Time Wasted: 3 days, 12 hours, 18 minutes
Number of times you could have watched Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture on YouTube: 66
Bloodstain pattern analyst by day; serial killer by night. Indulge with Dexter Morgan as he punishes criminals who have managed to sidestep the law. Adopted as a child, Dexter learned from his father to suppress his violent tendencies and only kill when his victims deserve it. Set in sunny Miami, Dexter’s daytime activities with the Miami Metro Police Department often starkly contrast with his gory nighttime hobby. From murderers known as the Ice Truck Killer to The Skinner, the people that Dexter tracks down in his spare time are often more twisted than him. First aired on Showtime in 2006, the series ended its critically-acclaimed run in the fall of 2013. All episodes are currently available for streaming on Netflix.
How I Met Your Mother
Seasons on Netflix: 8
Number of Episodes: 184
Time Wasted: 2 days, 16 hours, 49 minutes
Number of sandwiches you could have ordered at The Exchange during lunch rush: 259
This show’s story, true to its title, recounts to Ted Mosby’s children how he met their mother. Throughout the series, Ted’s four best friends, Robin, Marshall, Lily, and Barney make ridiculous bets, hide secrets, and pull stunts that are integral to the ultimate meeting and subsequent events, which viewers waited more than eight years to see. Barney – with his bro code, a tie decorated with ducks, and witty remarks – prevails as the sitcom’s standout character, although every character has their own charm within this close-knit group of friends. If you stream season nine from other services, How I Met Your Mother will take well over three days to watch and add an additional 44 sandwiches to your lunch runs at the Exchange.
Seasons on Netflix: 4
Number of Episodes: 45
Time Wasted: 16 hours, 4 minutes
Number of times you could have walked to the Cathedral of Learning and back: 48
Whether you’re a sports fan or not, try to contain your laughter as you watch a group of buddies become overly invested in their fantasy football league. The show touches on many of the characteristics central to all fantasy leagues, including overly-competitive wives and questionable trades, as well as things you’d never imagine seeing in a fantasy football show, like Mr. McGibblets, a giant Barney-like costume that one cast member wears. Over the top and filled with plenty of one-liners, the show was originally on Fox Entertainment Group’s FX, but was moved to sister channel FXX for its fifth season, which aired in September 2013. Including season five, the show clocks in at more than 21 hours to date. The League’s sixth season is set to premiere on Sept. 6 at 10 p.m.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Seasons on Netflix: 6
Number of Episodes: 121
Time Wasted: 1 day, 20 hours, 18 minutes
Number of minutes you could have studied in Club Hunt: 2,658
The force may not be with your grades, but it will be with you when you watch Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Try out this show if you’re looking for a cartoon with a light-hearted tone, but serious source material. Not only is the show clever and the animation slick, but the main characters are some of the most iconic sci-fi characters ever created. Along with classic figures like Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Yoda, there are also newcomers, most notably Anakin’s padawan, Ahsoka Tano, who first appeared in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie that kicked off the television series. The show’s first five seasons aired on Cartoon Network, while Netflix picked up the final season as original material.