Now that everyone with a Netflix account (and even those leeches who don’t) have seen “Tiger King,” people need something else to watch. But with all the content Netflix has to offer, where do you even begin? Here at this article, apparently. Depending on what you’re looking for in your binge-watching experience, here are some shows to check out.
Casual, background sound: “The Great British Baking Show”
While the show is a competition to find the best amateur baker in Great Britain, it's different from most cooking competition shows. Everyone on the show seems like a delightful person who just really likes to bake. While they all want to win the title, it doesn’t stop them from making friends and helping each other out when they can. It’s a great show to just put on for some noise while you work on homework or play on your phone, and with seven seasons, it’ll tide you over for a while. There’s nothing like chilling out to the sound of British people talking about the lamination of their puff pastry or the consistency of their choux pastry batter.
Nostalgia: “Scooby Doo: Mystery Incorporated”
In these stressful times, it's nice to remember the days before everything happened with fun storylines and relatable characters. That could be Scooby Doo. In this new readaptation, the creators wanted to give fans who grew up with the series something new. While the characters still have their iconic styles, the character development goes much deeper. This two-season series does still follow the monster-of-the-week format, but it does take its time to develop the overarching series storyline. Spoiler: It gets hella meta near the end.
Educational: “The Story of God with Morgan Freeman”
It's not really educational in the sense of watching another online lecture but as in you learn new things. In this series, Freeman explores the different beliefs of the world's religions from creation stories, evil and what’s beyond death. It isn’t just the three big religions; Freeman investigates Taoism, Buddhism, Jainism and others, and each one is treated with respect and dignity. The bonus is listening to Morgan Freeman talk for 50 minutes per episode.
Something different: “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood”
You want something different? Watch an anime. Don’t get scared yet; the series is subbed, and the storyline is incredible. It wouldn’t be called a traditional American storyline by any means, but it is wonderfully layered throughout the season with new things being exposed and characters with their own driving motivations all woven together with fantastic animation and humor to make for a great watch. A little warning: you will never emotionally recover from episode four.
It is a stressful time, both in terms of the semester and national events. Hopefully, you’ll find something to watch while you sit back and relax.