Top Ten Shows To Binge Watch on Netflix

Warning: Before we get started down this dangerous road, you should watch this first (for your own safety, of course). Now, lets begin.

Since Netflix has become this black hole of awesomeness, we need to set up the hierarchy of what you should be watching. These are ten of the most enjoyable series on Netflix right now and I can only hope that you enjoy them as much as I have. So sit back and relax (but remember only 13 episodes in one sitting).

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10. Pretty Little Liars (First four seasons are on Netflix)

This show has the everything a great TV show needs: mystery, drama and romance. While it might seem like a fluff teenage piece, PLL is actually a show that deals with a lot of mature topics. It is constantly pushing the limits of teenage dramas, and while it might seem like it is jumping the shark with a few story lines, it always finds a way to draw you back in. It uses subtle references to some of the greats (including Hitchcock), and it has a whole episode dedicated to the wonderful noir style that is delivered beautifully. Just because it seems young for your tastes doesn’t mean you should give it the short stick. 

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9. Scandal (First three seasons are on Netflix)

Right off the bat this show was doing everything right: it came from the brilliant mind of Shonda Rhimes, Kerry Washington was the lead character and it revolved around the white house. The writing on the show is flat out amazing (and sometimes outlandish), and Kerry Washington delivers each scene with such confidence that it literally oozes off the screen. This political drama follows POTUS and the scandals around the white house as Olivia Pope (Washington) and her group of gladiators as they try to fix each problem before it leaks. If you don’t fall in love after the first season, something is clearly wrong with you.

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8. The Walking Dead (First three seasons are on Netflix)

While the zombie apocalypse might seem like a turn off for some, it’s the character driven stories that leaves them hooked. The series follows around a group of survivors led by Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) as they find a way to co-exist in a zombie ridden world. It is based off the comic series by Robert Kirkman, who has a large hand in the television series as well. The story differs here and there, but big picture wise I feel like they are on par with one another. The series may never get noticed by the Emmys for the performances it churns out, but the series viewership has continuously increased each year and that has to count for something, right?

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7. Lost (All six seasons are on Netflix)

To even begin to explain this series, I feel like I wouldn’t be doing it justice. It will keep you on your toes the whole time, and just when you think you might have it figured it out it introduces another plot twist. For me, this is one of the most satisfying series on Netflix. It takes you on a journey with these characters, as you root for them to find a way home. Ultimately, after you finish the series you might find yourself saying “We have to go back!”.

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6. Parks and Recreation (First five seasons are on Netflix)

First and foremost, there is not a single character in this show who is not simply the most magical things in the world. Greg Daniels (The Office, King of the Hill) created this beautiful piece of comedy that is a mockumentary of everyday local politics. We watch the journey of Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), one of my many soul sisters, as she battles each obstacle that holds her back. Most episodes will have you on the floor laughing so hard you are in tears, whether it is because of little treasures like Little Sebastian or one of the many guests stars (like Paul Rudd). Plus, that guy from that blockbuster, you know Guardians of the Galaxy, yea he is in this show too (it’s whatever though).

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5. House of Cards (First two seasons are on Netflix)

For those of you who are fans of BBC’s miniseries, I’m sorry but this is not what you are looking for. I am talking about the Netflix original series which was inspired by the BBC series and the novel. The show centers around one of the finest antiheroes on television and for some reason our culture has been eating that up lately. Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) charms you with his breaking of the fourth wall, but you should worry because he is likely stabbing you in the back at the same time. While the story thrives on Frank’s conniving tactics, the show finds life in its supporting and guest characters. There is a reason why political thrillers are so delicious.

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4. Fringe (All six seasons are on Netflix) 

I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with this sci-fi series, but it had me hooked on the first episode; maybe it was the superb cast or maybe it was the allure of a mystery (I cannot resist a good mystery). Alas whatever it was, it had me hooked. It also possesses one of my all time favorite characters, Dr. Walter Bishop, who is portrayed by the equally amazing John Noble. This is another one of the shows where I don’t want to say too much, because I feel like I would give it all away. I wouldn’t want to deny you of that pleasure.

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3. The Office (All nine seasons are on Netflix)

Once again, I am not referring to the BBC version, but you might have figured that out with the drastic difference in seasons. The series was developed by the Greg Daniels and him having two series on this list proves his brilliance (even if I am proving this to myself). This is one of the few series that I would have been okay if it decided to keep on going. I enjoyed all of the little episodes and the different special episodes (Christmas time was always the best). I love this show so much, I just finished re-watching the whole series for a second time on Netflix.

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2. Supernatural (First eight seasons are on Netflix)

This is the little show that could. I remember growing up watching this show and no one else knowing what I was talking about when I would bring it up. Now it is like the shows that runs the internet, or maybe just Tumblr. For some the first two seasons are just okay television, but it is in its third season the series really finds its groove. Also, the definitely listens to what the fan base wants, dedicating certain episodes to them just for their enjoyment (like the episode where Dean (Ackles) and Sam (Padalecki) go to an alternative universe where they are Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki who are staring in a show called Supernatural). It’s the little things that make this show such a pleasure.

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1. Breaking Bad (All five seasons are on Netflix)

I can honestly say that I have not talked to a single person who didn’t like this show, it’s just that good. Breaking Bad was constantly resetting the standard for great television. Out of all the shows on this list, this is the one I think you will have the hardest time putting down. I think the show is at its best when it centers on Walt (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul), but all of the characters play a role that could not be erased. Unfortunately, you will never be able to view any show the same after you watch Breaking Bad

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TV Character Who’ve Worn Out Their Welcome

I enjoy reading all of Entertainment Weekly’s little posts, but today they released an article about TV character who have worn out their welcome. Typically, I tend to agree with their opinion, but for some reason this gallery really got under my skin. I am going to show you their choices and their reasoning, and then I am going to talk about which character I think has worn out their welcome. With almost all of these I was left infuriated and questioning why they didn’t take a different route, so here is my TV character who’ve worn out their welcome.

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1. Glee (Murphy, Fox)

Entertainment Weekly says to get rid of everyone: “It’s hard to pinpoint a single character to eliminate because the entire series has sunk to an all-time low of irrelevance, and even the musical numbers are fast-forward fodder at this point.”

My Opinion: I was never a big fan of Glee, I never saw the attraction and most of the episodes left me bored. That was until season four, I enjoyed the new cast in Omaha way more than the original class. The additions of Marley, Ryder, Jake and Kitty seemed like fun additions. I also enjoyed seeing Kate Hudson as a take what she wants teacher and Sarah Jessica Parker as a neurotic Vogue editor. Now in season five, there is nothing really left to stay around for. The story lines drag and the best thing would be to get rid of the show instead of lugging it around for one more season.

 

2. Vampire Diaries (Plec, The CW)

Entertainment Weekly says get rid of Jeremy and Bonnie:Bonnie (Kat Graham) and Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) both died — they just didn’t stay that way. Now they spend their days having awkward sex and sometimes helping; Bonnie’s no longer a witch, and Jeremy’s hunter status stopped being cool last season.”

 

My opinion: One of my favorite characters from the beginning of this show was Bonnie, I prefer witches to vampires and she always seems to be the one to save the day. I always hear people complain about Bonnie and Jeremy, but I think they have been dealt a bad hands story wise (I mean, Jeremy is supposed to be a Hunter and we rarely even deal with that now). They are being pushed to the back burner for characters like Caroline, who I wish they would kill off. Caroline has always been a jealous and judgmental character who cannot seem to survive without a man (Damon, Matt, Tyler, Klaus, and now a hint of Stefan). If she isn’t being overly peppy, she is sitting in the corner pouting. I think Candice Accola does a great job of playing her, I just cannot stand her character. Especially for this current story of will she or won’t she with Stefan, despite his current state. Although it would be wildly unpopular, it would be adios Caroline for me.

3. The Mindy Project (Kaling, Fox)

Entertainment Weekly says get rid of Jeremy:The dashing Dr. Jeremy Reed (Ed Weeks) started the show as Mindy Lahiri’s (Mindy Kaling) sexy secret, but two seasons, one fat suit and an Adam Pally later, he’s become totally irrelevant. He hasn’t had his own plotline in ages, and while he is nice to look at, would anyone at Shulman and Associates even miss him if he was gone?”

My Opinion: I would miss Jeremy if he was gone! This was another character pushed to the back burner, but with good reason: the introduction of Adam Pally. While Adam Pally has been a great addition to his show, I loved his and Jeremy’s interactions when he first came along. The character that I would give the boot is already leaving Shulman and Associates, or at least has been downgraded to a  guest star: Zoe Jarman‘s Betsy. Her character is a little odd and while she helped deliver some funny lines in the first season, she was just extra baggage for the second. It is time for some decluttering, and Betsy has got to go.

4. Nashville (Khouri, ABC)

Entertainment Weekly says to get rid of Layla:The idea of Layla (Aubrey Peeples) was interesting: She was the young pop star who rose to fame on a reality show and excelled in doing covers of other people’s songs. It was another layer of the music world we’d yet to discover. But the character simply never found a life of her own. She was annoying when she was popular, and she was even more annoying when her music career failed.”

My Opinion: Let’s get Layla out of here, her character was dreadful when she was first introduced and she never got better. Currently she is only a cover for Luke as he battles with his sexuality, and her time on the screen drags even more than it should. She has a lot of growing up to do in the show, so let’s ship her back home so she can do that.

5. Scandal (Rhimes, ABC)

Entertainment Weekly says to get rid of Cyrus:Cyrus (Jeff Perry) was essential in Scandal‘s earlier seasons — but now that his monster mantle has been largely assumed by Papa Pope (Joe Morton), there’s not much left for the President’s Chief of Staff to do but huff and puff and monologue the whole Beltway down.”

My opinion: Besides Olivia’s interactions with the President, her interactions with Cyrus are my favorite. I love seeing them battle it out or work together. I agree he was a minor character for season three, but with the death of James I think we can see a new beast emerge from him. If I had to spare any character it would be Quinn. I enjoyed her enough the first two season, but this season they took her story line too far. I didn’t care what happened to her and I didn’t see why I should. Also, her relationship with Puck was so forced. While I wouldn’t want to see anyone leave from Scandal (haven’t you taken enough?), no tears would be shed if Quinn picked up and left.

6. Revenge (Kelley, ABC)

Entertainment Weekly says to get rid of Charlotte:Despite two major (possible) Hamptons kill-offs in the season 3 finale, we would have set our sights on another character. Given that Charlotte (Christa B. Allen) is the half sister of just about everyone on the show, an unfortunate end for her would mean fallout for most of the characters — and would also help reinvigorate Emily’s (Emily VanCamp) revengenda.”

My Opinion: I want to go bold with this since Revenge is a “bold” show. Why not say goodbye to Daniel Grayson? Since his turn as a bad guy, I felt like he has struggled to find a strong footing with his character. He doesn’t challenge the show in any way, and no one can top Victoria as the big bad. So do we need him? Daniel can be easily tossed aside and it would be a sweet revenge for Emily after what he took from her. Plus, I would love to see Charlotte and Emily finally team up and take down each target together.

7. The Walking Dead (Darabont, AMC)

Entertainment Weekly says to get rid of Rick Grimes:Great zombie series or ennui-riddled Sofia Coppola movie? It was hard to tell for most of season 4 thanks to Rick (Andrew Lincoln), whose dismal plotline and lack of enthusiasm became drags on the show — and his son. Killing him could be the best thing to happen to Carl’s (Chandler Riggs) story. (And maybe Walker Rick would have some charisma!)”

My Opinion: Why does Entertainment Weekly always try to kill off Rick? This is the one that made me scream in outrage. Rick is one of my all time favorite television characters, and maybe I am attached to his character in the comics, but if they killed of Andrew Lincoln I think they would be making a huge mistake. He has so much story left and it is a joke to me that by killing him off it would “be the best thing to happen to Carl’s story”. Rick was a background character the second half of season four to help build up every other character’s arc. I didn’t mind it because I know who Rick is and I am confident that he is the leader that The Walking Dead needs. Plus, we are getting to a point where the “Ricktatorship” has returned full force, and I am ready. The only character I would be willing to give up is Beth. I was so bored by her and a part of me was happy when she was kidnapped and we got to see Daryl on his own. Losing her wouldn’t be the worse thing to happen during the zombie apocalypse.

 

 

 

 

Walking Dead, Season 3 Episode 4 “Killer Within”

When Frank Darabont stepped down from The Walking Dead I was a little worried for the show, and at first I was not to pleased with what Glen Mazzara bringing. Season 3 had made me forget about all my worries, and tonight’s episode reminded me why The Walking Dead is such a powerful piece of television. The start of the episode set off warnings that tonight something big was happening, whether we liked it or not; some one was feeding the zombies and leading them towards the survivors, some one who was wearing a prison jump suit. Finally we are met with a few members of the group who are getting ready to take on the journey the day brings them. As they are getting ready to head back they meet the two prisoners the left at the end of Episode 2, Axel(Lew Temple) and Milton(Vincent Ward), asking Rick(Andrew Lincoln) to let them come back to their cell block and coexist with them. Nobody besides T-Dog(IronE Singleton) is hearing out their offer; he even goes as far as offering to stay in the cell next to them, keeping an eye on them at all times. Rick(Lincoln) hears T-Dog(Singleton) out, but when nobody agrees with it he gives him rhetorical question, “Whose blood would you rather have on your hands?” to which T-Dog(Singleton) replies “I would rather have neither”. While this was not the answer he was expecting, Rick (Lincoln) goes off, taking Darryl (Norman Reedus) and Glenn (Steven Yeun) to go get some wood to burn the walkers lying around the fields so they could start making a home here and plant crops. As the three amigos return, the gaze across to see Hershel(Scott Wilson) walking on crutches. At this sight we see Rick(Lincoln) and Lori(Sarah Wayne Callies) lock eyes, giving me hope that they could finally put the past behind them and move forward as one unit. But oh, my hopes were too high because dragging behind Lori(Callies) and the gang are a group of walkers looking for their next meal. At this sight you see Rick(Lincoln) Darryl (Reedus) and Glenn(Yeun) rush towards the others; on the other side Hershel(Wilson) and his youngest Beth(Emily Kinney) get to a gate where they separate themselves from the zombies with a crutch, Maggie(Lauren Cohan) Carl(Chandler Riggs) and Lori(Callies) make their way inside, but the flesh eaters did take a bite out of one character and unfortunately that would be T-Dog(Singleton) who entered a different entrance with Carol(Melissa McBride). Now we take a moment to flip over to The Governor’s(David Morrissey) perfect town, where Michonne(Danai Gurira) is digging deeper into The Governor’s(Morrissey) secrets, and she actually seems to have a fair idea of the person he truly is. On the flip side of town Merle(Michael Rooker) and Andrea(Laurie Holden) discuss matters, one of them being the location of where his brother last was, and how she was left behind. Back to the prison, Rick(Lincoln) and the crew make it over where they talk to Hershel about the others, following behind is the two prisoners. After Rick confronts them about their unfortunate circumstances, sirens start blaring drawing the attention of more zombies; the benefit of the prisoners is that they know the prison and Milton(Roberts) tells Rick he can take them there to shut them off. Pan back to Lori(Callies) Maggie(Cohan) and Carl(Riggs) running through the prison, where they are met with zombies at each turn. Thankfully Carl(Riggs) finds them shelter in the boiler room, and inside Lori(Callies) goes into labor. Lastly T-Dog(Singleton) and Carol(McBride) are running through the halls, T-Dog(Singleton) knowing there is no way to save him made it his last wish to get Carol through everything and into safety before him demise. Only his demise was sooner than the safety, as they meet two walkers and he throws himself at them as they wine and dine on his body. Unfortunately, Carol watches all of this before ever opening the exit. Now we are back with The Governor(Morrissey) as he talks with Merle(Rooker) about going to the house and searching for his brother, Darryl(Reedus). And although the Governor(Morrissey) is not bugging on his opinion, Merle(Rooker) is not giving up until they even give it a shot. This is the first time we have seen a character actually stand up to The Governor(Morrissey), and after last weeks episode how can you even be sure they would bring them in alive? Now we are back with the prison, Lori(Callies) is having complications with pushing the baby out, and asks Maggie(Cohan) to give her a C-section. Maggie(Cohan) is appalled with the idea, as is Carl(Riggs) whose knife they would be using for the operation. As they chew over the idea, Rick(Lincoln) Darryl(Reedus) and Milton(Roberts) make it to the generators, and as they go to shut them down Andrew(Prisoner left to die in Episode 2) jumps out with an ax and tries to Hack Rick(Lincoln) into pieces. Ultimately the decision is left up to Milton(Roberts) who ends up with the gun after Rick(Lincoln) and Andrew duke it out losing both their weapons. In the end he kills Andrew proving himself to Rick(Lincoln) and Darryl(Reedus) that he and Axel(Temple) deserve to be in the group because they are also survivors. Before we go back to the baby dilemma, I want to take you back to the final round with The Governor(Morrissey) as he sits with Andrea(Holden) and drinks a glass of whiskey, getting a few words before Andrea(Holden) and Michonne(Gurira) depart from this perfect zombie hideaway, seeing if he could persuade her decision. Before she leaves he tells her his real name is Phillip, basically making their decision kaput as Andrea(Holden) later tells Michonne(Gurira) that she wants to stay for a few more days. Finally we get back to Lori(Callies) as they begin the operation, before they start she saws her last words to Rick, “Goodnight Love”. Although he was not there, this was the most touching scene and yet no words could begin to describe how it was. As Maggie(Cohan) heads out with the baby to see if they can continue on without zombies, Carl(Riggs) flashes bag to Rick(Lincoln) telling him this moment would come, a few moments later we hear the ominous gun shot. Rick(Lincoln) and everyone make their way back to the yard where Hershel says they are the first to arrive, and moments later Rick(Lincoln) hears the sound of a baby, and turns to see that Lori(Callies) is not the one holding him. With that he cannot even look or touch the baby, but instead goes over to Carl(Riggs) and discovers that he was the one who had to kill Lori(Callies) so she would not turn. The most powerful performance was the last seconds as Rick(Lincoln) collapses to the ground and just cries. This was not what he wanted, this was not what anyone wanted…

After this episode, the survivors now have two open spots that Axel(Temple) and Milton(Roberts) seem to fill perfectly for this season. The Governor(Morrissey) looms ever closer to them, and the search for Darryl(Reedus) will soon begin. Also, notice that Carol(McBride) did not come out, even after T-Dog(Singleton) sacrificed himself for her. I cannot do another Sophia situation. Performance wise, this was the best episode of The Walking Dead yet, and perhaps the best episode of television all year. Andrew Lincoln is brilliant  and I cannot wait for next week as we see Rick deal with the aftermath of the situation. And although many people where displeased with this episode, all the best things are heartbreaking at one point or another.