Summer is all about the outdoors, sitting in the sun and swimming in the ocean, right? Wrong. It’s about applying 4 layers of deodorant, wearing a T-shirt at the beach to avoid painful sunburns, and staying in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. I’ll be honest: I don’t love summer. I’d take the cold over the heat any day. I support staying home and watching Netflix on a hot day with the same gusto as most people have about going to the beach.
I plan on watching a lot of TV this summer. Even though Big Brother is on three times a week and The Bachelorette trumps everything else on Monday nights, there really aren’t many other shows I’m into on a regular basis in the summer. Meanwhile, Netflix has a ton of shows that have caught my attention. In my opinion, watching shows on Netflix is the best; the whole season is available for you and the Netflix original shows are fantastic.
Fellow couch potatoes, need a new Netflix show to get into? Do you need 15 of them? The following 15 TV shows on Netflix are addicting and entertaining. Much more exciting than sweating your ass off at the beach!
Santa Clarita Diet
Fellow dark-humored individuals, you are going to be obsessed with this show. When this first came out, I barely heard any hype. The only reason I watched the trailer on Netflix was because Amy Schumer posted on Instagram about how she was addicted. It must be funny if she’s raving about it, I thought. A few people I know watched the whole series in one day, which seems like a pretty easy feat, since the episodes are so short and the quick-witted humor makes them speed by. (The only reason it took me about two weeks to watch it was because I watched it with my boyfriend and didn’t watch ahead. How loyal of us.)
The plot: Joel and Sheila are two normal real estate agents living in an affluent town in California. That is, until Sheila turns into a zombie and begins to crave the taste of human flesh.
I just mentioned this show in a previous post, but I’m going to bring it up again. This musical-comedy show is upbeat, fun, campy, and light. Fortunately, there are 2 seasons on Netflix right now, which provides you with some solid viewing material. You’ll have the soundtrack’s catchy songs in your head all day long.
The plot: Rebecca moves from a high-pressure job in New York to the small city of West Covina, California to reunite with her ex-boyfriend, who is just not that into her… or so we think.
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
Based on the movie of the same name, the Netflix adaptation follows the same characters as they get to camp for the first time. The best part: the cast is the same. Yep, that means the same people that played teenagers in the 2001 movie are still playing teens in 2015. Pretty awesome. The cast is super star-studded as well, with regular appearances from Elizabeth Banks, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Jon Hamm, and Molly Shannon. If you want to get the full experience, you might want to watch the movie first. (Don’t worry, it’s also on Netflix!)
The plot: It’s one of those shows with so many small plots that are trivial and silly, like a show about nothing!
Master of None
This new show is pretty popular with millennials. Some of the themes of this show include being a minority in a white-dominated career field and country, dating in the 21st century, finding yourself in a hectic world, and so on. Honestly, I don’t think Aziz Ansari is a good actor (sorry!). But this show is different than a lot of other millennial-focused shows on TV right now. It’s simultaneously realistic and heightened, uplifting and sad, and serious and funny.
The plot: The series follows Dev Shah, a hopeless romantic living in New York City, through his romantic, professional, and personal pursuits.
If you’re American, you may not have heard of this. If you’re English, you’ve probably watched this series several times. I’ve watched this series 3 times, enjoying it just as much the second and third times. There are also 2 films based on the show, which I think are pretty decent as far as movie adaptations go.
The plot: Basically, if Superbad was a British TV show. In short, 4 teenage boys want to find love… or just get laid.
Shows with a Cult Following:
Freaks and Geeks
This Judd Apatow series shockingly only aired for one season, yet continues to appear on multiple online lists compiling the greatest TV shows of all time. Apparently, the reasons for its cancellation were its tough time slot and disagreements that Apatow had with NBC executives. The show appeals to a broad range of viewers, ranging from modern-day high schoolers who might relate to the main characters to adults that went to high school in the early ’80s. It also features some pretty big stars in their younger years, including Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jason Segel, and Linda Cardellini.
The plot: The story follows Lindsay and her friends of “freaks” and her younger brother, Sam, and his group of “geeks.” The “period TV show” (set in 1980) is a sort of coming-of-age for Lindsay, who goes from dedicated student to rebel, and Sam, who’s just trying to fit in.
If you want your parents or middle-aged coworkers to love you, talk to them about Cheers. Like Friends, this is a show that just makes you feel warm and fuzzy. Also, 11 seasons make for lots of viewing material!
The plot: Sam is a retired Boston Red Sox pitcher who owns a sports bar in Boston. The bar staff and regular customers are quirky, lovable individuals. What’s not to love about this show?
Orange Is the New Black
If you’ve never heard of OITNB, you must live under a rock. This is one of the first Netflix original shows — House of Cards was the first, fun fact — and one of the most successful. I still need to watch season 5, but the first 4 seasons are all hilarious, suspenseful, and just addicting.
The plot: Piper Chapman, a privileged young adult, is sentenced to 15 months in prison for a crime she committed years ago. Season 1 follows Piper for the most part, but the rest of the show switches around, showing the back stories of different prisoners. If you didn’t love season 1, don’t give up; nobody’s favorite character is Piper.
I can’t believe I waited so long to get into this show! For people feeling like they need more “Bechdel Test” friendly shows, this is the one for you! And once you finish, you can check out Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, a Netflix original reboot of the show.
The plot: Lorelai Gilmore is a single mom balancing her professional life, love life, and family life. Rory, her daughter, is a driven bookworm dealing with some issues most high school girls struggle with: boys and grades.
One of the biggest series of 2016 is something you can binge this summer in preparation for season 2, which comes out in the fall. Whether you love sci-fi or don’t, you’ll find this show extremely entertaining… and very weird.
The plot: A young boy disappears in a small town in Indiana. Meanwhile, supernatural forces seem to be at work. Things become especially odd when a young girl with psychokinesis appears. There are lots of questions for these townspeople. And lots of questions to be solved for us viewers in season 2.
I’m still halfway through season 1 so far, but I’m enjoying it a lot. The episodes move pretty slowly, but the writing and acting are phenomenal. Maybe the slow pace is why this show didn’t get the views that other Netflix original shows got, which resulted in its cancellation after just 3 seasons. Also, the show takes place in humid Florida, so the costumes and atmosphere have got some serious summer vibes.
The plot: A dysfunctional family reunites, secrets are revealed, and… there’s death. That’s all I’ll say; even halfway through the first season, enough has happened to make me feel restrained while explaining the basic story.
This show is so damn good. What started as a somewhat successful British TV show turned into an international phenomenon when Netflix picked it up for a third season. The show is funny at times, creepy at times, and thought-provoking at all times. It’ll make you think about how lost we would be without technology in our present society.
The plot: Every episode takes on a new plot line and cast, so you don’t necessarily have to watch them in order. Think of a modern-day Twilight Zone with technology as its major point of criticism.
13 Reasons Why
This is another one of those shows that almost everyone has seen or heard of. I liked it — didn’t love it — but it sure was addicting, even though I read the book and knew what was going to happen. Personally, I think it’s really stupid that they’re bringing it back for a second season — as I think it would have worked perfectly for a miniseries — but I’ll probably tune into the first episode to see how it goes.
The plot: After a girl commits suicide, she reveals whose actions “caused” her death. Sound controversial? It was.
I still haven’t seen this show, but I’ve heard that fans of crime shows — like Broadchurch, Hannibal, Fargo, Luther, etc. — love this one. My dad recommended it to me, so I moved it to the top of my to-watch list. The show aired on AMC for its first 3 seasons but was cancelled. Then Netflix picked it up for a forth and final season a few years ago. I love crime stories like this.
The plot: The series follows multiple murder investigations performed by 2 homicide detectives.
There’s only one season of Riverdale so far, but season 2 will be returning in October. I haven’t watched this show yet, but after hearing how well it was received, it’s moving its way to the top of my to-watch list.
The plot: Take some of the characters by Archie Comics and through them into a teen drama series, and that’s Riverdale.
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