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Top 10 Netflix Binges of 2017

by Stratton Smith | Jan 23, 2017

2016 was filled with chaos, drama, and lots of hectic tension and there was only one way us millennials knew how to escape it all – Netflix! We’ve had some new additions to our vibrantly-red Netflix screens in 2017/late 2016, but we’re still holding onto some oldies. These are the TV shows that a hundred young adults/Midwest-living individuals said they were watching to start off the New Year!

#1 Shameless

“Watch the Irish American family, the Gallagher's, deal with their alcoholic father Frank. Fiona, the eldest daughter, takes the role of parent to her five brothers and sisters. Lip, Ian, Debbie, Carl, and Liam (half white & half black) deal with life in the South Side projects of Chicago. Fiona balances her sex life and raising her siblings. Every episode is another crazy situation that one or more of the Gallagher six get into. Watch them grow and learn how to make their way in life with what little they have.”

– Linda Taylor

#2 A Series of Unfortunate Events

“After the Baudelaire parents die in a terrible fire, the Baudelaire orphans search for their family’s secrets and get them and their fortune away from the terrible grasp of the sinister Count Olaf as he moves with them between different guardians in disguise.”

– Nate Hoey

#3 Black Mirror

“So this is currently what I’m binging on Netflix and I think so highly of this show! Black Mirror features three (very) short seasons filled with different fictional dystopian societies -- AKA: A new story/reality every episode! These episodes make you think a little deeper as they give you new perspectives on how life COULD be. Just make sure you pay attention!”

– Stratton “Hotter Than Global Warming” Smith

#4 The Office

“This is the greatest show that has ever been created. This is not an opinion, but simply a fact.”

 – A biased blog writer

#5 Grey’s Anatomy

I’ve been nudged to not give too much away, but Grey’s is “a drama centered on the personal and professional lives of five surgical interns and their supervisors.”

 - IMDb

#6 The OA

This show has been rising in popularity among late-20 and 30-something year-olds during 2017! “Created and written by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij (The East), the latest Netflix Original delves into the inexplicable reappearance of Prairie Johnson (Marling). Having gone missing seven years ago, the previously blind Johnson returns home, now in her 20s and with her sight restored. While many believe she is miracle, others worry that she could be dangerous.”

 - IMDb

#7 Parks and Recreation

“Leslie Knope, a mid-level bureaucrat in an Indiana Parks and Recreation Department, hopes to beautify her town (and boost her own career) by helping local nurse Ann Perkins turn an abandoned construction site into a community park. However, what should be a fairly simple project is stymied at every turn by oafish bureaucrats, selfish neighbors, governmental red tape and a myriad of other challenges. Leslie's colleague Tom Haverford, who delights in exploiting his position for personal gain, is as likely to undermine her efforts as to help her, while her boss, Ron Swanson, is adamantly opposed to government in any form, even though he's a bureaucrat himself.”

- Sorbe

Do yourselves a favor and TREAT YO SELF to some Parks and Rec!

#8 Stranger Things

“In a small town where everyone knows everyone, a peculiar incident starts a chain of events that leads to the disappearance of a child - which begins to tear at the fabric of an otherwise peaceful community. Dark government agencies and seemingly malevolent supernatural forces converge on the town while a few locals begin to understand that there's more going on than meets the eye.”

– Charles J.

#9 It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

“Five egocentric friends who run a neighborhood Irish pub in Philadelphia try to find their way through the adult world of work and relationships. Unfortunately, their warped views and precarious judgments often lead them to trouble, creating myriad uncomfortable situations that usually only get worse before they get better.”

– IMDb “DesertShark25”

#10 Gilmore Girls

Did anyone else hear about the new season of Gilmore Girls that came out? I sure didn’t those entire 72 hours... Like, jeez – you ladies love your Gilly Girls.

“Thirty-two year old single mom, Lorelai, lives with her daughter Rory in the small town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, with crazy neighbors and many ups and downs. The two go everywhere together and are each other's best friends. No matter what goes on, they always end up happy and eating take-out!”

- IMDb

Stratton Smith ’17 is an English major, hailing from a small town just east of Indianapolis. Stratton is the captain of the tennis team, co-founder of Academic Probation, Manchester's improv troupe, and Vice President of the Theatre & Society club.

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