Binge Worthy Watching

Lyla Kahrimanovic, Editor

At the beginning of quarantine, stay-home orders seemed dream-like, with endless time to catch up on your favorite shows and movies. Now, seven months in, finding something to watch is a struggle. Do you spend more time scrolling through Netflix than actually watching something? Or are you interested in discovering something new? Here’s my list of binge-worthy watching. 

Here are the top shows (in no particular order)

“Outer Banks” is arguably one of the only good things to come out of 2020. It follows a group of teenagers from the wrong side of the tracks in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. When the father of the group leader John B. goes missing, they band together to solve the mystery. Along the way, they discover John’s father was tied to a legendary treasure.  The characters’ lives are relatable, and not everyone lives up to basic stereotypes. Action and cliff hangers added to the show’s likability. Overall, this show gets a 7.3/10 from me.

This list would not be complete without the beloved mockumentary series “The Office” An American mockumentary sitcom television series that portrays the everyday work lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. “The Office” goes from feel good moments to prank wars in seconds. While it’s pacing may be slow for some, it is definitely worth a watch. I personally think this is a 5.9/10. 

If you’re looking for a heart-wrenching, comedic, and emotional roller coaster, “The Vampire Diaries” may be for you. It follows the life of Elena Gilbert, an orphaned teenage girl from the mysterious Virginian town of Mystic Falls. You will laugh. You will cry. Sometimes laughing and crying at the same time. Soon, you’ll find it has become a treasured guilty pleasure. The cast is also very lovable. It’s an 8.3/10 from me.

A nostalgic anime that is full of humor and heart, “Avatar: the Last Airbender” is definitely worth your while. It follows the journey of 12-year-old Aang the Avatar (who must master all the elements) and his friends Sokka, Katara, and Toph, who must save the world from the evil reign of the fire nation. I remember this show from Nickelodeon when I was a kid, which is also the reason why some people are skeptical of it. The character development and backstories that are within the show make it much deeper than most children can comprehend.  It can make you feel almost every emotion. ATLA is a solid 7.8/10. 

“Cobra Kai” is set 34 years after the original Karate Kid movie and details the life of the movie’s antagonist, Johnny Lawrence. A down-and-out adult, Lawrence decides to reopen the Cobra Kai karate dojo, reigniting his feud with his former rival, Daniel LaRusso. What made it so nostalgic is that it had many actors return from the original film. It was interesting to see how the characters’ lives turned out.  From the teen drama to epic fight scenes, this is a 8/10.

If you’ve already binged your way through these series, here are some honorable mentions: 

For fans of “The Vampire Diaries,” two spin-off shows, “The Originals” and “Legacies” have overlapping casts and similar plots.

While “Outer Banks” is one-of-a-kind in content, other shows that fit the teen romance and mystery drama genre include “Stranger Things,” “Riverdale” and—my personal favorites— “On My Block” and “All American.” 

If you’re into the supernatural and superheroes you would love Flash, Supergirl, Iron fist, Stranger Things, or Lucifer. 

For fanatics who can handle blood, gore, and psychopaths, “Criminal Minds” and “Greys Anatomy” are essential.

But, if you prefer light-hearted comedy with a pinch of drama, “Jane the Virgin” might be more up your alley.

Lastly, on a serious note, two must-watch shows are “When They See Us” and “13th.” Each scores a 10/10 in history and social justice.  “When they see us” is about the Central Park 5. If you don’t know who that is then I suggest you watch it.  And “13th” is about the criminalization of African Americans and the prison boom. It is very educational and could enlighten many people. 

Now pick your favorites and get watching!