August 11, 2020

Netflix and chill: shows to binge over break

Spring break doesn’t always entail crazy trips and exciting adventures. Sometimes, it’s nice to just have a relaxing week of doing a whole lot of absolutely nothing. It’s the perfect time to binge a new show on Netflix, but sometimes it’s hard to pick something out. Here are a few suggestions.



I’ve always been a sucker for Arthurian legends, and “Merlin” has always been the one that I continue to go back to. I’ve watched this entire show multiple times, and it never fails to captivate me.

The special thing about this rendition of King Arthur’s story is that in it, Merlin and Arthur are young and kind of reckless, rather than the traditional old, bearded wizard and respectable knight. Arthur’s father, Uther Pendragon, banned magic in Camelot, and Merlin struggles to keep his powers under wraps while Arthur grows and matures into a famous knight.

“Merlin” is cheesy at times, but it does a fantastic job at creating a fresh take on an already well-known story, and you can’t help but keep watching.

“The Vampire Diaries”

Hear me out. It’s not that bad. I first started watching out of boredom, but ultimately could not stop. Two vampire brothers, Damon and Stefan Salvatore, are infatuated with the doppelgänger (Elena Gilbert) of their love from over a hundred years ago (Katherine Pierce). The show follows both the emotional and supernatural drama that exists within the lives of these characters, as well as those around them.

The show is written with incredible depth and complications, and it would be impossible for me to even scratch the surface in telling you right now. There are eight seasons, and each one gets more complex than the other. Once you start, you can’t stop.


“Archer” is one of the funniest shows out there, and my cat is even named after it. This animated series follows a spy agency based in New York and their adventures. It’s got cyborgs, Russian spies, a holographic anime girl and a whole lot of drugs and alcohol.

Sterling Archer (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin, who is also Bob in “Bob’s Burgers”) is a skilled, strongly offensive spy who can’t help but mess things up all the time. The show goes from spy case to spy case and never fails to create an invigorating and entertaining story that you can’t help but laugh at.



“Gilmore Girls”

“Gilmore Girls” is the story of a single mom and her teenage daughter, and for some reason, it’s one of the best things I’ve ever seen. Lorelai, the mother, and her daughter Rory are an incredibly close mother/daughter duo, and the show follows the antics of the two of them, focusing on subjects like relationships, friendships, school drama and family drama.

This show is incredibly charming, and I’m convinced it subconsciously made me want to be a writer (thanks to Rory). It’s got seven seasons, with an additional Netflix Original Series called “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,” in which we see what everyone ended up doing after the show ended.

“Master of None” 

“Master of None,” starring Aziz Ansari, is a show that focuses on Dev, an aspiring actor, and his everyday life. The show is primarily cohesive and chronological, but it seems as though each episode focuses on a different piece or issue of one larger story (that story being Dev’s life).

He’s essentially struggling to decide. He’s not sure what he wants in terms of career and love, and he continues to try out new things and experiences so that he can find what’s best for him, even living in Italy at one point. The show deals with some heavy topics at times, but it handles them in a lighter way in order to get the reader to relate it to his or her own personal life.

  • Sydney is the managing editor at the Chimes and a senior professional writing and journalism major at Capital University pursuing a career arts and entertainment writing. Some of her favorite things are cold brew, books about dragons, horror films, and her cat, Sterling.

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