Our culture craves instant gratification. We look for the answers right away without putting in due time and expect our rewards to be handed out just as quickly. Netflix noticed this and catered to it, prompting others like Hulu and Amazon Prime to do the same. We no longer have to wait an entire week to see the next episode, nor must we wait months for the season finale. We can watch an entire season, premiere to finale, in a day.
With both Thanksgiving and winter breaks coming up, we are due for relaxation in our schedule, giving us time to glue our eyes to a television screen and allow our emotions to fluctuate with the pace of the shows. Because we know this is ahead of us, it can be hard to determine what is worth our valuable free time. Here are four shows from an avid binge-watcher that promise not to disappoint:
Docu-Series – “American Vandal” (Netflix)
Made to be a less serious version of the docu-series Making a Murder, American Vandal will have you mesmerized from the very first episode as you wonder who committed the act of vandalism and how the narrators are going to prove the accused Dylan Maxwell’s innocence.
The show is subtle in that the whole premise is one giant joke about the male reproductive system, but it doesn’t force the joke. Rather, it goes in-depth on how each suspect could’ve been the vandal, the person who drew 27 obscene images on the cars of high school administration. You will be glued to your seat as you attempt to connect the dots to the crime and have your theories blown away with each new piece of information that is released through the show’s eight episodes.
Sitcom – “How I Met Your Mother” (Netflix)
If you’re looking for a show that will consistently bring a smile to your face or have you quoting lines for months to come, this is the show for you. “How I Met Your Mother” is the story of hopeless romantic Ted Mosby and his adventures with his best friends Lily Aldrin, Marshall Eriksen, Robin Scherbatsky and the loveable Barney Stinson.
Told in the form of a father passing on the long, drawn-out story of how he eventually met his children’s mother, this show is jam-packed with Ted’s boring word facts, his countless forgettable girlfriends and more priceless Neil Patrick Harris moments than anyone could ever ask for. It will have you singing “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers one day and in tears the next, whether that’s from laughter or emotion, over the course of the series’s nine seasons. Unfortunately, HIMYM will be leaving Netflix in the coming months, so if you haven’t binged it yet, you’d better get started.
Fantasy – “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
The hype behind this show is real, no matter how reluctant you are before you start watching. The first seven seasons will fly by and have you salivating for the eighth and final season, so you can see who sits upon the Iron Throne and rules over Westeros, or whatever is left of it.
The twists, the turns, the politics, the backstabbing, the manipulation, the insanity (Joffrey or Ramsey Bolton, anyone?), the giants, the dragons and the unbelievable fight scenes…this show really does seem to have it all. Before long, you will be doing research online, looking into what fan theories could really play out in the show, how Daenerys could be any more perfect and why Jon Snow really does know nothing.
Crime Drama – “Sons of Anarchy” (Netflix)
Jax Teller will steal your heart, break it, and steal it all over again time after time throughout this show’s seven seasons. You don’t have to be a fan of motorcycle gangs to get into this series, as it is so much more than that. Its emphasis is on family and the extent at which people will go to in order to protect their own.
It is also about a son following in his father’s footsteps as he learns the secrets of being a member of Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original, or SAMCRO, and how their actions impact the lives of not just the members, but of their wives and children too. Weapon trafficking, operating an adult film business, and efforts to end drug trafficking within their small town of Charming, California, are all elements that play out during this series.