With the arrival of colder days, lazier evenings and the serious need to relax after another strenuous day, there are few better ways to unwind than by cozying up to Netflix.
If you are at a loss at what to watch now, fear no more. I have compiled a list of TV shows and movies that will suit your fancy and get you through the season with your limbs, sanity and mental stability intact.
1. Popular now: “Wet Hot American Summer”
I am referring to the 2001 movie and the 2015 TV show. The show and the movie are full of names you’ll recognize: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper and special appearances by Kristen Wiig, Michael Cera, Chris Pine and even Jon Hamm.
My advice? Watch the movie first. It centers on the lives of camp counselors at Camp Firewood in 1981 on the last day of summer camp. The TV show (“Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp”), a Netflix original series consisting of only eight episodes released this year, has the same actors as the movie did, and they’re playing the same age and characters even though the show was released 14 years later. The TV show centers on the first day of camp and is seen as a prequel to the movie.
If you enjoy juvenile humor, the stellar cast and bizarre occurrences that you’re supposed to just let happen (a talking can of vegetables? a man who’s attracted to a refrigerator and fondling his sweaters?), this is for you, so check it out, especially before summer officially ends.
2. Watch immediately: “Freaks and Geeks”
I cannot praise this show enough. If you like shows like “That ’70s Show” or movies like “Napoleon Dynamite,” give this show a chance. It was made in 1999 about groups of freaks and geeks in high school in 1980 and their various hurdles of adolescence. The sad thing is it was canceled after one season (the whole first season is on Netflix), but it has started a cult following. With only 18 episodes, it makes for an easy watch. The writing is excellent, the humor subtle yet achingly funny, and it can be enjoyed and appreciated by almost everyone.
A bonus: Stars of the show include a very young James Franco, Jason Segel and Seth Rogen.
3. What I just watched: “Muriel’s Wedding”
I admit, my favorite genre of movies is 1990s and ’80s romantic comedies. Think anything with Julia Roberts. After watching “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” Netflix suggested “Muriel’s Wedding.” Curious, I obliged. It is about a very down-on-her-luck woman, Muriel, who has no friends, is slightly overweight and has a ridiculous family with a tyrannical father – all set in the deadbeat town of Porpoise Spit, Australia. It stars Toni Collette (“Little Miss Sunshine,” “The Sixth Sense”). Muriel dreams of getting married. She is smitten with wedding dresses, finding love, veils – the whole shebang (not to mention her devout love of ABBA music). Anyway, the film is about how she breaks free from her lowly life, befriends a wacky lady, moves to Sydney, experiences strange things and through it all…it might just have a happy ending. Under its bubblegum exterior, it is quite sad and dark at times. However, if you like humorous films with underlying emotion and movies with weddings, here you are.
4. Laugh: “The Inbetweeners”
What’s so damn funny about this show is how it never tries to be anything it’s not. Everyone can relate to Neil, Jay, Will or Simon. If you can’t, you probably breezed through high school.
This foursome of British lads can never seem to succeed at anything, whether that is trying to be cool, get girlfriends or purchase alcohol – all set during their school years before college. The show is British vulgarity at its best. The show was successful enough that two movies emerged with the same characters.
The movies and show are on Netflix. However, rumors are speculating that the show will be removed soon. Watch it before it’s too late. You will regret it if you don’t.
5. Coming up (keep an eye out): “Parks and Recreation” Season 7
According to rumors, which better be true, season seven (the final season – I’m really sad) of “Parks and Rec” will be added to Netflix this September. It’s about time.
Listen, this show is comedic gold, yet incredibly easy to watch if you don’t want to think too much (looking at you, “House of Cards”). If you like “The Office,” “Parks and Rec” is for you. However, it is much more lighthearted and characters seem to have a heart. I watched six seasons of this show in about a month this summer, and I’ll probably explode if I don’t see what happens next right away. A girl can only wait so long.
Collegian Reporter Clarissa Davies can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @DaviesClarissa.