Five shows to add to your Netflix queue

Aubrey Shanahan

Are you bored now that midterms are over, Rams? Have you finished “Friends” and have nothing left in your queue? Let us help you out.

5. “Brain Games

Brain Games is a non-fiction show that begs audience participation and investment.


Throughout each episode, you learn about different ways your brain works with the world around you. Topics covered include attention, memory, focus and much more.

While it might not seem like the most entertaining premise, you’d be surprised. Host Jason Silva is likable and funny, and the content of each episode is truly engaging and at times, really surprising. This show is a great way to take a study break and not feel like you’re completely wasting time.

4. “Dexter

While this show is more popular than others on the list, it seems as though a lot of people have yet to give this sinister drama a chance. Now is the perfect time to do so. All eight seasons are available to stream, and you will not regret it.

The characters on this show are so well developed and the writing is generally very well done, leaving the audience with plenty of twists and turns. The subject matter may be dark, but there are plenty humorous and heartfelt elements to this show that make it worthwhile.

3. “A Young Doctor’s Notebook and Other Stories

A Young Doctor’s Notebook stars Daniel Radcliffe (“Harry Potter”) and Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”), as Young Doctor and Older Doctor respectively. This is a dark, smart and at times very funny show.

“A Young Doctor’s Notebook” is a miniseries, so there are only four 23-minute episodes available on Netflix, but the second season has been released and will hopefully be available for streaming soon.

2. “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

While this show likely won’t be as big for Netflix as “Orange is the New Black” or “House of Cards,” it is a hilariously quirky sitcom-style show.

Created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, the show bears plenty of similarities to “30 Rock.” Actress Jane Krakowski, who played Jenna Mourey on “30 Rock,” is back as an even bigger caricature, playing Kimmy’s snooty millionaire boss. Kimmy herself is played by Ellie Kemper, who “Office” fans will remember as the zany but loveable Erin Hannon.

The star power in this show is remarkable, with guest appearances from the likes of Jon Hamm and Nick Kroll, but the supporting characters are just as wonderful and will surprise you with their incredible talent.



1. “Friday Night Lights

Anyone who has watched this show will tell you that you need to see it.

I will admit, I was not at all interested in its concept — a show about small-town Texas football. It took me a few episodes to become invested, but when I did, I understood the hype.

The show has amazing writers and cinematographers. It’s a realistic, yet somewhat cinematic experience. I guarantee that if you appreciate quality characters and dialogue, you will enjoy this show. It has consistently been hailed as the perfect show, and for good reason.

As the FNL catchphrase goes, “It’s not about football, it’s about life.” And, of course: “clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.”

Collegian A&E Writer Aubrey Shanahan can be reached at or on Twitter @aubs926.