Welcome back, nerds! It’s that time of year again. It’s time for us to ease into our school schedules before we completely disregard the inevitable pile of homework to stream an entire season (and likely more) of our favorite show. Or, perhaps you already caught up on the latest season of “Orange Is the New Black” over the summer and are looking to dive into a new binge-worthy show. In any case, welcome to “Katie’s List of Ten Binge-tastic Shows on Netflix this Fall.”
If you like variety shows with a unique twist, you have to check out Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s “HitRECord on TV.” Described as an “open collaborative production company,” the show’s creation is a cooperative process open to anyone with access to the web. People of talent and skill from all over the world work together to create the videos, short films, music and artwork featured on the show. It uses the creative process to unify people all over the globe. Even you, yes you, can contribute if you check out the website at hitrecord.org. Season one was just added to Netflix this month – score!
If campus life feels pretty “alien” to you, check out the adventures of Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, FBI agents with a taste for all special cases paranormal and supernatural. You can watch the entire nine-season run of “The X-Files” on Netflix, now. Get your believer on before the upcoming revival mini-series set to air in January 2016. “The truth is out there.”
FX’s “Louie” is a fictional story loosely based on the life of comedian Louis C.K., who writes, directs and stars in the show. Four seasons are streamable on Netflix for now. Each episode tells a stand-alone story mixed with Louis’s stand-up comedy. It feels raw and authentic, because it is Louis unapologetically sharing his observation of the ordinary life. It’s funny but honest, and that is what makes “Louie” uniquely touching.
If you love all the recent movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, do not miss out on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” This show fills in all the gaps in-between the current run of Marvel movies and gives viewers an up-close look at some of the off-camera action going on. This show tells all. Plus, the characters kick serious butt and Agent Phil Coulson is a precious butterfly.
I rave about “Bob’s Burgers” on the regular, so I cannot help but share my love for this show with you, too. It is a fun comedy about a wild family who embraces their weirdness. Each of the characters adds their own flavor to the show and the family love depicted just grills it to perfection. Four seasons served with fries on Netflix now, with a fifth coming right up near the end of this year.
My CW Network favorites “Arrow” and “Supernatural” are slated to have their latest seasons added in September and you know I’m waiting oh-so-patiently for those. “Arrow” tells the story of DC’s ‘other’ billionaire anti-hero, Green Arrow. “Supernatural” follows two brothers from Lawrence, Kan. with a knack for hunting all things monstrous and demonic.
If you’re a fan of “Saturday Night Live” and office comedies, check out NBC’s “30 Rock.” All seven seasons of this beautiful mind baby, created by queen Tina Fey herself, can be streamed instantly. With hilarious antics from Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, and many more, you’ll love watching this fictional look at what goes on behind-the-scenes of sketch comedy shows.
Experience the wonder of traveling abroad through the eyes of the world’s most awkward tourist. In “An Idiot Abroad,” British comedians Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant send their clueless friend Karl Pilkington on real-life adventures around the world. This travel show is bound to give you the chuckles as you witness Karl attempt to navigate a completely new culture without any preconceptions.
If you love strong female characters, major story arcs, and the ‘60s vibe, look no further than AMC’s “Mad Men.” With six whole seasons available for your streaming pleasure, it is a hefty binge. But the colors, glam, and popular culture history are worth every long hour you spend cuddled up with your laptop to watch it.
With such good content at your fingertips, how could you expect yourself to get any real work done? Seriously though – check yourself, pace yourself, and do not forget to go outside every once in a while. Happy marathoning!