8 Binge-Worthy Netflix Shows You Aren’t Watching

It’s summer. Perhaps you’re working that seasonal job your mom made you apply for. Maybe you’re still at Boston College catching up on those academic credits (Mom made you do that too). Whatever the case, everyone needs that me-time at the end of the day involving some Netflix and their bed. And let’s be honest, Game of Thrones every Sunday isn’t quite cutting it. Here’s a list of available shows you aren’t watching that will make your newfound summer routine all the more interesting.

 

If you like bad boys and forbidden romance...

Son’s of Anarchy

Charming, CA is a quaint town with a whole lot of badass, thanks to the presence of the Son’s of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwoods Original (SAMCRO) charter. The story follows Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnan), as he attempts to maintain integrity in a club that sinks itself deeper and deeper into the black-market jungle of selling guns. If that’s not convincing enough, maybe this side fact will help, ladies: Hunnan was originally cast as Christian Grey for the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. YEAH.

 

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Just look at that smolder.                                    Photo courtesy of justjared.com

 

If you enjoy short skits and odd humor...

Portlandia

Naked bike rides, face tattoos, and feminist bookstores, anyone? Fred Armisen (SNL) and Carrie Brownstein, a local Portlander, join together to create a show with an incredible combination of eccentricity and humor. If you’ve seen a few clips on YouTube then you know this show will do one of the following: make you laugh-out-loud or be extremely perplexed. Watching the show in its entirety will not only deliver increased context for its ongoing characters and scenes, but also give insight into life in the Northwest. Having grown up in the area, I can guarantee you Portlandia’s portrayal does not fall short of the truth.

 

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Photo courtesy of firstwefeast.com

 

If you think television is lacking strong female roles...

Orange is the New Black

Based on the real-life Piper Kerman’s memoir, Orange is the New Black is a Netflix original about a bisexual woman’s experience in the prison system. Piper learns the routine behind bars and the social hierarchies she must succumb to in order to, quite literally, survive. This show’s comicality and original storyline involving members of the LGBTQ community make it exceedingly refreshing.

 

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Photo courtesy of Wikia.com

 

If you like quirky family shows...

United States of Tara

Tara Gregson (Toni Collette) is just your average suburban housewife... with dissociative identity disorder.  The show revolves around Tara and her dysfunctional family’s attempt to make life work day to day. In 2009, Collete won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role. Her “alters” will have you laughing and cringing right off the bat.

 

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Photo courtesy of YAM magazine

 

If you enjoy a good mystery mini-series...

Top of the Lake

It’s about time you get out of your post-True Detective slump. Top of the Lake is the show that will light up your life again (at least for a week). Taking place in rural New Zealand, Detective Robin Griffith (Elisabeth Moss) returns to her hometown, only to get wrapped up in a mystery involving a 12 year-old’s attempted suicide, her own past and small-town secrets.

 

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Photo courtesy of WordPress

 

If you like a cowboy thriller...

Longmire

This crime show is based on author Craig Johnson’s mystery series “Walt Longmire.” Taking place in in fictional Absaroka, Wyoming, Walt (Robert Taylor) returns to his position as county sheriff after the death of his wife. He attempts to solve major crimes in his jurisdiction with his daughter and associates.

 

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The intensity. Photo courtesy of Wyomingtourism.com

 

If you want a hilarious taste of the 80’s...

Freaks and Geeks

Although it only aired one season, Freaks and Geeks was listed 3rd for greatest television shows of the 2000s.  The drama-comedy follows the high school experience of siblings Lindsey and Sam Weir. While Lindsey’s friends are considered the “freaks” at school, Sam’s fall into the “geeks” category. The show follows the two’s experiences and transitions in their high school community. James Franco, Jason Segel, and Seth Rogen are among the famous cast members who developed an ongoing friendship and got their start with the series.

 

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If you’re a closet Trekky...

Battlestar Galactica

Imagine human life without a planet; a small remaining population of 40,000 some-odd survivors living on conjoined ships and thriving off the hope of an eventual home, like the mythical one called "Earth" from which they supposedly originated. This military science fiction series follows members of the colonial fleet as they battle an ongoing war with their own rebelling cybernetic brainchild, the Cylons. Battlestar won Emmy awards for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series and Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series.

 

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