As the air cools and the leaves fall, we want to close windows, grab a cup of hot coffee and curl up in a blanket. This is often accompanied by or watching multiple episodes of a TV show in one sitting—an action of which the television streaming company, Netflix, has declared themselves king. Classics such as “The Office” or “Friends” will always be around to re-watch, but listed below are a few shows worth considering if you want something new.
If you haven’t gotten enough of the current political action, look no further than “House of Cards.” Starring Kevin Spacey, this Netflix original is an American political drama about a power-hungry congressman seeking revenge in Washington, D.C. after being passed for the appointment of Secretary of State. Since the show’s beginning in 2013, “House of Cards” has received 33 Primetime Emmy and eight Golden Globe nominations for its first four seasons. The fifth, which arrived in May 2017, has continued to accumulate greater viewer followings.
Political dramas too much for you right now? Want to jump into the fall season with something scarier? Check out the wildly popular “Stranger Things”, a sci-fi thriller set in 1980’s Indiana. After four young boys find a mysterious girl while searching for their missing friend, supernatural events begin to take over their town, and the boys are fighting back. With trending hashtags on Twitter like #JusticeForBarb, an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Drama Series and the rising fandom for the young actors starring in the series, “Stranger Things” won’t slow down anytime soon. Season two becomes available Oct. 31.
If comedy is more your cup of tea, give “Master of None” a try. Aziz Ansari, known best by his role as Tom Haverford in “Parks and Recreation”, co-created this series and plays the lead role of Dev Shah. In this comedy- drama hybrid, we follow Dev in his romantic, professional and cultural endeavors in New York City. “Master of None” addresses modern dating, racial and generational perspectives and Dev’s love of pasta. Ansari’s first season of the show won a 2016 Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, and both seasons one and two have a Rotten Tomatoes 100% approval ratings. “Master of None” seasons one and two are currently available on Netflix.
Although a talk show doesn’t sound like it would belong on Netflix, it does if it stars Chelsea Handler. Titled “Chelsea,” Handler’s talk show strays from her former over-the-top show that used to be on E! by covering world issues and interviewing a variety of people like celebrities, politicians and scientists. The show may sound heavy, but its success comes from the unabashed humor of the host herself. “Chelsea” airs 30 minute shows Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and is Netflix’s first talk show.
Not only are these noteworthy television shows good for marathoning on a chilly Saturday but so are the countless movies, documentaries and stand-up specials that are also found on Netflix. Whether it’s a day filled with “House of Cards” or every possible romantic comedy starring Jennifer Aniston, make sure to find time to unwind this fall season.