- Jane the Virgin
Jane the Virgin is a comedic telenovela surrounding Jane Villanueva, a latina woman from a highly religious family who becomes accidentally artificially inseminated by her doctor — and later finds that the sperm donor is her boss, Rafael. There are currently three seasons available to stream on Netflix, with the fourth airing on the CW network starting Friday, Oct. 13, from 9:00-10:00 PM. The comedy-drama is sure to bring a smile to your face.
2) Drop Dead Diva
A young, self-involved, superficial aspiring model, Deb, is involved in a fatal car crash and wakes up in the body of an intelligent plus-sized lawyer named Jane. “Jane” must learn to adapt to the life of another person, while also developing a sense of compassion and acceptance that was lacking in her previous life. The premise in itself is silly, and the show thoroughly acknowledges this while providing something simultaneously genuine, funny, and heartfelt. Again, will make you smile (as long as you can get past the first episode where heaven has escalators and the equivalent of tech support).
3) Scream (MTV)
Scream surrounds a group of high school students targeted by a murderer whose crimes resemble that of an infamous serial killer from the town’s history. There are currently two seasons available on Netflix, with MTV currently looking towards a reboot for a third season.
Salem is an extremely unique take on the Salem witch trials. The show explores a side of the story where Salem, Massachusetts is, in fact, overrun with witches whose goal is total demolition of the Puritan community. Although quite dark, Salem is addictive, often times unpredictable, and it is without a doubt one of a kind.
5) From Dusk Till Dawn (The Series)
Based on the 1996 action film of the same name starring Quentin Tarantino and George Clooney, From Dusk Till Dawn surrounds bank robbers Seth Gecko and his brother, Richie, who is prone to violence. Heading to Mexico to avoid the aftermath of a robbery gone wrong, the brothers stumble upon the Fuller family, taking them (and their RV) hostage. When the group stops at a bar where the Gecko brothers had been offered shelter from the FBI and police force, they are met with a new danger that is completely unforeseen. This one is incredibly cheesy, but if you’ve seen the movie that inspired it, also really cool.
6) Stranger Things
Indiana, 1983: When 12 year-old Will Byers goes suddenly missing, his mother, Joyce Byers, (played by Winona Ryder) launches an investigation into his disappearance that eventually reveals supernatural forces and cruel government experiments. Although it has been a trend among younger audiences, Stranger Things has believable characters, a flowing storyline, and lots of promise. Season two starts on Netflix on October 27th.
7) Pretty Little Liars
Based on the book series of the same name by Sara Shepard, Pretty Little Liars surrounds teens Aria, Hanna, Spencer, and Emily, following the disappearance (and then “death”) of their close friend Alison. The girls are soon harassed and stalked by an anonymous tormentor known solely as “A”, who seems to be everywhere all at once. Pretty Little Liars is addictive even after you’ve memorized each and every line.
8) Bates Motel
Following the death of her husband, Norma Bates and her son, Norman, purchase a small motel in the quiet coastal town of White Pine Bay. With the help of his mother, introverted Norman is able to make friends, however the pair soon realize that the town is much less peaceful than it appears. Bates Motel is based upon 1960 horror film, “Psycho”, and reveals the formation of serial killer, Norman Bates, and the story of his unusual relationship with his mother.
Successful, determined medical resident, Liv Moore, attends a party which ultimately leaves her unmotivated, pale, and craving brains. Liv, as not to reveal herself, takes a job at a coroner’s office where she has both easy access and willing corpses. iZombie doesn’t take itself too seriously and is a playful take on what is normally seen as frightening.
10) The Vampire Diaries
A list of binge-worthy shows available for streaming is not complete without The Vampire Diaries. The show surrounds 160 year-old vampires Damon and Stefan Salvatore, who are in competition for the affections of teenage Elena Gilbert, who is a doppelgänger of their former love interest. The show richly explores romantic relationships, as well as relationships with family and friends. Despite its supernatural storyline, The Vampire Diaries is believable and genuine (at least the first five seasons are — but by then you’ll be hooked anyways).
All of these shows are available to stream on Netflix. But watch soon, you never know when Netflix will take something off the air! (Ms. Malavazos just started watching Friday Night Lights and is feeling bitter she apparently needs to watch the entire series in nine days and then it’s gone).
Jolie Suarez, Staff Writer
Junior Jolie Suarez is a staff writer for the 2017-2018 Colonel. While binge-watching The Vampire Diaries, she eats salt and vinegar chips, Twizzlers, Wendy’s, Sour Patch Kids, and drinks Olive Garden limontas. You may deliver these foods at any reasonable hour to the main office for her.