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Procrastinating is an inevitable part of the college lifestyle. I think it’s safe to say we’ve all caught ourselves DEEP in the depths of Facebook, “stalking” someone that we’ve never even met before. We then suddenly stop, feeling like the creepiest person in the universe, and ask ourselves “WTF WHY AM I HERE”. There is never a good answer, because there is no answer at all. It just kind of happens.

If you’re going to put off assignments and procrastinate as much as due dates allow, you might as well be somewhat productive when doing so. Facebook is not the answer. Instead, Netflix: the second most common and my favorite method of procrastination. What is college without laying in bed for hours on end with your laptop cuddled next to you streaming some ‘flix? If you don’t have a Netflix account of your own, surely one of your friends was nice enough to give you their password. Netflix can be a productive form of procrastination simply because you can learn a thing or two from some of the shows on there. From history documentaries to series on astronomy, there’s something for every college major. Here are some of my favorite shows that I think everyone would 1) enjoy 2) gain some enlightenment from. If you look for that deeper meaning, you can gain knowledge in unexpected places. So really, don’t feel SO bad about neglecting that philosophy paper after opening your mind to these Netflix favorites.



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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a society with a group of strangers? So yeah, this would mean you have a clean slate and nobody knows ANYTHING about your past. Woah. Now combine that with the “society” being placed on a deserted tropical island in the middle of no where. Some people (like me) would actually think this could be kind of a cool experience. Others would be like oh helllll nah. Either way, LOST teaches you survival skills, people. After their plane mysteriously crashed on an island, all sorts of different personalities have to come together and not only learn how to get along, but how to survive. Unfortunately, not everyone will. Dramatics aside, there are some beautiful themes in this show that could give you a perspective makeover. Watch LOST to find out which characters are able to withstand the toils and tribulations of this strange island.

2. Dexter


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Dexter Morgan is a blood splatter analyst for the Miami Metro Homicide. He goes to gruesome crime scenes and tells investigators exactly how the victim was murdered, according to what the blood patterns tell him. If this sounds like the field of work that you’d wanna get into, totally check this show out. Oh, did I mention Dexter is a SERIAL KILLER? Yeahhhh. But don’t get too freaked out. He’s a blood splatter analyst by day and vigilante by night. He only kills other serial killers. He can’t help it, okay? He watched his mom get murdered, afterall. How do you feel about that, psych majors? Check this show out if you wanna psychoanalyze a person. Dexter would be a PERFECT subject.

3. Weeds


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Those subtitles should be enough to lure you into watching this godsend of a show. But really, Weeds follows the life of Nancy Botwin after the sudden death of her beloved husband, Judah. No longer receiving paychecks from Judah’s job, Nancy has to resort to selling weed to support herself and her two sons, Silas and Shane. Drug dealer: not the typical job of a suburban mom. Nancy does develop as quite the entrepreneur, so all of you business majors out there, take some notes. Uncle Andy, Judah’s goofy/sporadic brother, even opens a bicycle shop in Copenhagen during one of the seasons. Do yourself a favor and watch this show. It is HILARIOUS and it also keeps you on edge in suspense as Nancy and her family get into some pretty f’d up situations, being in the drug business and all. It’s the perfect show for a good ‘ol Netflix binge.

4. Breaking Bad


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Speaking of drugs and suspense, BREAKING BAD! I feel silly for even putting this on here because I’m sure everyone who lives in functioning society looking at this right now has seen this fan-freaking-tastic show in its entirety. If you haven’t, you need to reevaluate some things in your life immediately. Breaking Bad is one of the best television shows that this decade has seen. High School chemistry teacher Walter White gets diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. Similar to Ms. Botwin, Walter turns to the drug dealing business with the well-being of his pregnant wife and son in the back of his mind. He doesn’t want to burden the family with HIS expensive hospital bills, so he decides to do something about it. Instead of dabbling in the marijuana industry, Walter takes it to the next level. Using his chemistry knowledge, and with help from former student Jesse Pinkman, Walter decides to cook some meth. YEAH. They get in way worse situations than Botwin ever did. Chem majors, you can watch this show and wait for them to name drop some elements and you can be like OMG I KNOW WHAT THAT DOES.  This show also has some recurring themes and symbols – the execution of Breaking Bad show will leave you speechless.

5. New Girl


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If you’re a female, have you ever wondered what it would be like to live with a bunch of dudes? Guys, have you ever wondered what it would be like to live with your boys and a random girl? Well, New Girl will give you a taste of what that may be like. Jess is just a girl in LA looking for a place to live, and she just so happened to find a great apartment with 3 roommates who happen to all be guys. She doesn’t really seem to have a problem with it, though. This show is HILARIOUS. Watch this show to laugh at these crazy roommates and the ridiculous situations that they get themselves into.

6. Louie


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Louie is a fictional comedy/drama based off the life of Louis C.K., a well known comedian and actor. Oh my god. I can’t tell you how many times my roommate from across the room thought I was having a psychotic episode because I was laughing SO HARD at this show. The life of Louie that is portrayed on this screen is so bizarre we can only hope that things like this happen to him in real life. As funny as this show is, there are plenty of heartfelt moments in this show too. Louie is almost brought to tears after his two young daughters surprise him with “good luck Daddy” cards before he auditions for taking over David Letterman’s spot on The Tonight Show. Also, the late Robin Williams and Joan Rivers share respective beautiful moments with Louie during special episodes. Louie demonstrates that comedians, as silly and goofy as they appear, are people…HUMANS with real emotions too, funny-business aside.

7. American Horror Story


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I’m not gonna lie, this show is a bit weird. So definitely be prepared for that. And I will admit, I’m mostly putting this show on this list because Halloween is getting close. You can’t really learn much from this show, other than how to sell an incredibly haunted house, if you’re interested in real estate. Yeah, this show is strange, creepy, yet ADDICTING. You can’t watch just one episode without watching the next, especially in the first season. Watch as a family falls apart but then gets put back together after moving into the most disturbing haunted house on this earth.

8. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey


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Because the UNIVERSE, that’s why. “In a cosmic perspective, most human concerns seem insignificant, even petty. And yet our species is young and curious and brave and shows much promise.” -Carl Sagan. That is all. Go gain some perspective and get your mind blown.

9. Arrested Development


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Because maybe this dysfunctional family will teach you to appreciate yours. You WILL laugh at the shit that happens to their family. Also Tobias and Buster. You’ll know what I mean after you watch the first few episodes.

10. Orange is the New Black


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Here’s some controversy for ya. This is based of the true story of Piper Kerman’s experience in a women’s prison. Piper Chapman isn’t your typical inmate. She got sent to jail years after helping her lesbian lover smuggle drugs. Not only is this show HILARIOUS, but it also really knows how to pull some heartstrings while getting you heated over some injustices that aren’t just seen on TV. Watch with some friends and discuss what you think about our society’s prison system. Also bond over how much you hate Pornstache! Because you will.

Which show will you binge watch next?