By Savannah Barrow
As the holidays grow nearer and the fall semester wanes, your favorite spot on the couch beckons you as the weather chills. The movies and shows on this list are sure to keep you there. Silence your cell phone, grab your fuzzy blanket and a pint of Ben and Jerry’s because the feature presentation is about to begin; it’s time for a Netflix binge.
How to Get Away with Murder: In this new enthralling TV series, award-winning actress Viola Davis plays Annalise Keating, a compelling professor of defense law who also teaches a class with the intriguing title, “How to Get Away with Murder.”
Keating, who doubles as a defense lawyer, chooses her best students to help with cases at her law firm. The limits of characters are tested when mysteries develop and secrets are revealed. There are dynamic characters, creative story lines, and the acting is on point. The show is as over the top as it is dramatic and unpredictable; entertainment that keeps the audience guessing with every cliffhanger.
The Office: This American adaptation of the British sitcom is set at Dunder-Mifflin Paper Company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. This mockumentary follows the lives of the company’s employees, this light-hearted television comedy is great for an easy laugh. Characters are larger-than-life versions of people you likely work with. The wacky storylines and peculiar characters are what makes this show so loveable by millions of spectators.
Due to the rather spotty first season, the show may be hard to commit to initially. However, the second season is where the story begins to take off. The unique idiosyncrasies and traits of each character are slowly revealed, showcased by excellent acting. The various storylines are completely over the top and senseless, but completely entertaining. The series recently ended with nine seasons, now it’s waiting for you on Netflix.
Pulp Fiction: Arguably Quentin Tarantino’s best film ever, Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) are hit-men working for gangster Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames). In this out-of-sequence, suspenseful, and often humorous cult classic, many stories are linked together to create a gripping and witty film. Storylines that are intertwined include those of the gangster’s actress wife, Mia (Uma Thurman), a struggling boxer, Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis), a master fixer, Winston Wolfe (Harvey Keitel), and a nervous pair of armed robbers, "Pumpkin" (Tim Roth) and "Honey Bunny" (Amanda Plummer).
In the Academy Award-winning film Tarantino created a movie different than any other made before. Not one line of dialogue is wasted while every character and scene maintains a number of obstacles and chaos. For those who enjoy clever thrillers filled with bizarre events and action in every scene while including timeless comedy, this movie is highly recommended.
Eddie Murphy’s Delirious: Quite possibly Murphy’s crowning glory when it comes to stand up comedy, Delirious is wildly raunchy and in order for those who aren’t scared of foul language and wickedly great comedic timing. This film was responsible for launching Murphy into mega-stardom. He was fearless when it came to his jokes, rocked some red leather like none other, was good-looking, could do an impression of anyone, and oozed swagger.
Only 22 years old at the time of filming this routine, the Saturday Night Live legend keeps you laughing throughout the entire show. If you don’t mind obscene, offensive jokes and feel like laughing for 70 straight minutes, this is a routine you’re sure to enjoy. It’s sheer comedy gold
The Twilight Zone: The innovative anthology series, The Twilight Zone is known for it’s captivating, thought-provoking, and at times, unsettling stories. Exceedingly ahead of its time and with every episode different, creator Rod Serling explored everything from fears that everyone possesses including social issues, aliens, time travel, doppelgangers, horror, and sometimes even dark comedy used to mock everyday life.
To this day the series can be extremely scary and give you an uneasiness that’s oddly appealing and interesting. Although it has been attempted, no one can match the prolific work Serling created in the ‘60s. The series is timelessly brilliant. If you’re interested in a series that’s thought provoking and exciting, this is a show you definitely want to check out.