Everyone needs to take a break from school work every now and again, and here’s a great list of shows to watch when you need to get your mind off of Micro.
(All shows are on Netflix unless otherwise stated.)
25 Minute Shows
Parks and Recreation: I genuinely believe this show made me a better person. Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) helps run the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana along with a creative and diverse set of characters. It’s a great show for lovers of comedy, local government, and waffles. If you’ve never seen it, make this show your next priority.
Arrested Development: This comedy series follows the life of Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) after his real estate mogul father is arrested and he has to keep his family together. There are four seasons of dry humor, with the last season produced by Netflix. Because of this, you can switch this show into a variety of different languages, which is a great way to study for listening tests in language classes. This is true for all Netflix originals.
Friends: This another show everyone has to see. It’s a classic sitcom, and even though it went off the air twelve years ago, it still fuels pop culture references in TV and movies. It’s fun to watch now and see how the world has changed since the show went on the air in 1994, from clothes and hairstyles to pagers.
The Office: Michael Scott (Steve Carell) plays the hilariously awkward boss for a paper-selling company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. It features a lot of amazing characters like Dwight Shrute, and no one can beat Jim and Pam’s relationship.
Master of None: The first and only season (so far) of Aziz Ansari’s show premiered exclusively on Netflix. He stars in the comedy, which has been celebrated for its diverse cast and creative plot lines. It doesn’t follow a traditional timeline, and he brings attention to real, everyday problems. You’ll feel every emotion watching this show, and since there’s only one season out right now, it’s not a huge time commitment.
50 Minute Shows
The West Wing: This is my all time favorite show, and it’s a popular show among Georgetown students. This inspirational drama about the president and his staff highlights some real issues that still face our country. The cast is amazing and loveable, featuring the likes of Martin Sheen, Allison Janney, Rob Lowe, and Dulé Hill.
Madam Secretary: Another great DC political show. The show centers on Secretary Elizabeth McCord as she balances global crises, diplomatic responsibility, and commitments to her family. The show is high drama, and Georgetown’s campus is even featured in a few episodes. Those scenes are especially great to watch after you’ve arrived on campus, since they have used CGI to alter the campus landscape. Try and find the large bronze fountain on Healy Lawn or the Washington Monument on campus.
Freaks and Geeks: Taking place in 1980, this show focuses on the lives of Lindsay and Sam Weir as they navigate high school. The show takes on a lot of complex issues, such as bullying. Even the most minor characters in the show are extremely complex, and it helps defy the stereotypes we all subjected ourselves to in high school. On top of that, this show launched the careers of many of today’s household names, from James Franco and Seth Rogan to Jason Segel from How I Met Your Mother. This show also only lasted one season, so it’s a low time commitment show.
Grey’s Anatomy: Someone will always be watching this show in your floor’s common room. The popular hospital drama features a lot of cliffhangers and tears, but it has been nonetheless beloved by millions.
NCIS: This is the show that never seems to end that your mom is always watching. However, this DC Navy detective drama features another great cast with characters you’ll grow attached to. The cases are clever, and it’s fun to recognize the names of different places they visit in DC (but less fun when you recognize the location of a murder).
The Big Short: A must-watch movie for MSB students. This movie focuses on the men who predicted the 2008 financial crisis that stemmed from the mortgage bubble, one of whom is played by Ryan Gosling. This all-star cast makes the gritty details of the world of finance interesting, fun, and dramatic. It’s also on Netflix, and it will blow you away.
Newsroom: If you have HBO Go or Amazon Prime, you can watch Newsroom. Another show by Aaron Sorkin (the writer of The West Wing), this show follows the fictional Atlantic Cable News company as they break the biggest news stories from 2011-2013, during the show’s air time.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: If you have a Hulu account, you should definitely watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Sparked from the success of workplace comedies like Parks and Rec and The Office, Brooklyn Nine-Nine centers on a Brooklyn police precinct and their misadventures. The show is hilarious, and the actors actually went through police training before filming.
This post was written by Angela Caprio (COL’19), GUSA Deputy of Social Media, majoring in German and Political Economy. Have stories you would like to share with the next freshman class? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.