What To Binge-Watch On Netflix This Winter

Shanley Tag

Bruins eye up their favorite TV shows of Netflix’s most popular to stream.

We’ve reached the time of year when the days are painfully long and dark, and each of us is searching to find time to unwind, myself included. We frequently turn to TV shows during our downtime; more specifically, streaming services, such as Netflix, which feature endless seasons of episodes to binge-watch on a cold February night. I recently polled 50 students at Broadneck High School on their favorite of these five popular Netflix TV shows before reviewing their pilot episodes: Stranger Things, Riverdale, The Crown, House of Cards, and 13 Reasons Why. Without further ado, here are five TV shows for you to consider the next time you are settling in for some downtime.

Stranger Things: Netflix describes Stranger Things as, “When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl.” 32% of students chose Stranger Things as their favorite Netflix TV show. Sophomore Karis David said, “I love the characters and the suspense and mystery of not knowing what’s going to happen next,” and junior Brook Lesikar described it as, “endearing science fiction following the lives of quirky kids in the eighties.” The pilot episode of Stranger Things, “Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers,” is perfect for audiences who love science-fiction, consisting of complex and varying character personalities, a small town 80’s setting, and the intrigue of a science-fiction mystery.

Riverdale: Netflix describes Riverdale as, “While navigating the troubled waters of sex, romance, school and family, teen Archie and his gang become entangled in a dark Riverdale mystery.” 22% of students recommended Riverdale as their favorite Netflix TV show; junior Erica Jacobson said, “I love Riverdale because I love all of the actors’ different personalities, and it puts me on edge every episode,” and junior Carter Medley added that, “Riverdale is not just a show about high school; it also includes crime, love, and lust, which makes it more interesting.” The pilot episode of Riverdale, “Chapter One: The River’s Edge,” is perfect for audiences who love romance, consisting of captivating and dramatic relationships, the interesting and idyllic setting of the small town of Riverdale, and the exciting combination of teen romance and action between the characters in an atypical high school setting.

The Crown: Netflix describes The Crown as, “This drama follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.” 10% of students chose The Crown as their favorite Netflix TV show; junior Emily Cooper said, “I love British people, and learning about the British monarchy,” and sophomore Kate Tucker described it by saying that, “The Crown is about the life of Queen Elizabeth II and the scandals and struggles during her reign. It is my favorite show because I love history and drama.” The pilot episode of The Crown, “Wolferton Splash,” is perfect for audiences who love history, consisting of intimate relationships between the characters, the detailed settings of the palaces, and the somber glory of the history of Queen Elizabeth II and the British royal family.

13 Reasons Why: Netflix describes 13 Reasons Why as, “After a teenage girl’s perplexing suicide, a classmate receives a series of tapes that unravel the mystery of her tragic choice.” 10% of students chose 13 Reasons Why as their favorite Netflix TV show; sophomore Cailyn Araiza described it as, “Basically a PSA against bullying, it is an interesting show that also gets out a message,” and junior Kajal Patel continued that, “This show is able to reveal the deeper meaning of high schoolers’ impact on others, which in this show, led to suicide.” The pilot episode of 13 Reasons Why, “Tape 1, Side A,” is perfect for audiences who love mystery and likable character relationships (such as Hannah Baker and Clay Jensen), along with the town’s mysterious setting, and the eerily realistic adaptation of a difficult subject matter.

House of Cards: Netflix describes House of Cards as, “A ruthless politician will stop at nothing to conquer Washington, D.C., in this Emmy and Golden Globe-winning political drama.” 2% of students chose House of Cards as their favorite Netflix TV show; junior Payton Holman described it by saying that, “It’s about politics, and it’s super corrupt and dramatic, so it’s very cool to watch.” The pilot episode of House of Cards, “Chapter 1,” is perfect for audiences who love politics, consisting of cold yet scandalous relationships between the characters, the political settings of Washington, D.C., and the dramatization of issues in Senator Frank Underwood’s (the Senate Democratic Majority Whip) professional climate. 12% of students chose various other TV shows aside from Stranger Things, Riverdale, The Crown, House of Cards, and 13 Reasons Why as their favorites. Junior Mara Decker chose The Vampire Diaries, saying that, “The Vampire Diaries is a good show because it is so dramatic and romantic.” Junior Emily Pecknay discussed Pretty Little Liars, saying that, “The show has a lot of drama and suspense which keeps you hooked.”