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Netflix originals feed procrastinators

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Netflix is an affordably addictive drug for college students to consume when procrastinating that close-but-not-deathly-close deadline.

While an insomniac without Netflix would be watching infomercials about a NutriBullet or a George Foreman Grill, an insomniac with Netflix has an entire arsenal of shows or movies or documentaries at his or her fingertips.

This inevitably leaves the question about what to watch. How about you try some of Netflix’s original shows (the TV equivalent to organic food) next time you are pondering life’s most poignant question?

Even if political dramas are not your favorite, “House of Cards” is the show for you. The Netflix original is a remake of a BBC show. It follows Frank and Claire Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright respectively, in their conquest for political power in Washington, D.C.

Breath-stopping and mind-boggling, this show keeps people on the tippiest of their tippy toes, producing a sweet, satisfactory sense of accomplishment after one unashamedly binge-watches the two-season, 26-episode series.

“House of Cards” has been renewed for a third season and Netflix is currently filming it. A release date has yet to be announced.

If somehow “House of Cards” does not sound appealing, maybe “Orange is the New Black” will pique your interest. It is the story of 30-year-old Piper Chapman sentenced to 15 months in prison after being convicted of transporting drug money for her girlfriend before the events of the show.

Dealing with themes of life in prison, human sexuality and womanhood, “Orange is the New Black” has garnered mainstream success.

For the first season, Metacritic gave the season a 79 percent favorability rating, and Rotten Tomatoes gave the show a 93 percent favorability. The second season gained even more positive reviews. Metacritic gave the season an 89 percent favorability rating, and Rotten Tomatoes gave the show a 97 percent favorability rating.

“It grasped my attention because each character has their own story of how they ended up in prison, and basically every episode is the story of a different character,” said Kaitlyn Kendall, a freshman nursing major. She also appreciated the character development.

If neither is for you, then consider checking out “BoJack Horseman.”

“I started watching this show with very low expectations, about 10 minutes in I was hooked. Will Arnett is hilarious as usual. It reminds me of ‘Daria’ and ‘Ugly Americans.’ It is grounded and dark but funny nonetheless,” said a reviewer from IMDB.

“As a studio executive involved in successful sitcoms like Happy Days, Barney and Miller and Cheers, I always regretted ‘BoJack’ wasn’t on my team,” said businessman Michael Eisner

“But now, with Tornante (Animation) in the saddle, BoJack is exactly where he belongs, in full creative control and on Netflix.”

“BoJack Horseman” was created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg and is executively produced by Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Steven Cohen, Noel Bright, Aaron Paul and Will Arnett. Arnett also voices the main character, BoJack Horseman.

Netflix has a plethora of documentaries, movies and television series that can render you frozen to the couch for hours.

Johnathan Parr
I am a Freshman Journalism major. Back home in Olive Branch, Mississippi, I did not have an outlet to let my voice be heard. I am excited and grateful to have the Student Printz for a voice.

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