Netflix and… Study?

Antonia Mangos has the inside scoop on the best Netflix shows to watch while you keep on top of your study load. Impossible you say?  Well just take a look.

So, you can’t quit your Netflix addiction? Don’t worry, we’re right there with you. During that long uni break, you can’t help but find yourself in a strange sleeping-and-waking cycle surrounded by your current Netflix guilty pleasure. However, uni is back, and even though you want to, you can’t just quit cold turkey (believe me, I’ve tried). Here’s a list of the best Netflix shows to satisfy your cravings, whilst allowing you to maintain a study routine (or at least try to).

Suits

This show has both the badass lawyer drama that will make most non-law students be amazed while having no idea what is really going on. Along with the backstage drama and relationships that goes into the firm at Pearson Hardman/Pearson Specter/Pearson Specter Litt, this is one both non-law students and law students alike can enjoy. It’s five (soon to be six) whole seasons of finding out how long Mike Ross can remain a fraud (no spoiler here) while simultaneously navigating the world of corporate law alongside the most prestigious lawyers in New York City. And if all that doesn’t sell you, then you also get to watch Meghan Markle in her prime. Suits is just one of those shows that has a little of everything and once you start, you get sucked in, but just enough to do your uni work in the meantime.

3/5 distraction from your studies, because with five seasons already on Netflix, it may turn into a binge you can’t escape from, but the big lawyer talk may make you realise you need to do some learning of your own…

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

One of my personal favourites, this show will take that little nose exhale you do when you read a funny post to the next level – it’ll actually make you cackle. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is the crime comedy you didn’t know you needed in your life and are so glad you have it here in the Netflix age. The show stars Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta, a detective at New York’s 99th precinct, whose team receive a new captain, and through different investigations will keep you invested in these characters and their connections. It is not only relatable by allowing you to laugh at your Millennial problems, but it is also the perfect stress relief from when you want about a half hour of procrastination/distraction… or more. With a wide-ranging cast of diverse characters that will genuinely make you laugh, this show takes the crime genre to an unprecedented level of comedic-genius.

4/5 distraction from your studies, because it’ll have you in stitches so much so that you’ll easily forget your stresses until you’ve reached the end of season four.

On My Block

If there is one thing you take away from this article, I ask you to give On My Block a watch. This show gives a voice to people of colour by following a group of teenagers trying to survive life and high school in central Los Angeles. It is the perfect mix of comedy and drama, and is just a general feel good coming-of-age story that you can easily binge-watch in one sitting. It tackles themes like race, class and gender in an explicit yet relatable way. It’s fairly new to Netflix but has already received great praise, and is only one season, leaving you plenty of time to fit in uni work before and after you’re done. However, I’ll just say you’ll want to laugh and cry once you get to the end and may need a moment to compose yourself.

3.5/5 distraction from your studies, because it’s only one season but then you’ll have binge-watched the entire thing so fast you’ll be overwhelmed with emotion and nostalgia.

Jessica Jones

Whether you are into superheroes or not, Jessica Jones is for everyone. With Krysten Ritter as the pessimistic/realistic, sarcastic anti-heroine, Jessica Jones, who says it like it is and really just does not care what people think, it’s the perfect addition to the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.  A private investigator in New York City, Jessica is a hero in her own sense of the word, and is a welcome addition to the superhero genre, due to her edgy and sardonic personality; it’s different from the norm. This show contains a perfect balance of crime, heroes, and female strength. With the recent season two drop, it is definitely a binge-worthy Netflix favourite that even stars Aussie actress, Rachael Taylor. The show intertwines itself with other Netflix superhero favourites like Luke Cage and Daredevil, and also raises a lot of hard hitting topics, particularly in season one with villain Kilgrave played by… no I won’t spoil it. Definitely a series that works around your study load.

3/5 distraction from your studies, because it can go really dark and then you will have to stop studying and re-evaluate your own life.

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Rick and Morty

If you want the perfect distraction from your uni-related stresses, look no further than the crazy universe of Rick and Morty. A show that is probably the only one in its genre, Rick and Morty is an adult animated science fiction comedy series which follows Morty Smith and his sociopathic grandfather scientist, Rick Sanchez, who travel time and space, getting into the weirdest situations imaginable. The laughable insanity in this show is its abstract plotlines and creatively diverse characters, which give you an escape when you’re trying to complete readings and it’s driving you mad. It’s also a show which reflects your many existential crises (you need only see above). It is definitely a show that lives up to its hype.

4.5/5 distraction from you studies factor because it gets to a level of crazy you’ll have forgotten about your stress but still find yourself slightly stressing from not stressing. I also recommend that you don’t watch this while studying, as the convoluted storylines require you to be able to pay attention.

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Dynasty

A reboot of the 1980s soap, Dynasty is a fairly new show to Netflix, and I believe it’s severely underrated. From the people who brought you Gossip Girl (xoxo) and The O.C. (Californiaaaa), this new look at Dynasty features a recasting of all your favourite characters with just as much and possibly even more drama than you’re used to. The show now offers major roles to people of colour and even gives a refreshing gay story line in the luxurious world of the 2%. Starring Elizabeth Gillies as Fallon Carrington (Jade West got blonder and even cattier), along with a cast of Aussies like Nathalie Kelly and James Mackay, Dynasty’s high level of drama and full-blown fights will definitely provide a great distraction from your assessment woes. And with a new episode coming out every week, it will prevent you from bingeing and completely forgetting your deadlines.

1/5 distraction from your studies, because that level of drama and first world problems gives you the perfect mind-numbing quality you can only get from reality TV and soap dramas, which makes it the perfect background noise.

So, here’s my conclusion. The perfect TV shows to binge-watch AND use as background noise while studying rank as follows:

  1. Dynasty
  2. Suits
  3. Jessica Jones
  4. On My Block
  5. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  6. Rick and Morty

Antonia Mangos (Toni to most), is a second-year Journalism student who regularly quotes The Simpsons. You’ll most likely catch her fitting in a Netflix binge sesh on the train to uni. Toni is a regular stress-head procrastinator who always needs a soundtrack to her life (her music taste can be anything from hip hop to disco) and she absolutely loves to write.