The best shows to binge-watch on Netflix


After the stress of finals and holiday celebrations, the week we have left of break between New Year’s Eve and the start of classes can be best spent binge-watching Netflix—at least that’s what I did.

 The television in my house is constantly on Netflix, and the week was spent watching the new documentary series “Making a Murderer,” a CW original “Reign” and, of course, “Friends.”

 “Reign” is a television series inspired by the story of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, but with some modern drama, sex and mystery.

In my house, we have to make sure all seven housemates can get into the series. In “Reign” there is enough mystery and sometimes gore to keep the boys happy, while there is plenty of drama and romance for the girls. To be honest, I am quite hooked on the first season and can’t wait for more.

 Everyone needs a little bit of “Friends” in his or her life. The show is more of a classic, and my housemates and I decided the series was something we needed to see.

It is the perfect show to turn on for background noise, but the more we watched, the more we realized it was spot on with our real lives. We could actually identify each member of the house with a member of the cast. Maybe more proudly than I should admit, I’m Phoebe.

We haven’t gotten through all of the episodes because 236 episodes are way too many for any normal college kid to binge on.

 “Making a Murderer” was released on Netflix mid-December. If you have not seen the 10-part series, and you plan on it, I have to tell you right now: SPOILER ALERT.

 The documentary, made by two Colombian film students, follows Steven Avery of Manitowoc, Wisc. after his 1985 unjust trial and 18-year stint in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. He was exonerated in 2003, but just two years later, in 2005, Avery was charged with a murder and he claimed to be innocent.

 As a Wisconsin native, I am no stranger to the name Steven Avery. His trial was highly publicized, and everyone thought he was guilty. After watching this series, I think the guy is innocent. Like, #FreeAvery innocent.

 The series is a real life “Criminal Minds.” You cannot make this stuff up. A man spent 18 years paying for a crime he didn’t commit only to be framed by the same police officers. And then his poor nephew was drug into it by investigators who make him think he was involved. If you are not on the verge of tears while you watch the footage of this poor boy’s interrogation, you have no feelings.

 I’m telling you, you have to watch this documentary, and if you haven’t seen “Reign” or “Friends” you should consider those as well. I mean, syllabus week is for Netflix, too, right?

Brenna Ramsden is an Agriculture Communications student at SDSU and can be reached at [email protected]