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What to watch on Netflix

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Netflix

Netflix is a large part of many teenagers’ lives. Almost everybody we know either has an account or has watched Netflix before. One of the largest things surrounding this wonderful service is — What do I watch next? What usually takes the longest isn’t watching the show or movie. It’s choosing WHAT to watch. Below is a list of my favorite things to watch on Netflix.

Shameless (US)

Shameless

“Shameless is an American comedy-drama television series which airs on Showtime. This remake of the British series is set in Chicago, although filmed in Los Angeles, with the exterior scenes shot in Chicago.

The series depicts the dysfunctional family of Frank Gallagher, a single father of six children. While he spends his days drunk or in search of misadventures, his kids learn to take care of themselves. Raising themselves these children had to learn to grow up fast. The show takes place on the South Side of Chicago where many are living in poverty, including the Gallaghers. This is a show that focuses on a screwed up family, but no matter how many mistakes they make we are still rooting for them in the end!”

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There is currently 7 seasons of this show, however, only 6 are on Netflix.

My favorite part of this show is that no matter what, the Gallagher family sticks together and helps each other get out of trouble. This is not a show recommended to children under 15, as there is adult situations and occasional nudity.

Bob’s Burgers

Bob’s Burgers

Bob’s Burgers is an American animated sitcom created by Loren Bouchard for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Belchers – parents Bob and Linda, and their children Tina, Gene, and Louise – who run a hamburger restaurant. The show was conceived by Bouchard after he developed Home Movies. It is produced and distributed in association with 20th Century Fox Television.

Success is not easy, as Bob must compete with several other eateries for business. His biggest rival is Jimmy Pesto’s Pizzeria, which is located right across the street and does far more business than Bob’s Burgers does. In addition to their business rivalry, Bob and Jimmy Pesto are unable to stand each other personally. Jimmy particularly enjoys humiliating Bob, such as when he got the high score on an arcade machine Bob had rented and taunted him by putting “BOB SUX” as his initials. The hatred between Bob and Jimmy Pesto is full of humor because, although they dislike each other very much, Bob’s daughter Tina and Pesto’s son Jimmy Jr have shown to have quite an interest in each other. He is Tina’s love interest, although he does not always realize that she loves him. It is occasionally unclear how Jimmy Jr. feels toward Tina. He approves of her erotic friend fiction, starring himself, in “Bad Tina”, but tends to forget they are dating in favor of time spent with the best friend and wrestling buddy, Zeke, and dancing by himself.”

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This show currently has 7 seasons and only 5 of them are on Netflix.

My favorite part about this show is the children. Tina, Gene, and Louise are always finding themselves in some kind of trouble and it’s hilarious.

American Horror Story

American Horror Story is an American anthology horror television series created and produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Described as an anthology series, each season is conceived as a self-contained miniseries, following a disparate set of characters and settings, and a storyline with its own “beginning, middle, and end.” Some plot elements of each season are loosely inspired by true events

Murder House (2011)

The story takes place in 2011 and follows the Harmon family: psychiatrist Ben (Dylan McDermott), his wife Vivien (Connie Britton), and their teenage daughter Violet (Taissa Farmiga), who move from Boston to Los Angeles after Vivien has a miscarriage and Ben had an affair. The Harmons move into a restored mansion and soon encounter the home’s former residents, the Langdons – Constance (Jessica Lange) and her two children, Tate (Evan Peters), and Addie (Jamie Brewer) – and the disfigured Larry Harvey (Denis O’Hare). Ben and Vivien try to rekindle their relationship, as Violet, suffering from depression, finds comfort with Tate. The Langdon and Larry frequently influence the Harmons’ lives, as the family discovers that the home is haunted by the ghosts of anyone who has ever died on the property. The season is primarily set in the modern day, with flashbacks to the 1920s, 1940s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s.

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Asylum (2012–13)

The story takes place in 1964 and follows the patients, doctors, and nuns who occupy the Briarcliff Mental Institution, located in Massachusetts and founded to treat and house the criminally insane. The wardens who run the institution include the stern Sister Jude (Jessica Lange), her protégé Sister Mary Eunice (Lily Rabe), and the founder of the institution, Monsignor Timothy Howard (Joseph Fiennes). The doctors charged with treating the patients at the asylum include psychiatrist Dr. Oliver Thredson (Zachary Quinto) and the sadistic scientist Dr. Arthur Arden (James Cromwell). The patients, many of whom claim to be unjustly institutionalized, include lesbian journalist Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson), accused serial killer Kit Walker (Evan Peters), nymphomaniac Shelley (Chloe Sevigny), and alleged murderer Grace Bertrand (Lizzie Brocheré). Briarcliff’s inhabitants are routinely subject to supernatural and scientific influences, including demonic possession and extraterrestrial abduction. The season primarily takes place throughout the 1960s with flashbacks to the 1940s and flash-forwards to the 1970s, 1980s and 2012.

Coven (2013–14)

The story takes place in 2013 and follows the descendants of the witches who survived the Salem Witch Trials, who are nearly extinct and are in danger once again. Those who share this genetic affliction are being subjected to strange and violent attacks. A mysterious all-girls boarding school has opened in New Orleans to protect and house young women who carry this unique bloodline and keep them from the dangers of the outside world. The long-absent Supreme, and most powerful witch of her generation, Fiona Goode (Jessica Lange), arrives to ensure the safety of the Coven, but also to fulfill her own hidden agenda, with the constant criticism of her sister, Myrtle Snow (Frances Conroy). Fiona’s daughter, Cordelia (Sarah Paulson), teaches at the school and welcomes its newest student, Zoe Benson (Taissa Farmiga), who harbors her own harrowing secret and who falls in love with Kyle (Evan Peters).[7] Veteran students include the witches Madison Montgomery (Emma Roberts), Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe) and Nan (Jamie Brewer).Other important characters include Misty Day (Lily Rabe), who resurrects after being burnt at the stake and Spalding (Denis O’Hare), the butler of the coven. Events reveal a long-held rivalry between the witches of Salem and the voodoo practitioners of New Orleans, as well as a historic grudge between Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett) and socialite serial killer Delphine LaLaurie (Kathy Bates). Other themes include witchcraft, voodoo, racism, death, and family, such as the relationships between mothers and daughters. The season is set primarily in the modern day and includes flashbacks to the 1910s, 1970s, 1960s, and the 1830s.

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Freak Show (2014–15)

The story takes place in 1952 in the quiet town of Jupiter, Florida and follows a struggling freak show led by Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange). Decades have passed since the public has looked at freak shows as a form of entertainment, but Elsa dreams of finding a home for her “monsters”, as well as her own fame. When conjoined twins Bette and Dot Tattler (Sarah Paulson) are taken to the hospital, Elsa sees her chance to finally drum up some business for her sideshow, hoping the two sisters will save her troupe once and for all. Other members include Jimmy Darling (Evan Peters), a boy born with syndactyly who dreams of leaving the carny life behind and living a normal life. Jimmy’s mother, the bearded lady Ethel Darling (Kathy Bates), is Elsa’s second in command and maintains law and order under the tent. A Strongman from Ethel’s troubled past named Dell Toledo (Michael Chiklis), and his three-breasted wife, Desiree Dupree (Angela Bassett), make waves when they arrive at the sideshow. Two evil characters of the story are Stanley (Denis O’Hare) and Maggie Esmerelda (Emma Roberts), who want to kill the freaks for money. Gloria (Frances Conroy) and Dandy Mott (Finn Wittrock) also contribute to spoiling the freak show. In a time when the era of television is beginning to reign high above sideshow acts, these individuals must overcome those who persecute them based on their looks. However, as events unfold, it is revealed that multiple dark entities have taken up residence in Jupiter, with all of their eyes being set on the freaks. The main recurring theme throughout this season is acceptance, examples being the freaks’ need to be accepted by the people of Jupiter and Dandy’s desire to become a freak and to be accepted as a freak. Flashbacks are set in the 1930s and 1940s, and a flash forward to the 1960s.

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Hotel (2015–16)

The story takes place in 2015 in Los Angeles, California in the haunted, retro Hotel Cortez which was built to become a torture chamber for the customers by the founder James Patrick March (Evan Peters). The wardens of the hotel include the 111-year-old vampire, Elizabeth Johnson (Lady Gaga), and the front desk clerk and manager, Iris (Kathy Bates). The residents and guests include the drug addicted prostitute ghost, Sally McKenna (Sarah Paulson), Iris’ hateful son and former drug addict turned vampire lover of Elizabeth, Donovan (Matt Bomer), transgender bartender Liz Taylor (Denis O’Hare), actress and revengeful former lover of Elizabeth, Ramona Royale (Angela Bassett), male model heartthrob and murder addict Tristan Duffy (Finn Wittrock), New York fashion designer and current purchaser Will Drake (Cheyenne Jackson), and the suspicious and soon going insane detective John Lowe (Wes Bentley) and his depressed wife Alex (Chloë Sevigny). When Lowe checks into the hotel, what he doesn’t know is that he is targeted by a serial murderer, The Ten Commandments Killer, which will bring the inside and outside danger crashing together. Main themes include addiction, insanity, and forgiveness. Alongside being set in modern day, flashbacks are set in the 1920s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, with an epilog set in 2022.

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Roanoke (2016)

In 2015, Shelby Miller (Lily Rabe), her husband Matt Miller (André Holland) and Matt’s sister Lee Harris (Adina Porter) appear on a documentary called My Roanoke Nightmare, to recount a series of supernatural events that happened to them after Shelby and Matt relocated from Los Angeles to North Carolina following a miscarriage. During their stay at the house, the family has a terrifying experience, because their house is on the land where the Roanoke Colony moved after the famous disappearance, led by witch Scathach, Thomasin White, known as The Butcher, and her insane crew. Audrey Tindall (Sarah Paulson) is the actress who portrays Shelby during the reenactment sections of My Roanoke Nightmare, while Dominic Banks (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and Monet Tumusiime (Angela Bassett) portray Matt and Lee respectively. The Butcher is played by Agnes Mary Winstead (Kathy Bates), her son, Ambrose White, by Dylan (Wes Bentley) and the founder of the house, Edward Philippe Mott, by Rory Monahan (Evan Peters). Elias Cunningham, the previous owner of the house, is portrayed by William van Henderson (Denis O’Hare) and Scathach by an unknown actress (Lady Gaga). In 2016, after the huge success of My Roanoke Nightmare, the producer of the series, Sidney Aaron James (Cheyenne Jackson), decides to give life to the second season of the series: Return to Roanoke: Three Days In Hell, bringing back to the house the Millers and the actors who re-enact the experiences of the family. During three days, all the people die under mysterious circumstances, except for one. The season takes place primarily throughout 2015 and 2016, with dramatized flashbacks through the My Roanoke Nightmare documentary of the 1500s, 1700’s, and 1990’s, and an epilog taking place in the near future, possibly in October–November 2016.”

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This show has 6 seasons but only 5 are currently on Netflix. The sixth season will be added sometime in November or December 2017.

My favorite season of this show has to be either Murder House or Roanoke. A close second has to be Coven. I love that every season is different, but the writers find some way to cleverly tie most of the seasons together.

Orange is the New Black

Orange is the New Black

“Orange Is the New Black (sometimes abbreviated to OITNB) is an American comedy-drama web television series.The series, created by Jenji Kohan and produced by Tilted Productions in association with Lionsgate Television, is based on Piper Kerman’s memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison (2010), about her experiences at FCI Danbury, a minimum-security federal prison. Orange Is the New Black is streamed on Netflix and premiered on July 11, 2013. In February 2016, the series was renewed for a fifth, sixth, and seventh season. The fifth season will be released on June 9, 2017.

The series revolves around Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), a woman in her 30s living in New York City who is sentenced to 15 months in Litchfield Penitentiary, a minimum-security women’s federal prison (initially operated by the “Federal Department of Corrections”, a fictional version of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and later acquired by MCC, a private prison company) in upstate New York. Piper had been convicted of transporting a suitcase full of drug money for her girlfriend Alex Vause (Laura Prepon), an international drug smuggler. The offense had occurred 10 years prior to the start of the series and in that time Piper had moved on to a quiet, law-abiding life among New York’s upper middle class. Her sudden and unexpected indictment severely disrupts her relationships with her fiancé, family, and friends.

In prison, Piper is reunited with Alex (who named Piper in her trial, resulting in Piper’s arrest) and they re-examine their relationship. Simultaneously, Piper must learn how to survive in prison, and how to overcome its numerous, inherent struggles. Episodes often feature flashbacks of significant events from various inmates’ and prison guards’ past. These flashbacks typically explain how the inmate came to be in prison, or otherwise further develop the character’s backstory.

The show also pays close attention to how instances of corruption, drug smuggling, funding cuts, overcrowding and guard brutality adversely impact not only the prisoners’ health and well-being but also the prison’s basic ability to fulfill its fundamental responsibilities and ethical obligations as a federal corrections institution. One of the show’s key conflicts involves the prison’s Director of Human Activities, Joe Caputo, whose efforts and aims as a warden constantly conflicts with the business interests of MCC, which acquired the facility when it was about to be shut down.”

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My favorite part of this show has to be the background stories of the other inmates. My favorite inmates are Poussey Washington and Nicky Nichols.

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