17 Netflix Series Every College Student Needs To Watch This Semester

Netflix is undoubtedly god's gift to every College student ever. I'm sure you've run out of things to watch by now. There are only so many friends reruns you can watch. Don't get me wrong, Friends is great, but sometimes you need something a bit more. No doubt, you've already seen Gossip Girl & Making a Murderer, so here are few extra nuggets Netflix has to offer. We've done the work for you, so sit back and relax as you watch the drama unfold...

1. 'Nurse Jackie'


Jackie Peyton (Falco) navigates through a busy New York City hospital while consistently breaking the nursing Code of Ethics. Despite her many flaws and eratic behaviour, Jackie operates at such a high level that you’d have a hard time knowing she'd ever ingested opiates at all. Nurse Jackie dominated the Showtime airwaves when it ran for seven seasons, and for good reason, this is one wildly addictive show.

2. 'Love'



Netflix-exclusive sitcom about what it’s like to really date in the 21st Century. Starring Gillian Jacobs and stand-up comic Paul Rust (who also co-created the show), Love centers primarily on these two stars as they attempt to facilitate a loving relationship despite their list of differences. From the exhilaration of new love, the awkwardness of growing up, and everything else in between, Apatow pulls no punches with Love. Netflix has also already signed the show on for a second season, so something had to have worked, right?

3. Grace & Frankie


The Netflix-exclusive comedy, Grace and Frankie, hails from legendary TV producer Marta Kauffman — of Friends and Veronica’s Closet fame, and it stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as the series’ leads. This comedy tells the story of Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin) shortly after they find out that their husbands, (played perfectly by Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen) fell in love with each other. Now the two divorcees must figure out how to live in the same house and move on. This series is expertly written and skilfully acted. This is one series that's hilarious...


4. Parks & Recreation


What started out as a sitcom made in the typical, post-Office mockumentary style turned into something truly amazing. This series is a hilarious study of the comical residents of Pawnee, Indiana. The show centers on public servant Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler); an excitable mid-level official in the Parks and Recreation department, along with a team that diligently works to make the city of Pawnee a better place for everyone. The cast is filled with the biggest names in comedy, including Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, and Rashida Jones.

5. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt



Kimmy Schmidt, portrayed by Ellie Kemper of Bridesmaids, is one of four women rescued from an underground bunker where she was imprisoned alongside a polygamist cult leader. She then goes to work as a nanny for a socialite, Jane Krakowski, in the bustling streets of New York City. Although the sitcom’s premise doesn’t exactly scream “hilarious,” it’s blanketed with Tina Fey’s comic timing, often coming off as a spiritual successor to 30 Rock. Watching Kemper haphazardly adjust to the foreign complexities of the modern world, such as emojis and hashtags, is more than inviting. She also occasionally exhibits some PTSD from her 15 years underneath the Indianian soil. But the best character is Titus, who you will fall in love with.

6. Heroes


An oldie but a goodie. This series stars Hayden Panettiere & Milo Ventimiglia; I ask you, who could say no? The story revolves around a group of ordinary people who discover they posses superpowers, like the ability to read minds or regenerate. Of course there are several “non-gifted” individuals who attempt to kill off all the gifted people. The show gives off the feel of a comic book, with a strong focus on the visual and major plot arcs that span entire seasons. In turn these give birth to smaller more nuanced personal stories.


7. Chelsea Does...


In Chelsea Does, comedian Chelsea Handler tackles some of life’s most controversial and talked-about topics; racism, marriage, the culture in Silicon Valley, and drugs. Pulling no punches and sparing no experience, Handler and her signature style of humor make this one of the best additions to Netflix’s grand collection.

8. The Lizzie Borden Chronicles



As Martin Prince (The Simpsons) once said "Forty Whacks with a Wet Noodle Bart." This series documents the life of Lizzie Borden and her sister Emma. The Bordens attempt to begin life anew, and yet they're faced with a tainted reputation. Rife with outrageous fantasy and a wicked sense of humor, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles will take you on a bloody good adventure.

9. Mad Men


Mad Men is set in 1960s and centers on the glamorous advertising industry; it's filled with chauvinistic men, interesting women & the best kind of drama around. Join Don Draper as he takes you on an intense advertising journey and the agency tries to survive in a time when everything, including the ad industry, is undergoing a radical shake-up. Also the clothes are fantastic.


10. Person of Interest


In this science fiction drama, an ex-C.I.A agent is recruited by a mysterious man to fight violent crimes. By using an advanced AI system called “The Machine,” the duo sniffs out various persons of interest before they can cause serious harm.

11. Master of None



Netflix’s Master of None concerns the everyday life of Dev, a 30-year-old actor who attempts to navigate the twists and turns of adulthood, while making a living for himself in New York City. Reportedly based somewhat loosely on Ansari’s own life, the show even features the former Parks and Recreation actor’s real life mother and father as Dev’s parents in the show.

12. Archer


Archer isn’t your average animated series. It’s like a hybrid between Arrested Development and every spy flick ever. The show is focused around I.S.I.S., an international spy agency that deal with global crises. Considering the spy agency is essentially a pressure cooker that is Sterling Archer’s mother, Malory Archer (Jessica Walter), and Archer’s ex-girlfriend, Lana Kane (Aisha Tyler), most events are also opportunities to screw over co-workers.


13. The Returned


The Returned is a French supernatural thriller set in a tiny mountain town that’s experiencing rather odd occurrences with its deceased; they somehow keep coming back to life. However, this isn’t your typical zombie fare, but rather, the dead come back to life as if nothing’s happened at all. Car crash victims reappear in town, unharmed and emotionally stable despite the horrific way in which they passed. As the dead attempt to live ordinary lives, those around them try to pick up the pieces to find out exactly what’s going on.

14. House of Cards



The Netflix-produced series is one of the best political dramas since The West Wing. The show revolves around protagonist Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey), the U.S. Senate Majority Whip who uses every political secret and weapon to dethrone enemies and leverage his way to the top. It's dark AF.

15. The Walking Dead


If you’ve ever watched a gut-wrenching zombie flick like Dawn of The Dead and found yourself wishing there was more than a couple of hours to watch, then The Walking Dead is what you’ve always wanted. AMC’s zombie-centric show is based on Robert Kirkman’s series of graphic novels of the same name, following sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), who finds himself in an abandoned hospital with a band of survivors. Zombie’s aside, there’s plenty of human-to-human drama in this series as well.


16. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D


Fully entrenched in all things Marvel, director Joss Whedon brings the incredibly popular superhero universe to the small screen with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The show revolves around Clark Kregg’s character, Agent Coulson, who mans a team of superhero agents responsible for investigating unusual events and enemies. Though the show involves characters not typically seen in the big Marvel movies, it still shares continuity with a long list of past and future movies.

17. Cheers



Cheers is a series about a Boston bar “where everybody knows your name,” along with the people who hang out and work there. It’s still astonishing to think that nearly every scene in Cheers’ 11 seasons was set in a single bar room, and the show managed to tackle controversial issues such as abortion and homosexuality in its own genre-defining way.


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