It is a truth universally acknowledged that a college student in possession of absolutely no fortune must be in want of a week off from the relentless classes and back-breaking debt.
And so we have spring break. But that’s over, and now we have to deal with the horrifying task of returning to school with enough motivation to make it through seven more weeks.
I’ll admit, I came back from the break with just about zero motivation, like most of the other students. But instead of trying to fight it, I’m going to give in to my senioritis.
There’s this little website called Netflix with thousands of movies and shows that need to be watched as badly as our homework needs to be done.
I’m here to present what I call “Sweet apathy: seven weeks of Netflix.” Basically, it’s a list of my favorite gems on Netflix to get you through the rest of the semester with a proper lack of ambition.
This program is not for the faint-hearted, but for the steadfast binge-watcher and crippling introvert.
1) Parks and Recreation: If you haven’t seen this show yet, then you need to stop and reconsider some of your life choices.
Each character is cleverly written and engaging in his or her own way. For example, there’s Leslie Knope whose crazy ambition is contagious enough to make me worry it’s counterproductive to this entire column. And then there’s Ron Swanson whom I can best define as America wrapped in bacon. When you finish, Season 7 is on Hulu. Vote for Knope!
2) Arrested Development: This is definitely a cult classic, and one of the most detailed comedy shows I’ve ever seen. Through four short seasons, there are running gags and clever jokes to keep you laughing the whole time. Also, it’s a great show to watch with your family to make you realize maybe your problems aren’t so bad.
If you pass this show up, you’ve made a huge mistake.
3) Psych: This show is a detective comedy about a man who pretends to be psychic to solve mysteries with the Santa Barbara Police Department. It’s hilarious, mainly for its outrageous silliness.
Watch this one with your best friend if you can. You’ll be acting like Shawn and Gus after the first episode.
4) Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: There may only be one season up, but if you’re a die-hard Marvel fan like me, you need something to tide you over between films.
5) Sherlock: Smaug and Bilbo, fighting crime side by side. Benedict Cumberbatch is perfect as Holmes, and Andrew Scott was born to play Moriarty. Their battles of wit are really something to behold.
6) All the Disney movies. Seriously, they have Hercules, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tarzan, Lilo & Stitch, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Fox and the Hound and The Emperor’s New Groove. You can never go wrong with Disney.
7) Between the classics section and the romance section, there are dozens of famous romantic comedies, old and new, that never get old. Mean Girls, 13 Going on 30, Dirty Dancing, Sleepless in Seattle and Clueless are only a few titles near the top of the list. You’d be surprised what you can find if you do a little exploring.