The sun is shining, it’s starting to feel like spring (for a few days at least) and what is everyone doing? Watching television. It seems to be a stereotype of college students to be glued to the TV instead of getting out and doing things (especially homework).
There are still plenty of people out and about this week playing frisbee, lacrosse and campus golf, but in the in-between times when the weather gets cold, students can’t get enough of the shows they love.
Netflix is a big help, and even if you don’t have it, I can pretty much guarantee one of your friends does. If you’re lucky like me, your girlfriend is more than willing to share her subscription. In recent months, Netflix has added countless shows from the ’90s and today that help decompress from the stresses of classes.
So, without further ado, these are the students of HC’s top television picks.
5. Pokemon. That’s right, the next big thing right now for a lot of people is the new addition of the original Pokemon series to Netflix. Having grown up on the little pocket monsters like Pikachu and Charizard, a lot of college students are really excited to see them get added to the video streaming site. It’s hard not to catch ’em all when the episodes are being played in half the rooms you walk by.
4. Orphan Black. The up-and-coming British show about clones and the lives they lead is slowly growing a fan base on Hanover’s campus. It’s one of those shows you keep shoving in people’s faces until they finally give in and find out they love it.
With a huge online fandom (self-labeled the Clone Club), it’s becoming hard to miss in popular culture, and its influence is slowly creeping around. A few of my brothers even dressed up as a genderbent version of the clones for Halloween this year.
3. Doctor Who/Sherlock. I know these aren’t the same show and are not mutually exclusive, but they seem to go hand in hand with their fans. While there are a few outliers who love one and hate the other, most people who find themselves watching one end up watching the other, too.
These two are luckily on Netflix, but if you want to stay up to date you may need to watch these aliens and detectives elsewhere as Netflix is on a bit of a delay. If you like sexy men with British accents fighting other sexy men with British accents these shows are for you.
2. How I Met Your Mother. This is the end-all be-all of television shows. I can’t find really anyone who hates this show (some apathy but no all-out hate). This show helps us look forward to the successes and failures that adulthood will inevitably bring us all while laughing it out with a group of friends. It also seems to bring people together in a way that I haven’t seen any other show do.
1. Adventure Time. Back to the kids’ shows this one has so many innuendos and subtle adult humor, it easily keeps college kids entertained. Finn and Jake (or the genderbent Fiona and Cake) galumph through the land of Ooo tackling a wide range of social issues and topics while still maintaining the fun and easiness of a children’s show.
If you’ve got work to do this is not the show to watch because before you know it you’ll have watched an entire season and it’ll be 4 a.m.
A lot of people, especially those in older generations, see television as a bad thing. It can be if you let it take over your life, but it’s a really good way to just decompress and even regress to a simpler time in your life.
Some would argue that you should “Read a book” or that “Television will rot your brain,” but stories are stories, and as long as you don’t let it interfere with your studies, TV is as good a distraction as any.