Netflix Shows to Binge Watch with your Housemates

Whether you’ve just moved in with your housemates for the first time or you are seasoned veterans of the house share experience; there’s one thing that us millennials (generally) all love; and that’s a good Netflix binge. If you’re stuck for something new to watch, try checking these out

By Lauren Haslett – Media Studies at University of Portsmouth

1.

Glow

GLOW stands for Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling and is based on the rise of female wrestling in popular culture in the 80s. Following an outstanding cast of girl power characters that represent different stereotypes from across the world, Glow is more than just leotards, wrestling rings and fancy neon lights. Its social commentary showcases what it means to be a man and a woman in Western civilisation, as well as the challenges and injustices that we all face in our every day lives. Glow is a masterpiece with extremely well developed characters, intricate storytelling and is gloriously nostalgic of those roller disco polaroids our parents have proudly shown us. And of course there are lots of really cool wrestling moments and sparkly costumes.

2.
The Haunting of Hill House

Halloween may be dead and buried for 2018 but its spirit lives on in the new Netflix show The Haunting of Hill House. Now you may say that horror isn’t your thing, and that’s okay, but I would seriously implore you to give this one a try. Yes there are quite a few jump scares (a lot actually) and genuinely terrifying moments but where this show really shines is in its intense character development. Each of the five main characters have at least one whole episode dedicated to them, in which you see their childhood experiences of growing up in Hill House as well as seeing how their childhood has effected them in the present. The inter-splicing of then and now is really worth investing your time in and will leave you wondering about what’s to come.

3.
Stranger Things

If you haven’t already watched Stranger Things… where have you been? Dark and mysterious, this Netflix original follows a band of curious kids who see their whole town turn upside down after an inter dimensional creature causes mayhem. Apart from the fantastic storytelling and relatable characters, I’d recommend you watch this show purely for it’s insane intertextuality – the references to your favourite films, music, games, books… There’s so much to notice in Stranger Things that you might not see on your first viewing so it is definitely one to re-visit one you’ve binge watched it.

Honourable mentions:

Riverdale, Black Mirror, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Gossip Girl, Breaking Bad, Jane The Virgin, Friday Night Dinner.

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