With winter quarter coming to a close, there is one thing on most students’ minds: spending their first official day off binge-watching Netflix. All the stress of finals is finally simmering down, and soon students can spend a relaxing day at home doing absolutely nothing but watching their favorite, and maybe new, shows. That being said, what shows are CSUSB students diving into now, or waiting to binge?
The first show brought up is You. Brenda Carrillo, a 2nd-year psychology major, mentions how she was hooked to the first two seasons of You. “Now that the second season is out, I’m excited to just watch the entire thing in one day – hopefully.”
You is considered a psychological thriller following the life of Joe Goldberg, played by Penn Badgley. “He’s basically a psychopath. He uses his apparent intelligence, good looks, and attractive dorkiness to pursue a relationship with a girl,” said Carrillo, “and then after his first encounter with them, he stalks them.” The show becomes more suspenseful as Joe will remove any obstacle that gets in the way of his love for this girl.
The next show students claimed to be binge-worthy was Grey’s Anatomy. A medical drama series based out in Seattle, Washington, the show begins with a set of five surgical interns that watchers follow through their transition to becoming surgical attendings. Watchers follow the intern drama that surrounds the main character Meredith Grey and her colleagues.
“The relationships hook you; you can’t help but to just keep watching. Also, Patrick Dempsey is a plus” stated communications major, Laura Rios. The show debuted in 2005 and is on its 16th season currently, so there is plenty to binge.
The Witcher debuted on Netflix at the end of 2019 and has the likes of Henry Cavill playing the role of Geralt of Rivia.
Matthew Smith, an undeclared major, commented that the show “is a dynamic television series based on a book and a game. It’s about a man thought to be a heartless, emotionless mutation created by magic – an abomination. It has your standard fantasy creatures like elves, vampires, fairies, etc.” There is even a song, “Toss a Coin to Your Witcher” that has become popular outside the show.
Narcos: Mexico debuted in 2018, but season two just came out this year. It’s a story about a man named Felix who turns small-time drug trafficking into a global traffic empire in Mexico.
“I like it because it’s a great storyline. It’s pretty violent, like a lot of murder, and the ways they smuggle the drugs is creative. It also has great actors,” stated criminal justice major, Johnathan Hernandez. The show even includes bits of how El Chapo rose to be one of the largest kingpins to date. Season two picks up after a heartbreaking season one finale.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a dark twist on the original 90s show, Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Imagine dark magic, cults, and the dark lord.
“You still have Sabrina, Aunt Hilda and Aunt Zelda, and Harvey, but you get a few more characters and there are a lot more twists,” noted psychology major Jeanette Valdez. “Sabrina has to make her dual-nature work because she’s half-witch and half-mortal,” continued Valdez. “Salem is still in it, but he doesn’t talk. Overall, it’s a dark show, but it’s so good!” This supernatural, horror series is on its third season, so viewers beware.
With many binge-worthy shows on Netflix right now, hopefully students can spend at least one day of their break relaxing and taking a well earned rest from the stresses of school and life.