Netflix

Netflix has a variety of television shows, series and movies for subscribers to watch.  

During this pandemic it can feel as though you can exhaust all of your Netflix shows. Self-isolation requires lots of time at home, so why not find a new show to keep you entertained?

The Chef Show

Chef Roy Choi and Jon Favreau come together for this cooking travelogue series. Chef Roy Choi worked on the 2014 movie "Chef," which starred Jon Favreau, who also wrote and directed the flick. The friends travel to different locales around the world and learn different styles of cooking. There are three volumes, each containing 6-8 episodes that are thirty minutes long. 

Breaking Bad 

If you still haven’t watched this show, now is the time! Walter White, a highschool chemistry teacher, resorts to cooking and selling methamphetamine to provide for his family after a terminal lung cancer diagnosis. Walter White is played by Bryan Cranston, the actor who played Hal on Malcolm in the Middle. There are 5 seasons, each containing about 13-16 episodes that are 45 minutes long. 

Self Made: Inspired by the life of Madam C.J. Walker

This limited series was inspired by the true story of an African American washerwoman who rises from poverty to build a beauty empire. Watch as she becomes the first female self-made millionaire. Academy Award-nominated actor Octavia Spencer plays Madam C.J. Walker. There are four episodes in the series, each lasting around 45 minutes each. It is currently No. 1 in the top ten most popular Netflix shows in the United States today.

Ragnarok

This show is a Netflix original and is about a high school senior in Norway who discovers his strange new powers when he returns to his family’s hometown. Inspired by ancient Norse mythology, the first season alludes to myths and stories leading up to Ragnarok. The town is run by a mysterious family on top of a mountain who stop at nothing to get their way. It was originally shot in Norwegian and English is dubbed over. There are 6 episodes in the first season, each lasting around 45 minutes each. Season two is coming soon!

The Good Place

Eleanor Shellstrop wakes up in the afterlife, in a paradise reserved only for the world’s most ethical and morally good people. However, after a day she realizes that she’s been mistaken for somebody else. This comedy is both light-hearted and rooted in moral philosophy. There are 3 seasons, each with 12-13 episodes that are each 20 minutes long. Now is a great time to catch up on this highly awarded show!  

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

If you’re looking for an entertaining movie that kills time, look no further! This dramatic but comedic film by the Coen brothers is more than 2 hours long and split up into 6 Western vignettes. The setting takes place in the 19th century post- Civil War era in the US, during the settling of the Old West. There are saloon shootouts, vigilante justice and stories from the covered wagons on the trail. 

Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak

Currently #7 in the U.S. today, “Pandemic” follows the life of doctors in the U.S. and Asia as they battle the flu and the researchers that race to develop a vaccine. It covers influenza and the Ebola virus, so it's not about the Coronavirus. It is useful to watch to learn more about the medical side surrounding pandemics. There are 6 episodes that last about 50 minutes each.