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Harrison’s Netflix top 10

Harrison, from The Edge

The university year is in full swing now and it’s only natural that, from time to time, you’ll feel overwhelmed with the amount of work ahead (don’t worry, that’s totally normal!).

When I’m feeling the pressure, I turn on the telly to unwind. Here are my top ten shows to watch (and expect) on Netflix.

1. American Vandal

If you’re a fan of documentaries and comedies, then you’ll love this hilarious mockumentary about the aftermath of various high school pranks. The entire premise of the show is captivating and each episode ends with a cliffhanger better than the last so grab the snacks because you’re going to end up bingeing on this one!

American Vandal: Season 2 | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Milk, milk, lemonade...around the corner, justice is made. Filmmakers Peter Maldonado and Sam Ecklund point their investigative lens at St. Bernardine, a private high school recently terrorized by a vandal known only as The Turd Burglar. Kevin McClain, a junior, has been expelled and awaits trial for the crimes.

2. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

This show is a dark, musical comedy about Rebecca Bunch, who impulsively leaves her life in New York to chase her ex-boyfriend to West Covina, California. This show tackles issues in society using satire and incredible songs to portray its points. With a diverse cast and a big dollop of wit, this show will have you gripped.

3. The Good Place

What happens to us when we die? We’ll never know for sure but The Good Place, a fantasy comedy, explores one possibility. It’s all about Eleanor, who dies and her spirit is sent to a place called - wait for it - the good place. ‘The good place’ is where people who were the best of the best, when they were alive, are sent to when they die, while others are sent to ‘the bad place’. The problem is that Eleanor was not a good person during her time on Earth and has been put there by accident. The show blends moral philosophy with comedy perfectly and will leave you in shock by the end of season three.

4. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Based on the comics, this show is a re-telling of the classic story of Sabrina the Teenage Witch but with a much darker undertone. From the trailer alone, this show promises not to disappoint. It premiers on the 26th October – could you ask for a better way to kick off your Halloween?

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Her name is Sabrina Spellman. Half witch. Half mortal. On her 16th birthday, Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka) has to make a choice between the witch world of her family and the human world of her friends. With her aunties (Miranda Otto, Lucy Davis), her cat Salem, and her boyfriend Harvey Kinkle (Ross Lynch), Sabrina will face horrors and new adventures in the mysterious town of Greendale.

5. Elite

If you’re a fan of Gossip Girl and How To Get Away With Murder, then you will love this Spanish series about a school for the elite. Three working-class students are sent to the school after an earthquake destroys their school and there’s a big culture clash between those who have everything and those who come from nothing. The hostility leads to murder and a classic ‘whodunnit’ case…

6. Black Mirror

This show is a British science fiction anthology series. It examines modern society and focuses on the unanticipated consequences of new technologies. Episodes are stand-alone and usually set in an alternative present or the near future, often with a dark and satirical tone, though some are more experimental and lighter.

7. Haunting of Hill House

The Haunting of Hill House is yet another adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s 1959 Gothic horror novel of the same name, but with a modern twist. The storytelling device of NBC’s massively successful series, This Is Us, is used to great effect, jumping between the central characters’ lives as children and their lives as adults in the present day. It’s a classic supernatural ghost story. The Haunting of Hill House is a surprisingly emotional family drama full of jump scares to keep the blood pumping, in between tears falling. I dare you to give it a watch!

The Haunting of Hill House | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

On October 12th, you're expected. The Haunting of Hill House is a modern reimagining of the iconic novel, about 5 siblings who grew up in the most famous haunted house in America.

8. Maniac

This comedy, led by stars Jonah Hill and Emma Stone, sees two lost souls participate in an unorthodox drug trial which seeks to "solve the mind". The troubled characters journey through multiple fantasy universes – not to mention their own slightly warped version of our world – as they attempt to come to terms with trauma from their past.

9. Big Mouth

Get ready to laugh until it hurts! Big Mouth is an animated comedy that explores all of the highs, lows, and awkward parts of adolescence. It’s full of rude and silly jokes, crazy characters and cringey moments but it’s done in a smart and totally relatable way.

10. Black Lightning

Black Lightning is an American superhero television series, based on the DC Comic character, created by Tony Isabella. The series is all about the retired Black Lightning returning to his hero duties and its effect on his family life. The show tackles important societal issues too, while simultaneously giving you all the intense action of a classic superhero series. There’s not a single dull moment in both seasons.

I hope my suggestions help you to discover a new show. If you’re in need of a social study break, you could use the private cinema to watch something with your mates.

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