What you should be watching on Netflix

Sick of re-watching “Parks and Recreation” over and over and over again? That show will never get old, but me too. Here are some of Netflix’s fresh new shows and movies that you can sink your teeth into. From murder mysteries to socially-conscious comedies, Netflix is stocked this season with must-see material.

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Making A Murderer

Making A Murderer was released on Netflix on Dec. 18 and quickly became binge-inducing television phenomenon. The story follows Steven Avery, a man from Manitowoc County, Wisconsin before and after his trial for the murder of 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach and the paralleling trial of his nephew, Brendan Dassey. It’s a documentary-style show which includes interviews and clips from the trials. It made me (and my entire family) equally sad and confused. I’m going to be honest with you: this show is emotionally harrowing. My family and I finished it in two days; it’s addicting the way shows like Naked and Afraid or Survivor are addicting: they’re real and scary. If Stephen King was the head writer for “Dateline,” he would write a show like this.

 

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Master of None

Master of None, Aziz Ansari’s new comedy, premiered on Nov. 6 and is, hands down, the best thing on Netflix right now. This hilarious modern season is targeted at Gen X and is a quirky critique of present-day relationships, show-business, racism and the parent-child disconnect. It follows the personal, romantic and business life of aspiring actor, Dev, in New York City. Ansari’s love interest is played by former Saturday Night Live cast member, Noel Wells. With episode plotlines like taking care of his friend’s kids for the day, learning more about his parents (played by his actual parents) and shooting an action movie, the show is never boring. One of the highlights of the show is the placement of Dev’s “token white friend,” Arnold, played by Eric Wareheim. The show rejects stereotypes and calls out the television and film industry for racist tendencies in an effective and hilarious way. Personally, I didn’t find it laugh out loud hilarious because I am not the demographic it targets, but it is still really enjoyable. If you’re looking for something new, this is the first thing I would recommend.

 

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Fuller House

Fuller House, the continuation of the late 80s/90s sitcom, Full House, will be released on Netflix on Feb. 26. The familiar faces from the ABC smash hit will reunite for another 13 episode season as a Netflix original. The plot is based around D.J. Tanner, widow and mother of three, who calls in the assistance of her sister Stephanie and childhood pal, Kimmy Gibbler, when things get too hectic. Although it is technically a reunion, Bob Saget is only scheduled to appear in one episode, and John Stamos in two (which is very disappointing). Child stars Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen will not be making any appearances, so if you were a huge D.J. fan, this is what you want, but if are looking to reminisce about your childhood, this season may be missing the characters you are looking for.

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Dope

The already-released-in-theatres film, Dope, reached Netflix on Feb.10. The movie follows Malcolm, a stereotypical nerd attending high school in a rough neighborhood, and his two straight-edge friends. The movie is categorized as a comedy, crime and drama. The protagonist comes into some trouble when attending a party and accidentally getting stuck with drug paraphernalia. Through his adventures, viewers are taken through a coming-of-age high school story that everyone can relate to: college, relationship and bully struggles. The movie received five award wins, including Best Screenplay by the African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), and 20 other nominations. This is a definite must-see.