Documentary: Planet Earth
Have you ever wanted to go on a safari across the globe, but maybe not had the time, energy, or money? Well, do we have a show for you! Released in 2006, "Planet Earth" is the most expensive nature documentary ever made, taking over five years to be filmed. It covers anything and everything, so long as it’s on our planet, Earth. From the hottest deserts to the coldest glaciers, BBC’s camera crew spared no expense in capturing the essence of nature. Did I mention they also made a sequel in 2016?
Romantic Comedy: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
If you’ve been on the Internet for any amount of time in the past two months, you’ve probably heard of this one. "To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before" has taken ahold of the rom-com market and refused to let go. The movie follows the life of a girl who writes letters to all the boys she’s fell in love with. And, of course, like with any rom-com, the letters get discovered, antics ensue, and, well, you get the idea. If you’re a fan of rom-coms, and for whatever reason you haven’t checked this one out yet, it’s probably worth your time.
Situational Comedy: The Office
Did you really think it was possible to make a list of binge worthy Netflix shows without including "The Office?" You’ve seen it. I’ve seen it. We’ve all seen it. "The Office" has been a comedy sensation ever since it debuted in the early 2000’s on NBC. Now, with its inclusion on Netflix, it’s easier than it ever has been to press play and watch the hours pass as you become invested in the highly personalized and hilarious reflection of our modern working life.
Action: Black Panther
"Avengers: Infinity War" opened this year and wowed viewers not only by being a film in the highly successful "Avengers" series, but because it acted as a culmination of all past Marvel movies since "Iron Man" debuted ten years ago. So really, there’s a lot to catch up on, and Netflix has got your back. "Black Panther," which only released in theaters this year, is already up on Netflix. Did I mention Kendrick Lamar helped produce the soundtrack? There’s plenty of other Marvel movies on Netflix too, like "Thor: Ragnarok," and "Doctor Strange," and with the upcoming launch of Disney’s own Netflix-like service, these movies may not be on Netflix much longer.
"Maniac" is a hard show to describe. Launched just last month, Maniac follows two test subjects in a pharmaceutical trial, played by Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, as they are drugged and hooked up to a self-aware computer. And I’ll just say things don’t quite go as planned. It’s been called “the best Netflix original since Stranger Things”, and I’d have to agree. Not only is the world of "Maniac" an interesting one, seemingly an 80’s inspired version of our current age, but the characters are just as interesting, delving into the world of trauma, mental illness, and schizophrenia. "Maniac" is not a show you want to miss.