What Should I Watch on Netflix During Quarantine?

These are highly recommended shows to watch on Netflix whenever you want a new show to watch.

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Joanna Zhao

If you are looking to watch a romantic drama, “Crash Landing On You” is the perfect candidate. The excellent acting and wonderful depictions of people who seem to be in two extremely different countries will leave you in awe.

Are you looking for a new show to watch on Netflix? After two months of being in quarantine, it can feel like you have seen it all. Netflix’s seemingly never-ending catalog of movies and shows to choose from might make it intimidating for those who do not know what they want to watch next. If you need help with finding fresh and engaging new series and movies, here are some of Bronx Science’s favorites.  

More than half of twenty Bronx Science students surveyed replied that “The Office” was a show that they liked to watch. “‘The Office’ has lovable, relatable characters that I felt emotionally attached to by the end of the nine seasons. Each character is three-dimensional, so I really felt like I was a part of their bizarre office life. Months after finishing the last episode, I still clutch onto the jokes made in season one because ‘The Office’ is a memorable show,” Cadence Chen ’22 said. With nine seasons focusing on the hilarious interactions between office workers, you definitely will not have a shortage of episodes to watch. And if you’ve already seen it all, then maybe you can rewatch these memorable episodes. If you like sitcoms such as these, then check out shows like “Parks and Recreation,” “Community,” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

Furthermore, some of the most popular shows on Netflix now include “You” and “Tiger King.” The show “You” is a psychological thriller that centers around a serial killer named Joe Goldberg who falls in love with Guinevere Beck (season 1) and Love Quinn (season 2). “I think it’s a good show to watch because of the suspense and how the show gets us into Joe’s mind. He’s so in love with the idea of being in love. He does everything that he can do to achieve it. He truly believes that he is a good person and as part of the audience, I often find myself rooting for him, even though he’s really just super twisted,” Suporna Das ’20 said. 

On the other hand, “Tiger King” is a true crime documentary miniseries about the life of zookeeper Joe Exotic. The show explores the breeding of big cats and what happens behind the scenes with these eccentric characters. This show will undoubtedly leave you on the edge of your seat, in addition to a newfound understanding of viral  internet memes. If you enjoyed “Tiger King” and want to see more like it, consider “Casting JonBenet,” “Making a Murderer,” or “Abducted in Plain Sight.

Other shows that other Bronx Science students recommend also include: “Stranger Things,” “Black Mirror,” “The End of the World,” “The Good Place,” and “Breaking Bad.”

But for those of you that are avid Netflix watchers, you may have already seen all of the previous recommendations several times over. Although you may feel as though you have seen everything there is to see, there are a few other works that deserve a watch. If you are looking for a refreshing and engaging movie, I would recommend “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” This movie received an award for The Best Animated Film Oscar for 2018, and it is one of the best modern superhero movies. The movie replicates the nostalgic comic-book aesthetic, and it is a leap forward in terms of representation in superhero movies. This movie is the kind of movie that you can watch again and again, even if you are not a huge fan of Spider-Man. It has a perfect balance of comedic and heartfelt scenes, which makes it enjoyable to watch. Furthermore, it has an awesome soundtrack. 

Train to Busan” is another movie that I would highly recommend. This Korean movie is a zombie horror-thriller that follows a group of terrified passengers fighting their way through a countrywide viral outbreak while trapped on a bullet train ride to Busan, a southern resort city that has managed to hold off the zombie hordes. It has a perfect balance of emotional and typical thriller scenes. The film blends different genres while still maintaining its horror identity and it will keep you on edge. Not only does it effectively leave viewers hanging in suspense, but it also effectively appeals to the audience’s emotions. “The ending of ‘Train to Busan’ made me cry so much,” Becky Chen ’21 said. The movie has subtitles available on Netflix, which may be daunting to some. But as Bong Joon Ho, director of the movie “Parasite,” said: “Once you overcome the 1-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.”

Lastly, if you are looking for a romantic show that does not feature twisted killers, I would recommend the Korean drama “Crash Landing on You”! It is a Netflix original that tells the love story of a South Korean woman, Yoon Se-ri, and a North Korean Man, Ri Jeong-hyeok. A paragliding mishap drops Yoon Se-ri in North Korea — and into the life of Ri Jeong-hyeok — who decides that he will help her hide. Although the thought of this happening in real life is absurd, you cannot help but fall in love with the characters portrayed and their personalities. Amid scented candles and freshly-brewed coffee, Seri and Jeong-hyeok’s relationship is a warm and cosy romance that is made complicated by family conflicts, fights and brawls, past hurts, cultural differences, and geographical limitations.

Netflix has many great shows and movies from which to choose. If you are not sure what to watch next, hopefully this short list of wonderful shows and movies will be able to help.

Joanna Zhao
“Breaking Bad” is one of those binge-worthy TV shows that is loved by many people. Its prominent crime, drama, and thriller themes throughout the show, along with its many plot twists, make it difficult to stop watching. It also won many prestigious awards, along with praise from critics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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