On Friday afternoon, school bells will ring and release thousands of high schoolers for a weeklong break from their day-to-day responsibilities of attending class and doing homework.
Some will head to after-school jobs or even seasonal employment. Others may pack their belongings and head to grandma’s house for Thanksgiving. And some will entertain themselves at home in front of the television, tablet or iPhone.
Fortunately, a couple of members of the Young Edge crew at The Times are sharing their favorite movie and television shows on Netflix to binge-watch during the Thanksgiving season.
NO. 1: “SCANDAL”
Olivia Pope, a Washington, D.C., crisis manager, and her team take on the job of handling public relations for the biggest scandals in the nation’s capital, as well as a few of her own.
This series is extremely suspenseful, intriguing and well-written. WARNING: The show is extremely addictive and will leave viewers fangirling over President Fitzgerald Grant played by Tony Goldwyn by the end of the first season.
NO. 2: “ONE TREE HILL”
Don’t be fooled by the lame summary Netflix gives you; this show is amazing.
The storyline is about two half brothers and their struggle to make it through life without giving into the identities their father has labeled them with.
I highly recommend it because of its plot and storyline. Not only does the series show them in high school, but it follows them into their adult lives and they even have kids of their own.
The characters are well developed, making it easy to empathize with them on some level.
NO. 3: “THE TOMORROW PEOPLE”
Even if you’re not really into sci-fi type productions, this series is one you don’t want to miss. Teenager Stephen Jameson discovers he has the powers of telepathy, telekinesis and teleportation. Then he learns a secret agency is hunting his kind, the evolved humans. He joins the Tomorrow People to face off against his uncle, find his dad and save his new friends.
This show only has 22 episodes, making it easy to finish in a short amount of time.
Other top picks: “Forrest Gump,” “Friends” and “The Office”
NO. 1: “X-FILES”
“X-Files” follows the careers and personal lives of two FBI agents as they investigate extraterrestrial and paranormal activity. Scully, a scientific skeptic, and Mulder, a firm believer in the existence of intelligent life outside of Earth and government conspiracies, work together to solve cases and get to the bottom of the mysteries they encounter.
This is my all-time favorite show. Every episode starts with someone dying in a weird way, and the two agents have to figure out how along with the twists and turns of having suspects not always of Earth. The show ties science and myth together in such a way the difference is sometimes blurred beyond recognition, making everything incredibly believable.
WARNING: I do not recommend watching this show alone in the dark at night, if you want to sleep for the next week. There is so much suspense, and when the last scene reveals the truth of what happened, you will be begging for the next episode.
NO. 2: “DAREDEVIL”
Daredevil is the hero name of Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer living in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. In the show, Murdock fights for justice on the streets as a masked vigilante and in the courtroom as a lawyer. He fights for the people with no voice and against the corrupt in power who look to bring down his beloved city.
With “Daredevil,” there is something for everyone. An attractive and charming main character with some serious game with the ladies, the comic relief of his business partner, Foggy Nelson, and tons of awesome fighting/action scenes with the hero giving the bad guys the hardcore beatings. The comics come alive in this Netflix original series, perfect for comic book fanatics and viewers looking for good action/ adventure entertainment.
No. 3: “LEVERAGE”
A crew of high-tech professional criminals band together to turn their careers around: they still steal from the rich, but now they give back to the poor.
Led by Nate Ford, the team includes a tech geek, a fighter, a cat burglar and an actress. Together, the five criminals work to help people who have been unable to receive recompense for their various sufferings from big companies who have averted the law by using loopholes.
For carrying out such serious scams and crimes, this show is surprisingly lighthearted. The team dynamic constantly changes. Their pasts surface in certain episodes, as they connect personally with their clients.
It is a great show to watch with the family, because it has a great storyline and is clean.
Other top picks: “MASH,” “Merlin” and “Sherlock”