What You Should be Binging on Netflix

Truth be told, the best TV shows in 2015 are available to stream on Netflix, including Bob’s Burgers, Once Upon a Time, and Parks and Recreation. Who needs cable when you can binge watch and binge re-watch?

Bob’s Burgers

Following the Belcher family of Ocean Avenue, Bob’s Burgers is an adult cartoon with quirky, slightly inappropriate characters. In actuality, the show gives an accurate representation of everyday childhood woes, including fangirling, handling a crush, and holding a job. Tina, the oldest of the Belcher children, struggles with forbidden love, as she falls for the rival restaurateurs’ son, Jimmy Jr. Gene, the middle child, shows his personality through his music, and gives Bob a chance for male bonding. Louise, the family pessimist, uses tricks and a cynical sense of humor to get the kids in trouble, which lands them in an abandoned taffy factory and an inescapable cruise ship.

Once Upon a Time

This modern-day twist on fairy tales, a topic that could become cliché very easily, is refreshingly unpredictable. Originally unappealing characters such as Rumplestiltskin and Captain Hook are given new life as love interests. Some characters, like Peter Pan and Little Red Riding Hood, are plagued with curses that transform them into villains. Many beloved Disney characters including Elsa and Anna of Frozen, Belle and Jiminy Cricket also make an appearance. These characters, however, are trapped in the town of Storybrooke, Maine.  The main character, Emma is labeled as the “Chosen One” shortly after a young boy named Henry shows up at her apartment in New York and tells her she must fulfill her destiny elsewhere. She later learns that she must protect the people of Storybrooke by defeating a curse so everyone can continue their enchanted lives.

Parks and Recreation

Former Saturday Night Live Cast Member Amy Poehler leads an all-star cast in this hilarious romp about a dysfunctional parks and recreation department in Pawnee, Indiana, which Leslie Knope, played by Poehler, claims to be the “Best Town in America.” Throughout the show’s seven seasons, Leslie influences some of the city’s youth, including Andy Dwyer and April Ludgate. Andy and April’s relationship has been described as a dog married to a cat. April’s sharp cynicism juxtaposed to Andy’s loveable idiocy creates a hilarious duo, unseen in two protagonists. The show also has hyperbolized characters such as town goof Jerry/Larry/Barry/Terry/Garry Gergich entrepreneur Tom Haverford, fabulous Donna Meagle, and over-enthusiastic Chris Trager.  Some episodes even include heart-warming songs like “5,000 Candles in the Wind” and “Sex Bears.”