Bingeable shows to get us through the gray winter days
By Amelia Spence, Reporter
Spooky season has come and gone, and hopefully taken with it the horrific slasher flicks and emotionally draining psychological thrillers that have caused so many sleepless nights. Now, as Vashon settles further into fall, we too must settle — into our blankets and couches, to cleanse our minds with bingeable TV that will soothe rather than spook.
Gilmore Girls (2000-2007)
This show centers around the unique relationship between a mother and daughter. It could be defined as a combination of the teen high school drama of “Riverdale” — minus all the cults and murder — the kind relationships of “Great British Bakeoff”, and the risque jokes of “My Little Pony”.
“Gilmore Girls” follows the daughter Rory as she goes through high school and college. It’s one of those shows that makes you feel a little bit better about the world when you watch it. So next time life is getting you down, turn it on and allow yourself to be immersed in a world of witty dialogue, small-town politics, and one girl’s journey into adulthood.
The Office (2005-2013)
Want to see an incompetent boss make mistakes and disappoint his employees, but reading about the White House is too depressing? NBC’s “The Office” is a good second choice. The show is made in a mockumentary style and follows a paper company in Pennsylvania. Don’t worry, it is nowhere near as boring as that description makes it sound. Yes, a lot of people have already seen it, but I have to include “The Office” for two reasons: one, it is the perfect show to binge, with a hilarious, sometimes painfully awkward cast of characters and consistently funny episodes; and two, even if you’ve already seen it, it’s one of the most rewatchable shows of all time. I don’t know what it is about this paper company that’s so enticing, but I’ve watched some episodes five times and counting.
Atypical (2017- present)
One element of a good bingeable show is a plot that doesn’t linger too long on any one plot point, as this leads to viewer boredom. If anything, “Atypical” over-delivers in this category. The third season came out November 1, and I found myself having difficulty watching it as I spent so much time trying to remember who had punched whom and which of the couples were still together. To avoid this confusion, I would recommend getting comfortable and watching the show in one go. It follows Sam, a teenager with autism, as he navigates high school, his family, and romantic relationships.
Filled with sweet moments and a healthy dose of zoological information, “Atypical” is the perfect show to watch when you’re stressed and want to feel better about the world, while also learning more than you could ever need to know about the mating habits of penguins..