What I Binge-Watched This Year

Netflix is pretty amazing. Everyone nowadays will most likely agree with me because where else can you watch unlimited episodes of a single show in record time?

Here is a list of all of the show I have watched over the calendar year with a little blurb and personal rating.

From NBC.com

Breaking Bad (watched up to season 4, episode 11): I actually started watching this show over winter break last year, so I officially started it in 2014. It was a struggle to get through the first season and a half, but I wanted to stick with it because I knew it was a good show. End of season two to where I stopped watching got better, however, some of the characters began to annoy me, particularly Walter’s wife and his assistant, Jesse. I did enjoy Saul, though, who is Walt’s sketchy lawyer (AMC made a spin-off called Better Call Saul; I watched the first season when it aired on TV. It was a prologue to Breaking Bad and how Saul became Saul). Maybe if I have some spare time or run out of things to watch I’ll finish the show. Rating: 7.5 out of 10

From The Trust Advisor

Bloodline (watched first three episodes of season 1): I wanted to watch this show because of Kyle Chandler, who played Coach Taylor in Friday Night Lights (the show, not the movie; the show is a lot better). It was confusing at first, and I had to Wikipedia the show to understand the basic premise of the show. There is some mysterious family drama and secrets between Chandler’s siblings, himself, and his parents. Similar to Breaking Bad, things aren’t explained right away; rather, the show makes you wait until the last few minutes of the episode. During the episodes I watched, some weird things happened, and it’s the kind of drama that I’m not exactly into. I know I didn’t watch enough of it to make a full conclusion, but it’s worth a shot. Rating: 6 out of 10

From Brain Junk Food

Grace and Frankie (watched all of season 1): this show is a Netflix original, the first one I have ever watched. The cast looked interesting, so I decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did. The main plot of the series is that Charlie Sheen’s dad and Jack McCoy (Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston) want divorces from their wives, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. Seems innocent enough until the women find out the reason why the men want a divorce: it’s because they’re in love with each other and want to get married. It’s such a unique story line and something you wouldn’t expect to ever happen. The show mainly focuses on the women’s reactions and how they create a bond with each other over the devastating news. I can’t wait for the second season to come out. Rating: 8 out of 10

From UK New on Netflix

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (watched all of season 1): this is another Netflix original show, and similar to Breaking Bad, I started watching it because of the recognition it was getting in the media. The show has a unique story line, like other Netflix originals: the main character, Kimmy, was held captive in a cell underground by a cult leader (Jon Hamm), but she escapes and travels by herself to New York City where she stumbles upon a rich family, led by Jane Krakowski, and gets a job as a nanny. She is known as a “Mole Woman” and keeps her past a secret from the family and her newfound friends. It’s rather quirky, and I watched the first season in less than a week. Each character has a different personality, and I can’t wait to see what other adventures Kimmy takes on in the second season. Rating: 8 out of 10

From Busted Halo

Parks and Recreation (watched all six seasons that are available): I never watched this show when it was on television, but I knew that it was really good, so I decided to give it a try. And I’m so glad I did. I was hooked by the first few episodes, and I watched all of the six seasons that are available on Netflix in about two months. The characters are so fantastic, and I think everyone wants to be Leslie Knope when they grow up. Rob Lowe’s character, Chris Traeger, stole the show for me during season two when he and Adam Scott, who plays Ben Wyatt and Leslie’s love interest, become regular characters. Chris Pratt as Andy Dwyer is so funny, and Ron Swanson is everyone’s grouchy uncle but has his moments where he’s totally loveable. I never thought a show about a park department in some little town in Indiana would be so great, but it is. I highly recommend this to anyone, AND I just found out that the 7th season is coming on January 13! Rating: 10 out of 10

From Twitter

John Mulaney: Comeback Kid (watched the Netflix special): I’ve watched John Mulaney’s specials in the past, and I think he’s hilarious. This special didn’t disappoint, and I was cracking up watching it in the library (it was better than working on a paper). If you want a good laugh, definitely watch this or any of John’s previous specials. Rating: 8 out of 10

From Netflix Life

Master of None (watched one episode of season 1): I saw this pop-up on Netflix in the front page ticker, and since I was almost done with Parks and Rec, I thought I’d watch a little of it because Aziz Ansari plays Tom Haverford in the show. I had high expectations for Master of None, but it fell short. I didn’t find it funny or really all that interesting. I should have watched more than just the pilot episode, but I wanted to watch other shows besides this one. Rating: 3 out of 10

From Music Times

Scrubs (watched 8 out of 9 seasons): I added this show to My List on Netflix while I was still watching Parks and Rec. I like the short comedy shows because I can watch a bunch while I’m at school doing work. I’m normally not into medical shows, but this show is pretty great. J.D. and Turk act like a couple, and everyone else in the hospital notices, too. J.D. has an on-again, off-again relationship with Elliot while Turk falls in love and then marries Carla, a nurse. Their attending doctor, Dr. Cox, is rude and crude towards J.D., calling him female names and belittling him. Dr. Kelso is the chief of medicine and public enemy #1 for most of the hospital staff. And I can’t forget the Janitor, who pulls pranks on J.D. and has a unique friendship with staff members. The show is told from J.D.’s point of view and relies on puns to create some of it’s comedy. I was going to give up after season 4, but I’m glad I stuck it out. In the later seasons, we see the characters’ personal lives progressing forward. I’m hoping to finish up the last season soon before the end of the year. Rating: 9 out of 10

On deck:

  • 30 Rock
  • A few comedy specials
  • ESPN 30 for 30‘s

One comment

  1. This is fantastic! I salute you and your Netflix binge-watching!! I also loved Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and cannot wait for the next season. I only watched the first episode of Master of None and was actually quite disappointed, because of all the hype I had heard. Never gotten into Breaking Bad, but really want to watch Scrubs and have John Mulaney on my queue.
    Great list!! 🙂

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