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Stream Your Heart Out: What to Watch Online

by Brianna Dettlinger and Jess Weiss

Stranger Things

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Number of Seasons: 1

(8 episodes, 41-55 minutes)


Add this one to your must-watch list.

Set in Nov. 1983, Stranger Things follows the disappearance of 12-year-old boy- Will Byers- and his mother’s frantic search to find him in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, while Will’s best friends Lucas, Dustin, and Mike discover something a little more mysterious.

Winona Ryder continues her streak of excellent roles as Joyce Byers, Will’s distraught mother. Joyce is not the only great character in the series, though, as the show is brimming with them. From Dustin- Will’s friend with Cleidocranial Dysplasia- to Eleven- the little girl who will pull at your heartstrings- the cast reflects great writing and development of character in the span of a mere eight episodes.

Stranger Things has an X-Files-meets-Twin Peaks atmosphere to it. It is not so much scary as it is heartbreaking, spooky, and nostalgic.

If children riding their bikes until the streetlights shut off brings you back, Stranger Things is the show you need to watch on your next free weekend.

Netflix has approved a second season, anticipated to premiere sometime in 2017.


Genre: Biography/Drama

Seasons: 2

(20 episodes, 56 minutes)


History buffs and couch potatoes alike will hang on the edge of their seats while watching “Narcos,” a Netflix Original film adaptation that follows the story of Pablo Escobar and his Colombian drug cartel.

The story-line of “Narcos” is all based on a true story. It starts out with the protagonist and his partner, both DEA agents, traveling from America to Columbia to put an end to the war on drugs. This escalates into shootouts, car chases, and lots of blood.

Although this show is not for the faint-of-heart, I do recommend it to everyone. The visuals are phenomenal. The actors are made to look identical to the person they are portraying. You can catch some of the actors wearing the same outfits as the person they are portraying wears in real-life pictures.

Although most of it is in Spanish, it is so well produced that the subtitles make it seem that they are talking in English. The second season was just released on Netflix on Sept. 2, 2016, so you can forget about your classes for a while and binge away.

If you are into fast-paced drama that you can also learn history from, then “Narcos” is the show for you.

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