5 Of The Best True Crime Shows To Binge On Netflix This Semester

5 Of The Best True Crime Shows To Binge On Netflix This Semester

Hopefully, you'll never have to spend 45 minutes picking out your next Netflix binge.

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If you're like me and have spent the majority of your winter break laying in your bed watching Netflix, then you're probably running out of shows to watch. Truthfully, I've probably spent more time scrolling through Netflix trying to find the perfect thing to watch than actually watching a show. That's why I've compiled a list of some of the best true crime docuseries currently available on Netflix.

1. "Flint Town"

"Flint Town" profiles the police force in Flint, Michigan and their struggles with the growing crime rate. Flint still does not have clean water which makes the conditions the police force work under increasingly difficult. Through one season totaling eight episodes, the filmmakers highlight key issues while also addressing day to day lives of the police officers for two years. This Netflix original brings attention to both the continuing water crisis in Flint, Michigan and how it affects the local government and the citizens of the town.

2. "The Staircase"

"The Staircase" follows the suspicious death of Kathleen Peterson. Consisting of one season totaling 12 episodes, the filmmakers take you through the entire trial from start to finish while providing in-depth interviews with family, as well as the lawyers. Perhaps one of the most interesting series I've ever watched, "The Staircase" had me completely interested within the first ten minutes of watching it.

3. "Making A Murderer"

Another Netflix original, "Making A Murderer" follows the wrongful conviction of Stephen Avery and the blatant corruption in his small town's police force. Made up of two parts, it's super easy to crawl into bed and spend your entire day binge-watching the entire series.

4. "The Innocent Man"

"The Innocent Man" takes a close look at two murders that took place in the town of Ada, Oklahoma in the 1980s. Based upon the book by John Grisham (who provides interviews during the series), the show features several interviews with family members as well as lawyers and members of the prosecution teams. The series, which is made up of six parts, was released on December 14th of last year and has already quickly become popular on Netflix. With the mix of actual footage from the trials and eyewitness accounts, the show is incredibly interesting and will have you hooked immediately.

5. "The Confession Tapes"

"The Confession Tapes" is made up of one season totaling seven episodes. Each one outlining a new case and the methods in which the police officers investigating the case got the confessions. This series shows how easily one can be tempted to provide a false confession and the pressures and stress that come along with being interrogated by police officers. Each episode goes back and investigates a case, from start to finish, where the subjects featured say that their confession was coerced or involuntary in some way. The in-depth interviews mixed with the audio from some of the actual confession tapes makes for an extremely interesting series.

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If you're a fan of true crime and never know what to watch these are the five best options that won't leave you bored halfway through like some series. Hopefully, you'll never have to spend 45 minutes picking out your next Netflix binge.

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.
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When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

You can only watch it so many times...

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"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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