5 Terribly Great Shows You Need To Watch Right Now

5 Terribly Great Shows You Need To Watch Right Now

Only if you're into the darker, grittier types.

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As a college student, I rarely have any time on my hands but when I do, I watch Netflix. However, I must confess my guilty pleasure: I am inexplicably obsessed with dark, edgy, death-infused, and MOSTLY fictional TV shows. There is just something so soothing about watching a fictional character experience human suffering -- whether it be physical or emotional. I love to watch a character kick the shit out of some bad guys. Or maybe I'll even unwind to a woman dying in a continuous loop she can't seem to escape from. The absolute best part of Netflix is its ability to satiate my need for grittier shows. Here's some binge-worthy material for the darkest of souls.

1. "Happy!"

Originally premiering on Syfy, "Happy!" tells the story of an ex-cop who has found solace in drink and mercenary work while hiding from his troubled past. So, what's the kick? An imaginary flying unicorn named Happy who aids him on his misadventures. Based on the comic book series by Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson, this dark comedy is not for the faintest of heart.

2. "Maniac"

This dramatic miniseries cast both Emma Stone and Jonah Hill as the dual leads. She's haunted by troubled relationships with her sister and mother and he's a paranoid schizophrenic. They both sign up for a mysterious three-day drug trial, what could go wrong? Everything, absolutely everything.

3. "Umbrella Academy"

Another superhero show on Netflix? What a surprise. But hey, before you scroll past this entry just think about it: a robot mother, seven superhero siblings, and a talking chimpanzee. These seven estranged siblings are brought back by the death of their adopted father and with their reunion comes their problematic relationships. The show may take a while to take-off, but when it does, wow does it go.

4. "Black Mirror"

Honestly, if you haven't heard of "Black Mirror" yet you're extremely late to the party. Labeled the modern day "Twilight Zone", this show examines the dark themes that surround our obsession with technology. Each episode is its own story, so don't worry about skipping around.

5. "Russian Doll"

A dark and feminist-take on "Groundhog Day", "Russian Doll's" main character Nadia gets stuck in a mysterious loop on her birthday. Played by the great Natasha Lyon, she navigates her never-ending lives (and deaths) with quick-wit and an endless string of cigarettes. Throughout the show, she must face her innermost demons while also trying not to die on the stairs.

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6 Places in New York City Every "Friends" Fan Needs To Visit

Grab a cup of coffee at Central Park.
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As a "Friends" fanatic myself, I often wonder about the places in New York City featured in the various episodes and whether I could actually visit them. Most of them are fictional or no longer exist, but there are a few places you can go to reminisce about your favorite "Friends" moments. So, here are six places in New York City you definitely need to visit as a "Friends" fan.

1. The Apartment Building, Obviously

The building used for the exterior shot of the apartments in "Friends" is real and is located at 90 Bedford Street at the corner of Grove Street in Greenwich Village. It's an obvious must-see.

2. The Pulitzer Fountain

This is the fountain that the friends danced around in for the iconic theme song, and it's located right in Central Park.

3. Bloomingdale's

This is the department where Rachel worked before she moved on to Ralph Lauren, where she met Joshua, and where she started her career in fashion.

4. The Plaza Hotel

This is where Monica and Chandler celebrated their engagement in "The One WIth Monica's Thunder," and is actually really gorgeous.

5. The Central Perk Replica

While Central Perk isn't a real coffee shop, a pop-up replica opened up in 2014 on Lafayette Street and it's definitely a must-visit.

6. Chandler's Office

The fictional Chandler works in the real Solow Building, located on West 57th street.

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5 TV Shows To Binge Watch When You Aren't Stressing About College

My top five shows to binge watch as a college student.

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Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu are a college students best friend. These are my top 5 shows you should watch while hanging out in your dorm room.

1. "The Office"

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"The Office" is definitely an easy show to binge. Its dry humor and sarcasm can be hard to grasp at first, but eventually, you'll start chuckling at everything Michael says. The characters are all different, so you'll probably be able to relate to them in your own way. Not only is it a comedy, but it also adds in some romance and drama. The things that Dwight, Jim, Pam, and the others do will make you think that working at a paper company really isn't too bad. I don't want to spoil anything for you, so you'll just have to watch it on your own. (That's what she said.)

2. "Sex and the City"

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"Sex and the City" is a total classic. I remember when I was younger I heard about the show, but there was no way I was going to watch it. When I got to college I realized there was a lot about the world I hadn't learned. I started watching this show and was instantly hooked. If you love Manhattan and the hustle and bustle of the city, you will fall in love with the show. Carrie Bradshaw and her three best friends show the true meaning of "girl power" as they take on life and love together in the big city.

3. "Gilmore Girls"

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Another classic, "Gilmore Girls," is an amazing show to watch especially if you're leaving your mom for college. Rory and her mother Lorelai are best friends. It reminded me of my own mother and I, so I ended up watching all seven seasons in one month. It seemed to be so innocent at first, but it is more drama filled than expected. It's interesting to watch her go through high school, just like I did, and experience everything a normal teen would. And who wouldn't want to watch Melissa McCarthy every episode? Of course, I won't spoil this for anyone either, but I will always be #TeamLogan.

4. "The Flash"

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I'm typically not into superhero movies or shows, but I was hooked to "The Flash." Rather than being just a basic hero who wins everything and gets the girl, Barry (The Flash) overcomes some pretty intense things throughout his life. After every season I thought the show was going to end, but they came up with so many twists. There was never a dull moment in the show, and you'll learn that not everything is as it seems. There's tragedy, romance, comedy, and a whole lot of drama. What else could you ask for in a show?

5. "Atypical"

"Atypical" is a very easy show to binge. It's honestly very fascinating and has a huge amount of drama. For Sam, life seems to be harder until he finds out that everyone's life is just as hard as his. Their family is different than most, and it taught me a lot of lessons to be a better person. You can finish one whole season in just one night with a couple of people. If you ever need a show to just watch one night with your friends, this is it.

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