Five Shows to Binge This Summer

Five Shows to Binge This Summer

We all get bored during the summer months. Here's some of the best shows you'll want to add to your binge list.
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As summer break kicks into full swing, everyone is going their separate ways for the months to come, whether that be to work, to take summer courses, to go abroad, or to just lay on the couch contemplating the meaning of life for hours on end (I tend to be leaning towards that last one). We miss our friends from school and feel at a distance when we've all moved back home for three months, but there is one thing we can always share despite growing mileage between us: great TV. So here's five television shows you and your buddies can binge to bond during the time you're away from one another.

1) Girls

Aired on: HBO/HBO GO

Genre: comedy/drama

Rating: TV-MA

"Rotten Tomatoes" gives it: ~90% (averaging seasons)

Girls tells a story that I think many of us can relate to, albeit in maybe a more ostentatious way. This show tells the story of four young women trying to find their way in life, in love, and in themselves on the exciting backdrop of modern New York City. It focuses around greatly-differing characters--Hannah (Lena Dunham), the privileged writer who ignorantly tries to convey a struggle she doesn't face; Marnie (Allison Williams) , the uptight art gallery assistant who tries to make a singing career; Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet), the spunky but naïve NYU grad trying to make her way in the job market; and Jessa (Jemima Kirke), the English nomad with substance abuse problems who refuses to follow societal standards. Girls provides slicing comedy to alleviate constant drama with a great indie-film feel as it tells the story of young females facing the bitter truths of real adult life in a way that makes it seem...maybe not so bad, after all.

2) Bob’s Burgers

Aired on: FOX, Netflix

Genre: animation, comedy

Rating: TV-PG

“Rotten Tomatoes” gives it: 89%

You’ve never met a family like this. Follow the story of the Belcher family: Bob, the father and restaurateur of run-down burger shop; Linda, the quirky mom who is always ready to help her family and sing a song; Tina, the oldest daughter with a strange obsession with ponies and backsides; Gene, the middle son with a big appetite and a bigger imagination; and Louise, the youngest child and the evil mastermind of the family. This show is a refreshing take on cartoons geared towards an older audience with a plethora of unique, hilarious characters, and wacky, unpredictable situations. With its fifth season opened for streaming on Netflix, it’s a lighthearted, easy to watch show that will be a blast to binge.

3) Skins (UK)

Aired on: E4, Netflix

Genre: Drama

Rating: TV-MA

“Rotten Tomatoes” gives it: 75%

If you want Degrassi with a better storyline and English accents, Skins is perfect for you. While it has its bits of ridiculous drama, it isn’t as idealistic as some American programs. It covers the experiences of a group of English teenagers transitioning from high school to university and adulthood, and every character has flaws, faces real issues and actually experiences great struggle, rather than problems being magically fixed through coincidence and elitist parental control. They live quite liberally, but their reckless actions don’t come without consequence, reinforcing the non-idealistic themes that the show stresses. They aren’t perfect kids, they don’t all have great home lives to support them, and they don’t always make great decisions. But these flaws are what make them enthralling, and what makes the show as a whole an addictive emotional rollercoaster.

4) F is for Family

Aired on: Netflix

Genre: Animation, Comedy

Rating: TV-MA

“Rotten Tomatoes” gives it: 82%

Mix the crude humor of Family Guy with the overall feel of King of the Hill and you’ve got F is for Family. Well, it’s funnier than Family Guy, and definitely breaks a few more boundaries and takes itself more seriously. Showcasing the events of the Murphy family in 1970s American suburbia, they face struggles like any other family. However, take this show with caution. It is incredibly vulgar and non-PC, as was common during the 1970s. With overarching themes of emotional abuse, patriarchal expectations, and overall depression and discontent with life, it can be a heavy brick to swallow. However, these themes are weaved into humorous commentary and make an overall entertaining show. With only one season of six episodes, it would be very easy to binge, but be warned at its themes. But if you’re into darker, more crude humor, then this may be your match.

5) Continuum

Aired on: Showcase, Netflix

Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller, Action/Adventure

Rating: TV-PG

“Rotten Tomatoes” gives it: 83%

Be warned: you will get addicted to this show. Continuum tells the story of Kiera Cameron, a law enforcement officer from 2077 Vancouver fighting a terrorist group, Liber8, and while in pursuit of them finding herself trapped in the year 2012 along with the criminals, who used time travel to escape execution. She is forced to cooperate with 2012 Vancouver police officers to try to catch the terrorists from altering the past in an attempt to end the regime that reigns in the future, while at the same time maintaining a cover of an everyday 2012 Canadian woman. Throughout this show you meet some fantastic characters, all intriguing and none unimportant. The show has twist after twist and you’ll be on the edge of your seat for every episode. Trust me, this isn’t a show where you can easily predict the ending. Not to mention the special effects are pretty impressive. Continuum has a great mix of crime action, sci-fi technology, and drama to entertain any audience. So strap in, kids. It’s gonna be a long ride.



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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.

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Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.


I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.


I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.


As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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