The Definitive Ranking Of Netflix's Christmas Rom-Coms, From Bingeworthy To Cringeworthy

The Definitive Ranking Of Netflix's Christmas Rom-Coms, From Bingeworthy To Cringeworthy

When you're snuggled up at 10 p.m. in Christmas PJs and a hot cup of cocoa, here are some movies that will make you feel merry and bright.

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Romantic comedy. A genre that never ceases to amaze me. Love can create so many stories. At Christmas time, these stories get a little bit cheesier and snowier, but that doesn't mean they're all bad. Here is how the Christmas love stories on Netflix break down.

1. BINGE: "A Christmas Prince"

This movie is one of the best things Netflix has ever done. It takes place in Aldovia, a fictional European country, and follows Amber Moore, a journalist from New York, as she discovers and reports on all of the wonders of this snowy, quaint kingdom. The Prince and soon to be King, Richard, and Amber bicker and argue, but with the help of Richard's sister, Princess Emily, the two start to grow closer and eventually fall in love. And they just made a sequel. So basically, we all want to move to Aldovia now.

2. BINGE: "The Holiday Calendar" 

I won't lie, the first time I watched it I cried. Probably because I'm a generally sappy person. But this story is so heartwarming. It's about friendship, love, finding your passion, and family. Plus, Abby Sutton is a forced to be reckoned with and I love her. You will, too. We stan.

3. CRINGE: "A Dogwalker's Christmas Tale"

I can't say that this movie doesn't have redeeming qualities... like dogs. I am a sucker for dogs. But the movie starts off with a girl seeking work because she can't afford a necklace after she maxes out her credit card... that her parents provide for her... and when she does find a job, so only starts to like it after like a million people convince her it isn't that bad. Not my favorite.

4. CRINGE: "The Spirit Of Christmas"

A story of a businesswoman attempting to help sell an old hotel in the middle of nowhere. The man working in the hotel warns her it is haunted. And guess what... it is. With an actor that looks like Henry Cavill as a hipster (not a bad thing, but like... odd for a ghost.) There were cute moments in the movie, but there was so much going on during the film that it wasn't really all that enjoyable.

5. BINGE: "Christmas Wedding Planner"

Is this movie going to win an Oscar? No. Is it going to make you want to get married at Christmas time and solve a few mysteries? Absolutely.

6. CRINGE: "Merry Kissmas"

So, picture this. You're engaged to a cheating, overdramatic, needy, and rather controlling choreographer. BUT, one morning, while visiting the town where his show is performing (the Nutcracker), you are running to escape a shop owner and somehow run into an apartment complex, into the elevator, grab the stranger standing next to you, and start making out. For no reason?? Love this plot. Phenomenal writing. They cast beautiful characters but other than that I can't see how this movie could get over a 1% on Rotten Tomatoes. (Its audience score is 21%... somehow?)

7. BINGE: "The Princess Switch"

Vanessa Hudgens playing Stacy DeNovo AND Lady Margaret. One is a fun baker from Chicago who is best friends with Kevin, her sou chef, and his daughter Olivia. The other is a duchess who is engaged to the prince of Belgravia, even though they aren't in love and it's more of a strategic arrangement. When DeNovo, Kevin, and Olivia travel to Belgravia for a baking competition, she happens to run into Lady Margaret. And then there is a whole "Parent Trap" situation and the two trade places for a bit. It's wild.

8. CRINGE: "Christmas With A View"

I don't know what is worse; the way the movie forces awkward chemistry between two of the main characters or the fact that the main characters best friend's name is Bonnie and she's dating a man named Clive. What? I really don't have words for this film.

9. CRINGE: "Christmas Inheritance"

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Eliza Taylor. She is amazing in "The 100." But this movie is a little too chaotic. Her love interest is like lowkey mean to her for the first third of the movie.

10.  BINGE: "Love Actually"

THIS DOES NOT NEED ANY KIND OF EXPLANATION. THIS MOVIE WILL WARM YOUR HEART AND MAKE YOU FEEL THINGS. IT'S PHENOMENAL AND IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE. THIS I CAN CONFIRM.

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The 20 Best Episodes Of Spongebob Squarepants

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After nearly 20 years on the air, Spongebob Squarepants has become the staple of many childhoods for kids of all ages. Some of the most memorable episodes of this show have made a lasting impact on pop culture and it's own legacy as one of the most popular cartoons of all-time. Here are just 20 of the best Spongebob Squarepants episodes ever released.



20. Survival of the Idiots (Season 3)

Spongebob and Patrick find themselves locked inside Sandy's dome for the winter, leaving them to fend for themselves and find some form of entertainment.



19. Idiot Box (Season 3)

Spongebob buys a television solely for it's box, leaving Squidward to struggle with comprehending the simplicity of living off of imagination for entertainment.



18. Something Smells (Season 2)

Spongebob makes a Sunday Sundae that trashes his breath (and his reputation) across Bikini Bottom.



17. Squilliam Returns (Season 3)

Squidward takes over the Krusty Krab for the night in an attempt to impress high school rival Squilliam Fancyson and his elite group of friends.



16. No Free Rides (Season 2)

Desperate to get Spongebob out of the classroom, Mrs. Puff does whatever it takes to get the sponge his license - even if he doesn't deserve it.



15. Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III (Season 2)

Left to housesit for their favorite undersea superheroes, Spongebob and Patrick release one of Bikini Bottom's most notorious villains (Man Ray) in exchange for his promise to be good.



14. Shanghaied (Season 2)

After being taken captive on the Flying Dutchman's ship, Spongebob and Patrick help the phantom scare everyone under the seven seas (sort of.)



13. Frankendoodle (Season 2)

Things get out of hand when a "magic" pencil falls into Spongebob's hands and one of his doodles runs haywire.


12. Graveyard Shift (Season 2)

The night shift gets the better of Spongebob and Squidward when a rogue ghost story haunts their every move throughout the evening.



11. Sailor Mouth (Season 2)

Spongebob and Patrick struggle to clean up their act after learning a dirty word they somehow cannot seem to stop saying, and Mr. Krabs won't have it.


10. The Camping Episode (Season 3)

Squidward tries to prove he's a true outdoorsmen (to no avail) after feeling challenged by Spongebob and Patrick's camp-out just feet from his home.



9. Mid-Life Crustacean (Season 3)

Mr. Krabs joins Spongebob and Patrick on a night of reckless fun in an attempt to get in touch with his inner youth and impress his daughter, Pearl.


8. Krusty Krab Training Video (Season 3)

The inner workings of the Krusty Krab are revealed in this episode dedicated to breaking down all of the hoopla surrounding the restaurant's success and "training" all prospective employees.



7. SB-129 (Season 1)

Squidward journeys through the space-time continuum after finding himself locked in the Krusty Krab freezer for thousands of years, bringing us one of today's most popular memes.


6. Club Spongebob (Season 3)

After launching Spongebob's treehouse into the middle of nowhere, Squidward desperately seeks an escape route while Spongebob and Patrick obey the orders of their master, the Magic Conch Shell.


5. Pizza Delivery (Season 1)

In one of Season 1's most iconic episodes, Spongebob and Squidward trek across the ocean to deliver the Krusty Krab's first ever pizza. Little do they realize they bit off more than they could chew.





4. Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV (Season 3)

When Mermaid Man accidentally leaves his belt behind at the Krusty Krab, Spongebob goes on a mission to return it to him, as reluctant as he may be.


3. Rock Bottom (Season 1)

After finding himself stranded in the depths of Rock Bottom, Spongebob struggles to escape the town and it's dark clutches as buses repeatedly elude the sponge.



2. Chocolate with Nuts (Season 3)

In an attempt to live the "fancy life," Spongebob and Patrick travel door to door selling their chocolate in any way possible, encountering some colorful characters along the way.



1. Band Geeks (Season 2)

The Season 2 finale of this classic cartoon brings some of the heartiest laughs and the most memorable jokes in the entire series as Squidward struggles to get his ragtag marching band in shape for the Bubble Bowl.

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Netflix's 'Sex Education' Is Relatable For Any Young Person, Even If You've Already Got It All Figured Out

It portrays overlooked struggles as real issues, and although it utilizes some tired cliches, it touches your heart.

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Like many others, I'm sure, I binge-watched Netflix throughout my break from school. I first came across "Sex Education" on Twitter, and after watching the trailer I was immediately excited for the release of the actual show. The show is composed of eight episodes, about an hour each, and I finished it in two days. Eight hours of tv is a bit much, I know, but "Sex Education" is addicting, and despite its comedic name it's a commentary on how it feels to be young that will make you both laugh and cry.

The story follows Otis, a straight boy nearing the end of high school. Otis is the son of a sex therapist, a fact he tries desperately to hide from his peers at school. His best friend Eric, however, knows the truth. Otis and Eric are inseparable, and while Otis struggles with his fear of sex and his overly sexual, prying mother, Eric is openly gay and attempting to figure out who he wants to be. The two become close with Maeve, the "bad" girl of the school, unfairly labeled as a "slut" since a young age and struggling to pay rent for her trailer park space. Otis is odd and at times painfully awkward, but Maeve recognizes an ability in him to deal with the sexual and emotional problems of other students. She hatches a plan: a sex clinic where Otis can therapize the students that she schedules for him.

The show is hilarious, everything from Otis' mother's attempts to therapize her sexually repressed son, to Eric's constant silliness and quick wit, to fellow student Adam's nude appearance in the cafeteria, will have you cracking up. "Sex Education" talks plainly about sex, as one would expect from its name, but it also explores the not so sexy, uncomfortable, embarrassing aspects of sex. It discusses the taboo and makes the tricky questions laughable and easy to talk about. It's a show I wish I could've watched in high-school because it makes it known that sex, and relationships, are not perfect, and that it's hard for a lot of people to figure them out.

Otis goes through the ups and downs of the relationships of his clients, and of his own relationships. He's kind, funny, and surprisingly in-tune with the difficulties of connecting with another person for a boy who can't handle any kind of sexual encounter without experiencing failure or intense anxiety. There's almost nothing "Sex Education" doesn't touch on and its most admirable attribute is that it does not portray anyone's experience in a judgmental light. As a viewer, you feel empathetic to all the characters despite what any of them do.

"Sex Education" is weird, funny, sweet, sad, and it's incredibly relatable for any young person, even if you think you've already got it all figured out. It portrays overlooked struggles as real issues, and although it utilizes some tired cliches, it touches your heart. So for anyone looking for something to binge, as I was, I hope you have Netflix and about eight hours to spare because the story of Otis and his friends is worth it.

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