11 Series That Are Perfect For Binge-Watching

11 Series That Are Perfect For Binge-Watching

We have plenty of time to lay in bed and watch a few ... series.

I know, I know; Thanksgiving break just ended and now you have a million things to do before you can even think about break. Everyone has seen the classics: "Friends", "How I Met Your Mother", "The Office", etc. This list is more for the “I’ve already watched that” type of person. So, write all of your papers and study until you can’t think any more so you can knock those finals out of the park (but really just get a C). Once your mind is numb from all of the information that you don’t remember anymore, check out the 12 best shows to binge over break.

1. "This is Us"

Grab the tissues because you’ll want to cry during every episode of this show. It has Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia (Jess from "Gilmore Girls") so it has to be good. The show follows a family with triplets and flips back and forth between their present-day lives and their lives as kids. It portrays some struggles that are all too real and watching the family laugh, fight and live through their many stages of life. Found on Hulu.

2. "Atypical"

This show is all about Sam, a teenager on the autism spectrum and his family. His life is slightly different than the average teenager and he struggles a little bit more with teen activities like dating, reading social cues and being honest (sometimes a little too honest). It’s a Netflix original which may make you a little skeptical but don’t let that deter you from the show. A Netflix original — so found on Netflix.

3. "New Girl"

Do you ever catch yourself in an awkward situation? Of course you do, everyone does. But, for Jess Day of "New Girl", her life is one gigantic awkward moment…mixed in with a few not as awkward moments. She rocks a unique style which she pairs with great bangs and lives in a loft with four roommates who happen to all be dudes. This presents a slew of benefits and setbacks as Jess tries to live her life as a sometimes single, teacher who tries to make friends out of her new roommates. Found on Netflix and Hulu, although Netflix doesn’t have season 6.

4. "Criminal Minds"

Every good list of shows has to have at least one murder-like show (or seven). "Criminal Minds" has been around for a while, but that doesn’t make it any less relevant than all of the other shows in this list. It has a healthy mix of creepy, gruesome, chilling, sweet and happy moments all wrapped up in 254 episodes.

5. "Younger"

Young and successful is everyone’s dream … even for people who aren’t young anymore. The show follows a woman who recently went through some drastic life changes and she realizes that in order to make herself happy again and get back up on her feet, she needs to get a job. Well, no one wants to hire someone who’s been out of the industry for a few years so, in an effort to make a living, she fools people into thinking she’s younger. This effort lands her in a tangled web of lies that are all hanging on by a thread. Found on Hulu.

6. "White Collar"

Talk about a heartthrob. Matt Bomer plays an “ex-conman” (who will always be a conman at heart) and helps the feds take down some of the most famous con men and women known to the government. Through elaborate heists, Bomer usually comes out on top but only by the skin of his teeth. Found on Netflix.

7. "Young & Hungry"

Featuring Emily Osment (Lily from "Hannah Montana"), this comical show is about a young, underqualified chef who lands a job as the personal chef to a young, attractive, successful tech entrepreneur. Clearly, nothing could go wrong here. To be completely transparent, the show can get a little cheesy (food pun unintended) but it’s worth the watch. Found on Netflix.

8. "Bones"

Yes, it is a crime. Yes, you will still laugh, sometimes cry and have a lot of “awh” moments. Crime shows are great when they have a little more to offer than just dead bodies. Thankfully, with "Bones", you get the dead bodies and all of their bones as well. The mix of scientists and agents who solve these murders do so by studying the various bodies that turn up. Found on Hulu.

9. "Nashville"

Talk about a drama. This show is one dramatic moment after another and that’s why you’ll love it. Being a successful country star isn’t always easy. Maintaining a family, finding inspiration for new music, getting caught up in the drama of being famous — it’s all very exhausting. Found on Hulu.

10. "Gotham"

Ever wondered what happened to make Batman the badass he is? "Gotham" has all of the answers. The shows (obviously) takes place in Gotham and outlines everything that happened in the city in order to turn it into Batman’s playground. Found on Hulu.

11. "Numb3rs"

A mathematician that solves crimes. Sound nerdy? It is but it’s also really awesome. He’s helping his FBI brother solve different cases by using math. Found on Hulu.

If you finish one of these series in the next three days (no shame!) you'll have 10 more to choose from to get you through the rest of the holiday season. Merry binge watching and happy unproductive days.

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7 Reasons Why Literature Is So Important

"Literature Is One Of The Most Interesting And Significant Expressions Of Humanity." -P. T. Barnum

Today, there are too many people who believe that literature is simply not important or underestimate its abilities to stand the test of time and give us great knowledge. There is a stigma in society that implies one who is more inclined toward science and math will somehow be more successful in life, and that one who is more passionate toward literature and other art forms will be destined to a life of low-paying jobs and unsatisfying careers. Somewhere along the line, the world has come to think that literature is insignificant. To me, however, literature serves as a gateway to learning of the past and expanding my knowledge and understanding of the world. Here are just a few reasons why literature is important.

1. Expanding horizons

First and foremost, literature opens our eyes and makes us see more than just what the front door shows. It helps us realize the wide world outside, surrounding us. With this, we begin to learn, ask questions, and build our intuitions and instincts. We expand our minds.

2. Building critical thinking skills

Many of us learn what critical thinking is in our language arts classes. When we read, we learn to look between the lines. We are taught to find symbols, make connections, find themes, learn about characters. Reading expands these skills, and we begin to look at a sentence with a larger sense of detail and depth and realize the importance of hidden meanings so that we may come to a conclusion.

3. A leap into the past

History and literature are entwined with each other. History is not just about power struggles, wars, names, and dates. It is about people who are products of their time, with their own lives. Today the world is nothing like it was in the 15th century; people have changed largely. Without literature, we would not know about our past, our families, the people who came before and walked on the same ground as us.

4. Appreciation for other cultures and beliefs

Reading about history, anthropology, or religious studies provides a method of learning about cultures and beliefs other than our own. It allows you to understand and experience these other systems of living and other worlds. We get a view of the inside looking out, a personal view and insight into the minds and reasoning of someone else. We can learn, understand, and appreciate it.

5. Better writing skills

When you open a book, when your eyes read the words and you take in its contents, do you ask yourself: How did this person imagine and write this? Well, many of those authors, poets, or playwrights used literature to expand their writing.

6. Addressing humanity

All literature, whether it be poems, essays, novels, or short stories, helps us address human nature and conditions which affect all people. These may be the need for growth, doubts and fears of success and failure, the need for friends and family, the goodness of compassion and empathy, trust, or the realization of imperfection. We learn that imperfection is not always bad and that normal can be boring. We learn that life must be lived to the fullest. We need literature in order to connect with our own humanity.

Literature is important and necessary. It provides growth, strengthens our minds and gives us the ability to think outside the box.

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I Made Emma Chamberlain's Mediocre Vegan Cookies, And They're Pretty Incredible

Emma and her vegan cookies have made their way into my heart, and are here to stay.


One day, I went down the black hole that is 'YouTube at 3 am' and discovered my favorite social media influencer of all time: Emma Chamberlain. I started binge watching her videos every night for about a week, where I came across her "Cooking With Emma" series. I decided that I wanted to give her vegan antics a go for myself.

I've never cooked or baked anything with the intention of it being vegan, so not only is that new territory for me, but I've never even eaten a vegan cookie. The only reason I'm doing this is because Emma did, and she is aesthetic goals.

To start the journey of vegan baking, I took to Pinterest, just like Emma, and found this recipe to use. Although the video that inspired all of this used a gluten free recipe, I opted for only vegan, because I'm allergic to most of the ingredients that make things gluten-free.

In true Emma style, I used a whisk to combine the wet ingredients together, making sure to use her special technique.

Then, I did the same thing with the dry ingredients.

After that, I dumped everything together and combined all of the ingredients.

Once they were combined, I chopped up a vegan chocolate bar, because Emma and I like chocolate chunk cookies, not chocolate chip, there's a difference.

Now that everything is combined, I made balls of dough and stuck it on a pan, and baked them while I binged more Emma, because what else would I be doing in my spare time?

The recipe said to make the balls a lot smaller, but we aren't perfect, so I made them gigantic. In my head, I thought the worst thing that could happen was it turn into one big cookie, but that's a whole other video you need to watch.

I took them out of the oven, and they were brown on the top, but still a little doughy. At this point I was tired of waiting and eager to eat them, so I disappointingly set them aside to cool, which only lasted a minute or so before I snagged one up to try.

The taste was definitely one I've never associated with cookies, and came to the conclusion that if I decided to go vegan, it would be doable with these cookies and Emma Chamberlain by my side.

Emma inspired me to get out of my comfort zone, which is a reoccurring theme throughout her channel, and I'm happy to be apart of it. She taught me that even if mediocre cookies is all you have, eat them with pride because you made them yourself.

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