What to watch on Netflix during Finals Week


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Since finals can be stressful, a way to unwind is to take a break and watch Netflix. Three shows take center spotlight for anyone who’s interested in a good comedy, romance or guilty-pleasure show to binge between tests.

Margaret Troup

Finals Week is a stressful time for everyone. There’s no better way to relax than binging a new Netflix show in between exams. Here are the best comedy, romance, horror and guilty-pleasure shows to watch during this Finals Week.

If a good laugh loosens up the stress after a hard test, then Andy Baker’s “The End of the F***ing World” is worth a watch.

“The End of the F***ing World” follows James and Alyssa, played by Alex Lawther and Jessica Barden respectively, two 17-year-olds who decide to run away together to figure out what they want to do in life because they know they don’t want to waste it on the mundane. 

This show is the epitome of British humor. There’s a lot of awkward silences after character interactions that add to the cringe-humor. There are some dark elements to this series, like how James is considering a career in serial killing. But the way the telltale British humor plays out makes even the most serious topics at least a little chuckle-worthy.

The most romantic but binge-worthy show on Netflix is Amy Sherman-Palladino’s “Gilmore Girls”.

This series follows single mother Lorelai Gilmore and her daughter, also named Lorelai but prefers to be called Rory, living in the fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut.

Rory’s constant “will-they-won’t-they” romance with love interest and friend Luke Danes as Luke himself deals with unresolved feelings for Rory’s father makes for a unique love triangle that keeps viewers interested until the end. This series also focuses on both girls’ ambitious dreams: Rory’s, to attend an Ivy League college and study journalism, and Lorelai’s, to open a bed-and-breakfast with her best friend Sookie St. James.

But romance shows aren’t for everyone. Nothing gets the post-test jitters out like a good scare.

“Two Sentence Horror Stories” is a wonderfully ominous anthology show. The episodes begin with the first half of a two-sentence horror story. Then a fully fleshed out story plays as the episode progresses. At the end of each episode, the second half of the two-second horror story is revealed.

This horror series is similar to another popular Netflix show “Black Mirror” in terms of its anthology format, twist endings, and spooky premises.

If scary shows aren’t appealing, try a kid-friendly show that’s at the opposite end of the scare-spectrum.

The best guilty-pleasure pick for Finals Week is an unexpected one. Jared Stern’s animated series “Green Eggs and Ham” is the perfect pick-me-up to watch in between exams.

This 2019 series follows Guy-Am-I and Sam-I-Am, voiced by Michael Douglass and Adam DeVine, respectively, on their misadventures to save an endangered animal and track down a certain delicious dish. 

“Green Eggs and Ham”’s target audience may be children, but its beautiful art style, whimsical humor and recognizable cast of characters make it an instant feel-good classic. With the likes of Keegan-Michael Key, Diane Keaton, Tracy Morgan and many other well-versed voice actors making appearances, this series is one to take the time to relax and enjoy after class.