Students Binge on Netflix Shows during Pandemic

These are Netflix show suggestions that have been binged during this pandemic; they are not put in any particular order.

  • “Grey’s Anatomy” (TV-14)

“Grey’s Anatomy” is a well known medical drama focusing on a group of doctors at Seattle Grace Hospital. 

Dimond Senior Stella Kvidera said, “It does a good job of highlighting the surgeons’ lives inside and outside of the hospital.”

This drama started back in 2005 and has continued on for 17 seasons. 

According to Entertainment Tonight the premiere date for the final season is Nov. 12, 2020, but there has been no new information on when the season will be shared on Netflix.

If you are interested in Grey’s Anatomy just know it is a heavily dramatic show, so there will be quite a few tears shed. 

  • “Criminal Minds” (TV-14)

“Criminal Minds,” according to CBS, concentrates on an elite FBI team that specialize in behavior analysis.

 They inspect the country’s worst serial killers, hoping to take them down before they attack again. 

The mystery series was on the air for 15 years and finished up in February 2020.

Those who enjoy crime shows like “Bones,” “CSI” and “The Blacklist” should find joy in “Criminal Minds” as well.

  • “Julie And The Phantoms” (TV-G)

“Julie and the Phantoms” is Kenny Ortega’s newest musical production with Netflix. He is the same man who created the world of “High School Musical” and “The Cheetah Girls”. 

Julie, a young teenage girl has lost her passion for music after the loss of her mother. 

While she is cleaning out her mother’s studio he stumbles upon a cd of an old 90s band, and when she plays their cd she unleashes the ghost of the old bandmates. 

The musical includes amazing LGBTQIA+ figures and relatable family situations.

Senior Vallery Donis said, “The storyline resonated with me and hit me in the feels because I could relate to it. Even though the show is rated TV-G I feel like teenagers will grasp the plot a bit more than kids.”

  • “Cobra Kai” (TV-14)

“Cobra Kai” is based off of the 1980 Karate Kid trilogy where the feud of Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso began. 

Decades later Johnny decides to reopen the Cobra Kai dojo for redemption, but only reignites the rivalry.

This fictional action series is a perfect dose of nostalgia for those who enjoyed The Karate Kid movies growing up.

  • “The Umbrella Academy” (TV-14)

A comic book turned Netflix Original TV series, The Umbrella Academy is an action packed comedy about a family of superhero orphans. 

According to Netflix in October 1989 there were 43 infants born around the world at the same time, this was odd because none of the mothers were pregnant when the day began. 

Billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreevs adopts seven of the children and forms The Umbrella Academy. 

Each with their own powers and some without the family was put together to protect the world from life threatening dangers. 

Dimond Junior Kaylee Higgins said, “It was exciting to learn the backstories of all of the siblings and their powers. I recommend it to people who like shows that are Sci-Fi or other worldly like.”

  • “Stranger Things” (TV-14)

The Netflix Original takes place in the 80s in Hawkins, Indiana where a breach gets open to an alternate dimension.

After this breach has been opened changes begin in town including abductions and the appearance of a strange girl.

The sci-fi series has been going on for a few years now and is currently in the process of taping season four. 

Some of the ensemble includes Winona Ryder, Millie Bobby Brown and Finn Wolfhard.

Even though the hit show does not currently have a new season out, it is still a great series to get into with only eight to nine episodes a season.

  • “On My Block” (TV-14)

The Netflix Original “On My Block” follows a group of high school freshmen through the ups and downs of their experience along the way. 

Childhood friends Monse, Jamal, Ruby and Caesar go through many challenges in their predominantly Black and Hispanic neighborhood in LA and their transformation into young adults. 

Senior Konan Lavivong said, “What drew me in was the individuality of each character. Each character had their own story and personality that no one else had. It was fascinating to see how they all worked together. They also covered a good amount of the issues that I could relate to, which made me want to keep watching.”

  • “The Vampire Diaries” (TV-14)

“The Vampire Diaries” is a novel series turned successful TV show that has elements of romance and the supernatural.  

After the tragic death of her parents, Elena and her brother must continue on with their lives in Mystic Falls with their aunt.

When she returns to school she is not only introduced to everyone’s condolences, but to a mysterious new student, Stefan. 

Little does Elena know, Stefan has a few dark secrets about his past.

The show went on for eight seasons and had multiple spin offs including The Originals and Legacies according to CW. 

  • “Supernatural” (TV-14)

“Supernatural” is another thrilling horror show that has been on for 15 years now according to Entertainment Weekly. 

Brothers Dean and Sam, who embark on a hunting journey to avenge their mother’s demonic death to kill as many evil spirits as possible in hope to find the creature that attacked their mom when they were children. 

Dimond Senior Ellora Fisher said, “ I personally liked the adventure, magic, demons and angel aspect of it. That is just my personal preference, so if you like things like that I highly recommend it!”

  •  “Lucifer” (TV-14)


“Lucifer” follows the Lord of Hell himself in our world after he realizes he is no longer happy with his life.

According to Fox he retires to Los Angeles to focus on the things that bring him joy. But when a sudden murder and certian LAPD detective enter his life his dispositon changes, maybe there is hope for his soul.

Those who are fans of shows like “The Flash” or “Arrow” should find this mysterious fantasy just as entertaining.