Looking for a new show to watch so you can Netflix and Chill with your boo this Valentine’s Day? Check out some picks from the Muddraker Staff:
Halt and Catch Fire: This heart-wrenching AMC drama, set in the early 1980s, will challenge your mind, as a renegade trio — a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy — risk everything in the spirit of innovation to build a computer that can change the future.
The Good Place: In this award-winning NBC comedy, when Eleanor Shellstrop (Played by Kristen Bell) finds herself in the afterlife, she’s both relieved and surprised that she’s made it into the Good Place — until she realizes she’s there by mistake.
The Magicians: Based on a series of novels by Lev Grossman, The Magicians, a SYFY channel fantasy series, centers around Brakebills University, a secret institution specializing in magic. While there, a group of students discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real — and poses grave danger to humanity.
The West Wing: An older political drama that still manages to be thought-provoking, engaging, and relevant. Go on “walk and talks” through the White House with the (fake) President’s staff, but be sure to pay close attention so you can keep up with their whimsical banter.
American Vandal: A satirical mystery-drama that makes fun of the true-crime genre and its conventions. Follow the journey of a student trying to prove the innocence of his classmate accused of vandalizing 27 cars with obscene images. The level of detail used to analyze the case is highly comical and makes viewers seriously contemplate the true-crime genre’s convincingness.
Reign: A dramatic historical fiction for the science fiction- and romantic-seeking heart. Reign tells the story of Mary, Queen of Scots as she deals with a love triangle, the struggle for power over England, and being a woman with the right to her own thrown in 16th century Europe. It has history, drama, romance, science fiction, mystery, and themes of women-empowerment woven throughout.
The Punisher: Ex-marine Frank Castle avenges his family, and in the process, unveils a government conspiracy that runs deeper than blood. With well-developed characters and blood-pumping action scenes throughout, The Punisher is a relentless action series that will leave the thrill-seeking viewer satisfied in all respects. Warning: if highly graphic action scenes are not up your alley, probably avoid this show.
Riverdale: Riverdale, a modern twist on the Archie Comics, follows Archie Andrews and his friends’ lives as they expose the town’s dark secrets. This suspenseful drama has a captivating storyline that will draw in all nonbelievers and uses beautiful lighting and cinematography to place readers right in the heart of Riverdale.
The Flash: The Flash is a comedic show that will keep you on edge with cliffhangers every episode — perfect for binging on weekends or during breaks. Barry Allen, aka The Flash, is the fastest man alive. When he’s not fighting other metahumans (humans with extraordinary powers), he works as an ordinary forensic scientist for Central City Police Department. Watch as Barry Allen does everything he can to try to save the ones he loves, while trying to keep his identity a secret.
DinoTrux: DinoTrux is an animated children’s show depicting an ecosystem of dinosaurs made out of trucks. Each episode is only twenty-ish minutes long—perfect for taking breaks during advanced problem set problems, where you just want to feel like a kid again. This show is perfect for budding engineers, as many of the episodes involve the two main characters building things to solve their problems.
Planet Earth: Planet Earth is the kind of viewing experience that you feel deep down in your chest. You will laugh. You will cry. You will dedicate your life to saving the Galapagos iguana. You can watch this show after a Saturday night party or with your first born child.
Dexter: Dexter Morgan is a forensic technician specializing in blood spatter pattern analysis for the Miami Metro Police Department, which handles a surprising number of homicide cases (specifically one per season). Everything is dandy in the daylight, but Dexter is living a double life as a vigilante serial killer targeting other murderers. Can he keep his secret hidden? Can he achieve that work-life balance?