Aloha everyone! For this month’s blog, I decided to go the comedy route. So if anyone needs a good laugh, this new list is sure to make you do just that. Netflix has shows of every genre, and even though my heart will always belong to the crime genre, one could never go wrong with a good comedy to lighten the mood! From Parks and Rec, to The Office, the comedy series Netflix provides are endless. On this blog, I have decided to list a few of my favorite shows that I find myself watching over and over again, and good news — they all have recently released new episodes! Whether you have seen these shows before, or had been meaning to and you just never had the time, hopefully this gives you the boost to go ahead, and start binging!
First on my list: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Released in March of 2015, this semi-recent show has already received a lot of well-deserved love, earning a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a review site. This hilarious Netflix series has already released three full seasons, and has just released six new ones on May 30 of this year. Our story takes off, just as the rescue of the four Mole Women who have been kidnapped and kept in an underground ‘Doomsday’ bunker by an insane reverend for 15 years, becomes national news. Kimmy Schmidt, a peppy young woman, played by Ellie Kemper (or Erin from The Office), decides to start her life over in New York City — but she finds the world a little more different that it was before she was kidnapped fifteen years ago. Having the mind of a fifteen-year old girl in the body of a 30 year old woman proves to be a little difficult for Kimmy, but with the help of her self obsessed roommate, and her over-the-top boss, she finds herself getting into some pretty crazy (and pretty hilarious) situations — and she comes to learn that nothing is impossible. With just around 30 minutes an episode, you’ll find yourself speeding through this series in no time at all, loving every moment of Kimmy’s bubbly and ecstatic personality. Rated TV-14, this series does bring up some pretty serious issues, highlighting people’s ignorance on kidnapping victims for example, and its pretty interesting watching Kimmy’s experiences in the real world fold out in front of you. I loved every bit of this series so far, and I can’t wait for the next (and sadly final) six episodes to come out at the beginning of next year!
Next up: Arrested Development
Although it wasn’t always a Netflix show, Arrested Development becoming an official part of the Netflix Family has become a gift to us all! Originally aired on FOX for three seasons, This American sitcom continued to keep up it’s hilarious reputation while it transitioned to Netflix for seasons four and five, which were just recently released in May of this year. Unlike most comedy shows involving families, Arrested Development displays a family so spoiled and dysfunctional, it’s actually kind of hilarious. With his father having been arrested for commiting a white-collar crime, Michael Bluth finds himself trying to keep the family real estate business afloat by becoming the head of the company — all while juggling his impossible family at the same time. Having to move into the model home from the company’s latest housing tract, Michael Bluth, the only sane member of the Bluth family, along with his only son, George Michael, find it difficult trying to keep the family they want nothing to do with, together. With Lindsay, Michael’s twin sister, her husband Tobias, their daughter Maeby, and Michael’s older brother, Gob, all living in the model home with Michael and his son, it can get pretty hectic… but what are families for? With everything around them falling apart (quite literally), you will witness failed magician attempts, escaped convicts, weird cousin relationships, treason, and so much more — and you will be sure to love every bit of it! With so many interesting characters, there isn’t one slow episode, but don’t watch them too fast! With about 20 minutes to an episode, you could find yourself flying by this series in to time at all, and it is unsure when (or if) a sixth season will come out, since there was a five year gap between the release of seasons four and five. Even though Michael Bluth can’t stand his family, he can’t stay away for too long because deep down, he truly loves these people — and I know that if you give this show a chance, you will too!
Lastly: New Girl
After a bad breakup, Jessica Day, a bubbly school teacher, finds herself renting out an apartment shared with three other guys. While trying to get her life turned around, she is aided with the help of her three new roomies: Nick, a witty, but underachieving bartender; Schmidt, a neat-freak office worker, and boss of the house; and Winston, a former athlete, who later becomes weirdly obsessed with a cat. With Jess’s model friend, CeCe, coming to visit all the time, this newly founded household doesn’t take long to become friends, and they soon manage to form their own unlikely family. Although being the only girl in a household of guys is pretty different to what Jess is used to (and vice versa), she manages to keep her head up, and pull through — and most of the time, that will probably involve some sort of singing. With New Girl being a pretty popular sitcom on FOX, its surprising that the seventh season that was just released in April of this year will be the final season — but all good things must come to an end in the long run. Though New Girl has already aired their last season, Netflix won’t be expecting it any time soon — not until next year anyways — but they have recently released season 6, so take your time! Earning a 94% rating on the review site, Rotten Tomatoes, this hilarious sitcom is sure to win over your heart, and 20 minutes an episode isn’t too bad either. New girl is sure to make you laugh, but in actuality, this show isn’t only a comedy — there’s romance, despair, and even hatred going into this series, because after all, these people have feelings too, and you will be sure to find very relatable qualities within each and every character.
I hope everyone enjoyed my last blog of the school year! Rather than telling you to go outside and play in the sun like anyone else might tell you to do, I’m advising you to get ahead on some new Netflix shows — and whether you watch them with a friend, or alone is up to you. Netflix has been renewing, releasing, and adding new episodes to shows like crazy lately, so get comfy, grab that head start, and get to binging!