I recently purchased a subscription to Netflix and ever since then I’ve been hooked. I will admit before joining Netflix, I didn’t see what was so awesome about it but now I do. So I have compiled a list of some of my favorite Netflix shows and movies so far.
Dear White People
Synopsis: At a predominantly white Ivy League college, a diverse group of students navigate various forms of racial and other types of discrimination.
Creator: Justin Simien
This show probably has influenced my life more than any other show. As much as I watch TV and go see movies, I have to say, nothing quite put a stirring in me like Dear White People. I personally connected with every character in some manner. For one, I am a proud African American male who works in the field of Journalism. So characters like Lionel and Sam really influenced me. I am also a college student attending an HBCU so I connect with the story in a different manner. I will be honest, some issues we deal with on an HBCU campus are different than what you would see on a PWI campus like the one portrayed on the show. I really admired how the Black students all came together but had different opinions on the various matters. Sam was so bold and daring in her attempt to call out the numerous issues. It takes a lot of courage to sit on a radio show and speak the truth even while dealing with potentially being shut down and everyone around you being divided.
Synopsis: A program that follows a couple who must navigate the exhilaration and humiliations of intimacy, commitment and other things they were hoping to avoid.
Creator: Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin, Paul Rust
This was the first show that I watched on Netflix. It already has two seasons and it’s just a funny twist on love. I didn’t know if I would like it based on the very plain and direct title but it ended up being a great show. I think we all love fantasizing about how we want to fall in love and how we want the story to go. So I think this show does give people different dynamics with couples. I think often we see the happily ever after in shows that are supposed to deal with relationships but not the reality of the struggles and dedication that it takes to make a relationship work. With this particular series, we see the struggles head on. There are no shortcuts to having the perfect relationship and I think this show successfully shows that. I genuinely appreciate the honesty and transparency that comes with this show. It’s important that people dreaming of being in a relationship see the ends and outs of what it takes to actually build one.
Synopsis: A former superhero decides to reboot her life by becoming a private investigator.
Creator: Melissa Rosenberg
This show had me glued to my screen from the very beginning. I think this show has more twists and turns than any other Netflix Marvel series. You really never knew what was going to happen as the story progressed. Was Kilgrave real or a pigment of Jessica’s imagination? You really didn’t know until it happened on the show. I honestly cannot wait for Season 2 of this show. To be honest, I was more into this show than Luke Cage. I just got more suspense and mystery from this show that Luke Cage and Daredevil.
Synopsis: Deep into Hell Week, a favored pledgee is torn between honoring his code of silence or standing up against the intensifying violence of underground hazing.
Director: Gerard McMurray
I could watch this movie all day long! I was so into this story because of the fact that Greek life is a major part of HBCU culture, not to say that it isn’t at a PWI, but it’s very different. We all wonder what goes behinds the scenes with Fraternities and Sororities and this movie spilled all the tea! We see how important joining a Greek Life is to some families but not the individual. We see the pressures of making it through Hell Week and crossing over. Hazing is illegal and not permitted but we learn through this movie that it still occurs “underground”. This movie really sparked such honest conversations around the topic of hazing and I deeply encourage everyone to keep having the conversation.