“Finally! A Whole week to myself!” I yell loudly in the dark parking lot as my best friend and I left the last class of the day. We were laughing as we got in my slick black Xterra and began to pull out of the parking lot, all the while talking about what we were going to do this spring break.
“I have to plan this charity walk, make tu-tu’s, and oh! my family is coming over. Great.” She says sarcastically as she names off things she’s planning to do. I laugh as she groans in frustration at the thought of her loud uncle and his children coming over this week, but then I stay silent as I think what I’m going to do this week.
“What about you?” She asks, her face looking as if she was already prepared for me to make a smart-ass comment. For a moment, I just sigh and think. What do I say? Go job-hunting? Work on my blog? Take my dog to the dog park all week?
“Fuck that shit.” I say a little too quickly, “I’m binge watching movies all week!”
My friend laughs, but she knows that she couldn’t expect any less from me. I laughed as well, but more because I genuinely thought I was going to actually do stuff. Like…get a job, work on my blog, and take my dog to the dog park.
Apparently, I did none of those things.
Instead, I binged watched too many movies to admit out loud. But, sense I know how hard it can be when you have so much time for yourself and all you want to do is stick a movie in and sit back, eat popcorn, and try not to fall asleep – I’m putting the top movies and TV shows to binge watch here.
1. Time Lapse – Available on Netflix
Three friends discover a photo machine that shows pictures a day into the future. After they use it for personal gain, disturbing and dangerous photos begin to develop. Featuring Danielle Panabaker as Callie. Click here to watch the trailer.
2. Keeping Up With The Joneses
The Gaffneys’ lives are interrupted by the arrival of new neighbors, whose stunning looks are matched only by the worldly sophistication of their lives. Tim Jones is an accomplished travel writer whose hobbies include blowing glass, and his wife, Natalie, is a social media consultant, cooking blogger and heroine to Sri Lankan orphans. The Gaffneys soon find themselves in the center of a storm of international espionage that gives them a breathtaking glimpse of life outside their cul-de-sac. Click here to watch the trailer.
3. Nine Lives
Tom Brand (Kevin Spacey) is a billionaire whose workaholic lifestyle takes him away from his loving wife Lara and adorable daughter Rebecca. Needing a present for Rebecca’s 11th birthday, Brand buys a seemingly harmless cat from a mysterious pet store. Suddenly, a bizarre turn of events traps poor Tom inside the animal’s body. The owner of the business tells him that he has one week to reconnect with his family, or live out the rest of his days as a cute and furry feline named Mr. Fuzzypants. Featuring Jennifer Garner and Robbie Amell. Click here to watch the trailer.
4. Bad Moms
Amy (Mila Kunis) has a great husband, overachieving children, beautiful home and successful career. Unfortunately, she’s also overworked, exhausted and ready to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other stressed-out mothers (Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn) to get away from daily life and conventional responsibilities. As the gals go wild with their newfound freedom, they set themselves up for the ultimate showdown with PTA queen bee Gwendolyn and her clique of seemingly perfect moms. Click here to watch the trailer.
On the day that their parents die, sisters Lilly and Victoria vanish in the woods, prompting a frantic search by their Uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend, Annabel (Jessica Chastain). Five years later, miraculously, the girls are found alive in a decaying cabin, and Lucas and Annabel welcome them into their home. But as Annabel tries to reintroduce the children to a normal life, she finds that someone — or something — still wants to tuck them in at night. Click here to watch the trailer.
6. The Forest
When her twin sister disappears in Japan, a young American named Sara (Natalie Dormer) becomes determined to find out what happened to her. Sara’s investigation leads her to the legendary Aokigahara Forest, located at the base of Mount Fuji. Accompanied by expatriate Aiden, she enters the mysterious wilderness after being warned to “stay on the path.” Her investigation plunges her into a dark world where the angry and tormented souls of the dead prey on those who dare to explore the forest. Click here to watch the trailer.
7. The Secret Life of Pets
Max (Louis C.K.) is a spoiled terrier who enjoys a comfortable life in a New York building until his owner adopts Duke, a giant and unruly canine. During their walk outside, they encounter a group of ferocious alley cats and wind up in a truck that’s bound for the pound. Luckily, a rebellious bunny named Snowball swoops in to save the doggy duo from captivity. In exchange, Snowball demands that Max and Duke join his gang of abandoned pets on a mission against the humans who’ve done them wrong. Click here to watch the trailer.
8. The Shallows
Still reeling from the loss of her mother, medical student Nancy Adams (Blake Lively) travels to a secluded beach for some much-needed solace. Despite the danger of surfing alone, Nancy decides to soak up the sun and hit the waves. Suddenly, a great white shark attacks, forcing her to swim to a giant rock for safety. Left injured and stranded 200 yards from shore, the frightened young woman must fight for her life as the deadly predator circles her in its feeding ground. Click here to watch the trailer.
9. Get Out
Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined. Click here to watch the trailer.
10. The Impossible – Available on Netflix
In December 2004, close-knit family Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand. But the day after Christmas, the idyllic holiday turns into an incomprehensible nightmare when a terrifying roar rises from the depths of the sea, followed by a wall of black water that devours everything in its path. Though Maria and her family face their darkest hour, unexpected displays of kindness and courage ameliorate their terror. Click here to watch the trailer.
11. The Divergent Series
Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) lives in a futuristic world in which society is divided into five factions. As each person enters adulthood, he or she must choose a faction and commit to it for life. Tris chooses Dauntless — those who pursue bravery above all else. However, her initiation leads to the discovery that she is a Divergent and will never be able to fit into just one faction. Warned that she must conceal her status, Tris uncovers a looming war which threatens everyone she loves. Click here to watch the trailer.
12. The First Time
A spark of attraction smolders, then ignites, between two teens (Dylan O’Brien, Britt Robertson) from different high schools who meet by chance at a party. Click here to watch the trailer.
Storks deliver babies — or at least they used to. Now, they deliver packages for a global internet retail giant. Junior (Andy Samberg), the company’s top delivery stork, lands in hot water when the Baby Factory produces an adorable but wholly unauthorized girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble, Junior and his friend Tulip (Katie Crown), the only human on Stork Mountain, race against time to make their first baby drop before the boss (Kelsey Grammer) finds out. Click here to watch the trailer.
14. Natural Selection – Available on Netflix
While attending a new high school, a teen’s (Mason Dye) budding friendship with a fellow student (Ryan Munzert) leads to harsh consequences. Featuring Katherine McNamara. Click here to watch the trailer.
15. Money Monster
Lee Gates is a Wall Street guru who picks hot stocks as host of the television show “Money Monster.” During a live broadcast, a disgruntled investor storms onto the set and takes Gates hostage. He tells Lee that he lost everything on one of his tips. As Gates tries to plead with the man, he’s also using an earpiece to communicate with his producer in the control room. Together, they must figure out a way to defuse the situation and disarm the angry young man. Bonus content is not rated. Click here to watch the trailer.
16. Next – Available on Netflix
Blessed, or cursed, with the ability to see events minutes before they occur, Cris Johnson (Nicolas Cage) earns a living as a magician in Las Vegas and keeps a low profile under an alias. When terrorists threaten to detonate a nuclear weapon in Las Angeles, government agent Callie Ferris (Julianne Moore) goes on the hunt for Cris and hopes to convince him to help her stop the coming apocalypse. Click here to watch the trailer.
17. The Giver – Available on Netflix
Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) lives in a seemingly idyllic world of conformity and contentment. When he begins to spend time with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), an old man who is the sole keeper of the community’s memories, Jonas discovers the dangerous truths of his community’s secret past. Armed with the power of knowledge, Jonas realizes that he must escape from their world to protect himself and those he loves — a challenge no one has ever completed successfully. Click here to watch the trailer.
After a secret admirer’s crush takes a deadly turn, a popular high-school student (Lucas Till) must figure out which of the people in his orbit is a psychotic stalker. Featuring Crystal Reed. Click here to watch the trailer.
19. Deepwater Horizon
On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, igniting a massive fireball that kills several crew members. Chief electronics technician Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) and his colleagues find themselves fighting for survival as the heat and the flames become stifling and overwhelming. Banding together, the co-workers must use their wits to make it out alive amid all the chaos. Featuring Dylan O’Brien. Click here to watch the trailer.
20. The Thinning
The Thinning is a 2016 science fiction thriller web film set in a dystopian future in which population control is enforced through a school aptitude test. Those who fail it are executed. Featuring Peyton List. Click here to watch the trailer.
1. Sense 8 (1 Season)
Eight strangers around the globe find themselves connected — first by a violent vision, then by their shared ability to connect with one another’s thoughts and actions, and finally by the urgent need to find out what happened and why. Their need to know goes beyond simple curiosity — as they pursue answers, a mysterious organization hunts them down, intent on destroying them. The intense thriller is the first foray into television (or, more accurately, Netflix) for renowned filmmakers Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski (“The Matrix Reloaded”), who created the series with J. Michael Straczynski (“Thor”). The international cast includes veteran actors known to U.S. audiences, like Daryl Hannah (“Kill Bill”) and Naveen Andrews (“Lost”), and others well-known in their home countries, like German actor Max Riemelt and Doona Bae of South Korea. In keeping with the global premise of the series, shooting takes place all over the world, including London, Reykjavik, Nairobi and Mumbai.
2. The Vampire Diaries (8 Seasons)
The Vampire Diaries is an American supernatural drama television series developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on the popular book series of the same name written by L. J. Smith.
3. Supernatural (12 Seasons)
This haunting series follows the thrilling yet terrifying journeys of Sam and Dean Winchester, two brothers who face an increasingly sinister landscape as they hunt monsters. After losing their mother to a supernatural force, the brothers were raised by their father as soldiers who track mysterious and demonic creatures. Violent memories and relationship-threatening secrets add additional burdens on Sam and Dean as they investigate all things that go bump in the night. As old tricks and tools are rendered useless and friends betray them, the brothers must rely on each other as they encounter new enemies.
4. Under The Dome (3 Seasons)
Based on the best-selling Stephen King novel of the same name, “Under the Dome” follows the residents of Chester’s Mill, Maine, as they find their small town suddenly cut off from the rest of the world by a transparent dome. While some people start to panic, a small group of citizens — led by Army veterhttps://wordpress.com/post/thejournalprojectweb.wordpress.com/486an Dale Barbara — tries to maintain some semblance of peace and order, while also attempting to learn the truth about the mysterious barrier, the purpose behind it — and, most importantly, how to escape it.
5. Between (2 Seasons)
Wiley Day (played by Disney darling Jennette McCurdy, star of “iCarly” and “Sam & Cat”) has plans. The pregnant teen, daughter of a pastor in the town of Pretty Lake, intends to give up her baby and leave her small-town life behind forever. But when a mysterious virus starts claiming the lives of all the adults in town, the government-imposed quarantine means Wiley must stay put — at least for now. As the living continue to struggle for survival, Wiley and her best friend, whose college plans are also in jeopardy because of the quarantine, know that the only way for them to escape is to try to find the source of the virus. “Between” is the first Canadian series to air on Netflix from its inception.
6. The 4400 (4 Seasons)
What appears to be a comet slows, hovers and stops, then bursts forth to reveal 4,400 people who were presumed dead or missing over the past 50 years. They look exactly the same as the moment they disappeared, but some of the returnees now have special powers. After one of the 4,400 commits a murder, a special division of the Homeland Security Department is formed to monitor them.
7. Person of Interest (5 Seasons)
Former CIA agent Reese (Jim Caviezel) — now presumed dead — and billionaire software genius Finch (Michael Emerson) join forces as a vigilante crime-fighting team. Using Finch’s program, which employs pattern recognition to determine individuals who will soon be involved in violent crimes, they combine Reese’s covert-operations training and Finch’s money and cyberskills to stop crimes before they happen. Former Army Intelligence Support Activity operative Sameen Shaw joins the pair in their quest
8. Castle (8 Seasons)
Bored with his success, celebrated mystery novelist Rick Castle teams with NYPD Detective Kate Beckett to solve the case of a copycat killer who re-creates murder scenes from Rick’s novels. While solving the case, the two realize that their unorthodox partnership has its benefits and decide to continue working together. Combining his writer’s intuition with her creative detective work, they investigate strange homicides in New York, all the while building a strong, if complicated, relationship with each other.
9. iZombie (3 Seasons)
When over-achieving medical resident Liv Moore attends a party that turns into a zombie feeding frenzy, she ends up joining the ranks of the living dead. Determined to pass as human despite her pale appearance and newly listless demeanor, Liv forms a plan to resist her drive to consume fresh human brains by taking a job at a coroner’s office, where she can secretly snack on the brains of corpses delivered there. Soon discovering that she absorbs the memories of those she feeds on, she finds new purpose by posing as a psychic and working with a detective to help solve their murders.
10. The Tomorrow People (1 Season)
When Stephen Jameson starts hearing voices and teleporting in his sleep, he believes he is going crazy. In desperation, he listens to one of the voices and is led to a group of genetically advanced teens known as the tomorrow people, who are being hunted down by Ultra, a paramilitary group of scientists headed by Dr. Jedikiah Price. Torn by an offer from Price — having a normal life among people he belongs, but in exchange for helping rid the world of tomorrow people — Stephen chooses the higher road despite its probable surprises.
11. Heroes (4 Seasons), Heroes Reborn (1 Season)
Heroes: Ordinary people around the world discover they have super powers. Their lives intertwine as they work together to prevent a catastrophic future.
Heroes: Reborn: “Heroes” creator Tim Kring heads this reboot of the world where extraordinary powers up the ante in the eternal battle of good and evil. A year after being blamed for a terrorist attack that decimated Odessa, Texas, people with abilities are either hiding or trying to avoid those with nefarious motives. Two vigilantes, Luke and Joanne, are determined to avenge a tragic loss, and Noah Bennet has gone off the grid — until a conspiracy theorist finds him and reveals the truth behind the tragedy in Texas. Other extraordinary people from the past cross paths with new heroes, all of whom share the same destiny: to save the world.
12. Stitchers (2 Seasons)
Kirsten Clark, who has been recruited to join a covert government agency, has a special ability. Kirsten is able to be “stitched” into the minds of people who have recently died to use their memories to investigate murders. Taking advantage of Kirsten’s ability is Maggie Baptiste, who leads the secret program in which Kirsten works alongside neuroscientist Cameron Goodkin, who is passionate about the work the group does. Other members of the team include socially awkward communications technician Linus Ahluwalia and Kirsten’s roommate, computer science grad student Camille Engelson. When things go well, the team is able to use the “stitching” to solve mysteries that otherwise would have gone to the grave with the victims.
13. Kingdom (2014) (3 Seasons)
The owner of an MMA gym develops the next generation of fighters including his sons Jay and Nate.
14. Chicago Med (2 Seasons), Chicago Fire (5 Seasons), and Chicago P.D. (4 Seasons)
Chicago Med: Executive producer Dick Wolf adds another Chicago-centric series to his roster, this time focusing on the city’s most explosive hospital and its staff of doctors and nurses — a world first glimpsed in the “I Am the Apocalypse” episode of “Chicago Fire.” Relationships are forged in the chaos of the emergency room, where the team tackles cases inspired by topical events. Familiar faces from the city’s police (“Chicago P.D.”) and fire departments make appearances as the rich world continues to grow.
Chicago Fire: The firefighters, rescue squad members and paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51 are deeply committed to their rewarding and exhilarating jobs, despite the inherent danger and stressors. The truck company is led by Lt. Matthew Casey, who sometimes butts heads with the leader of the rescue squad, the brash Lt. Kelly Severide. Regardless of personal tension, when it’s time to face the job, all the courageous team members quickly put their issues aside and their lives on the line. Emmy-winner Dick Wolf serves as an executive producer.
Chicago P.D.: District 21 of the Chicago Police Department is composed of the uniformed cops, who deal with street crimes, and the Intelligence Unit, which deals with major crimes like drug trafficking and high-profile murders. Sgt. Hank Voight — a tough boss who doesn’t mind bending the rules a little in the pursuit of justice — heads the unit’s elite team. The responsibilities of life on the force take a toll on the officers, as they struggle to balance their personal lives with the strain of the job. From Emmy-winning producer Dick Wolf.
15. CSI (15 Seasons), CSI: Miami (10 Seasons), and CSI: New York (9 Seasons)
CSI: A dedicated group of forensic investigators at the Las Vegas Crime Lab works to solve often-grisly crimes in Sin City. Heading up the graveyard shift (an appropriate term in this case) is supervisor D.B. Russell, a “Left Coast” Sherlock Holmes who devours crime novels. Members of Russell’s team include Julie Finlay, Nick Stokes, Sara Sidle (the team’s moral compass), Greg Sanders and Morgan Brody. The investigative team works closely with Capt. Jim Brass — a seasoned detective who is a protector of CSI — Dr. Al Robbins — medical examiner — and quirky lab technician David Hodges. Previous leaders of the group include Gil Grissom and Dr. Ray Langston.
CSI Miami: A Florida team of forensics investigators uses cutting-edge scientific methods and old-fashioned police work to solve crimes. Horatio Caine, a former homicide detective, heads a group of investigators who work crimes amid the steamy tropical surroundings and cultural crossroads of Miami.
CSI NY: The third permutation of the “CSI” franchise sets up shop in the Big Apple, where taciturn detective Mac Taylor and his new partner, Jo Danville, lead a crime-solving team. Taylor, a retired Marine who believes evidence holds the truth that people may try to cover up, finds balance in Jo’s empathy-driven investigative style. Their team includes spirited investigators like Danny Messer and wife Lindsay Monroe Messer, former coroner Sheldon Hawkes, and edgy detective Don Flack.
16. Royal Pains (8 Seasons)
Dr. Hank Lawson’s fast track to success is derailed when he is blamed for the death of a hospital trustee. Blacklisted from the medical community, his life changes one weekend in the Hamptons when he helps a party guest who is in need of medical attention. And so begins, with the encouragement of his younger brother, Evan, Hank’s entrance into the world of private medical service. But being the on-call doctor for the Hamptons’ rich, famous and infamous isn’t exactly the professional life Hank envisioned. As time goes on, Hank and those close to him face pivotal life decisions, which could take Hank away from the Hamptons.
17. MacGyver (2016) (1 Season)
Young war hero Angus “Mac” MacGyver has an extraordinary knack for unconventional problem solving and an extensive bank of scientific knowledge that he believes can best be put to use saving lives, both of which come in handy when he creates a clandestine organization within the United States government to tackle high-risk missions around the world. Working under the sponsorship of the Department of External Affairs, MacGyver quietly prevents disasters with the help of former CIA agent Jack Dalton.
18. Criminal Minds (12 Seasons), Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (1 Season), and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (2 Seasons)
Criminal Minds: An elite squad of FBI profilers analyzes the country’s most-twisted criminal minds, anticipating the perpetrators’ next moves before they can strike again. Each member of the “mind hunter” team brings his or her expertise to pinpoint predators’ motivations and identify emotional triggers to stop them. The core group includes an official profiler who is highly skilled at getting into the minds of criminals, a quirky genius, the former media liaison who manages to adeptly balance family life and the job, and a computer wizard.
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior: Forest Whitaker stars in this “Criminal Minds” spinoff as Special Agent Sam Cooper, a fierce leader who is not afraid to risk his career in order to stand by his convictions and bring dangerous criminals to justice. Cooper tries to avoid political bureaucracy by handpicking an eclectic group of profilers to work outside the confines of Quantico. Former British soldier Mick Rawson is a highly skilled marksman with an undiluted eye for rooting out evil. Former convict John “Prophet” Sims has a calm, Zen-like presence and wants to make amends for past sins. Rounding out the team is Gina LaSalle, an attractive agent armed with a cunning sense of perception.
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders: Award-winning actor Gary Sinise stars in this “Criminal Minds” spinoff, in which members of the specialized International Division of the FBI solve crimes and rescues Americans who find themselves in danger while abroad. Seasoned FBI veteran Unit Chief Jack Garrett (Sinise) leads the team, which includes Matthew Simmons (Daniel Henney), a military hero with lighting-fast profiling skills, and Russ “Monty” Montgomery (Tyler James Williams), a brilliant tech analyst who handles communications with the families of those who are in trouble.
19. NCIS (14 Seasons), NCIS: Los Angeles (8 Seasons), and NCIS: New Orleans (3 Seasons)
NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs leads a group of colorful personalities in investigating crimes — ranging from murder and espionage to terrorism — that have evidence connected to Navy and Marine Corps personnel. The team includes witty ex-homicide detective Anthony DiNozzo, quirky forensics specialist Abby Sciuto, and the brilliant — if insecure — Timothy McGee. Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard brings his vast experience in forensics into play to help solve cases.
NCIS: LA: Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J star in this second show in the “NCIS” franchise, focusing on the high-stakes world of the Office of Special Projects (OSP) in Los Angeles. Highly trained agents use the most-advanced technologies available and go under cover to apprehend criminals deemed a threat to national security. Special Agent G. Callum can transform himself into whoever he needs to be to infiltrate criminal factions. His partner, former Navy SEAL Sam Hanna, is a surveillance specialist who uses state-of-the-art equipment to monitor field agents and feed them information.
NCIS: New Orleans: Agent Dwayne “King” Pride has a team out of New Orleans’ NCIS field office that is investigating crimes that affect military personnel. He’s a local guy with a drive to do the right thing and leads agents Christopher LaSalle — who plays almost as hard as he works — and former ATF agent Sonja Percy — who finds being a part of a team an adjustment after years of working undercover assignments on her own. Eccentric coroner Dr. Loretta Wade supports them on cases. Together, they delve into the dark side of the colorful city that’s a magnet for servicemen on leave.
20. Teen Wolf (6 Seasons)
The high-school anonymity Scott McCall was trying to break free from couldn’t have happened in a more mysterious, complicated way. While walking in the woods one night Scott encounters a creature, is bitten in the side, and his life is forever changed. Is he a human or a werewolf? Or a little bit of both? Controlling the strange urges he now feels is the toughest part, and he’s afraid the urges could end up controlling him. Will the bite be a gift or a curse, especially as it relates to the mischievous Allison, whom Scott can’t get enough of?