13 Best Things to Binge Watch on Netflix during Thanksgiving Break

Lexy Crebb
Staff Writer

Thanksgiving is a time for family and food, but thanks to Netflix, there’s still time to fit in a movie or show marathon. After “decades” of research and painstaking work, I have uncovered 13 of the best movies and series to binge watch over our extended break. Why 13? Because 12 wasn’t enough.

  1. The Sixth Sense

The Sixth Sense tells the story of a psychologist who tries to help a little boy who sees spirits of the dead. I’ve never always been a big fan of this movie, but The Sixth Sense provides good drama with a mixture with fear and suspense. This film also has the one of the biggest plot twists in history.

  1. Mouse Hunt

The plot to Mouse Hunt involves around two bumbling brothers who try to outsmart a sneaky mouse in a new house they want to renovate and sell. This is one of my favorite movies, with Nathan Lane and a great comedic story that families will enjoy. Mouse Hunt takes place around the holidays and has a positive theme of family values. Mouse Hunt could be what you’d call a slapstick comedy, but that only makes it even more classic.

  1. Last Man Standing

Last Man Standing is an ABC TV series starring Tim Allen, revolving around an American loving man and his hilarious family, colleagues, and boss. This show is not only one of the funniest comedy shows I’ve seen, but also has some topics that audiences could brusquely find offensive or against someone’s ideals.

  1. Pocahontas

Based on the American legend about a young Native American girl under the same name, Pocahontas was a 1996 Disney film revolving around the romance between 18-year-old Pocahontas and John Smith when the British colonized North America in search for gold. Though not the most historically accurate film, Pocahontas has become one of the most classic Disney films with an excellent score, beautiful art work, a great voice cast, and one of the best known romances in film history.

  1. Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time, an ABC TV show, tells the story of Emma Swann, a woman born to Snow White and Prince Charming, getting roped into a community of fairy tale characters trapped in the real world with her son attempting to use her to bring back the fable’s memories of who they are. A complex show with many classic storybook characters and legendary figures played by a fairly new coming cast, Once Upon a Time will prove itself entertaining, nostalgic, heart racing, and lovely to watch.

  1. The Flash

The Flash, based on the same named comics by DC, tells the story of Barry Allen, who takes up a superhero mantel after being struck by lightning and splashed on by the struck chemicals he was investigating. Barry uses his power of super-speed to defeat villains who threaten his hometown and those he love. The CW has always had great shows on their channel, and The Flash would definitely be in my top 3. The visuals are stunning, the comedy is fresh, and the plot stays very true to the comic book storyline.

  1. Arrow

Arrow, based on the Green Arrow comics by DC, tells the story of Oliver Queen who, like the Flash, takes up a superhero mantel to protect his city and redeem himself for his dark and mysterious past. Just like The Flash, Arrow would have to be in my top 3 favorite shows on the CW. Thrilling, complex, and dramatic, Arrow tells a fantastic story of redemption, loyalty, and shows just how awesome a superhero can be without having superpowers.

  1. Supernatural

Supernatural revolves around two brothers who hunt and investigate spiritual events and attempt to save people from their malevolence. I’m not a big fan of this show, but knowing its vast popularity among my peers, this show definitely deserves to be a show on this list. From what I have seen, Supernatural involves fresh comedy, brotherly love, and scary themes without being too much like a horror show.

  1. Dexter

Dexter revolves around a Miami-based man, being a blood-splatter expert by day and a serial killer by night. A gory drama and a suspenseful thriller, Dexter gives us a great insight into the mind of a killer as we explore how he handles his double life and his attempt to hide it all to protect his family. This show may not be for the faint of heart, but a great show for those who can stomach the gory themes.

  1. American Horror Story

American Horror Story has four seasons tells different stories about people experiences the supernatural and the dark sides of their personalities and cruelties of the world around them. Each season takes place during different times and places, with a few historical references. Another show not good for the faint of heart, but one  of the most demented but awesome TV shows of all time. Themes are very adult and dark, with a lot of sexual content, heavy violence, and controversial storylines. My favorite season has to be Freak Show because of its interesting characters and plot.  

  1. The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas tells the story of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, who becomes bored with his holiday and instead has his own take on Christmas after visiting Christmas Town and wants to pose as Santa Clause. So many people love this movie! Who can blame them? This movie will always go down as one of the best movies of all time in my book. The visuals are stunning, the music is awesome, and really gets you into the holiday spirit.

  1. Gotham

Gotham, based on DC comics, takes place before Bruce Wayne became Batman and instead tells the story of Jim Gordon as a young cop trying to protect Gotham from numerous villains, following the histories of some of Batman’s most famous foes and the rise of the Caped Crusader. This show gives a really good spin on the Batman franchise and portrays the characters in a very satisfying fashion. A true Batman fan would love this show and appreciate its creativity and originality as much as I do.

  1. The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead, based on Robert Kirkman’s comic series, takes place during the zombie apocalypse and how a complex group of survivors come to cope with their shattered world and learn there is more to fear than the dead itself. Netflix has a lot of shows, but not many as long or as good. The Walking Dead is a fantastic show. Watching all five seasons may take a while but it really is all worth it. This show would be most preferable to those who can stomach gore and be patient with the constant drama.

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