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Top Netflix shows to keep you entertained - and take your mind off exams
Top Netflix shows to keep you entertained - and take your mind off exams
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Top Netflix shows to keep you entertained - and take your mind off exams

Need to relieve the stress of exams? Well, get comfy and relax with these Netflix shows.

Need a TV show - or five - to provide some light relief from exam revision? It’s great -and hugely important - to kick back and unwind, and a bit of Netflix can be just the tonic. But what’s good to watch when you don’t have much time and need to focus (mostly) on work? Here are my top 5 Netflix shows that don’t require a few days of binge-watching. Most are just 20 minutes long - a welcome break from the books!

1. The Good Place

This comedy fantasy is pretty much my favorite programme of the moment. With big Hollywood names, Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, plus a great turn by English actress and presenter Jameela Jamil (who knew?!) its a hilarious take on four people’s struggle in the afterlife - trying to define what it means to be good. At 20 minutes an episode, its an easy watching but on occasions, is quite thought provoking - yes, really - as testified by Ted Danson’s character, Michael, “You humans take something wonderful and ruin it just a little bit so you can have more.” And the writers have done a nice job of designing a biting satire on thinking about the afterlife without attacking any real religion in particular.

2. The Big Bang Theory

Again short and sweet, set in Pasadena, with a core cast of five friends - physicists, Leonard and Sheldon, share an apartment; waitress and aspiring actress, Penny, lives across the hall; and Leonard and Sheldon's similarly geeky, socially awkward friends and co-workers, Howard and Raj. As well as being hilarious, Sheldon’s strangely relatable rants provide a welcome respite from the study books. And it's filmed in front of a live audience so the laughs are for real. There’s 12 series to get through so don’t let it take over from studying too much! The IT Crowd is another good one if you like this type of geeky comedy.

3. Friends

If there’s any human being on this planet who has not watched Friends at some point in their lives, I would be shocked! Easily among the best shows on Netflix (they recently paid $100 million to win the airing rights!) and even after 24 years(!!), is still one of the funniest, most watchable shows on TV. Everyone knows the gang: Ross, Rachel, Joey, Chandler, Monica and Phoebe. Which one do you most identify with? I always want to be Rachel - but have a feeling friends would say I’m more Monica! But which are the very best Friends episodes?

Take a look at this list of the top 15 funniest episodes to watch!


4. Parks and Recreation

In these post-2016 US election times, the idealism of longtime public servant Leslie Knope can seem a little hard to swallow - but that’s precisely why we need Parks and Recreation! This American political satire stars Amy Poehler as Leslie - with her ever-present optimism making us believe that the government – and life itself – could truly be good with the right public servants in charge (yes, really!). And if you aren’t ready to embrace such a happy disposition just yet, you can always watch it for distraction and a laugh - with classic episodes populated by the hilarious,delightfully demented residents of Pawnee, along with a huge cast of regular drop-ins including Chris Pratt, Rob Lowe, Christie Brinkley and Jon Hamm.

Here are the best episodes as voted by Thrillist: https://www.thrillist.com/ente...

5. Queer Eye

This Americanreality TV show is wonderful; five gay men giving heartfelt advice on fashion, grooming, interior design, food, wine and culture to deserving men and women (as nominated by friends). What makes it special is the equal prominence given to each area - depending on what the person needs. So it's not a straightforward makeover show, it’s genuinely about changing mindsets and encouraging positive mental health messages - as well as challenging stereotypes. Yes it's funny and sweet, silly and engaging, but I guarantee some episodes will bring a tear to your eye - in an inspirational, life affirming way. Again, a great distraction from the books!

So, there you have it. A few series to enjoy as a welcome break from studying. But just don’t watch every episode in one go - why not give yourself a 20 minute break from your studies and choose your favourite episode to watch? You could even use each episode as a sort of reward - for every 20 pages you read, you get to watch an episode. As Monica Geller would say, ‘Rules help control the fun!’