Comedies to procrastinate with instead of studying for midterms

| Staff Writer

 

Midterm season got you feeling blue? Me, too.

But there’s no better way to procrastinate than by starting your latest Netflix binge—especially if your new go-to show is a comedy. Here’s a list of five must-sees to chase away academic woes:

“Friends”

This show is a classic for a reason. If you’ve yet to watch this 10-season extravaganza following the lives of six 20-something New Yorkers, you’re missing out. There are so many cultural references that stem from “Friends,” from Joey’s smooth moves (“How you doin’?”) to Rachel and Ross’ on-and-off again relationship (“She got off the plane!”) to Phoebe’s silly songs (“Smelly cat, smelly cat, what are they feeding you?”). “Friends” also featured basically every guest star known to man, from Brad Pitt to Susan Sarandon to Alec Baldwin, so even if you have this weird thing against Jennifer Aniston, I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll like someone who graces your screen.

“How I Met Your Mother”

OK, so I know the ending of this show came under a lot of fire—I won’t spoil it for you if you’ve been living in a hole for the past five years—but I’m a still a fan. Neil Patrick Harris’ Barney is a womanizing, suited bro whose job we don’t learn until the finale, but he’s also the source of the show’s best bits. I also have a soft spot for the original music on “HIMYM.” If you aren’t playing “Let’s Go to the Mall” and “Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit” on repeat for hours after watching this show, you’ve done something wrong.

“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”

“It’s Always Sunny” is about a group of friends in Philly (you guessed it) who own a local bar and try to successfully navigate their ways through life. So many people have told me they love this show, especially its musical episode. While not as well-known as the last two suggestions, “It’s Always Sunny” has the kind of crude material that will keep you laughing for the longest time—the 12th season just premiered, and the show has been renewed for at least two more. If you’re looking for a binge that can take you through the rest of midterm week and into the hell that is finals, you might have met your match.

“Parks and Recreation”

If you started watching this show, couldn’t get into it and then watched that one episode of “The Office” for the 82nd time, try again. “Parks and Rec” tells the story of the workers employed at a small-town Indiana Parks and Recreation Department. Does the premise sound like a recipe for disaster? Absolutely. Add Amy Poehler minus Tina Fey into the mix, and it sounds like an instant failure. But the characters are so loveable—my favorites are Chris Pratt’s Andy and Aziz Ansari’s Tom—that you’ll keep watching until you’ve finished the entire show.

“Modern Family”

From seasons 1-4, at least five of the six main adult characters on “Modern Family” received Emmy nominations. The show has racked up a massive amount of awards (including 21 Emmys), and it’s been one of ABC’s most highly rated series since its inception. Why? It portrays relationships realistically, touching on issues of race and sexuality that other primetime network comedies steer clear of. Over the course of “Modern Family,” you also get to see the child actors grow, both physically and emotionally, although I do admit it can sometimes be jarring to watch six seasons in a row and to suddenly realize that a 10-year-old is now an aggressive teenager.