This post was written by Hatchet reporters Crystel Sylvester and Grace Gannon.
With all the free time you’ve got this winter break, you can start a marathon of a new show and watch some classic movies.
Netflix – TV shows
Making a Murderer
If you like “Serial” or “The Jinx,” then “Making a Murderer” is for you. The documentary show tells the riveting story of Steven Avery, a man who was convicted of murder only a few months after serving 18 years in jail for a sexual assault crime he didn’t commit. The show is engrossing not only for the twists and turns in the case but also in its raw look at the justice system and the class struggles prevalent in Avery’s small Wisconsin town.
Master of None
As Aziz Ansari’s newest creation, this show is great for nostalgic fans of “Parks and Recreation.” The show follows Ansari’s lead character, Dev, an actor trying to make it New York City, as he deals with everything from romantic relationships to making a connection with his immigrant parents. More of a gentle and introspective comedy than a slapstick one, Master of None works well for a lazy day.
Nurse Jackie (coming to Netflix Dec 31st)
For those who enjoy a little drama, this show will serve well as a winter break timekiller. Seven seasons follow Jackie Peyton, a drug-addicted nurse navigating through a busy New York hospital.
The Great British Baking Show
If you enjoy cooking competitions on the Food Network or “Top Chef” but hate the time spent on bickering contestants, this show is for you. Like a mug of tea, this show is warm, gentle and inviting. No seriously, after a contestant is eliminated each week, the judges, hosts and contestants all gather around and give him or her a group hug. Instead of all living in one house together, the contestants, who are all home bakers, bake in a giant tent in a middle of a picturesque field every weekend. Whether you are interested in baking or not, you will be fascinated by the obscure British desserts and delighted by the charm and friendliness of all the contestants.
John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid
This comedy special riffs on everything from Mulaney’s newly-wed life to his French bulldog, Petunia, to the time he met Bill Clinton as a 10-year-old, all in Mulaney’s signature sharp comic style.
Netflix – movies
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
An 80’s comedy classic that everyone should see at least once, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” follows high school senior Ferris and his best friend and girlfriend as they parade around Chicago for a day of mischief.
To Kill a Mockingbird
You should revisit this classic book through film form before reading Lee’s controversial follow-up, “Go Set a Watchman.”
This critically acclaimed indie, which was shot with an iPhone 5, is the perfect new holiday classic. Set during Christmas Eve, ‘Tangerine’ tells the story of two transgender sex workers, Sin-Dee Rella and Alexandra, who set out on a mission of revenge against Sin-Dee’s boyfriend, who cheated on her while she was jail. A raw look at the transgender sex-worker subculture, this movie will make you laugh, cry, and feel grateful for your best friend.
Amazon – TV shows
A seven-season drama that ended earlier this year, “Mad Men” is set in the 1960s and follows the businesses of advertising agencies in New York City and the personal lives of its characters. One of the most critically acclaimed TV series of all time, this show is worth taking up when you’ve got tons of free time.
Based on creator Jill Soloway’s own life, this Emmy-winning show centers around the Pfefferman family, whose patriarch Mort Pfefferman has recently transitioned to become Maura Pfefferman. While the first season mainly focused on the reactions of Maura’s wife and three children to her transition, the second season widens its scope to delve into the identity struggles of all of the family members. Laugh at loud funny at times – you need to hear Jeffrey Tambor say “yaasss queen” – and visually stunning to look at, ‘Transparent’ is a show unique for its empathetic, honest portrayal of all of its many flawed characters.
The Man in the High Castle
This visually intricate Amazon original show imagines what the U.S. would be like if Germany had won World War II and taken over the East Coast while Japan controlled the West Coast.
A brisk six episodes, this romantic comedy features American stand-up comic Rob Delaney and Irish actress Sharon Horgan playing a couple who end up pregnant after a week-long tryst. Delaney and Horgan have a natural chemistry together, giving the show a lived-in vibe.
Amazon – movies
The Hurt Locker
This film is for those who enjoy watching movies that dig into real-life events. One of the most critically acclaimed films about the Iraq War, “The Hurt Locker” follows a three-man bomb disposal team.
The Bling Ring
Emma Watson fans will enjoy this satirical crime film based on a real-life crime ring made up of rich, bored California teenagers.
Toy Story trilogy
Revisit your childhood in your childhood home this break with the complete Toy Story trilogy, and laugh and cry all over again at your favorite toys and their adventures.