Oldies but Goodies: 5 Shows & Movies to Add to Your Netflix Queue
With the academic year in full swing, we could all use some TV shows and movies to help combat the upcoming stress of classes and all-nighters. This set of recommendations are all about the ‘90s and early 2000s to help remind you that childhood and relaxation aren’t just things of the past.
1. Friends, 1994-2004
Let’s start with an obvious, but quality, oldie. Back when I was touring colleges, I couldn’t go on a tour of a dorm room without seeing one of the “Everything I know in life I learned from Friends” posters, and that’s for good reason. What college student can’t relate to living with, or across the hall, from friends, and enduring the ups and downs of living, working and going to school together? This show is perfect for any mood (or procrastination session), so if you haven’t added this to your queue yet, go go go!
2. Zathura, 2005
Like “Jumanji,” “Zathura” is about a board game that comes to life, except this time it’s in space. The film has a young Josh Hutcherson and Kristen Stewart, who may or may not show emotion. A pretty underrated film with childhood nostalgia and sci-fi elements, it’s a good one to add to your queue. Grab some popcorn or your favorite childhood snack and enjoy not only innocent fun, but also big time names before they became Hollywood favorites.Days of
3. Thunder, 1990
Directed by Tony Scott and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson (the same guys who did “Top Gun”), this movie is wittily referred to as “Top Gun on wheels.” Tom Cruise in a sense reprises his “Top Gun” role, except this time he’s a NASCAR driver. Nicole Kidman also stars in the film, sporting her sweet and sultry Australian accent, and Robert Duvall plays his usual crotchety father figure. What more could you want than a heavily ‘80s influenced Hans Zimmer score, Tom Cruise being Tom Cruise and curly haired Nicole Kidman? Of course there is an undeniable cheese factor to the film, but it’s still worth watching (if only to see Tom Cruise in prime ‘90s getups).
4. NCIS, 2003-Present
Although I think there are few people out there who haven’t heard of or seen “NCIS,” I still thought it was worth adding to the list. The technology progression over the years is interesting to watch, as are the effects of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on the political climate portrayed in the show. The series is also filled with touching friendships, humor and a pretty wide range of mysteries. And since the show is 12 seasons long, you won’t run out of episodes (or procrastination material) for quite some time. “NCIS” is definitely a binge worthy show, so make sure to add it to your queue next time you open Netflix!
5. Gilmore Girls, 2000-2007
I may be pointing out the obvious here, but “Gilmore Girls” is definitely worth watching. Not only is it relatable, with Rory (Alexis Bledel) being in college for the majority of the show, it’s also a heartwarming story filled with life lessons and laughs. Although the hype about the show coming to Netflix was well advertised, for those of you out there who never really thought about watching it, consider this your wakeup call. You will laugh, you will cry and you will fall in love with so many wonderful characters. So please, add it to your queue. You won’t regret it!
And on that note, stock up your Netflix queue, grab some snacks, some friends and enjoy!
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