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From 'West Wing' to 'Parks and Recreation,' here's what to watch during Welcome Week

We’ve all been there: The activity of the evening for Welcome Week just doesn’t seem all that entertaining and now you’re left with a few hours to spend with your new friends. You can only go monumenting at night so many times, and you’ve definitely done your due diligence. It’s time to break out the movies and favorite shows. Read on for The Eagle’s guide to the top five flicks and shows to watch with the new crew.

5. “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

This series seems to have taken on a life of its own. Fans have been waiting for a full year with baited breath to watch season 7. With just two episodes left as of now, catching up on the latest episode is the perfect way to forge bonds to last through papers and group projects. This series is home to many story lines that show the intertwining of several kingdoms through wars of aggression and of independence. Fans love the complex web of plot events makes this show a masterpiece.Catch the last episode in the season on August 27 or binge-watch the six seasons on HBO now before classes start.

4. “Parks and Recreation” (Netflix)

It seems nearly every freshman has put this show as one of their favorites in their Facebook introduction to their graduating class group page. So, why not share a few of your favorite episodes with your new friends? Watching Leslie Knope in all of her relentlessly optimistic antics in the world of small town bureaucracy and public parks. The humor reminds us of simpler days not filled with papers and exams. Although there are no new seasons coming out, it's a true classic.

3. “Zoolander 2” (HBO)

An absurdly funny film from 2016, “Zoolander 2” is the perfect comedy sequel. It brings back fan favorites from the first movie, Derek and Hansel. They expose a fashion industry conspiracy with their own dumb luck, leading to some shenanigans and a brilliant plan. Get ready to discover the inner cult of the fashion world and laugh along the way.

2. “Good Will Hunting” (HBO)

A true Robin Williams classic, this movie follows the journey of an ex-convict, Will Hunting, as he learns to believe in himself after a professor at MIT discovers his amazing math skill. Will’s high IQ and math skills lead to a complete change in his future as he is offered the opportunity to attend MIT. Starring Matt Damon and Robin Williams, it continues to be a classic and a must-watch before classes start.

1. “West Wing” (Netflix)

While it is a true American University classic, this political drama series is no longer running. West Wing gives viewers a peek into the inner-workings of the White House, portraying a political arena similar to that of the United States in the early 2000s. The OG political drama is an American University staple and available on Netflix now.

mhowie@theeagleonline.com


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