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By Jojo_Squires at 4:45 pm, August 19, 2013 | Reviewed by Karen Rought

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In honor of the last hints of summer, I present you all with a list of five Netflix titles to binge on while you wait for Labor Day to arrive.

It is that time of year once again. Soon summer will be ending. It doesn’t matter if you are still in school or you’re working a steady job to support a family of five, there is a solemn feeling that permeates the hot, humid air as September approaches.

Try these five shows on Netflix…

5. ‘Fringe’

It was a bitter and cold day when Fringe aired its final episode back in January, but fear not. Fringe is now available to watch on Netflix. Fringe may never have been a smash hit, but it was more than just your average sci-fi show. It could be comedic, dramatic, and downright crazy, but at its heart Fringe was a character driven sci-fi procedural. Every season was full of laughs and tears…and disturbing imagery. You fall in love with the characters immediately from the no nonsense Olivia to the all nonsense Walter. The nonstop excitement of the show will keep you warm as the temperatures cool outside. So, grab some Redvines and get ready to be lost in not one, not two, but three-ish….. Well, get lost in the many universes (and timelines) that make up Fringe.

4. ‘Parks and Recreation’

Sci-fi not your thing? I present to you Parks and Recreation. Made in a similar style to The Office, Parks and Recreation follows the day-to-day activities of Leslie Knope and company as they manage the crazy happenings in Pawnee, Indiana. Each episode is filled with rapid fire dialogue and laughs. It is absolutely impossible to not love at least one character on this show. Libertarian and department head Ron Swanson is a real man’s man, while shoeshine Andy is lovably dense. April’s apathetic attitude plays brilliantly against Leslie’s gungho optimism. So, why not take a late summer vacation and become an honorary citizen of Pawnee: First in Friendship, Fourth in Obesity.

3. ‘Fullmetal Alchemist (2003)/Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood’

How many of you will not watch anime because Pokemon, Naruto, or Yu-Gi-Oh left a bad aftertaste? Well, here is an anime I dare you not to get addicted to absolutely immediately. Fullmetal Alchemist follows brothers Edward and Alphonse as they search for the legendary philosohper’s stone to fix their torn bodies after a futile attempt to raise their mother from the dead. Along the way, these two brothers meet interesting characters and uncover an evil that does not just threaten their search for the stone, but the lives of an entire country.

This series has anything and everything you could want: great humor, legitimate horror, memorable characters, impressive action, and heartbreaking moments. Both series are amazing and have topnotch animation, but they do not follow the same plot all the way through. Watch the 2003 version first and then go back and watch Brotherhood. Ed’s hothead and Mustang’s flame alchemy will keep things burning. A word to the wise: the Law of Equivalent exchange does not just apply to alchemy. The cost of watching this series is your heart, and the philosopher’s stone can’t get it back for you.

2. ‘Supernatural’

So, you like the idea of a series about brothers, but still won’t watch anime? Well, how about Supernatural? All the brotherly love, comedy, and drama without the animation (although Supernatural does have its own anime series that covers the first two seasons of the live action version). Supernatural follows the Winchester boys as they travel across the country ganking demons and making ghosts wish they’d never died.

The show takes the urban legends we tell around campfires and brings them to life. Things that go bump in the night aren’t your thing? That’s okay, because monsters are only one set of obstacles the brothers take on. There’s also angels, the devil, alternate dimensions, and sleazy hotels to contend with as well, and that’s not even mentioning the ladies they meet along the way. So hop in the Metallicar (Dean’s sexy 1967 Chevy Impala), turn on some classic rock and head on an end-of-summer road trip down the Highway to Hell.

1. ‘Breaking Bad’

Do I really need to convince you to watch this show? The entire internet has been talking of nothing else since a month before the final half-season even began airing. So, now’s the time to catch up with chemistry teacher turned drug emperor of ABQ, Walt White. Every person I have ever spoken to about the show admits that they started watching by binge viewing the entire thing on Netflix, so you should feel no shame in wasting the next five days or so watching Walt and former student Jesse infiltrate then dominate the meth culture of New Mexico.

The desert atmosphere coupled with the high tension will extend your summer for at least as long as it takes you to marathon the series. Go grab your chemistry sets and get addicted to Breaking Bad. Warning: withdrawal may occur between completion of the series on Netflix and the next episode to be aired on AMC.

What do you recommend?

So, there you have it. Five shows to end your summer the right way… By binge watching, becoming addicted, joining a new fandom, and then falling into a depression when you finish. And remember that Doctor Who does not return until the 50th anniversary special and Sherlock doesn’t return until…someday…maybe. This list is just my opinion and I know that there are dozens of great shows on Netflix, so leave a comment and let everyone else know of any treasures I left out. Who knows? Maybe you’ll convince me to get addicted to something new too.

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  • Anon

    Parks and Rec all the way. It’s so amazing and it comes back September 26th, so everyone binge watch to get ready!

    Also, I’ve been in school for 2 weeks already and I’m staring longingly at this list from behind a pile of AP homework. Ah, summer. So long ago.

    • Jojo_Squires

      I am so sorry. I don’t start school for another week so I’ve been trying to entertain myself. Hopefully you get a break soon so you can kick back and watch something.

  • Kate

    Orange is the New Black. Netflix original. I loved it. The main character is pretty awful (I think you’re not really supposed to like her), but the rest of the characters are great. I’ve watched the full series three times now after introducing it to other people who then binge watched it after the first episode.

  • Cory Skelton

    I love, love love Fringe, Parks and Rec, Supernatural, and Breaking Bad. Lately I have been marathoning The Secret Circle…wow, this show was really good, compared to the utter cancer that The Vampire Diaries has become it makes me sad The CW canceled this show, it was getting better and better. Also Apparitions, a 6-episode British horror series.

    And then there’s Ugly Betty which I watched a few months ago. That show is a pleasure to marathon.

  • http://thetams.tumblr.com/ Sasha

    Dead Like Me! Easy to finish in a weekend without making your eyes bleed and SUCH an underrated show.

    • Cory Skelton

      Too bad it’s not on Netflix though. :(

  • Kevin Landeen

    Once Upon a Time!

  • Van

    Lost, 30 rock, heroes (just the first season), the IT crowd, the inbetweeners, spaced, american horror story, portlandia, top of the lake, or arrested developement

    • Jojo_Squires

      Love 30 Rock and it was hard for me to choose between that and Parks and Rec for this list… Heroes was great for the first season too!

    • Cameron Neubauer

      Lost doesn’t make any sense at all

  • http://rikustark.tumblr.com/ Ashley

    FMA! I actually just started to re-watch this the other day. It’s been years, and I still love it. I’ve been meaning to watch Parks and Rec and Fringe.

  • Matthew Howland

    DOCTOR WHO (2005) FUR SUR!

  • Katja Roedig

    Supernatural is the bomb.

  • Caroline J.

    ORPHAN BLACK
    **EDIT** oh whoops… not on netflix… LOL

  • Jake

    FRINGE. I LOVED this show. In my opinion, the best science fiction show made.

  • Lauren Chapin

    I just started watching Parks & Rec like a week ago, and I’m already on season 3. It’s great!

    I recommend Dollhouse, Being Human (UK), Doctor Who, The IT Crowd, and Sherlock.

  • Megan Slife

    One Tree Hill or Friday Night Lights, god I just eat that sappy teen drama up like it’s my Grandma’s spaghetti.

  • popoK

    FULL METAL ALCHEMIST REFERENCE!! I now love you Hypable, way to go Jojo for putting anime in this!!!!!!

  • Carolyn Heine

    FMA Brotherhood is my favorite anime! The only problem is that the entire series is not available on Netflix. I think it only goes up through episode 52 (there are 62ish episodes). MarkWatches is currently on FMA:B as well (for those of you who don’t know, Mark watches TV shows/reads books and blogs about it and he’s hilarious! His reactions are the best). Another excellent anime show on there is Mushi-Shi.

    And, if you want something else to stomp all over you heart, you could always watch BBC Merlin…

    • Hagareno

      The original was pretty good, but all its flaws and plotholes are brought to light after watching brotherhood. It really is my favorite anime of all time, and I can’t tell you the number of friends who have only watched brotherhood and can not get into any other animes afterwards.

  • Gary65

    I cannot emphasise this enough: WATCH FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST(Brotherhood and original. Both are amazing)!!!!! It is so sad that a medium as diverse and affecting as anime hasn’t had a shoutout on Hypable until now. God bless you, Jojo. BTW have you watched Code Geass? Stunning TV :)

    ANIME FTW!!!!

    • Jojo_Squires

      I haven’t watched Code Geass but I hear it’s awesome. I was really determined to finally get an anime suggestion listed on Hypable. Knowing some of the fandoms they cover, I knew people would love some anime. If I make more lists I’ll try to get some more anime suggestions in!

  • Librrae

    If you love Sherlock and Doctor Who, check out the *other* Stephen Moffat series, Coupling (it’s like Friends, only raunchier). Or if you like your British comedies with a bit less raunch, The Vicar of Dibley is MAGIC.

  • http://xyue-mayx.deviantart.com/ Dreamer

    Freaks and Geeks- This is a heartfelt, funny high school show set in the 80′s. It focuses on Lindsay, a geek who turns freak, and her younger brother Sam, a geek.

    Ouran High School Host Club- Haruhi is a scholarship student at the elite (and expensive) Ouran Academy. When looking for a quiet place to study, she stumbles upon the Host Club and accidently breaks an expensive vase. She has to disguise herself as a Host Memember and earn clients in order to pay back her debt. It’s really funny and makes fun of a lot of anime tropes.

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer- Buffy and her friends fight supernatural evil in Sunnydale, which happens to have a Hellmouth directly under the high school library. Writer and Producer, Joss Whedon, what else do I have to say?

    Darker Than Black- After a supernatural occurance in Tokyo and South Africa, people develop supernatural powers called Contractors appear all over the world. These people have no emotions and work as hired assassins, thieves, etc. This anime follows a Contractor named Hei and his team, as well as a police officer who is chasing him.

    • http://thetams.tumblr.com/ Sasha

      Bufffffy!!!!

    • Jojo_Squires

      I love Ouran! Great comedy and a lot of fun.

      • Yumi365

        Ouran Highschool Hosts Club is The best..along with XXXHolic

  • Cameron Neubauer

    I really say FMA brotherhood is my favorite out of them. I bailed out on fringe after a few episodes. Parks and rec kinda got eh after a while. I’m still working on breaking bad. Supernatural went up and down. FMA tailed off after the first half in my opinion.

    However I’ve watched FMA brotherhood multiple times and I could keep watching it.

  • Dennis Myers

    You could have warned us that FullMetal Alchemist: Brotherhood was missing the final 5th of it’s episodes. THAT really sucked.

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