Netflix TV Binge List: End of Summer Edition

4:45 pm EDT, August 19, 2013

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.

Quiz: What is your pet’s Ilvermorny house?

Why should you be the only one who gets a second wizarding house?

1:00 pm EDT, July 29, 2016

Will your pet be sorted into the same Ilvermorny house as you, or will you have to disown them for joining your rival?

Step aside Hogwarts, there’s a new wizarding school in town (or rather, across the sea)! With a new school comes new houses, and a new sorting test. You might’ve gone through an identity crisis after taking the test for yourself, but you’re not the only one who needs sorting. That furry, scaly, or feathery friend needs to know where they belong too, and we’re here to do just that! Last time we helped you find out what Hogwarts house your pet would be sorted into, so now we’ll help you figure out what Ilvermorny house they belong in.

It’s typical for pets to have similar personalities to their owners, so maybe your pet will end up in the same house as you. But to those who have house rivalries, brace yourselves: It’s also possible your pet will end up in a different house than you, maybe even your rival house! Will you be saying ‘bye bye birdie,’ or do you thrive in competition? That probably depends on your Hogwarts and Ilvermorny house.

Whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or reptile, all pets are welcome at Hypable’s Ilvermorny sorting ceremony! Take the quiz below and let us know where your pet’s loyalties lie, and be sure to take it for each of your pets (unless they’re a squib. Is there an American name for squib?). Don’t want any of them to feel left out!

Now that you know your pet’s Ilvermorny house, maybe you’ll want to decorate their bed with their house crest (shoutout to the Hufflepuffs)! Or maybe you’ll forbid them from entering your room if they’re in a different house (shoutout to the Slytherins)!

Did your pet get the same Ilvermorny house as you?

Forget seeing Luke Cage and Daisy Johnson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Jeph Loeb, it’s simply too hard to plan.

Although the Marvel movies and TV series ostensibly exist in the same universe, and although Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does its best to include Avengers references whenever possible, TV show characters are unlikely to ever show up in the movies.

This despite Chloe Bennet’s continued efforts to remind people that she is, in fact, Marvel’s first on-screen female Asian superhero, and the awesome crossover possibilities the Marvel Netflix series have opened up.

Marvel fans have long been aware of the difficulties of bringing TV characters into the movie ‘verse, but at the 2016 TCAs, Jeph Loeb provided a few more reasons for why it’s practically impossible to coordinate.

“Part of the challenge of doing this sort of thing is that the movies are planned out years in advance of what it is that we are doing,” Loeb says, as quoted by SlashFilm. “Television moves at an incredible speed. The other part of the problem is that when you stop and think about it, if I’m shooting a television series and that’s going to go on over a six-month or eight-month period, how am I going to get Mike [Colter] to be able to go be in a movie? I need Mike to be in a television show.”

In terms of planning out the character arcs, this makes a lot of sense. A Marvel movie might be mapped out years in advance of production, for not to mention release, which means any character scheduled to appear would need to have their stories planned for many seasons in advance. The continuity would certainly be hard to keep track of.

Of course they could still throw in cameos, which fans would probably really appreciate — and crossovers from movies-TV are much more doable, as evidenced by Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander)’s multiple appearances on AoS.

But Marvel is wary of doing that too much, too, because “we never want to be known as an Easter egg farm. It has to work within the story. We never want to do Luke Cage gets into a cab as Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock are getting out of the cab,” Loeb says, referencing The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

However, don’t lose hope yet. “Anything is possible,” says Loeb. “As I often get reported by you folks for saying #ItsAllConnected, our feeling is that the connection isn’t just whether or not somebody is walking into a movie or walking out of a television show. It’s connected in the way that the shows come from the same place, that they are real, that they are grounded.”

Would you like to see Marvel TV and movie characters cross over more?

If Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda weren’t enough to get you excited about Mary Poppins Returns, maybe Meryl Streep’s name on the roster will do the trick.

Mary Poppins Returns is not a remake of the original 1964 classic but rather a sequel to the Julie Andrews-led musical. As such, it stands to reason that we’ll be getting some new characters this time around. One of those characters will be Miranda’s Jack, who will be a street lamplighter.

And, according to Variety, another one of those new characters will also be portrayed by none other than Meryl Streep, who will be taking on the role of Mary Poppins’ cousin, Topsy. And, yes, the legendary actress will be taking on a singing role for the film.

This will also reunite Streep with her Into the Woods co-star Blunt, as well as Director Rob Marshall and Producer Marc Platt. Streep played the Witch in Into the Woods, while Blunt portrayed the Baker’s Wife opposite James Corden.

Disney’s official synopsis for Mary Poppins Returns reads:

Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

Mary Poppins Returns and will hit theaters December 25, 2018.

Are you on board with ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ now that Meryl Streep has joined the cast?