Tired of staring at your textbooks? Don't worry. We've put together a short list of binge-worthy Netflix shows to give you all the excuses you need to put off that essay.

1. One Day at a Time

In the age of constant reboots (Ghostbusters, etc), this is a show that stands head and shoulders above the rest. Based on the 70s show of the same name, it centres on a Cuban-American family living in California struggling with every-day issues.

A refreshing comedy, that focuses on real-life problems. Laugh and cry your way through finals weeks (for reasons other than the fact you’re going to fail). 

2. Friends

No list of binge-worthy shows would be complete without this edition. While certain elements of the show have not aged particularly well, it’s gone down in history as the sitcom comedy. Perhaps because there’s a character (or six) that everyone can relate to.

Why not start a re-watch from the beginning and nervously laugh your way through 10 seasons while your deadlines loom?

3. Designated Survivor

This is probably the least well-known show on this list, but still a good one. After months of my dad telling me “It’s such a great show, you’d really like it”, I finally caved and watched it one Saturday morning while I was in the throes of winter flu.

And I have to say I couldn’t stop watching.

The show centres around a man who suddenly becomes US President after everyone in Congress is suddenly and unexpectedly killed, and he is the sole survivor. Given the current political unrest in the world, it’s a great show to forget about that exam week stress and preoccupy yourself with politics (but in a way where you don’t have to actually do anything).

4. American Horror Story

Now I have to say that I am an absolute wimp when it comes to horror. I can’t watch horror shows without being terrified and looking over my shoulder for weeks afterward, but AHS is one of my favourite shows. Blood, guts, creepy monsters and legends such as Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates and Sarah Paulson screaming their heads off and throwing axes at each other…

I mean what’s not to love?

5. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

If you haven’t seen this then I don’t think we can be friends. Yet another comedy, this time about cops in NYC. The perfect blend of humour and emotion, with a stellar cast to top it all off. If you’re a sucker for oddball families finding their way together, then this one’s for you. 

6. Black Mirror

Okay… so I know what I said about horror… but this is another horror show I love. Technology gone bad in various Big Brother or fantasy-esque scenarios. Warning: this show may give you an existential crisis. 

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