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Netflix shows to pass the time during Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence has given USC students the unexpected free time they’ve all been wishing for since classes began. There are plenty of ways to be productive during these days off. In President Harris Pastides’ email, he recommends students get ahead (or catch up) on classwork or spend some time at the gym. But with all due respect to the president, another great way to spend rainy days is curled up in a cozy blanket with a fresh bowl of popcorn in front of the TV. Don’t feel guilty, you deserve it. 

Here are a few TV series that can be found on Netflix. 

"Riverdale"

At first glance, "Riverdale" seems like a high school drama that is not made for an adult audience. But the enticing murder mystery, tensions between the rich and poor and all of the drama that comes with a small town will have you hooked from the start. The series is based off "Archie" comics, so all of the familiar characters – Betty, Jughead, Archie and Veronica – are reintroduced in today’s current setting. Now is a great time to catch up because season three begins Oct. 10. 

"New Girl"

"New Girl" is the perfect comedy to watch if you’ve already binge-watched "The Office" or "Friends" too many times. The show follows a school teacher named Jess and her male roommates as they all navigate their young professional lives. The episodes are light and funny and the characters are entertaining enough to watch a whole season in one sitting. The first six seasons are available on Netflix, though you'll have to head to Hulu to catch the seventh and final season. 

"Evil Genius" 

This in-depth true crime series starts with a bank heist like no other, and the twists and turns continue throughout the four-episode miniseries. The unique crime and seemingly unsolvable mystery is what makes the series suspenseful. If Netflix’s "Making a Murderer" or the podcast "Serial" are among your favorites, then this docu-series is worth checking out. 

"White Collar"

"White Collar" is the happy medium between a comedy and crime series. Ex-con and art thief Neal Caffrey teams up with an FBI agent to solve art-related crimes. Caffrey’s charming and suave character is enticing to watch as he bends the law to help the FBI while battling an internal crisis between being a con man or a changed man. The episodes are casual and easy to follow with an entertaining plot line.

Movie Bonus:

"To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before"

One of Netflix’s newest original movies is worth mentioning, since it’s all the rage right now. The rom-com follows a shy teenager who writes letters to her crushes and the awkward encounters that occur after her sister sends the letters to the boys several years later. The coming-of-age movie is based off of a Jenny Han novel. 

Whether you’re catching up on all the movies you missed in the theater or re-watching a classic series, the annual, unofficial weather break from school is a perfect time to relax and unwind. 


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