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The 5 most binge-worthy shows for 2014

Classes are important, yes, but so are study breaks. Netflix doesn’t have to be your enemy this quarter; it can still be your best friend! Here are five shows you can get started watching right away.
 
Orange is the New Black
 
The tastiest overindulgence you’ll experience this season is this tantalizing dramedy encircling a women’s prison. The media hyping of OITNB is not only enormous, but also utterly deserved. With rich characters and well-paced episodes that bleed seamlessly from one into another, OITNB is a must-watch for any TV-binger – veteran or newbie.
 
Breaking Bad
 
If there was one show you heard about this year, whether it be in the workplace, the classroom or from a friend, it was the phenomenon that is Breaking Bad. The drug drama’s layered storytelling and complex character development have rightfully crowned it as one of the best of the best in television history. If you haven’t already taken a swig of the ricin-laced kool-aid, join the dark side. Bad has never been so good.
 
 
 
American Horror Story: Coven
 
Sharp-tongued and woven together with ruthless twists, the bewitching third season of Ryan Murphy’s anthology series is as addictive as it is deliciously camp. I mean, what other show on TV involves a killer vagina, a hot Frankenstein-esque frat boy, a grown man making a doll out of the dead, a deeply racist disembodied head and a sex scene between Precious’ Gabourey Sidibe and a minotaur? Call it what you want, but AHS is addicting.
 
Community
 
NBC’s self-aware comedy centered in a community college is a love letter to pop culture connoisseurs everywhere. Loaded with esoteric references along with oodles of fourth wall breakage, Community is so smart and absurd it might just change the way you see TV. Sadly, for a show that seems to be tailor-made for devoted Netflix fanatics, Community is not available for streaming. Find it on the NBC website or DVD.
 
Sherlock
 
Mind-bending, enthralling, thrilling and returning this January, BBC’s modern update on Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic is a treat for the eye plus an exercise for the brain. Enter with caution, though. This mini-series is not fit for treadmill watching or casual viewing. Blink and a clue will be missed. At all times, keep a steady hand on the remote or mouse for a quick playback. And for good measure, be sure to switch on the subtitles too, so not a single sentence is left a mystery. Lather, rinse, rewind.
Taylor Steinbeck is a 4th year English major and theatre minor at Cal Poly SLO hoping to pursue an MFA in playwriting post-grad. When she isn't reading, writing, or editing, she's shirking her many responsibilities by scrolling through SJW blogs on Tumblr or gushing over 9gag.com/cute alongside her boyfriend. Taylor was born and raised in Orange County, but fantasizes about one day living in a shoe-box apartment in New York City where the world's theatre hub is only a subway ride away. 
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