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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Tampa chapter.

I am an avid watcher of tv shows and movies. If you don’t see me on YouTube watching my favorite group, I’ll most likely be binge-watching a TV show or be watching a movie. And here is a short list of my must sees from my experience.

  1. Shameless
  • This is at the top of the list because it is the current victim to my binge-watching. I’ve taken a bit of a break now, since last week I was busy, but I watched a bit over 5 full seasons in about a week. It follows one family and their life in the southside of Chicago. It’s a comedy-drama tv show and it is extremely funny, although some jokes and scenes are out there, other than that it’s pretty good, especially because of Gallavich. So I recommend this one if you like to laugh but also like drama.
  1. 9-1-1
  • My current favorite show by far. This is about the first responders in Los Angeles, mainly House 118 of the LAFD, police officers like Athena Grant, and the dispatchers of LA. The characters are so easy to fall in love with, I’m not kidding, I fell in love with Evan ‘Buck’ Buckley(Oliver Stark) the first time I saw him. So, I definitely recommend this show.
  1. Julie and the Phantoms
  • I watched this in about a day. This show takes place about a year after one main character lost her mother and love of music. When she cleans out her mother’s music studio(a garage) she finds an old CD and plays it in the radio they own; as she plays it three ghosts (hot ones and from the band who is on the CD) appear and find out they have been dead for 25 years. It continues to follow them as they try to finish their unfinished business and become a band. You can find it on Netflix, and there will be riots if Netflix does not renew it for season two (it’s been over a year already, c’mon Netflix).
  1. Teen Wolf
  • I watched 4 seasons in 2 weeks. I watched this any time I could. I would watch it in class, during lunch, before volleyball practice, in the car, etc. I became obsessed fast but then I watched the last two seasons in about 2 weeks so I calmed down. I obviously recommend this show cause I love it. It’s about a boy who gets turned into a wolf and follows him and his best friend as they try to finish highschool while dealing with supernatural evils and hunters who hate the supernatural. I also may be slightly biased because I am in love with Theo, Isaac, and Derek’s actors aka Cody Christian, Daniel Sharman, and Tyler Hoechlin. So, a high recommendation for this one. 
  1. Criminal Minds
  • Now looking back at it, this was the biggest binge-watching issue for me. I watched about 7 seasons in 2 to 2 ½ weeks, I want to say, and the seasons and episodes are not short. I would be watching it at home during school (because we had a hybrid system and they would be talking about things I already know). I’m currently on a big break from the show in Season 14 because I’m somewhat of a pessimist and watching a show about catching serial killers and twisted people is not the best for my mind. But I still do recommend it because it is a really great show with great characters (I only disliked very few characters).
  1. Shadowhunters
  • This did not take me long to watch either. I had never read the books so I loved the series, but most people who read the series it is based off of, which is the Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, do not like it as much. Basically a girl finds out that she can see the Shadow World on the night of her 18th birthday, and from there she discovers she is a shadowhunter and tries to find clues on where her mother was taken to in Season 1. The next two seasons follow the mark that season 1 left. Now what made me love the show was Alec Lightwood (Matthew Daddario) and Malec. Now I recommend you watch it to find out about Malec because I could write an essay if I start right now.
  1. The Umbrella Academy
  • Ok this show I thought I would hate because I hate thinking about the end of the world (it makes me queasy and sick). But I fell in love with this show after the first episode. I watched it in technically two days, because I started the first episode before I went to bed one day and then finished it the next day when babysitting my sister. It’s quite a long explanation of this show, so I’m going to try and shorten it. It’s basically about this group of siblings (all adopted) who come together after their father dies to try to find out how and why he died, all while trying to stop the apocalypse. Then season two is another apocalypse as well as the season to come.
  1. Cobra Kai
  • Now this show is amazing for so many reasons. This is how Johnny Lawrence seeks redemption after he lost to Daniel LaRusso almost 34 years after the All-Valley in the first Karate Kid by reopening Cobra Kai. Now this show has so many newer and younger amazing actors like Tanner Buchanan (Robby Keene) and Xolo Maridueña (Miguel Diaz) as well as legends like William Zabka (Johnny Lawrence), Ralph Macchio (Daniel LaRusso), Martin Kove (John Kreese), and Thomas Ian Griffith (Terry Silver). So I would definitely watch this one if you loved Karate Kid.
  1. All American
  • I found this show while the second season was on television and the first season was on Netflix. But, this show is actually based on a true story with some changes as it addresses a lot of current issues and topics in today’s society as well. It is a phenomenal show, so I highly recommend this. It also has a lot of up and coming actors as well who are extremely talented.
  1. Medici
  • Now this is a show based on the Medici family from Florence, Italy in  the 15th century. The first season is based on how the Medici family built up their dynasty and surrounds the new head of the house Cosimo de’Medici (Richard Madden) and it’s called The Master of Florence. The next two seasons follow Lorenzo the Magnificent (Daniel Sharman) and the Medici’s quest to control Florence, and their inevitable downfall. So if you like history shows like me I definitely recommend this show.
  1. Remember The Titans
  • So this is the movie I recommend. Now, I love this movie and my dad is the one who introduced me to it. It’s about one all-white school forced to integrate with an all-black school, which shakes the foundation of their football team, a way of life at the school. This is based on a true story and it’s a pretty good movie so I highly recommend this one.  are lessons to be learned from this movie.

Originally this list was way longer but I decided I should shorten it, because the list would honestly be up to 50 if I did not limit myself.

Maggie Twomey is the student government representative at the Her Campus at Tampa chapter. She mainly writes articles that cover entertainment and experiences. Outside of HerCampus, Maggie is a junior at the University of Tampa, majoring in Elementary Education. She has worked as a summer camp counselor in the past for grades third, fourth, and fifth and is currently interning at schools in the Tampa area. Maggie enjoys traveling, reading, and painting in her free time. Usually Maggie finds herself reading or listening to a book. You will find that when Maggie is reading she always has a fantasy novel in her hand.