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Like everyone else, I’ve been spending my time after finals exploring shows on Netflix and Amazon Prime. I don’t really have a preferred genre and will watch anything and everything as long as it’s entertaining. The latest show I watched was “Stranger Things” (I know, I know, I’m late to the party) and I absolutely loved it. I got to thinking of the other sci-fi shows I’ve watched on Netflix, and here are the ones that come to mind!

“Stranger Things”

Even though my friends have nagged me a million times to watch this show over the past few years, I didn’t get around to watching it until last week. I think the fact that I finished all three seasons in seven days (and season two in one day alone) bears a testament to how engaging the show is! The characters are likeable and have been developed well throughout the seasons — among my favorites is the dynamic duo, Hopper (David Harbour) and Joyce (Winona Ryder)!

“The Umbrella Academy”

Based on a comic of the same name by Gerard Way (yes that’s right, from My Chemical Romance), this Emmy-nominated series was one of the first shows I watched on Netflix. I got myself a long-awaited Netflix subscription after my senior year of high school in March last year, and “The Umbrella Academy” immediately caught my eye. This show screams sci-fi with its superhero family with special powers, time travel and even assassins at large! Over the 10 episodes, you come to love and accept the flawed characters who are trying to prevent an apocalypse (don’t worry, it’s not a spoiler! It’s all in the trailer). And at the end of a roller-coaster first season, you’ll find yourself wanting the ride to last just a little longer!

“Black Mirror”

This show requires absolutely no introduction. “Black Mirror” consists of five seasons, and each episode is a completely new, separate story pertaining to the use of future technology in a dystopian society. It sheds light on the other, darker side of technology and society’s response. The number of episodes might be few, but each episode leaves you thinking deeply about the implications. This show is one of a kind and I urge you to watch at least a couple of episodes if you haven’t already.

“I Am Not Okay with This”

Though described as falling under the “comedy-drama” genre according to Wikipedia, this show definitely has a supernatural element, which is why it’s featured on this list! Although the show was released just earlier this year, I couldn’t stop watching until I’d binge-watched the entire series! Based on a graphic novel, the show is about a girl who is still recovering from the untimely suicide of her father, and discovers she has superpowers (which she is definitely NOT okay with). If you are looking for something short and interesting with a hint of supernatural elements, this show is for you!

So, there you have it! Let me know which show is your favorite and if I’ve missed any!

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