High Five: Ridiculously fun shows on Netflix

by Jam Bufi
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In a time of crisis, we all need something to uplift our spirits and give us the boost we need to keep moving forward.

Netflix has a wide selection of quirky, hilarious, and slightly out-of-this-world shows that are guaranteed to leave a smile on your face. If you are looking for a fun time, here are our High Five shows to watch on Netflix right now:

 

GLOW

Alison Brie as struggling actress Ruth Wilder in GLOW © Netflix, Inc.

This series is inspired by a real women’s professional wrestling promotion called the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW) that first began in 1986. GLOW revolves around the development of the women’s wrestling TV show and the vigorous training of the girls. It mostly follows struggling actress, Ruth Wilder, who auditions for a role in the TV show and who is also dealing with her fallout with her best friend, Debbie, after she has an affair with Debbie’s husband. Composed of a diverse set of flawed, human characters, you just cannot help rooting for the team and be inspired by Ruth’s perseverance and wit, all while having a good time!

 

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Samuel Barnett as the titular detective and Elijah Wood as his sidekick in Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency © BBC America

Think Sherlock Holmes but quirky and vibrant with a mix of magic and sci-fi! This series follows broke bellhop Todd Brotzman, who discovers the gruesome murder of one of the hotel’s wealthy guests, Patrick Spring, by a mysterious creature. He starts noticing peculiar events happening throughout his day which leads him to meet eccentric and highly optimistic detective Dirk Gently, who believes that everything in the universe is interconnected, and claims to be hired by Patrick Spring to investigate his murder.

 

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Ellie Kemper as the titular character in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt © Netflix, Inc.

The series begins with 29-year-old Kimmy Schmidt and three other women from Indiana being rescued from a doomsday cult, which kept them in an underground bunker for 15 years. To live out and catch up with her life’s stolen years, Kimmy decides to start a life in New York where she befriends struggling theater actor Titus Andromedon, rents a dingy apartment owned by street-wise landlady Lillian Kaushtupper, and works as a nanny for socialite Jacqueline Voorhees. Kimmy’s unending positivity and curiosity is addicting and inspiring until the end!

 

Santa Clarita Diet

The Hammonds: Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, and Liv Hewson in Santa Clarita Diet © Netflix, Inc.

This star-studded series starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant may have been cut short but it’s still worth the watch! The life of real estate couple Joel and Sheila Hammond and their daughter Abby comes undone when Sheila becomes undead and starts craving for human flesh. As they try to figure out what caused the changes, they must try to maintain the perfect suburban family façade while trying to figure out what to feed Sheila and dealing with their nosy neighbors.

 

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Rachel Bloom stars as the lead in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend © The CW Television Network

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a musical dramedy that centers around Rebecca Bunch, a topnotch lawyer and Harvard graduate in New York who decides to uproot her life and move to West Covina, California on a whim after encountering her boyfriend from summer camp when she was 16 years old. What ensues is a hilarious, feel-good albeit turbulent story of a woman’s journey towards finding love and discovering herself. The series has been praised for its themes of female empowerment, LGBTQ+ representation, and accurate portrayal of mental health. Plus, the 157 original songs featured throughout the series are something you can listen to whenever you need a pick-me-up.

 

What are the shows that never fail to give you a fun time? Share them in the comments section below!

 

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