5-Star Shows to Binge on This Fall


Thanksgiving break is not far away. And when the time off from school finally arrives, I know for certain that I will be in my bed, binge-watching several television shows, holding onto a hot cup of tea. This fall, I am excited about watching the following television shows, and I think you will be, too, after reading a bit more about them. Snuggling with soft blankets and watching television shows is great. But, snuggling with soft blankets and watching amazing television shows is excellent.

1. Gilmore Girls

If you have not yet already watched Gilmore Girls, you have to this fall! Although Gilmore Girls is not a recently released show, it has not lost its attraction and popularity throughout the years. Gilmore Girls tells the story of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, who act more like best friends even though they are mother and daughter. Lorelai got pregnant with Rory at sixteen years old. Her independence and diligence pushed her to move out of her parents' house after having Rory. She worked her way up from being a maid at an inn in Stars Hollow, a small town in Connecticut, to now being the executive manager. But, Lorelai has more dreams: she wants to establish her own inn with her best friend Sookie.

Rory, Lorelai's daughter, is determined, stubborn, and clever like her mom. Rory leaves Stars Hollow High School to attend Chilton, a rigorous high school that Rory believes will prepare her to be a journalist and get her into Harvard, which is her dream school for as long as she can remember. But, Chilton is nothing like Stars Hallow High.

Viewers get to be a part of Lorelai's and Rory's journey to achieving their aspirations while juggling small-town life, relationships, family, and more.

2. Friends

Friends is the perfect show to re-watch. Most of us have watched the comedy show, but if you have not, you most certainly should. Friends is based in Manhattan and involves six friends who share their lives and experiences with each other. Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Ross, and Chandler are different and similar in many ways, but each character makes the show unique.

Rachel is a privileged, wealthy girl who moves in with Monica, her old friend, as she navigates a life where she is not dependent on anyone. Monica, as most fans would agree on, is controlling and neat. But, the show would not be the same without her character. Phoebe is, unquestionably, the character that makes me laugh the most. From the songs she plays on her guitar to the jokes she makes, her character is irreplaceable. Joey is similar to Phoebe in some respects. But, it is important to note that he also loves food, especially meatball sandwiches. Ross is the group's geek, and you can always find him telling his friends boring information about fossils. And lastly, Chandler is known for being sarcastic, hilarious, and always wearing sweater vests.

3. on My Block

On My Block is about four friends in South Central Los Angeles who experience high school together.

Rotten Tomatoes describes the show as, "What’s groundbreaking about On My Block is its articulation of everyday coming-of-age hiccups (first loves, first heartbreaks, shifting friendships, growing parental pains, party culture, and more) through the lens of a world not often depicted on screen."

This "lens of a world not often depicted on screen" that is woven into On My Block makes the show engaging and capturing. After watching two episodes, you will be completely invested.

4. The Baby-Sitters Club

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The Baby-Sitters Club is adapted from The Baby-Sitters Club series which published 213 Baby-Sitters Club books. The plot tells the story of five girls in middle school in Stoneybrook, Connecticut. The girls have an idea to start a babysitting business, and they call their start-up the "Baby-Sitters Club."

As Rotten Tomatoes explains, "This modern adaptation offers fresh perspectives and contemporary themes for an all-new generation without sacrificing any of the warmth and optimism that made it so popular to begin with."

5. Young Sheldon

A child genius named Sheldon Cooper has skipped four grades to begin high school. Most people just do not understand him. His family and others around him do not relate to or comprehend his unique intelligence and lack of social skills.

Rotten Tomatoes comments, "The series provides something we haven’t seen before: a reinterpretation of a beloved multi-camera sitcom character as a heartwarming, single-camera, family-friendly dramedy."

These shows will make hours feel like minutes. Enjoy them with friends and family and allow yourself to be consumed by their captivating plots. Whether it is Thanksgiving break or a regular afternoon, spending time watching one of these television shows will put a smile on your face.

Sophene Avedissian
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Sophene Avedissian is a freshman at Westridge School for Girls. She is the author of Stand Tall, a book that highlights women's rights issues, an editor for Polyphony Lit, and a Los Angeles Times High School Insider. During her free time, Sophene enjoys reading, playing soccer, and spending time with family and friends.