Netflix Narrative



Before moving to an online platform where movies can instantly be watched, Netflix would send movies through the mail as DVD’s (Photo courtesy of pixabay, photo credits to StockSnap/ 27622 images).

Since 1997, Netflix has been the source of entertainment for millions of people across the world. By offering a generous quantity of TV shows, movies, and documentaries, in a variety of genres and languages, Netflix has conquered the entertainment industry, more so now than ever.

Since moving to an online platform, Netflix has become a standard part of this generation’s pop-culture, which leaves us all watching the same shows and movies. This causes several programs to become popular amongst Netflix members quite often. For example, The Kissing Booth was a Netflix Original that swept through our feed early this past summer. However, after a few weeks, the buzzing of the movie slowly quieted down, allowing it to become the fourth most popular movie in the United States. So, why does the sudden increase and decrease of fame in movies seem to be a recent trend?

“Everyone watches it in a short period of time, because he or she has seen it in their “Now Trending” section, or on social media” said sophomore Natalie DeRosa.

The need to be included is part of human nature, so naturally, people are going to jump on the bandwagon. This spike in popularity can often be the result of “binge watching”.  Binge watching is the practice of watching television, usually a single show, for longer time spans than usual (more than two or three episodes at a time). These shows often consist of many seasons, with shorter episodes; Friends, The Office, Grey’s Anatomy, and Gossip Girl are prime examples of binge-worthy shows.

“I think we binge shows because they will end in cliffhangers, and we need to see what happens. Sometimes I have it on in the background while I’m doing something else, which causes me to quickly go through episodes,” said sophomore Brigitte Pinochet.

While getting to the end of a show is somewhat rewarding, it can also leave us feeling empty. This response is often times referred to as a show hole.  Show holes usually occur after finishing a favorite TV series. According to The Odyssey Online, there are ten stages of a show hole; the majority of which include reminiscing the completed show, and the rest involve finding a new program that fills the hole the previous show left.

“I was in a show hole when I finished Parks And Rec, and I felt depressed afterwards.” said senior Will Arndt.

When we find a new show, however, it can be the best feeling ever. The key is finding the right program. While Netflix has a great selection of shows and movies, there are some programs we wish the company would add or put back on. Most of these include Disney Movies, most of which are Disney Originals, such as Lemonade Mouth, StarStruck, Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place, and Lizzie McGuire.

“I wish they would add older Disney Shows, like Suite Life and iCarly. I grew up watching those shows, so it would be cool to watch them again now that I’m older,” said sophomore Ana Sallurday.

These shows and movies have similar characteristics that attract us to them, and keeps us watching them. Obviously, different people like different things, so each person is going to have different qualities in a show or movie that they like. However, humor, romance, action, and suspense are popular qualities that the majority of shows or movies incorporate to attract a larger audience, showing that we all gravitate towards similar shows.  

“A good plot is a good show,” said Sallurday.