Congrats on moving into your new home for the school year! Whether it’s a shared dorm style room or your very own apartment, chances are you have at least one roommate. If you’re just getting to know your roommate (or if you want something to do with your best friend) and don’t have anything in common, finding a show to watch together gives you something until you know more.
Netflix has made it super easy to stream basically anything with your friends and always everyone has a subscription (or uses their parents).
My biggest recommendation is to find something neither of you have seen before, but have an interest in. If it’s new to both of you then you get to experience it for the first time together!
Looking for some TV show recommendations? I’ve got you covered!
Don’t Trust the B––– in Apt. 23 (26 episodes • 2012 – 2013)
I will recommend this show always. It’s so funny and if you’re living with a new roommate, so are they! It’s really not much of a commitment, being only 26, 21 minute episodes. I’m forever going to be angry that this show was cancelled. It deserved so many more seasons.
Parks & Recreation (125 episodes • 2009 – 2015)
Enough said. If you haven’t seen Parks and Rec yet, you’re really missing out. I aspire to be as passionate about something Leslie Knope is about the parks department of Pawnee. All of the episodes are short, so it’s not much of a time commitment.
Portlandia (59 episodes • 2011 – )
If you’re a fan of short little skits, then this is the show for you. I adore the two main actors, Fred Armisen & Carrie Brownstein, and their often dry humour. This show is so quotable and will supply you with endless hours of inside jokes to share with your roommate(s). Guaranteed or your money back (but first please give me money).
Community (110 episodes • 2009 – 2015)
You’re in college (or university) and so are they! If that’s not enough to convince you this show is worth watching, just know this show is funny. Like really, really funny. Especially the first few seasons. The characters work so well together and are great caricatures of the types of people you’ll meet in college!
Scrubs (182 episodes • 2001 – 2010)
I’ve heard there’s nothing like going through med school together to really solidify a friendship. If you can’t actually enroll in the medical field, then maybe you can just watch this show with new friends! I’m not going to lie to you, I never got into Grey’s Anatomy so maybe I’m biased, but I think Scrubs is the best medical show out there. Not only is it hilarious, but it’s also super touching.
I will give you one recommendation, stop after the 9th season. The tenth isn’t very good.
Mr Selfridge (40 episodes • 2013 – )
If you’re a fan of shows like Downton Abbey, then this show is for you. It centres on the Selfridge family and their employees. Trust me, you’ll get super attached to the characters and genuinely care about their wellbeing. It’s not quite as involved as Downton, but it’s in the same genre.
Being Erica (54 episodes • 2009 – 2011)
I can’t make a list like this without supporting a Canadian show. If you’re a fan of shows about people in their 30’s figuring out life and also traveling back in time to their awkward teen years, then this is my recommendation. It feels like a very adult show whenever I watch it and I feel very grown up.
“”Therapist” Dr. Tom – who is constantly spouting famous and not so famous historical quotes – is Erica Strange’s savior and worst enemy. Erica, a young adult woman, is having a bad life because of the bad decisions she’s made. Erica provides Dr. Tom with a long list of those pivotal moments in her life that she feels have led to the bad state she is in today. Erica is initially unaware of what Dr. Tom is intending on doing with this list. What he does do is transport her back in time to each of those moments so that she, with all the knowledge of her present day life, can make better decisions to fix her life. Regardless of these new decisions, Dr. Tom hopes that Erica will come to the realization that although the opinions of others about her life do matter, it’s what she thinks of her decisions and her life that are more important.”
Scream (22 episodes • 2015 – )
Full Disclaimer: I’ve never seen this show. I don’t like scary things, so this recommendation comes from my friend. She watched this show with a girl in our hall once a week and it became a great shared experience for the two of them. There’s some suspense, there’s some thrilling components, and I mean, hey, it’s almost Halloween season.