Don’t sleep on these five Netflix originals


Isabella Keaton

Searching through of all the Netflix originals, movie and television show-lovers constantly weed through the category for something new and funny. These five shows create relatable scenarios about all kinds of topics such as puberty and dating.

Isabella Keaton, Features Editor

Netflix began directing and casting their own shows last year, on top of listing movies and television series from outside production companies. Out of the 73 original television shows and movies currently available, at least half contain lousy acting, typical storylines, and mediocre camera work. Even though most Netflix original shows do not capture the five-star movie quality, Netflix-lovers must watch these top five original productions.

Big Mouth

Big Mouth, a television series created by Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, and Mark Levin, features the cartoon characters Nick and Andrew as they adventure through puberty. All the episodes travel through the different parts of puberty and make it hilariously relatable to their teenage audience.

The show also features Jessi and Missy, two girls who experience puberty as well as the difficulties of middle school crushes. Once Jessi and Andrew meet their Hormone Monster and Monstress, they begin to explore their own sexuality, parties, and new friends.

From discussing the nightmares of an awful sleepover to the discovery of horrifying ponorgraphy, Andrew and Jessi endure a satirical adventure with their Hormone Monster and Monstress. Nick, the less experienced character, starts puberty as the first season ends and he will begin his puberty rollercoaster once season two comes out on October 5.

The Package

Directed by Jake Szymanski, The Package tells the story of a group of five friends who travel through the woods on their spring break vacation. When drinking leads to awful decisions, the long-haired Jeremy Abelar (Eduardo Franco) makes an unfortunate mistake while using the bathroom. While Jeremy seems to think he “mastered” the art of his butterfly knife, he unfortunately lacks talent when under the influence. While drunkenly taking his knife with him to use the bathroom, Jeremy, when shocked by a friend, slices his “package” off and into the bushes.

The rest of the movie tells how the other four pals manage to save Jeremy, retrieve his “package,” and return it back to him before time runs out on the opportunity for reattachment. The team of four end up stealing a boat, jumping off a cliff, and even giving the “package” to the wrong patient at the wrong hospital.

As the friends desperately try to give Jeremy his “package” back, his friends Sean Floyd (Daniel Doheny) and Becky Abelar (Geraldine Viswanathan) fall for each other while Becky struggles with a rough breakup with the infamous Chad. After Chad and Becky finally breakup, Daniel makes his moves on Becky during the adventure for Jeremy and his “package.”

Alex Strangelove

Starring Daniel Doheny again, senior Alex Truelove begins to date his best friend Claire (Madeline Weinstein) after months of friendship. Once the friendship ended and the kissing started, Alex plans a trip to a hotel with Claire to lose his virginity. The whole plan escalates downhill once Alex meets the extremely loveable—and gay—Elliot (Antonio Marziale) at a drama party. When Elliot and Alex begin their new relationship, the thought of Claire flies out the window.

As Alex and Elliot take trips to the city together, Alex and Claire’s relationship begins to fade farther away, but when Claire notices a change within Alex, he then ignores feelings for Elliot shoving him aside.

The movie, directed by Craig Johnson, shows the story of a struggling high schooler experiencing changes in his sexuality and feelings. The movie brings light to how the popular and dorky school council president faces struggles within himself that he cannot hide. Truelove faces his own struggles and comes out knowing the stares and struggles he may face, but his own feelings only truly matter to him and his new love, Elliot.

Sierra Burgess is a Loser

When the popular, pretty, and skinny girl Veronica (Kristine Froseth) befriends the dorky, band geek Sierra Burgess (Shannon Purser) through a prank and desperate plea for tutoring, their world begins to face a major change.

The anxious and cute football quarterback Jamey (Noah Centineo) walks up to admirable Veronica asking for her phone number, and Veronica jokingly gives him Sierra’s number instead of her own. When he tries to text Veronica, Sierra answers and doesn’t admit her true self. Within the next week, Sierra falls for Jamey and he begins to fall for “Veronica.”

As weeks pass, Sierra confronts Veronica and begs for her help. The two girls become close friends as they continue to catfish Jamey and advance this now budding friendship.

The movie, directed by Ian Samuels, shows how girls bond together through the unfortunate events of love.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Directed by Susan Johnson, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before tells the story of a lonely girl who writes love letters to express her true feelings. Whenever Lara Jean (Lana Condor) developed feelings for a boy, she would write a letter to him to let her emotions flow out of her. Once her little sister Kitty (Anna Cathcart ) finds the letters and mails them, the downward spiral begins.

The letter reaches Peter (Noah Centineo) first, who dated the mean popular girl in high school. After he rejected her, he offers her a proposition. Peter plans to fake date Lara Jean to make his ex-girlfriend jealous.

After Lara Jean thinks on the idea, she says yes to Peter and a beautiful relationship begins to blossom. Peter and Lara Jean begin to fall for each other as the fake dating continues, but Peter’s ex-girlfriend will not leave him alone.

This movie shows how Peter and the oblivious Lara Jean fall in love. It shows how a fake relationship cannot stay fake once true feelings start to sprout.

Although Netflix originals do not seem appealing to Netflix-lovers, students should plan to watch these five productions. From adorable love stories to hilarious cartoons, these Netflix originals aim to please their audiences—and do.