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    Top Ten Best TV Shows To Binge This Summer for High Schoolers

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    by Emma Lembke

    Everything alludes to the perfect ending. The two main characters’ paths begin to intertwine, and for a brief second the universe confined to the screen seems to meet a satisfying peace. One more minute and that serenity will be met. Thirty more seconds. Twenty. Ten. Suddenly, you hear the ominous music radiate from the screen. Your worst suspicions are confirmed. A quick yet extremely altering act has been committed, and the once so close perfect ending drifts into oblivion. Tears of anger and sadness roll down your face as you see the all too familiar phrase….. End of the Season.

    TV Shows, Movies, or any form of entertainment seems to wield magical abilities on the human race. These forms of entertainment can lead you into an unknown universe, make you fall in love with it and its people, and break your heart when they begin altering the fabric of their carefully crafted world. Here are some of the best tv shows available to teenage girls today that will allow you to escape the summer and enter into differing worlds of beauty, comedy, and sadness. Attached to each show title is a website that analyzes content within the shows in order to say which age is most appropriate to watch, but it is always a good idea to discuss tv shows with parents before watching! And don’t worry, all of these shows are on Netflix!

    1. The Office (comedy)
    2. Jane the Virgin (telenovela-style drama)
    3. Cable Girls (Spanish telenovela) *author’s favorite tv show, but it’s a mature show*
    4. Disenchantment (comedy)
    5. Parks and Recreation (comedy)
    6. Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (sci-fi)
    7. The Umbrella Academy (comic book based drama)
    8. Silent Library (game show)
    9. Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj (comedy)
    10. 10. Fuller House (kids show)

    Still looking for more shows to binge? Check out these TV shows with amazingly strong female leads!

  • Articles, Relationships, TV

    Relationships on “The Bachelor” = Bogus

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    The country is currently in a craze over this season of “The Bachelor” on ABC. Will Colton find a wife at the end of this season? Will he have to forget about Cassie, his one true love, and choose one of the other two girls? Will he ever find his way back after jumping over the fence?

    It’s hard to escape all of the hype over this season, and over the show in general; you have to admit, even if it’s cheesy and mindless, “The Bachelor” is contagious. It’s inescapable. One of my favorite days of the week is Monday, because it means I can curl up with my friends on the couch, turn on the TV and become enveloped in the inevitably dramatic episode.

    Admittedly, I’m obsessed with this show, similar to most girls around my age– but that doesn’t mean I’m not aware of its unrealistic, unhealthy aspects. I grew up watching “The Bachelor,” and after a few real relationships of my own, I can confirm the show is a hoax.

    It’s impossible to establish a meaningful, loving relationship in six weeks. It just can’t be done. “The Bachelor” teaches young girls that love comes easily and effortlessly, when in reality, most of the girls on the show are exaggerating their emotions, believing their efforts will result in a marriage.

    It’s Reality TV, Not Real Life

    You can’t truly understand everything about a person in six weeks. The bachelor or bachelorette is forced to make decisions based on the little information they have, which, unfortunately, usually only consists of physical appearances. Theoretically, in this show, the love of someone’s life could be sent home on the first episode; the connection is never made, teaching viewers that all relationships are based on looks. Real life isn’t like that.

    The extravagant dates, international travel and seemingly natural “connections” aren’t part of a real relationship. Regardless of being called a reality TV show, “The Bachelor” isn’t real. It’s entertaining, but fake.

    If you find yourself watching this show, wondering when your picture perfect guy is going to pick you up in a helicopter, fly you across the country and propose to you… stop. Don’t base expectations of your love life on this show.

    It’s okay to admit you like watching “The Bachelor.” We all do. But it’s not okay to believe the authenticity of those relationships, believing that’s how love is supposed to look. Real relationships don’t need a script.

  • GirlSpring.com, TV

    5 True Crime shows you need to watch on Netflix

    1. Evil Genius

    This documentary series is about a bank robbery gone wrong and the investigation surrounding it. It explores the conspiracies surrounding the crime and finds out what really went on. It is only 4 episodes and I guarantee you’ll finish it in a day because it is incredibly interesting.

    2. Amanda Knox

    She was an exchange student in Italy and her roommate was murdered. Amanda was convicted for the crime, but was she guilty of it? This documentary explores whether or not Amanda was actually the one who did it. I promise you won’t be able to quit watching.

    3. Making a Murderer

    Stephen Avery was convicted for a crime he didn’t commit. He spent almost two decades in prison before being released. Why was he charged for a crime he didn’t commit? What does his family have to say? This two-season documentary investigates the crimes that were committed and why Stephen Avery was blamed.

    4. The Ted Bundy Tapes

    The story of the “charming” man who murdered many women will leave you questioning anyone you’ve ever trusted. Why did he kill so many women? This documentary series is definitely one you will not want to watch alone.

    5. The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann

    Madeleine McCann was a 3-year old that disappeared while on vacation with her family. This documentary tells the story of the little girl and the details surrounding the disappearance. There is one season and it is for sure binge-worthy.

  • TV

    Must-Watch True Crime Series on Netflix

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    1. Evil Genius

    Evil Genius is a documentary series about a bank robbery gone bad. This documentary reviews the robbery. It also shows the investigation. Additionally, it reveals the odd truth. Evil Genius is short and easy to watch.

    2. Amanda Knox

    Amanda Knox was in Italy studying abroad. While she was there, her roommate was murdered. Knox was convicted, but is she guilty? This documentary answers the question of her innocence. The case is very interesting. Therefore, expect to watch it all at once.

    3. Making a Murderer

    Throughout the documentary, one will see Stephen Avery spend two decades as a prime suspect. However, he did not commit the crime. Making a Murderer tells why.

    4. The Ted Bundy Tapes

    The Ted Bundy Tapes tell the story of a killer. Bundy was charming. While at the same time, evil. After watching this, expect to be very aware. I recommend not watching alone. 

    5. The Disappearance of Madeleine Mccain

    Madeleine Mccain disappeared during a family vacation. The story is sad but captivating. This documentary tells the story of Madeleine’s disappearance and the investigation that followed. 

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    The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Review

    Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Netflix

    The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Review

    Read below for GirlSpring’s Review of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix.

    I don’t know about you, but during most of Christmas break, you can find me binge-watching shows on Netflix. For me, it’s super relaxing and nice to take time for myself and chill out. Often I switch between a good book and a tv show. Rewatching my favorites is always great, Parks and Rec, The Office, and Criminal Minds are my go-to’s. However, I love finding a new show to dive into.

     

    My new Netflix obsession is The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. It’s based on the comic strip and is in the same universe as Riverdale. It’s a very different take than the older version, Sabrina the Teenage Witch. CAOS is a darker more modern take on the story, with some of the same characters, Sabrina, the Aunts, and Salem the cat. I like this version because Sabrina’s character is extremely independent and self-confident young women. This show is equal parts fun and serious with important female empowerment messages.

     

    The story is about Sabrina, turning sixteen, which for witches is the birthday they must decide if they want to commit to being a witch. Without giving too much away, Sabrina is living in the two worlds (with and human) and must decide between the two. Throughout Season one you see both worlds and how they interact or don’t. The other characters in the story are compelling as well. I am interested to see how side stories are developed as the show progresses.  

     

    Season one premiered in early November, and they already have an air date for Season two (Mid-April). HOWEVER, they just released a holiday special! So there is a bounce episode between season one and two. It’s about the Winter Solstice/Christmas. I am beyond excited to watch it this weekend! Check it out here!

     

    Have you seen the series? Comment your thought below! Want to review a show yourself? Go to www.girlspring.com/submit and submit an article! We’d love to hear from you!