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Emily J. Sullivan
Staff Writer

Summer is over so say so long to lounging by the pool and hello to lounging on the couch – Netflix and chill season is upon us. Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBOgo, Hulu and, coming November, Disney Plus are the streaming services that have taken cable televisions place on everyone’s screens for our viewing pleasure. 

Streaming services offer an entertainment viewing experience sans commercials and constrictive time slots. The streaming industry has revolutionized the way the public watches movies and television, offering oldies but goodies and the latest and greatest all in one place. 

Lara Bauer, junior social science major, said she and her family watch Netflix and Amazon Prime more than anything.

“I absolutely get my money’s worth, it’s convenient and I don’t have to watch commercials,” Bauer said. “The quality of the shows are superior and I love having access to dark and suspenseful shows – which both Netflix and Amazon Prime have, in fact, it seems like they’re upping their game to compete with each other.”

While popular streaming services keep a variety of content available, from the various genres to release dates dating back to the early 20th century, the older content often pairs well with the newest arrivals. 

Jessica Zasciato, junior history major, said she is a Netflix loyalist, not bothering with Hulu or Amazon Prime because Netflix meets all of her streaming needs. 

“I just rewatch the older movies,” Zasciato said. “Like ‘Cinderella Story’? Love that one.”

Released Sept. 27 was Ryan Murphy’s much anticipated series “The Politician” starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Platt. The series takes a satirical approach at mirroring modern reality. The premise is political ambition, the star is just a high-school kid hell-bent on becoming president – first, class president, then, ultimately, president of the United States.

“Gotham” season 5 was released on Netflix Monday, before “Joker’s” theater release on Oct. 3. “Gotham” features the younger versions of favorite DC Universe villains like the Penguin, Catwoman and the Joker. With talk of “Joker,” starring Joaquin Phoenix, being at the forefront of entertainment news since the chilling trailer dropped this summer, audiences may want to binge “Gotham” before seeing the highly anticipated film. 

On Tuesday, Netflix released “Charlie’s Angels” and “Charlie’s Angel’s: Full Throttle.” The films were made over 15 years ago in 2000 and 2003, but are just in time for Elizabeth Banks’ latest remake which comes to theaters Nov. 15. The original films were remakes themselves of a television series from decades earlier.

Terralynn Garza, junior sociology major, said she subscribes to Amazon Prime and Netflix. 

“I’m so busy I don’t have time to sit and binge like a lot of other people do,” said Garza. “For what it’s worth, the hours I am able to put in I can often find something that will catch my attention. Right now I’m watching ‘When They See Us’ and ‘Unbelievable’.” 

Riana Tran, sophomore undeclared major, uses Netflix but subscribes to Hulu and Amazon Prime as well. 

“I’m watching the new serial killer show, ‘Mindhunter’,” Tran said. “I love ‘Criminal Minds’ and ‘Supernatural’. I have no idea what’s coming out soon, it’s always a surprise.”

Hulu is festive in their October releases with Halloween themed films and shows. “The Haunting,” “The Killer Next Door,” “Beautiful Creatures,” “Saw,” “Vampire in Brooklyn” and “Wes Craven Presents: Dracula” all came to the streaming service on the first of the month. 

Amazon Prime is also bringing out the spooky and scary selections with “Child’s Play,” “Jeeper’s Creepers 2” and “The Amityville Horror” all which dropped Tuesday. 

Streaming television and films is an easy go-to option for getting cozy this fall, with more options than ever before. 

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