For the typical college student, winter break can be a time to catch up with friends and family, but when the days are shortened, and the temperatures begin to drop, sometimes being at home and watching a new series is the best way to kill some time while also having fun in the process. A variety of platforms including Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, and Disney Plus have released countless miniseries recently. Here is a look at the top shows you should consider.

“Squid Game”

Let us start out with the hot new Netflix series that launched in September, “Squid Game.” Based in Korea, hundreds of cash-hungry contestants compete in children’s games but instead of pride or dignity on the line, death is the only option. Marbles, red light green light, and the classic tug of war are some of the children’s games that are played throughout the competition. The show is filled with moments that will leave you speechless and wondering what will come next. For me, the nine-episode series took just two days to finish and not a second went by where I regretted my decision. According to Todd Spangler of “Variety,” “the overall viewing of the ultraviolent Korean drama in the first month is 2.6 times that of Netflix’s next biggest show, Shonda Rhimes’ “Bridgerton” Season 1, which generated 625 million hours over its first 28 days of release.” If you want to read the full article that takes a deep dive into the rise of “Squid Game,” click here. 

Netflix preview of “Squid Game”

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“Mare of Easttown”

Featured on HBO Max, the “Mare of Easttown” delivers a crime-filled drama that takes place in a small town in Pennsylvania. The seven episode series is centered around Pennsylvania detective Mare Sheehan. She investigates a local murder that has the community in shambles after some dark and gloomy secrets are revealed about the town. The number of references and little details in the show depict an accurate representation of life in Delaware County. If you want to be jumping out of your seat while watching a TV show, this is the show to watch.  

“Wanda Vision/Loki/ The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”

In the past year, Disney Plus has made sure no Marvel fans were left in the dust. With the creation of countless miniseries including “Wanda Vision,” “Loki,” and “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” there has been no scrolling and trying to figure out what to watch on Disney Plus. What intrigued me most about “Wanda Vision” was its unique setup for each episode. The sitcom type feel was not something I was used to, but it made for a better viewing experience in general. When discussing “Loki,” an anonymous Saint Joseph’s University student says that “it is a great series and a very fascinating storyline, but you need to have watched the Marvel movies in order to get a full grasp for what is going on.” Even though these shows are not directed towards certain audiences, the Marvel fans have been up in arms ever since the new year.  

Happy young couple sitting and watching TV at home

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Upcoming Series to Look Forward to  

2022 has a lot in store when it comes to must-watch miniseries coming out. “The Watcher” is a miniseries scheduled to come out in 2022, starring Jennifer Coolidge, Bobby Cannavale, and Naomi Watts. “The Watcher” is based on a true story where a couple bought a house and started to receive threats in the mail that are proclaimed to be from ‘The Watcher.’ “The Watcher” is a must-see when it comes out. If you prefer cable television, NBC will be releasing “The Thing About Pam,” which takes a detailed look into the murder of Betsy Faria in 2011. Regardless of what streaming platform you typically use there are endless shows that are sure to make break a more enjoyable experience.