Go back to school with Netflix

by Nick Knott, Entertainment Editor

The school year is now upon us, yet again.  Cue the mass amounts of coffee, late nights in the library and study cram sessions in your dorm room or apartment.  However, there is a grace period at the beginning of the semester where we young students can have some leisure time.

Cable is an expensive commodity for students, so many turn to the ever-growing library of media giant Netflix for their fix of movies and television shows.  Mixed in with the massive catalog of content are some great films and shows based around school.  Here are the best back to school movies and shows Netflix has to offer, and you can stream them right on your laptop.


A classic high school tale about a popular high school girl who befriends a new student and attempts to help her climb the social ladder.  The film stars Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd, and Donald Faison.  Released in 1995, students our age can take a trip down memory lane to the era we were in grade school.  For even though most people our age have seen this movie, it’s definitely worth another watch before the semester gets in the swing of things.


Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

A staple classic from our younger years, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” follows smart-aleck high school student Ferris Bueller and his two sidekick friends during their ditch day from school.  The trio get into a plethora of shenanigans during the day all while their principal tries to nab the elusive Bueller.  Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck and Mia Sara play the threesome of ditching delinquents


Can’t Hardly Wait

The setting for this late-’90s flick is a post-graduation house party where student Preston Myers, played by Ethan Embry, prepares to claim his love for the gorgeous Amanda Beckett, played by Jennifer Love Hewitt.  The night turns into chaos after Preston gets shut down. As the first day free from high school looms, Preston and the other students must find their way and figure themselves out, making “Can’t Hardly Wait” a great coming of age comedy.


Blue Mountain State

“Blue Mountain State” peers into the lives of student athletes at a school with a strong program.  The show follows three players on the football team while they try to figure out how to balance classes, practice, partying, and girls.  The plot contains situations relatable to any college student even if you don’t play a sport.  “Blue Mountain State” is perfect for killing a week or two in between midterms.



“Undeclared” is the tale of four polar opposite dorm mates as the journey through their years at college.  However, one the roommates dad tags along for the ride after he gets divorced, making for some hilarious and awkward situations.  “Undeclared” stars a young Seth Rogen, Charlie Hunnam of Sons of Anarchy and Jay Baruchel.  This show is perfect for any level student, freshman to senior.  And it is also another good show to kill a few slow weeks during the semester.