Finals are upon us, which means we dutiful college students are hard at work… procrastinating. It’s inevitable. And what better way to procrastinate than flopping onto the couch and throwing on a movie or TV show? Of course, browsing is even more stressful than studying and often does more harm than good when you’re trying to escape the crushing guilt of abandoned responsibility, so don’t bother with it. Instead, close your notebook, shut your computer and check out our top 5 must-watch shows and movies for this week.
1) Transparent, Season 2 (Amazon)
Transparent is a spectacular beacon that proves that Amazon has some competency with its original shows. The show, as the title suggests, is about a transgender parent. Jeffrey Tambor returns to his role as a transgender mother that won him both a Primetime Emmy and a Golden Globe, so you better believe he does an amazing job. The season premiere was released early for Prime members, but the full season comes out on December 11 for your enjoyment.
2) Toy Story 20th Anniversary Special (ABC)
The Toy Story series has been an undeniable success, making a name for Pixar and being perhaps the only movie trilogy to score 99 percent or above on Rotten Tomatoes for all three movies. They’ve given you laughs, they’ve made you feel all the feels, and they’re going to do it all over again this Thursday on ABC at 8 pm EST. That’s right. Disney and Pixar are coming together to celebrate 20 years since the original Toy Story film, so tune in and bask in all that childhood nostalgia.
3) Interstellar (Hulu)
Interstellar is a fascinating and captivating film from Christopher Nolan, the mind behind The Dark Knight trilogy and Inception. He has a reputation of making spectacular–albeit long–films with a certain intensity and emotion, and Interstellar is no exception. If you’re a science fiction fan and haven’t seen this movie yet, put away your study materials and get to a television. It’s amazing. It stars Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, among many other phenomenal actors, and it’s coming to Hulu for streaming this Saturday, December 12.
4) The Intern (Digital HD)
Speaking of Anne Hathaway, The Intern co-stars her and Robert De Niro in a heartfelt comedy. With more than a little commentary on the differences between generations and the state of the modern workplace, this movie is certainly relevant to us as college students in one way or another. Whether we’re currently interns, looking for an internship or soon graduating and heading out into our real world jobs, The Intern speaks to the soul. The movie releases on Digital HD December 8, so don’t forget to add it to your digital movie library.
5) The Ridiculous Six (Netflix)
Adam Sandler may not be as amazing and hilarious as he was in his Happy Gilmore era, but that won’t stop me from hoping that someday his movies will once again be a hole in one. It’s entirely possible that his recent partnership with Netflix, which has an amazing track record with original movies and TV shows, will help return him to his former glory. The Ridiculous Six, a parody of the Western films genre, is the first film of his four-movie deal with the Netflix. It will be released this Friday, December 11.