Television Shows Can Provide a Welcome Break From Studying


Nicole Gemmati

You have been up all night working on that five page research paper that’s due in English class tomorrow, and all you want is a little break. You turn on the TV and go and find your favorite show. Next thing you know, it’s four hours later, you haven’t done any of your project, but you have watched 12 episodes of Friends. We usually turn to TV if we want a little break, but the only tough part is deciding what to watch and where to watch it.

According to the data and statistics website Statista,  “Netflix, a popular streaming site, had only 7 million subscribers in 2007, when it started to gain popularity. As of 2019, Netflix had reached an audience of 167 million paying customers.”

Cable TV is also used by many people in the U.S., according to Statista. In 1952, cable TV had 14,000 users. As of 2017, cable TV served 51.77 million households, 

Amanda Krocian, a freshman, said that her favorite TV show to watch is Shameless on Showtime.

“I found it when I was scrolling through Netflix, and now I watch it whenever I can,” said Krocian.

Shameless is about a family of six kids and their alcoholic, drug-addicted father. The eldest daughter Fiona has to raise the rest of the family on her own and they do what they can to get by.

Freshman Kaylen Tenemille said that her favorite show is MasterChef on FOX.

“I love cooking and I love watching Gordon Ramsey yell at people,” said Tenemille.

MasterChef is an American competitive cooking reality TV show open to amateur and home chefs.

“My mom got me into it and now we always watch it on weekends together,”said Tenemille.

Even teachers need a little break from their work. Ms. Stewart, a Spanish teacher, said that her favorite TV show is This Is Us on NBC.

I found out about the show because a lot of people recommended it to me. I didn’t start watching it until the second season came out. I had to go back and catch up, but then I was hooked. I try to watch new episodes within a week if I can,” said Ms. Stewart.

 This Is Us is about the lives and families of two parents and their three children, across different time frames.