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3 Netflix Originals We’re Loving While Social Distancing

Updated: Oct 17, 2023

By Grace Dearing, Web Editor

The start of June marks more than two and a half months since Ohio’s stay-at-home order was first implemented, and although certain areas of the country are beginning to reopen, we think it’s best to continue practicing social distancing whenever possible. So, as we enter another month spending increased amounts of time at home, we’re looking for anything to take up our time. What better way to pass the time than to binge-watch the latest Netflix originals? Here are our three current favorite titles:


Alice Wu’s “The Half Of It” is more than just another coming-of-age teenage romantic comedy. This Netflix film embraces a variety of diversity by following Ellie Chu (Leah Lewis), a first-generation immigrant from China, as she slowly begins to fall in love with the most popular girl in school, Aster Flores (Alexxis Lemire). Ellie begins communicating with Aster under the guise of football jock, Paul Munsky (Daniel Diemer). As the three become entangled in a not-so-conventional love triangle, “The Half Of It” explores what it means to fall in love for the first time.


Outer Banks,” created by Shannon Burke and Jonas & Josh Pate reveals a new, darker side of the popular North Carolina tourist destination (think “Riverdale” meets “One Tree Hill”). In this high school drama, the island is divided into two groups: Pogues and Kooks (AKA, the rich and the poor). But, when a fisherman turns up dead after a hurricane, secrets of the island slowly begin to reveal themselves and these two groups may be more intertwined than first appearances suggest.


What would you do if your husband was suddenly killed in a hit-and-run? What if the case was still unsolved months later? What if your new best friend was the driver behind the accident and you didn’t know? Liz Feldman’s “Dead to Me” explores all of these questions and more. This Netflix original series is targeted toward an older audience than the prior two titles but is relevant and engaging nonetheless. Despite the rather heavy plot, Feldman manages to add a bit of humor to the dialogue and carefully walks the line between “serious murder drama” and “lighthearted sitcom.”

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