With “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" returning to Netflix on April 15, you are bound to be drawn away from those textbooks and back into the world of your favourite cult survivor, evil president or female prison inmate/toilet hooch-maker. However, no matter how hard you try to justify it, you can’t really say that it counts as revision (although that justifying is good practice for the unconvincing arguments you might find yourself resorting to come exam season….)
Luckily, we have this list of programs available to buy or to stream that you can tell anyone who tries to judge you are DEFINITELY for revision.
1.) Law: American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson
Available on BBC iPlayer
Quick on this one: iPlayer will only have it for a few more weeks, and if you don’t get round to it you will miss what is guaranteed to be one of the best TV shows of 2016. The story of American football star/"Naked Gun" actor OJ Simpson and his trial for double murder in the mid-90s, it is one of the most outlandish legal dramas in years, and what is amazing about it is that it is (mostly) true.
Watch as through a series of ruthless prosecution tactics and defence mistakes a man with multitudes of evidence against him gets acquitted of a crime, and promise to yourself you will never let it happen in your own legal career.
2.) Politics: The West Wing
Available on iTunes
As any lazy A-level politics teacher will tell you, everything you need to know about the American political system can be learned from the seven seasons of “The Social Network" writer Aaron Sorkin’s “The West Wing", and is all taught by a president (Martin Sheen) who in coolness stakes makes Barack Obama look like, well, George W Bush.
Rather than just a stuffy series of lectures, however, the show is a brilliantly written and acted world where political conversations about presidential primaries and mandatory minimums are mixed with powerful drama.
3.) Film Studies: The Story of Film: An Odyssey
Available on Youtube
A film documentary so good that it’ll make you wish you’d spared yourself the £30,000+ in student debt and just watched it instead of doing the degree, The Story of Film takes you across the world across 100 years and 1000 films, all accompanied by the soothing Irish brogue of filmmaker Mark Cousins.
Not only does the doc shine new light on all time Hollywood classic from “The Maltese Falcon" to “The Matrix", but it is also a fantastic introduction to the wonders of world cinema.
4.) Medicine: House
Available on Netflix
Although medics probably need to destress the most, they also the group least able to get away with a binge watch. At a stretch, though, you can probably get away with a few of the episodes from the 8 seasons on Netflix of what was once the world’s most popular show, “House".
Starring British national treasure Hugh Laurie, it's “weird medical case of the week" format means that if ever you encounter a patient who has turned bright blue or has brain measles, you will know exactly what you need to do (doing it in House’s signature misanthropic manner is an optional extra).
5.) English: Fry’s Planet Word
Available on Netflix
For a certain set of British people, Stephen Fry IS comfortable Britishness personified. Curl up with a pair of tartan slippers and a Yorkshire Tea and let Fry take you through everything that’s weird and wonderful about the English language.
Each episode is guaranteed to have at least one moment you can use as an impressive fact in a seminar, and they’re all delivered by the man who is basically the smart uncle of Britain along with a legion of celebrity guests and experts in the field.
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