NETFLIX & CHILL BE ENTERTAINED Anyone else recall when Netflix would mail you DVDs you had requested? I do. It seemed so futuristic. Nowadays we have millions of shows and movies streaming at our fingertips all thanks to Netflix. Sometimes it feels like you have too many options and get lost in the perpetual Netflix scroll. Whether you love binge watching an entire season in one sitting or can limit yourself to one episode a week, here are five Netflix originals to watch this year. Written by: Casey Martin THE RANCH That 70’s Show’s Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson will reunite in this new series. Kutcher plays a failed semi-pro football player who returns to Colorado to run the family ranch with his brother, played by Masterson. The Ranch will be produced by the two stars as well as Don Reo and Jim Patterson who both worked on Two and a Half Men. The cast, along with the creative producers, guarantee some new age sitcom laughs. The show is set to air April 1, 2016. The Ranch airs April 1st. (photo credit: netflix.com) ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK In Orange is the New Black, we follow Piper Chapman and plenty of other inmates at Litchfield Penitentiary. The audience witnesses day-to-day interactions and the back stories of several women are revealed through flashbacks. This show is based on a memoir by Piper Kerman. It’s interesting that there really was a Piper who was convicted of money laundering. Orange is the New Black has received multiple awards including two Emmys and a Golden Globe. If you don’t know the ladies at Litchfield already, don’t worry. You’ve got time to binge watch the first three seasons before the fourth airs on June 17, 2016. THE GET DOWN Baz Luzhrman’s The Get Down gives us a real and raw look into the Bronx in the late 1970’s. We will ride the subways embellished with amazing graffiti pieces, see the filth and decay that cluttered the streets, and witness how New York gave birth to the hip hop, punk, and disco scenes. This story is told from the perspective of a group of friends from the South Bronx who love to rap, breakdance, and paint. If you love the hip hop culture, you simply cannot miss The Get Down. The show is scheduled to premiere August 12, 2016. 44 l VILLE l PEOPLE ISSUE UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT You remember Kimmy Schmidt, the girl who grew up in a doomsday cult and was released fifteen years later? Well, she is returning to Netflix on April 15, 2016 for her second season. In season one, Kimmy bounced back into society and faced challenges like going outside, attending school, visiting the doctor, kissing a boy, and many more. No matter what, Kimmy tackles all tasks with a positive spirit, and it is hilarious to watch. Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, former writers of the 30 Rock series, are the creative team for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt airs April 15th. (photo credit: netflix.com) A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events was originally a children’s literature book series. It sold 60 million copies and has been translated into 41 languages. In 2004, it was made into a film starring Jim Carrey as the terrible Count Olaf. Now, Netflix will have a go at the series. Few details have been announced about the show except that production begins in March of 2016 and Neil Patrick Harris has been cast as Count Olaf. We should expect to see this on Netflix by Fall 2016.