Things to prepare for dead week

Dead week: The time for studying, learning the last bits of knowledge professors can cram into your skull and getting generally prepared for the finals week to come. Or, in other words, ignoring everything you have to do to pass finals (you can save that for the night before the test like the rest of the student population), and watching as many things on Netflix as possible. So, without further ado, recommendations for things to watch during dead week (while blowing off that term paper):

Comedy Specials

If you like to ignore the stress of being behind in every class, then enjoy some of these comedy specials:

Bo Burnham “Make Happy”:

Burnham’s third special premiered this past June. He combines songs, puns and juvenile humor in an overall stunningly fresh take on popular culture, country music and breakups.  

Mike Birbiglia’s “What I Should Have Said Was Nothing”:

Right out of the pages of his blog, “My Secret Public Journal”, this special covers Birbiglia’s various failed comedy shows and embarrassing teenage moments.

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Jim Jefferies’ “Bare”:

Jeffries is a comedian from Australia, and his outsider perspective on American culture is hilarious, and especially vulgar. This special is one you’ll probably want to watch with headphones.


Maybe you like something with a little more plot than a comedy special to distract from the impending doom of finals. If so, watch these movies:

“John Dies at the End”:

Too scary to be a comedy, and too funny to be a true horror movie, “John Dies at the End” is a cult classic that tells the tale of a pair of friends who try out a new drug and find themselves thrust into a world of shadow people and dimension-hopping.

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“Just Friends”:

If you like romantic comedies, this is the movie for you. “Just Friends” stars Ryan Reynolds as Chris, a Hollywood music mogul in love with his childhood best friend from his hometown. As he combats her fellow suitors, a crazy pop star and an annoying little brother, Chris finds that his Hollywood life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.


Or, perhaps you’d rather watch a documentary. The documentary one stars two economists exploring humanity and the economy. Each section is based on a different chapter from the book by the same name, and is an interesting take on our relationship to the thing that drives us most: money.

TV Shows

And finally, if comedy specials and movies aren’t doing it for you, or you want to test how many seasons of one show you can get through before finals week panic sets in, try these shows:

“BoJack Horseman”:

If you like “Bob’s Burgers” or “Archer”, you’re sure to like this show as well. “BoJack Horseman” is about a washed-up TV star in Hollywood, except he’s a horse. Its humor is as heart-wrenching as it is funny, and it stars Will Arnett as the voice of the titular character. Netflix currently has three seasons of the show.

“Master of None”:

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This show features Aziz Ansari, famously of “Parks and Recreation,” as Dev, a struggling actor trying to figure out adulthood. “Master of None” has 10 episodes with more to come soon.

“Cutthroat Kitchen”:

“Cutthroat Kitchen” is unlike any other competition cooking show out right now. Alton Brown, from “Good Eats,” is the maniacal host who sells sabotages to the chefs, and watches as the contestants are forced to use campfire stoves, tinfoil utensils, and other odd things to cook the best meals possible. There’s currently four seasons online, more than enough to get you through Dead Week.