Don’t worry if you’ve spent all your time “studying for finals” by watching Netflix. Okay, worry a little bit – but not if you’re watching these seven shows, that Hercampus states are basically textbooks. Yes, they’re trying to make you feel better about your unhealthy procrastination habits – but hey, we all need a little sugar coating every now and then.

Procrastination at it's finest. (photo by Amy Loves Yah)

Procrastination at it’s finest. (photo by Amy Loves Yah)

#1. Breaking Bad

Perhaps I should have watched this before my Chemistry final. Nah, I did pretty good on that exam without it’s help. But if you don’t know anything about the show – it starts off with a Chemistry teacher who finds out he has lung cancer. Then he starts making and selling meth with one of his students. There are facts about Chemistry all through out the show. I mean, we were taught what chemicals would make a bomb when we were in high school – this show has to give you some kind of truthful information.

#2. Arrested Development

Why are people motivated to do anything? Incentive. Most of the time, people don’t do things without incentive – even if it is internal incentive. It might even be trying to be a good person in the eyes of God. Either way, Arrested Development has pretty awful characters who showcase this. The series basically teaches you what to do when you have to run a business. Welcome to Economics 101.

#3. How I Met Your Mother

This show has way too many memories for me. But you basically get a lesson with Barney’s made up statistics and probabilities – which, by the way, was one of my favorite classes of all time. As Hercampus states:

” The theory of chance involves looking at all the situations where an event is possible and figuring out how many times that event occurs.  As Ted looks over the events of his life, he realizes that the things that didn’t go his way—not getting a job, not getting a girl—ended up leading him to new experiences and helped him grow.  All these events ultimately improved the chances of him achieving the turning point in his life: meeting his wife. This show won’t explicitly teach you Bayes’ Rule or statistical determinism, but it’ll tell you that even when your life seems random, if you collect data and organize your memories, you might find a pattern that shows future happiness is inevitable.”

#4. Game of Thrones

Honestly, I’ve only seen one episode of this. I just can’t sit for an hour watching tv – I feel so useless! It’s all about rising to power and government as the “houses” struggle to rise to power. You can rise to power through being ethically questionable, aristocracy, and through supporting and responsibility to take care of it’s people. Either way, the struggle is real.