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The ultimate Netflix guide to revision procrastination

The dreadful season of revising is upon us, and after hours upon hours, and days upon days in the library, we deserve to treat ourselves to a film (or five) on Netflix.

Whatever your mood, here are some suggestions to bring you out of your study slump.

When you need a laugh without commitment:

Only just over an hour long, these stand-up comedy sets will put a smile on your face without having to commit to the length of a movie or to an entire series.

Jimmy Carr: Funny Business

What's funnier, his laugh or his jokes?

Length: 1h 2m

Joe Rogan: Triggered

Real-life issues tackled through comedy.

Length: 1h 3m

Seth Rogan's Hilarity for Charity

Stand-up, sketches, and music from various celebs come together in this special.

Length: 1h 10m

Something to have on in the background while you fall asleep:


Calming nature scenes with a soothing David Attenborough voiceover are sure to put you out after a long day in the books.

Planet Earth

A classic, but that doesn't mean we love it any less.

Length: 1 season, 11 episodes, 49m each

The Blue Planet

Watch the majestic creatures of the sea float about while you drift off.

Length: 1 season, 8 episodes, 48m each


Helpful for when you need a reminder that the sun and warmth actually exist!

Length: 1 season, 6 episodes, 48m each

#StayWoke documentaries:

If you're going to procrastinate, you might as well learn something new in the process, right? Open your mind to new perspectives with these hour-and-a-half films.

What the health?

Basically, everything we eat is going to kill us.

Length: 1h 32m

Liberated: The New Sexual Revolution

A look into the darker side of US college spring break and university life.

Length: 1h 26m

Take Your Pills

Our world is moving faster and faster, how do we possibly keep up?

Length: 1h 27m

Chick Flicks:


No better way to avoid revising than to cuddle up with your housemates with a bottle of wine and a rom-com!


Perfectly quotable, and the best for when you need a good, hard laugh.

Length: 2h 4m

13 going on 30

Maybe we shouldn't be wishing to grow up so quickly?

Length: 1h 37m

Maid in Manhattan

J.Lo will warm your heart and have you wishing the real world could be like this.

Length: 1h 45m

Films more horrifying than your exam timetable:


Watch these when you need to stay grounded and realise that your life isn't as bad as it may seem.

The Purge

Will you survive the night?

Length: 1h 25m

The Forest

An independent film following a woman in search of her missing twin sister in the Suicide Forest.

Length: 1h 33m

Silent Hill

A search for a daughter in a ghost town, and the horrors within.

Length: 2h 5m

Lovely Leonardo:


Leonardo DiCaprio movies are notoriously long, so here are some of his best pieces of work when you need an ultimate time-waster.


You can be the judge of whether there was room for Jack or not.

Length: 3h 14m

The Revenant

The film that FINALLY gave Leo the Oscar he deserved.

Length: 2h 36m

Django Unchained

Definitely a wild ride, but what else would you expect from Quentin Tarantino?

Length: 2h 45m



Classics are always crowd-pleasers, so naturally, they're the perfect option for a large group.

The Shawshank Redemption

A rollercoaster of all emotions, but a must-see nonetheless.

Length: 2h 22m

The Breakfast Club

Why do American high schools have detention on Saturdays?

Length: 1h 37m

Pulp Fiction

Another one of Tarantino's finest, this film can be enjoyed over and over again.

Length: 2h 34m

Easy-to-watch TV series:


After 10 hours in the library when your brain has completely melted, a cheesy sitcom is the best way to go.

Schitt's Creek

From riches to rags, follow the Rose family as they seemingly lose everything to the revenue service.

Length: 3 seasons, 13 episodes per season, 21m each

That 70's Show

A great pick when you want to reignite the nostalgia of being a teenager.

Length: 8 seasons, roughly 25 episodes per season, 22m each

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

After 15 years in a cult, where else than NYC would you move?

Length: 3 seasons, 13 episodes per season, 35m each

TV series that require an attention span:

If for some reason, you still need some intellectual stimulation after finishing a 4,000-word essay, these longer and more intense TV shows might be what you're looking for.


Following a suburban-Chicago family as the father is caught up in money laundering.

Length: 1 season, 10 episodes per season, 1h each


The CIA's most gifted analyst also has a thing for dysfunctional men.

Length: 6 seasons, 12 episodes per season, 50m each


Do you really need to go to law school to be a lawyer?

Length: 7 seasons, roughly 15 episodes per season, 45 min each

Don't (or do) watch these if you're hungry:

Food programmes are the best way to remind ourselves that there is a world beyond room-temperature, home-packed lunches in the library cafe.

Cook Your Ass Off

Witty chefs find a way to make guilty pleasures into something not-so-guilty.

Length: 1 season, 13 episodes, 40m each

Zumbo's Just Desserts

Slightly cringe version of the Great British Bake Off, but still worthy.

Length: 1 season, 12 episodes, 50m each

Chef's Table

Gifted chefs from around the world finding opportunity everywhere to create innovative dishes.

Length: 3 seasons, 6 episodes per season, 45m each.

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