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Top 10 Movies and Shows at BPHS

What are your fellow students watching?
Time Out, “The best movies of 2023 (so far).”

As a TV lover myself, I often find myself scrolling through Netflix looking for something to watch. Knowing that there have to be others with this problem, I’ve taken it upon myself to send out a survey and see what everyone is watching. And so, without further ado, here are the most popular TV shows and movies at Belle Plaine High School.


1.) The Walking Dead

A popular show on Netflix that went from 2010 to 2022. It starred Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes and Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon. The show has won 84 awards at various conferences and has been nominated for 236 awards. It received an IMBd rating of 8.1 out of 10.

Walkers shuffle slowly through the forest, passing the bodies of their peers.

The Walking Dead is based on the comic series, and it is centered on the years after a zombie apocalypse. A group of survivors wanders through town and forest to find safety, but the pressure to stay alive turns some of the group cruel, into human monsters. Over time, survivors begin to fear each other more than the zombie hordes. Sometimes, interpersonal conflicts are greater threats to their survival than the walking dead.


2.) Pitch Perfect

Starring Anna Kendrick as the titular character, Beca, Pitch Perfect has quickly become a cult classic. The trilogy was first started with Pitch Perfect in 2012 and was quickly followed by Pitch Perfect 2 and 3, released in 2015 and 2017 respectively. Pitch Perfect (2012) has an IMDb rating of 7.1/10, has won 8 awards, and has received 20 nominations.

Beca and the Barden Bellas sing No Diggity by Blackstreet and Dr. Dre at the annual Barden University riff-off.

College freshman, Beca doesn’t want to be in a clique, yet she ends up in one, an acapella group named the Barden Bellas. The Barden Bellas are made up of gay, hypersexual, and just plain weird, the only thing they have in common with each other is how well they sing together. Beca takes the group out of their comfort zone, guiding them through personal issues and taking the group all the way to Lincoln Center. Where the Bellas will battle their nemesis, the Barden University Treblemakers, for the National Collegiate Acapella trophy.


3.) Grey’s Anatomy

Another popular Netflix show, however, this one is still ongoing. One of the longest-running TV shows in history, Grey’s Anatomy has run since 2005. It received a stellar rating of 7.1/10 on IMDb, has won 87 awards, and has been nominated for 247. Ellen Pompeo has been the show’s primary runner, starring as Meredith Grey since its beginning, with Patrick Dempsey playing her love interest, Derek Sheperd.

Doctors Karev and Sheperd talk to their patients.

A medical drama series that follows a group of doctors at Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital as they go from interns to residents. One of the doctors, Meredith Grey, is the daughter of the world-famous, Harper-Avery winner, Ellis Grey. Meredith struggles to maintain relationships, both with her family and colleagues. The show navigates her struggles and those of the people around her as they all navigate their lives, which are both messy and beautiful.


4.) One Tree Hill

Unfortunately, One Tree Hill was canceled after its almost decade long run from 2012-2012. The show received 4 awards and 27 nominations during its run. It starred Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty, and Hilarie Burton, it also has a rating of 7.8/10 on IMDb.

The cast of One Tree Hill laugh on a couch in their usual spot.

The show is about Lucas and Nathan Scott, half-brothers, who play basketball together. They navigate through relationships, with friends, girlfriends, and between themselves. While navigating their turbulent sibling dynamic, they become tangled in the web of mystery that surround Tree Hill, North Carolina.


5.) Sports

Among the top sports at BPHS are soccer and football.

Jabari Small (2), running back for Tennessee before Tennessee’s game against Kentucky. Photo Courtesy of: Brianna Paciorka/News Sentinel/USA TODAY NETWORK















I can’t really summarize a whole sport, but in the NFL, as of Nov. 27, 2023, the Philadelphia Eagles are leading the league. As for soccer, Argentina is currently no. 1.


6.) iZombie

Running from 2015 to 2019, the show accrued over 20 nominations and scored 8 wins, even providing an avenue for its star, Rose McIver, to expand into other shows. iZombie has a rating of 7.8/10.

Zombie Blaine DeBeers prepares a body to be entombed.

Medical resident and hopeful surgeon Liv Moore is turned into a zombie at a boat party on Lake Washington. Shortly after, she discovers that eating human brains gives her the personality of the person she ate, as well as giving her visions of how they died or moments of their life. She uses her newfound super power to assist the police, and with her trusty side kick, Detective Clive Babineaux, she solves murders and satiates her appetite.


7.) Invincible

An animated series, Invincible has been gaining notoriety lately due to the release of its second season and the fact that the show itself is so graphic. It stars Steven Yeun, who was also in The Walking Dead, J.K. Simmons (J. Jonah Jameson), and Sandra Oh (Christina Yang). Invincible has a rating of 8.7/10, was started in 2021 and is ongoing, and has 5 wins and 11 nominations.

From right to left: Robot, Rex-Splode, Atom Eve, Invincible, and Dupli-Kate meet on a rooftop to discuss fight plans.

Invincible, or Mark Grayson legally, is the son of the best superhero in the world, Omni-Man. The show follows him on his journey as he grows into his power and his new superhero mantle. Mark juggles high school, relationships, being a superhero, and the mysterious death of the Guardians of the Globe. During the journey, some shocking secrets come out about his father and his ancestry.


8.) Peaky Blinders


This show ran from 2013-2022, won 22 awards and was nominated for 54, it also received a rating of 8.8/10 on IMDb. Peaky Blinders starred Cillian Murphy as the main character, Thomas Shelby, Paul Anderson asArthur Shelby, and Sophie Rundle as Ada Shelby.

(Left) John Shelby, (Middle) Thomas Shelby, (Right) Arthur Shelby

Peaky Blinders is set around the Shelby family, English gangsters in the 1990s who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps. The gang is led by second oldest brother, Thomas “Tommy” Shelby.


9.) Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds has been running since 2005, and season 17 is coming out in 2024. The shows stars Kirsten Vangsness as Penelope Garcia, Matthew gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid, and A.J. Cook as Jennifer “JJ” Jared. Since its start, Criminal Mind has been notated for 35 awards and has on 24, it currently has a rating of 8.1/10.

Season five poster with the original Criminal Minds crew.

The show is center around the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) of the FBI, a group of expert behavioral analysts who profile killers known as unsubs and solve murders/kidnappings.


10.) Stranger Things

Started in 2016, Stranger Things stars Mille Bobby Brown as Eleven and Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler. It has a rating of 8.7/10, has won 12 Emmys, with 110 awards in total and has been nominated for 311 awards.

Mike Wheeler (left) and Eleven (right), after escaping from Papa.

One morning, Will Byers vanishes, the town suspects he died, but months laters, he mysteriously turns up. Following his miraculous return, the town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments and supernatural forces, all centered around one strange girl.


As you can see, students at BPHS have diverse interests when it comes to TV. I would personally recommend all of these shows, as I’ve enjoyed watching and reading about them.┬áThat’s it, hope you enjoyed this article and hopefully you have some new shows to watch.

All photos and show summaries are from IMDb and more information on shows can be found there.

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