5 Shows That Make Netflix Worth It and Some Other Stuff

October 17, 2011 by  
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But since I have you here…

I’m one of the few people not upset with Netflix’s recent changes (and aborted changes) and quite satisfied with their instant streaming selection. Here are a few of my favorite instant viewing titles:

Doctor Who – Duh! Five of the six available seasons of the best show on televisions on either side of the pond.

Torchwood – The great Who spinoff following Captain Jack Harkness (yum!) and his merry band of hunters of the strange and alien. The latest season (4), Miracle Day, aired on STARZ in the States and it was just added.

The Vampire Diaries – I know, I know. It sounds hokey, but this show is surprisingly good. I’ve been watching from the beginning (it’s now in season 3) and it’s fantastic. The writing is witty and every other episode is as exciting as a season finale. Check out the first two seasons.

Luther – As if starring the yummy Idris Elba isn’t enough, Luther – a British crime drama – has the nerve to be engaging, and at times, scary as hell. Elba stars as the pushed-too-far police detective John Luther. The first season is only 6-episodes, but they each pack a punch. The second season (not on instant viewing yet) is called a mini-series at only 4 episodes and concludes on BBCA this Wednesday night.

Sherlock – Yes, more British TV. Deal with it. Only 3 episodes in season one, each 90-minutes long, this modern take on Sherlock Holmes and his partner Watson.

Misfits – OK, this is British, too, but it’s not on instant viewing. Both seasons are available on Hulu, though. It’s probably my most favorite recent TV discovery after Doctor Who.

Seriously, this show will change your life.

Breaking Bad – Season 4 just concluded last week and it was one of the best season finales I’ve ever seen. Get caught up on the first three seasons on instant viewing. You won’t be sorry.

If if white teen angst if your thing, they’ve recently added Felicity, Gossip Girl, and One Tree Hill. 

Now for a show not on Netflix, but just premiering this fall season.

American Horror Story – So far, this is our favorite new show. A family of three – cheating, but remorseful psychiatrist, his wife who just suffered a miscarriage, and their conflicted teenage daughter – move into a house with a dark past. Of course, instead of moving, they investigate strange noises and put up with creepy, intrusive neighbors. The opening credits scare the hell out of me, the other 59 minutes do, too.

Returning favorite:

The Walking Dead – Season 2 premiered on AMC last night with a 90-minute ass clenching, stomach turning episode that did not disappoint.

So what are you watching? Have you found any gems on Netflix instant viewing I should know about?

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I love that you put vampire diaries on the list. it really is surprisingly good.

kevinm like.author.displayName 1 Like

Ok... Netflix THISCLOSE to getting canned! So angry right now.

So when they did the split thing, I went with the streaming version because the only chance I really get to watch stuff is while at work... and for the most part, I just want TV series that I've completely missed over the last several years (I worked a job during 2005-2007 that I literally missed every TV show and movie that came out during that time.) And a lot of those TV series I've been trying to catch up on before I start watching the new stuff coming out now. As well, some series have ended (Deadwood) and I just want to watch it! And the DVD plan just doesn't work for me. They can only fit 3 or 4 shows on a DVD... so it would take a week and a half or more of DVD exchanges just to get through one season. I don't have time for that crap. And go with the suggestion of the Netflix rep I just had on the phone?... "You could up your plan to multiple DVDs."... Eff that! WAY more money... for way more hassle?? Nice try.

Welp... as I mentioned before, I noticed a few weeks ago that Dexter is no longer available. Well that one I know for a fact at least USED to be available. Some of these others I have no idea. But check out this list of "suggestions" by Netflix that ALL have the grey 'Unavailable' button under them... Yeah... thanks for suggesting things I'm not allowed to watch, ya bastids!! >:(



Drinking Made Easy

The Pacific

John Adams

The Wire


Modern Family

Family Guy: Blue Harvest



The Big Bang Theory

Family Guy: It's a Trap!


Eastbound and Down

The Endurance



Stephen King's IT

Spaced: The Complete Series

Generation Kill

Robot Chicken: Star Wars

Six Feet Under


The Pillars of the Earth

So... that's JUST the suggested TV shows. All unavailable. Haven't even tried to search past that since that was 95%+ of the suggested only. And I won't even bother going through the movies. The majority of somewhat new movies, and especially the popular ones... Nope!

I'm going to watch the ones you suggested, Nina, until my current pay cycle runs out. But if there isn't SIGNIFICANT improvement to the selection... I'm out! Wtf am I paying for an "Unlimited Streaming" plan if the majority of the stuff that's even REMOTELY interesting or not 30 years old isn't even available??

So mad right now. >:(

Nina Perez
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The Pillars of the Earth used to be instant cause that's how I saw it. Not that that makes you feel better.See, this is where I completely understand people wanting to ditch Netflix, but it's hard for me to relate because I LOVE their online selection. Of course, when they pull Doctor Who I will probably shit a kitten, but... until then. And NO ONE watches more TV than I do, but I find that every few weeks I check and there's a bunch of new stuff that I want to see. Oh, they just added Kevin Smith's Red State. You should check it out.


@Nina Perez Just finished Luther! I want "season 2" NOW!!! GIMME!! :)

*wrestles with the idea of whether shitting a kitten would be a good or bad thing* Lol.


Wtf is with the pop-up ads every time I click post?!? *shakes fist!*

LeahD like.author.displayName 1 Like

I've never been happier to be English. I've been excited to see your top pics for tv for years now, and they were often ones we had to wait aaaaaaages for over here because they were American. It's really nice to see some British shows creeping in.....and nowadays we don't always have to wait a gazillion years to see the best shows. Not always ;)

Nina Perez
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I might be kind of addicted to British television. It's so bloody good!

James McShane
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I'm disappointed that I'll be able to watch Misfits Season Three before you get around to it. Or is there a way in which you can get it?

StephanieWestphal like.author.displayName 1 Like

So I pretty much suck. I don't watch ANY of these shows. As a matter of fact, I don't watch nearly enough television these days. Where should I start??


Does this thing tell you when someone replies? Or... are you 11 listeners just sitting there silent until I leave. :(

Nina Perez
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Kevin, I'm not sure. I'm also curious about the "points" next to our names. I'll be digging a little deeper later today to figure it all out.


Where the hell is Dexter?? I swear that it USED to be on Netflix streaming! *sadface*

Nina Perez
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It was! They took it down. :-(


Which is the beef I have with the Netflix split. The new movie selection was already horrible. And just when I was set to get caught up on Dexter from the beginning... poof!... gone. SOAB!! >:(

TheMamaE like.author.displayName 1 Like

We don't do netflix so I'll just go ahead and assume they don't have Stargate? Because surely that would have made your list...

Nina Perez
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@TheMamaE Yeah, it does. I named the shows that are currently rocking my world, that I watch over and over and over and over... you get the picture. :-)

HeatherElise like.author.displayName 1 Like

Still don't know how I feel about American Horror Story. Oh, and- comment!

Nina Perez
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We really like it. I like how we're getting the history of the house and there are so many questions. It also has a Twin Peaks kinda feel to it which I love.


@Nina Perez Why did you put my husband out for everyone to see, you know i like to keep him to myself

Nina Perez
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Did I tell you I finally got my Mom to watch Luther the other day? Ten minutes into the episode and she calls me back. "Idris Elba has the prettiest, whitest, straightest teeth." "Mother, for the love of God, why are you looking at his TEETH?!"


Futurama is on Instant Viewing.

That's my go-to thing to say, in these situations.

Cassie Parker
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I am watching 'Being Human' now....had to work through their British accents, but so far so good.

I am a huge Sons of Anarchy fan. Not much of a British TV fan, but I am giving them a chance...torchwood is also on the list.

I will be starting LOST over soon as well.

Nina Perez
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@Cassie Parker

Cassie, so happy you're giving UK Being Human a go. It's sooo much better than the American version. I should have added that to my list! I squealed when I saw they'd added it to instant viewing on Friday.

Nina Perez
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11 people listening? Does this mean there are 11 people silently reading/stalking?

RosangelaViana like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

I have never had a problem with Netflix's changes. Having streaming only has always been well worth the money to me,

Nina Perez
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Dude, there's an option to ban your ass. Not that I'd do it, but that's pretty damn sweet.