Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Netflix Time Sink

So, the NFL has new uniforms? How nice, at least the Colts will have something going for them, I guess.
So how are YOU this morning? I know I’m doing pretty good, hoping that the sky clears up for my lunchtime walk, and just working through the day.
One of my biggest time sinks is Netflix. I don’t pay for any discs, though. I just have the Instant Streaming option, which can work on my Xbox, my Wii, my computer, or my phone.
I’m still boggling over the last one.
This is a major sink for me. I really don’t use it for movies, even though I currently have Ghostbusters queued up on it since, well, it’s Ghostbusters. I prefer to use Netflix for TV Series.
Doctor Who. Torchwood. Burn Notice. Eureka. Warehouse 13. All the Star Trek series. Firefly. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Being Human, both US and UK. The IT Crowd. Angel. Most are shows that I have never had a chance to watch, either due to a wacked out work schedule, or a lack of cable. Others are shows that I like, that I enjoy just being able to pull up and watch an episode of whenever I want. And I have SO MANY HOURS of these series that I can watch. I love it, and Shannon enjoys watching most of these with me as well, with the exception of Star Trek.
Even for the Geekling, this is nice. Sometimes, you find a Disney film up there, although when they lost Starz they lost most of those. However, you still have TV. Sesame Street, My Little Pony, Dinosaur Train, and Pocoyo are all shows that she enjoys watching.
With the girls gone, and that long list, I’ve actually been enjoying the heck out of Burn Notice, a series that airs on the USA Network, which I obviously don’t watch due to a severe lack of cable. It’s about a spy who’s been dropped in Miami with all of his assets frozen, and has been, well, burned. I’m most of the way through the first season, and it’s been funny and a joy to watch, and not just because of Bruce Campbell’s inclusion in the cast. However, I’ve had to give it a pause, since the fourth season of Eureka from the Sci-Fi/SyFy Channel is now up, and I’ve been waiting for that for a while. I just noticed it was up, and I made it through the first two episodes last night. However, it does look to have some episodes that are “Disc Only” which has me a bit disappointed, but you take what you can get.
What are some shows you really enjoy on Netflix? Is there anything you would recommend to me that is now Downton Abby?
Have a great day,


  1. We seem to watch many of the same things. I watch Burn Notice, Eureka, ST:TNG, Firefly, Buffy, Angel, and the IT Crowd.

    The most notable omission on your list is this.

    Futurama and Dollhouse are also available if you are into that kind of thing.

    You might also want to watch the pilot of Reaper because it is written by Kevin Smith and is therefore good. After that it becomes goodish-to-OK. I wouldn't blame you if you didn't finish it, I didn't.

    Ever since I played in an enjoyable session of The Dresden Files RPG at GenCon last year I have wanted to watch the TV show of the same name. Unfortunately I have rules for myself about reading the books first so I have not been able to watch any of it yet.

  2. Sherlock. See, I saw the first episode, then I got distracted by something shiny and I haven't watched any more, but it is in the queue.

    Futurama is in the queue, but I'm rather burnt out on it.

    Dollhouse I'm curious about, but it's towards the bottom of the list.

    Reaper I watched when it was originally aired, and I've rewatched a few episodes on Netflix. I'm glad it's there.

    The Dresden File TV Show and Books are two TOTALLY different monsters. Honestly, I know many people that couldn't enjoy the show because the books were so different. There is only one episode that's similar to the books. This is probably one exception to your rule, you might enjoy it more if you watch it before you read the books.