I feel like I’ve been watching a ton of TV lately. Here’s the thing, though: even taking into account the final episodes of LOST and the new Doctor Who series, a very small fraction of the TV I’ve been watching has actually been sent to my cable box. The rest has been thanks to Netflix Instant.
I was an early adopter of Netflix; my queue began in 2001. I can’t remember the last time I got a DVD, though – I’ve been getting more than my money’s worth just using Instant. In recent months, I’ve switched from primarily watching movies, to taking massive doses of TV shows. And, luckily for me, every week seems to bring the entire catalogue of a great show I never got around to watching, or one I’ve seen and loved.
In the past few months, I’ve watched:
LOST – I may be watching the new episodes live on TV, but until a few months ago I had never seen a single episode of LOST. Thanks to Instant, I caught up in no time. This is really the show that got me going on watching entire series at once.
The X-Files – Okay, I love The X-Files. Big time. But I’ve actually never seen the last few seasons, and the DVDs were always pretty expensive. Now that the ENTIRE nine seasons are available, I intend to rectify that situation. But first, I’m going to watch the whole enchilada. I’ve only re-watched the pilot so far, and it was still awesome.
Torchwood – Despite my love for Doctor Who, I never got around to watching Torchwood. I really like it, much more than I thought I would. I’m in the middle of the second season, now.
Jekyll – Because I’m a Moffat fangirl, I decided to try Jekyll, a miniseries that I had never heard of. LOVE IT. And apparently the version I saw (which would be the version released to DVD) was a little more scary and violent than when it was broadcast on TV.
The Dresden Files – I’m not sure what was going on when this show was on TV, but it completely slipped me by. I heard more than one positive review of it since it’s been canceled (not to mention all the positive stuff about the books) so when I saw it pop up in the “New TV” section of Instant, I decided to give it a shot. So far, not bad! It kind of reminds me of Charmed, actually.
Other shows I’ve noticed but have not re-watched (yet): Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Roswell, Robin Hood. I’m trying to keep the re-watching to a minimum because that’s an impressive X-Files backlog, but I might give in and watch the first season of Roswell again.
Since Netflix Instant can be watched in a variety of ways – on the computer, XBox Live, even an iPad app – I’m sure some of you out there use it as well. And I’m looking for suggestions for new shows and movies to watch. So, is there an old (or new) TV series or movie I should look up?