I have to admit it: I don’t really ever watch things as they come on television. Save for things that I know I can’t go without when they come on like Dexter and Sons of Anarchy, I tend to let my shows run over into Hulu Plus and Netflix territory. Why? Because not only do I have a DVR and can record what I want to watch if it’s important to me, but Hulu and Netflix have given me an opportunity to either watch it the next day if I didn’t record it or explore it again via past seasons uploaded.
Be that as it may, since finding out what Netflix is, it has been bolstered up to a massive Instant Watch collection that generally showcases new things that I haven’t seen or old favorites. My favorite older cartoons are all there, ready to be perused again and introduced to my child, and some new favorites are ready if I want to kick back and relive the moments I loved.
Candice’s Current List of Netflix Offerings:
1. Sons of Anarchy — Look, I can’t say enough about this show. I’ve touted its praises on podcasts, I’ve ranted about it on Twitter and Facebook — it’s just a damned good show. You’d never know it unless you’ve actually seen it, because the commercials and trailers make it easy for the uninitiated to come to the conclusion that it’s just about a bunch of hillbilly bikers, but let me tell you: it’s way more. These are reasonable, intelligent, and cunning people, and it’s got some of the best acting I’ve seen on television in a while. Some great performances by Ron Perlman, Katey Sagal, and Charlie Hunnam really can’t be missed. Watch the first three seasons on Netflix!
2. Mythbusters — While not the whole collection of everything that Adam Savage and Jamie Hynneman have ever done, it’s a pretty good offering! These two take myths from television, movies, urban legends, and lore and actually put them to the test (they even say it in the show!) to prove or disprove. Awesome, right? Who doesn’t want to see a couple of nerds blow stuff up and high-five afterwards, right? I absolutely love this show to pieces and have even visited the actual M5 Industries studio where it’s filmed.
3. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe — Look, I’m not saying that this is your absolute end-all, be-all to animation, because it’s not. In fact, it’s some of the laziest animation you’ll ever see, but it’s damned entertaining. With a crudely laced morality tale woven into colorful animation about a guy who rides a purple “Battlecat” in his fuzzy undies, how can you not be amused? Skeletor sounds like Paul Lynde’s slightly more heterosexual cousin and everyone is having a good ol’ time acting like they don’t know Prince Adam moonlights as a vigilante do-gooder.
4. Battle Royale — There’s something about this movie that I can’t let go of. When The Hunger Games came out, the Internet went insane when it realized it was just a teen sensation-laced, stylized version of a story akin to something we’ve heard about before. In Battle Royale, a group of students are picked when their school district “wins” a lottery to take part in “Battle Royale,” a government act (The BR Act) that is meant to whittle down the population as well as be creepily entertaining to the masses. Since the filmmakers essentially did their take on Lord of the Flies, it’s interesting to see just where Battle Royale takes the idea. We learn about schoolborne cliques and romantic interests that sway decisions where it seems parts of the student body cannot handle the idea of hurting anyone — or being murdered themselves. Watching the gritty dynamic is absolutely thrilling from beginning to end — and it’s visually superb. There’s a reason that Quentin Tarantino wanted to do a remake so badly and it’s why this should be on everyone’s Instant Queue.
5. Doctor Who — I don’t know how many sci-fi fans have viewed Red Dwarf, an entertaining comedy about being marooned in space that spanned over the years in the UK. While it’s one of my favorite shows and used to be on Netflix (All eight seasons!), it has since been removed as the new season is airing this October. With that said, my second choice for sci-fi has to go to Doctor Who, and you can catch so many of the newer — and older (the program premiered in 1963) — episodes on Instant Watch right now. Following the exploits of the Doctor, a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey who chooses companions in every iteration of himself (he changes bodies often) to go through time and space to solve the universe’s (and sometimes other universes’) major problems. Admittedly, I didn’t get into it until this current Doctor and his sexy bowties, but it’s a definite addiction that you can’t put down. Check them out and find a new source of nerd there on Netflix.
So, there you go! Maybe you’ve seen some of these and maybe you haven’t, but it seems like every week that I find new things to check out on Netflix and sometimes they throw things onto the “Recently Added” that makes me absolutely giddy. As someone who loves checking back on retro animation and television I grew up with, Netflix has become my source for all of those guilty pleasures of mine.
What are you watching on Netflix? Would you suggest it? What movies are you checking out that you only heard about when you saw them on Instant Watch? Share them with me as I love to try new things on Netflix and always want to pass around ideas!