What to watch on Netflix

by Jenn @ Frugal Upstate on June 5, 2012

At the end of a long day Yankee Bill and I like to spend a little time together on the sofa unwinding with a glass of wine and watching a little TV.

But does it ever seem to you like there is NOTHING worth watching? Honestly, with all the channels we have you would think that any time of day or night you switched on the tube that you’d find something worth watching. That’s just not the case! For all those channels there just seems to be JUNK on all the time-even at prime time.

And add to that the fact that a “season” now seems to be about 8 episodes and the few things we actually enjoy watching seem to over before you know it. Remember when a season was something like 22, then you only had a few months in the summer with re-runs and then it was right back on in the fall? Ahhh, the old days…

So like many families, we have turned to streaming online videos to take up the slack. Honestly, I think we could probably cancel cable all together and barely notice!  We use Netflix for most of our streaming video-for $7.99 a month we get unlimited streaming and we watch it on our TV via our Wii console.

The thing I love about Netflix is they not only have movies but they have current TV shows (usually up to the last season-so if season 6 is actually showing on TV they probably have up to season 5).   They even have a lot of old TV shows and movies that you know and love.  Things like Leave it to Beaver, Cheers, The Andy Griffith Show, Family Ties, Quincy ME, Murder she wrote and much more!

I thought it would be fun to give you all a list of the shows that we enjoy watching when there is “nothing to watch” on tv.

Here’s what Yankee Bill and I have enjoyed watching together:

The Rockford Files (121 episodes)
Quantum Leap (76 episodes)
The original Hawaii 5-0 (279 episodes)
Magnum PI (162 episodes)
Star Trek (80 episodes)
Star Trek Enterprise (97 episodes)
Star Trek The Next Generation (177 episodes)
Jericho (29 episodes)
Columbo (32 episodes)

Things that I’ve enjoyed watching that just aren’t Yankee Bill’s Style:
Dr Who (83 episodes-plus some of the old ones listed separately)
Torchwood (31 episodes)
Eureka (63 episodes)
X Files (202 episodes)
Poirot (10 episodes)
Sherlock (3 episodes-but totally worth it!)
Warehouse 13 (31 episodes)

Things that the kids have enjoyed watching:
Avatar-The Last Air Bender (54 episodes-and I watched it with them! Good series)
Phineas & Ferb (90 episodes)
Danny Phantom (49 episodes)
Eerie Indiana (19 episodes)
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones (21 episodes)

If you don’t have Netflix, don’t worry! There are lots of other ways to find good things to watch for very little money.

1.  Use your library.  These days most libraries have a large selection of videos and DVDs.  Not only that, but you aren’t limited to just YOUR library.  They are typically set up in systems with inter-library loan programs.  Here locally I can request any book or video from all the libraries in 3 counties!  That’s a lot of options video wise.

2.  Use Hulu.com.  This service seems to concentrate more on current TV shows-you can usually get an episode about a week after it airs on tv.  Unless you buy the premier service only the most recent episodes are typically available.  The do have some older series, clips, and full length movies as well.

3.  Use the show’s website.  Many tv shows are available as full episodes on their website.  I usually just Google “full episode” and the name of the show and see what I can find.

Do you watch streaming video?  What is your favorite way to watch your shows, and what shows do you enjoy the most?

Note: a tip for using Netflix with your kids-have them use the “kids” section or else have a good talk with them about appropriate shows.  There is a lot of anime out there (Japanese style cartoons) that are NOT child friendly, even though they are “cartoons”. 

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