5 Great Shows Netflix Introduced Me To

We have been cable free for over a year now.  In the past year I don’t feel like I have missed out on any of the tv shows that I frequently watched before because you can find any show you’d want to watch on the internet.  One of our main sources to watch shows on is Instant Netflix.  Unfortunately in the next few months, they will be making it a whole separate service from the dvds you get in the mail and will be adding a fee if you still want to continue with the Instant Netflix.  We are going to continue to sign up for it, as long as they don’t raise the prices again, because we still think its worth it.  Netflix has introduced me to a lot of great shows and I thought I would share them with you incase you haven’t checked out any of these shows before.  Obviously, I highly recommend you do so ASAP.
  • Californication
Californication is about writer, Hank Moody who moves to California from New York and hasn’t been able to write a word in ages.  Hank is the typical Hollywood bad boy who turns to women, drugs, and booze every night to forget his troubles.   He has a daughter Becca and is still in love with her mother, although she  is engaged to another man.  Hank still loves Becca’s mother, Karen, and is trying to win her back.  In the meantime he has no problem getting into all sorts of trouble that will make you simply say “wow.”  I liked this show after season one, but it is one of the few that I think has gotten better as seasons go on.  I am currently halfway done with season 4 (will probably finish it in a few days 😉 ), and I love every episode more and more.  This show really does get better the more you watch it  with constant drama, partying, girls, and situations that end in disaster one after another.
  • Man Vs Wild
Now I have obviously heard of this show and have seen excerpts on tv, but until a few months ago I never sat down to watch a full episode, because frankly, I wasn’t interested and it didn’t fit into my typical genre of tv shows that interest me (you know –  drama, reality tv, romance.. girl stuff).  I’m not sure how it happened, but all of a sudden my boyfriend and I were watching episodes constantly.  Any apprehensions and discernment about this show not being for me were quickly thrown out the window. You follow Bear Grylls as he gets dropped in the middle of some of the most dangerous places on the planet (rain forest, desert, artic, etc) and he only has his backpack, a few tools, and his skill to keep himself alive for about 2 days until he finds a way out.  There are definitely some disgusting situations he gets himself into regarding what he has to eat, drink, or use to keep warm, but it is extremely fascinating none the less and I have learned a lot!  His awesome accent is a major bonus, as well!
  • Psych
Psych is a light, humorous show about a man whose father raised him to notice the detail in everything.  This has helped him to now work with the police, with his partner, to solve mysteries.  However, the police think he is a true Psychic and so he frequently is solving the crime like any normal agent – finding clues, putting them together, getting leads, and so on.  However, his “readings” come at just the right time when the police agents are around to help solve the mysteries.  This show is very entertaining with the relationship dynamics, lines, and situations that Shawn Spencer gets himself into.
  • The League
Let me start off by saying 2 prefaces:  (1) My boyfriend and I hate football (I know, I know you want to banish us), but that’s what this show is primarily about  (2)  My boyfriend also forced me to watch that show.  With that being said – I love The League!  It is about a group of guys who are in a fantasy football league together.  Since I don’t know sports I found a great summary that I will copy and paste to tell you what this show is about:

Set against the backdrop of a fantasy football league, The League is about friendship, marriage, parenting, and growing up…or refusing to grow up.

Fantasy football provides an outlet for good-natured competition and camaraderie between friends and colleagues, but that’s not always the case. Deception, trickeration, one-upmanship and a win-at-all costs mentality are prevalent in the world of fantasy football and it’s no different in The League. The emotional tentacles of fantasy football extend to personal relationships, marriages and the workplace, all fertile ground for comedy. Source

All I have to say is that is hilarious!   Absolutely love this show, and when has FX ever let you down? (Uh, never).

  • Weeds

This show has gained an immense amount of popularity and I’m sure most of you have a general idea of what the show’s about. Pot.  Yep, that’s all just marijuana.  Just joking, there’s a little bit more to the show.  The show follows Nancy Botwin, a widowed mother, who is trying to raise her children (and brother in-law) and make ends meet.  To do so, she begins selling pot, small amounts to begin with, but then boosts to large scale dealing and growing.  You can only imagine the characters one has to deal with and the situations she gets into.  Her life is the epitome of a roller coaster ride, with extreme highs and the lowest lows one can have.  Meanwhile, she tries to keep her business separate from her family life and not have her children completely go off the deep end.   Personally this is easily in my top 5 tv shows.  However, with that being said season 1-3 were my favorites and it has gone steadily downhill from there.  Season 7 is currently airing, which is said to be the last, and all I can say is I hope it improves and leaves off on a high note of how it started.
Other Honorable Mentions would include Damages, as my boyfriend is obsessed with this show and made it to the top 5 favorite TV shows after watching just a few episodes. The series focuses on a successful law firm in NYC dealing with high-stakes litigation.   The show revolved around Patty Hewes,  the nation’s most revered and reviled high-stakes litigator, and her bright, ambitious protégé Ellen Parsons (source).  They’re dealing with a case against Arthur Frobisher, in which scandal, backstabbing, blackmail, and distrust are all at constant play.  You never know who is really good and who is evil, or maybe they’re all a bit of both.
I also began watching Ally McBeal, which I have been enjoying. It is another law show about a lawyer, Ally McBeal, who joins a new law firm only to find out that the love of her life, and longtime boyfriend during college, works there.  To her dismay, he is married and you are taken along for the ride as they both try to deal with their feelings for one another.   This is a total chick flick (or show, I guess) and to be honest I find it a bit slow at times.  I’ve been watching it for a few months and am only on the second season.  I know what I want to happen, I just wish the show would hurry up and let me know if it will or not.

And finally these are not new shows, but a few of our favorites you can get on Instant Netflix: That 70s Show and Scrubs.  Need I say any more?

Let me know in the comments if there’s any other shows on Instant Netflix that I’m missing and you think I should check out!  Also, if you  watch, or have watched, any of these shows then I want to know your thoughts!


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