I love Netflix Streaming. I know they don’t have a ton of great current movies on there but they have a treasure trove of great television shows.
It was through Netflix that I discovered the awesomeness that is Doctor Who. It was through Netflix that my wife and I got all caught up on Friday Night Lights, just in time to finish the series with everyone else. Netflix introduced us to Downton Abbey, where we watched the entire first season in 3 days. So many great television shows are available that even if I still subscribed to cable I would probably use Netflix just as much.
My most recent show du jour is Sports Night. West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin perfected the hall way walk and talk on Sports Night and made a show about the people who make sports news without getting bogged down in sports talk every episode. Just like the West Wing did with politics, Sports Night takes the issues around sports and makes them the background for the personal relationships and drama of the primary characters. Brilliant.
This show also walked a fine line between drama and comedy. In the beginning it was clear that they were trying to make a comedy with a studio audience and everything. The show evolved into more of a drama. And what’s even more remarkable, each episode is only 22 minutes. A 22 minute drama, that’s unheard of. But it so works.
Unfortunately the show only had 2 seasons and it’s 14 years old, but it was a great show that I never would have watched if it wasn’t for Netflix Streaming.
So if you are looking for something to watch this summer, I would recommend Sports Night. If you like cop shows, Life is great, and if you like fun Sci-Fi, then check out Doctor Who!