I’ve done a few of these over the years, a nice change of pace from the usual Sturm und Drang, and sometimes a true nugget is uncovered enriching the lives of everyone. A few years back JimK turned me on to SOA, something I would not have discovered on my own, now I can’t wait for season 8 (the last one).
This weekend I took some time out to watch the first few episodes of the second season of Orange is the New Black on Netflix. To be specific, I watched four episodes on Saturday in between taking care of other tasks. OitNB isn’t the first of their original programming I’ve watched and enjoyed. I’ve seen all of Lilyhammer, and most of the first season of House of Cards. (It’s not that I didn’t like it. I got distracted and kept meaning to go watch the rest, but just haven’t gotten around to it.) But before you begin to think this is a review of their programming, that’s not the point here.
The issue which I was discussing with a few friends this weekend was a fairly simple question: why in the world does Netflix release an entire season of shows at one time? I’d love to talk to the marketing magnates at Netflix who came up with this brainstorm, because I really can’t think of a profit or market driven justification.
Here’s the deal, I like what Netflix does, they don’t need the money from advertising, they just have their customers to please, and I am pleased. But I will throw the topic out there for the rest of you. The author seems to prefer a weekly series, one that builds momentum over time, and one that he can discuss with his buds as it unfolds. Personally, I don’t like the wait. Probably why I don’t watch weekly TV shows. I don’t like the commercials but I also don’t like to have to wait a week to find out what happens. Am I odd?
This year I started watching TURN ( an AMC series of Washington’s spies during the Revolutionary War, a good show) and the new 24, but after 3 episodes of both I decided I will wait until the end then On Demand all the episodes at once, watching at my leisure. I can delay gratification, knowing that the payoff will be viewing on my schedule. I did the same with GOT. At the end of a season I subscribe to HBO for a month, watch all the episodes, then drop them, like the lib loving progressive pushing cabal that they are.
But eventually everything comes to Netflix. The last season of Dexter came about a week after it premiered on Showtime, Netflix has all of Dexter now. With a super fast internet connection they can provide a boatload of content.
The article mentioned OITNB, this is a great show and I hardily recommend it. I watched the first season of House of Cards (another good show) and was looking forward to season 2, but the characters are so despicable (typical DC politicians, the scum of the earth) that with no one of any social redeeming value, I did not care about any of them and lost interest. Ditto with Breaking Bad, I got halfway thru season 3, but could not root for any of them so I lost interest (should I revisit the series? My kid thinks so, I’m thinking about it).
Stuff I would recommend on Netflix;
It Is Always Sunny In Philadelphia- stupid people are really funny, and these guys are as stupid as they come
The League- a comedy about a group of guys that are all in the same fantasy football league. Even if you don’t like football, this show is a winner. The banter back and forth about all things male, not only do I like these guys but it’s stuff I would talk about (and stuff I have said, many times).
Chuck- an older series, but really, who can get enough of Yvonne Strahovski?
The Walking Dead- shooting zombies, what’s not to love?
So, what should I be watching? Any shows grabbed you, either on network TV or Netflix? You can also opine about shows that either sucked or regulars that let you down (Dexter, I’m looking at you :()