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[What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 9:32 pm
by dbCooperAir
[This thread has been updated to include TV shows from any streaming source - Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, DirecTV, etc. If it is considered a "show", meaning more than one episode, post it here.

Otherwise, movies from any source (DVD, streaming, seen in person, etc.) should be posted in What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Please mention how you saw the show (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc.).

To keep this on topic, please include whether you would recommend it in your replies - admin LadyGeek]


I see many Bogleheads have and use Netflix.

I have had Netflix for many years, at times I feel I'm not getting my money out it as its not being used, sometime months on end. Netflix has a ton of content, but for me finding the content sometimes is challenge. As an example I'm sure I'm missing old classic movies/shows just because I have no idea what they are.

To help all us fellow Bogleheads get the most bang for our dollars out of Netflix how about we start a Netflix show list.

I just ask that you give the title and genre + any other comments

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 9:32 pm
by dbCooperAir
I'm going to do my best to keep this list up to date for those who just want to get to the goods.

2016
4400
30 Rock
Agatha Christie's Poirot
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
All the David Attenborough documentaries
Andrew Jenks: Room 335
Andy Griffith Show
Angel
Archer
Arrested Development
Arrow
Battlestar Galactica (the reboot, not the original)
Beginners
Being Human (UK, not US)
Black Mirror
Blackfish
Blacklist
Bloodline
Bob's Burgers
Borgen (DK)
Boston Bombing (documentary)
Boy
Breaking Bad
Bridge, The (DK, SE)
Broadchurch
Broke (ESPN 30 for 30)
Buffy
Burn Notice
CBGB
Collision
Continuum
Cosmos
Crescendo
Damages
Daredevil
Dawn of the Croods
Days of Thunder
Deep Space 9
Dexter
Doc Martin
Doctor Who
Drop Dead Diva
Eagles, The (band)
Fall, The
Firefly
Fixer Upper
Flash, The
Flip or Flop
Foyles War
Frasier
Friday Night Lights
Gilmore Girls
Glengarry Glenn Ross
Gotham
Guild, The
Happy Valley
Hart Of Dixie
Honorable Woman, The
House of Cards
Inspector Morse
Iris
It's Always Sunny
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Jane the Virgin
Jessica Jones
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Justice League
Kill Bill
Killing, The
Last Men Out (documentary)
Last Tango in Halifax
Lilyhammer
Longmire
Lost
Luther
Mad Men
Making a Murderer
Marco Polo
Master of None
Midsomer Murders
Money For Nothing (documentary)
Morgan Spurlock: Inside Man
Mrs. Brown
Muscle Shoals
Narcos
Next Goal Wins
Nurse Jackie
OITNB
Opposite Field
Orange is the New Black
Parks and Recreation
Peaky Blinders
Person of Interest
Planet Earth
Property Brothers
Quiet American, The
Rake
Real Rob
Rectify
River
Royal Pains
Run
Salamander (BE)
Secrets & Lies (AU)
Sheik
Sherlock
Shipping News
Short Game, The
Sons of Anarchy
Spiral (FR)
Star Trek TNG
Startrek Voyager
Station Agent, The
Supernatural
To Kill a Mockingbird
Top Gear (UK)
Top Gun
Top of the Lake
Torchwood
Training Day
Transporter
Twilight Zone
Twilight Zone classics
Vampire Diaries
W/ Bob and David
Wallander (UK)
Wentworth
West Wing, The
White Collar
X-Files

Tue Jan 12, 2016 10:44 am

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 9:32 pm
by dbCooperAir
Reserved

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 9:35 pm
by RoC
I haven't started it yet, but I'm surprised by how many people keep telling me about Making a Murderer. It's also highly rated on IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5189670/

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 9:36 pm
by blackjack4808
Daredevil, Making a murderer, Cosmos, house of cards, NACROS
(not netflix) but Fargo is really good; i watched it on Hulu

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 9:39 pm
by Rob5TCP
Some sites that give you the more popular Netflix offerings and one is fairly searchable with ratings:
https://whatsnewonnetflix.com/usa
http://flicksurfer.com/#/
http://instantwatcher.com/
http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2 ... -2016.html
http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/mo ... -1.6667007

Some of these movies are no longer on Netflix
These movies that are in the IMDB 300 that were on Netflix when this was written
http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Best-Mov ... 66328.html

Some of my favorites
House of Cards
Orange is the New Black
Jessica Jones
Kill Bill
Glengarry Glenn Ross
Twilight Zone

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 9:40 pm
by Bungo
Have you watched any of the Netflix-only TV series? Some of the ones I have enjoyed:

* House of Cards: Kevin Spacey does an excellent job playing a Machiavellian politician
* Narcos: good, gritty semi-fictional show about Pablo Escobar and the Medellin cartel in the 1970s and 1980s. Filmed in Colombia.
* The Fall: tense drama about a serial killer in Belfast
* Lilyhammer: darkish comedy about a gangster (Steve Van Zandt, who played Sil in The Sopranos, and used to be in Bruce Springsteen's band) who relocates to Norway to hide out
* Longmire: crime drama set in Wyoming. The first several seasons were on cable TV, but the show was canceled, and now Netflix is producing additional seasons.

There are quite a few others these days. Here is a list: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_o ... by_Netflix

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 9:53 pm
by gkaplan
Broadchurch

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:25 pm
by TXJuice
House of Cards is one of the better shows out there - cable, HBO, or Netflix.
Orange is the New Black has a very entertaining cast of characters.
Narcos is well made and of course something about Pablo Escobar is going to be entertaining.

I still need to watch Making a Murderer, but I've heard good things.

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:34 pm
by lightheir
Daredevil and Narcos are excellent, even by HBO standards

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:37 pm
by J295
Damages

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:42 pm
by The529guy
Black Mirror

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:50 pm
by LuigiLikesPizza
Nurse Jackie

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:00 pm
by GerryL
I enjoyed Midsomer Murders, at least the early seasons. When the British series started it was a little grisly and rather camp, with an average of 3 mostly weird murders per episode. In later years they have kept up the murder count but turned darker. The most fun thing about the show is spotting every character actor you have ever seen on British TV, including some who became stars. I generally watched with IMDB open.

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:15 pm
by Qtman
Twilight Zone classics, they don't make em like that anymore.

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:20 am
by saltycaper
Nothing currently, but I'd say you have to at least try watching Mad Men and Breaking Bad--recently popular but also sure to be classics down the road.

Dexter and Damages were pretty good. Weeds was alright, at least the first few seasons. House of Cards is entertaining.

More recent ones not mentioned as often: Bloodline and Rectify. These shows take their time. More like watching a really long movie in several segments. I prefer it that way.

Doc Martin is a cute show about a doctor working in a small, seaside English village.

Most of these are dramas or drama/comedies.

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 8:43 am
by EvelynM
A good site for Netflix monthly updates: http://www.vulture.com/streaming/

<If you like sports, all the "30 for 30" documentaries are great:
http://netflixlife.com/2015/10/06/ranki ... n-netflix/

> Food related: Chef's Table, The Mind of a Chef

> Ken Burns' documentaries

some of my favorites:

> River
> Blackfish
> Lilyhammer
> Sherlock
< Shipping News
> To Kill a Mockingbird
> Opposite Field
> Next Goal Wins
> Boy
> Mrs. Brown
< Iris
> Planet Earth
< Rectify
< All the David Attenborough documentaries
< Crescendo
< The Short Game
> Beginners
> The Station Agent
> Happy Valley
< The Quiet American
< Muscle Shoals
> Morgan Spurlock: Inside Man
> Andrew Jenks: Room 335
< Breaking Bad
> Nurse Jackie
> Doc Martin
< House of Cards
> Mad Men
> Last Tango in Halifax
< Parks and Recreation

oldies:

> Twilight Zone
> Alfred Hitchcock Presents
< Frasier
> Andy Griffith Show

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 8:59 am
by mesmer
My favorite shows produced by Netflix are Bloodline and River. Good stories, good acting, and good production IMO.

Other quality programming is Making a Murderer (documentary series), and the first seasons of House of Cards and OITNB.

I started Jessica Jones and couldn't bring myself to keep watching. But the superhero genre is not my thing.

Haven't had a chance to see Narcos and any of the other Netflix shows yet.

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 9:02 am
by midareff
I recently finished Blacklist and Startrek Voyager and Deep Space 9.

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 9:05 am
by Rupert
Most of my favorites have already been mentioned, but I'll add two more: Happy Valley (British police drama akin to Broadchurch) and Top of the Lake (Twin-Peaks/True-Detective-esque show set in New Zealand but starring Americans Elisabeth Moss and Holly Hunter).

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 9:41 am
by gary11
Excellent list so far! I would like to add Luther as it has not been mentioned yet.

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 9:51 am
by stemikger
RoC wrote:I haven't started it yet, but I'm surprised by how many people keep telling me about Making a Murderer. It's also highly rated on IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5189670/
Be prepared to binge watch this. You won't be able to stop. I believe it's broken up into 10 parts.

I was so fascinating, tragic, sad and at the end you are totally confused on whether they are guilty or not.

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:00 am
by Go Blue 99
We are halfway through "Mind of a Murderer" and it is great so far. The only issue is avoiding spoilers as everyone seems to be talking about it these days.

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:31 am
by investingdad
Breaking Bad

4400 is interesting.

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 11:14 am
by gatorking
Foyles War
Collision

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 11:18 am
by Christine600
Loved Lillyhammer, Breaking Bad and Drop Dead Diva.

Now enjoying Longmire and Jessica Jones.

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 11:19 am
by Dude2

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 11:45 am
by Ketawa
I don't think I can commit to watching Making a Murderer. I've seen The Thin Blue Line and all the Paradise Lost movies, which are excellent. I listened to Serial but didn't like it that much.

I doubt I'm going to get anything more out of Making a Murderer to make it worth 10 hours of my time just to get outraged, when there are so many other quality shows on my list to watch like Friday Night Lights. I read lots of articles about the miscarriage of justice at least weekly, if not daily. I'm open to people trying to convince me otherwise though...

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 11:49 am
by TSR
Surprised not to have seen Master of None on this list. That's one of my favorite shows of the past year. Well worth a look, and worth sticking with after the first few episodes. I also enjoyed Jessica Jones and Making of a Murderer. If you need to get your money's worth, check out Bob's Burgers -- consistently funny and warm show.

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 11:49 am
by simmias
Great TV shows is really where Netflix shines. Some of my favorite dramas and comedies available on Netflix now that haven't been mentioned (I think):

Doctor Who
Lost
Friday Night Lights
Battlestar Galactica (the reboot, not the original)
Parks and Recreation
30 Rock
Arrested Development
Archer
X-Files
Sherlock
Star Trek TNG
Firefly
Torchwood
White Collar
Luther
Buffy
Angel
The Guild
Being Human (UK, not US)
Vampire Diaries (yes, really)
It's Always Sunny

Catching up on great TV dramas and comedies is really the greatest value of Netflix, IMO.

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 11:53 am
by chartcab3785
Only thing I can think of that isn't already on the list, Peaky Blinders.

Note that NACROS should be Narcos.

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 11:56 am
by Meg77
Netflix is great especially if you don't care about staying current on certain shows. We use it to go back and enjoy shows we are a few seasons behind on. Here are some great ideas for you:

Breaking Bad
Mad Men
Downton Abbey
Orange is the New Black
Friday Night Lights

If you pay the extra $5 a month for DVD access, there are great movies and other shows as well, including two of our faves:

The Good Wife
The Wire

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:02 pm
by N1CKV
We binge watched Breaking Bad and now we are watching Lost. It's a great way to catch up on a series that you never had a chance to watch previously, especially when your other favorite current show is on a hiatus.

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:09 pm
by Ketawa
TSR wrote:Surprised not to have seen Master of None on this list. That's one of my favorite shows of the past year. Well worth a look, and worth sticking with after the first few episodes. I also enjoyed Jessica Jones and Making of a Murderer. If you need to get your money's worth, check out Bob's Burgers -- consistently funny and warm show.
I thought Master of None was a disappointment overall compared to the hype before I watched it. The acting was very poor in the first half of episodes, so bad that it took me out of the show every time someone delivered a stilted line of dialogue. The only actors in the main cast I thought were up to their material were Aziz's father, Aziz in the last couple episodes, and Noel Wells in the last couple episodes.

As for the social commentary in the writing, I agreed with the stance of the show practically all the time, but I don't think it makes for good art to just hammer a viewpoint all the time. Glen Weldon on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast articulated this a lot better than me. Rachel was also underwritten for most of the show and was basically a MPDG trope, especially in the Nashville episode.

However, there were definitely some episodes I liked. Indians on TV, Old People, Mornings, and Finale were all excellent.

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:35 pm
by jrtexas
I got a new one. Called "Run". It's a 4 episode British series. All 4 episodes are tied in. Really well done.

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:42 pm
by knpstr
FYI: Don't watch Making a Murderer unless you feel like getting disgusted with the criminal justice system.

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:43 pm
by Bungo
Meg77 wrote: If you pay the extra $5 a month for DVD access, there are great movies and other shows as well, including two of our faves:

The Good Wife
The Wire
The Wire is one of the all-time great TV series. Just wanted to mention that (as of a few months ago, at least) Netflix still only has the standard DVD (non-Blu Ray), standard definition (non-widescreen) version of The Wire, even though a Blu-Ray version exists. However, I discovered that Amazon Prime streams a high-definition widescreen version, which is much more pleasant to watch on modern TVs. Amazon Prime also has many other HBO series that Netflix is missing, such as The Sopranos. (However, Netflix has a better overall selection by far.)

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:43 pm
by jrtexas
Meg77 wrote:Netflix is great especially if you don't care about staying current on certain shows. We use it to go back and enjoy shows we are a few seasons behind on. Here are some great ideas for you:

Breaking Bad
Mad Men
Downton Abbey
Orange is the New Black
Friday Night Lights

If you pay the extra $5 a month for DVD access, there are great movies and other shows as well, including two of our faves:

The Good Wife
The Wire
Can't stream Downton Abbey. Yet

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:46 pm
by Bungo
jrtexas wrote: Can't stream Downton Abbey. Yet
It used to be streamable, around 2 years ago if I recall. I watched the first few seasons on Netflix. I assume they'll get (pay for) the rights again eventually.

That's one annoyance with Netflix - they seem to remove content almost as often as they add it. They yanked "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" when I was midway through savoring the second season. :oops:

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:58 pm
by mhalley
I am almost finished watching Doc Martin, British show about a surgeon that becomes blood phobic and moves to a small fishing village to become a gap. He has a personality sort of like House. Kind of a dark comedy.
Mike

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 1:13 pm
by fareastwarriors
Person of Interest.

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 1:17 pm
by GerryL
mhalley wrote:I am almost finished watching Doc Martin, British show about a surgeon that becomes blood phobic and moves to a small fishing village to become a gap. He has a personality sort of like House. Kind of a dark comedy.
Mike
Season 7 of Doc Martin us just now becoming available on PBS. It started airing here in Oregon this past week. May take up to a year before 7 shows up on Netflix, if past performance is anything to go by.

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 1:21 pm
by GerryL
Bungo wrote:
jrtexas wrote: Can't stream Downton Abbey. Yet
It used to be streamable, around 2 years ago if I recall. I watched the first few seasons on Netflix. I assume they'll get (pay for) the rights again eventually.

That's one annoyance with Netflix - they seem to remove content almost as often as they add it. They yanked "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" when I was midway through savoring the second season. :oops:
When Downton Abby disappeared from Netflix they announced that it had gone to Amazon Prime as an exclusive offering. Maybe that exclusivity contract will end someday. I did notice while I was in France and was checking Netflix on my tablet that Downton Abby is available there.

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 1:22 pm
by Boglenaut
I told a friend about Lilyhammer. Now if I just say "Lilyhammer", he breaks out laughing.

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:23 pm
by jbird11
Making a Murderer is a guaranteed must-watch, but don't start it unless you have about 10 straight hours to stay glued to the screen.

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:43 pm
by mister_sparkle
Not all Netflix, but:

Making a Murderer :sharebeer

The Man in the High Tower

Black Mirror

Fargo

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:47 pm
by mpowered
Really liking Making a Murderer, right now.

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:58 pm
by Material Guy
Broadchurch
The Fall
Marco Polo
Agatha Christie's Poirot (later episodes are full HD)
The West Wing (old but excellent, especially the early seasons)
Inspector Morse (last few episodes are full HD)
Master of None

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 3:17 pm
by Morthead
Top Gear (UK)

Only the last 5 seasons are on Netflix. If you want the rest, you can stream them on Hulu. Very entertaining TV.

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 3:27 pm
by unclescrooge
dbCooperAir wrote:I see many Bogleheads have and use Netflix.

I have had Netflix for many years, at times I feel I'm not getting my money out it as its not being used, sometime months on end. Netflix has a ton of content, but for me finding the content sometimes is challenge. As an example I'm sure I'm missing old classic movies/shows just because I have no idea what they are.

To help all us fellow Bogleheads get the most bang for our dollars out of Netflix how about we start a Netflix show list.

I just ask that you give the title and genre + any other comments
Do you have a smart TV, with a netflix button on it?
I find my netflix consumption went up 10 fold after I got a Vizio smart TV.