Have you watched everything on Netflix that looks good, and you are ready to cancel your free trial? Not so fast. Here are four gems worth sticking around for.
I judge the likability of a show by whether I watch it live or record it with my DVR. I always did both with 24 . If you did not watch 24 when it was originally on the air, now is the time to get caught up on Netflix. FOX is bringing the show back in May of 2014. The show is so great that you cannot find a good stopping point to go to bed (or back work). Kiefer Sutherland plays Jack Bauer who leads the counter terrorism unit in Los Angeles. The beauty of the show is captured in its name. It is twenty-four episodes running in real time. So by the end of the season, you have seen a day in the life of Jack. I have been re-watching this show on Netflix with some friends who did not catch it when it was on FOX. I forgot how great this show was. Any character could be a traitor, and any character might die at any moment. Prepare to bite your nails.
For years my friends have been making me feel “uncivilized” for not watching Downton Abbey . I have never been a fan of period pieces, so I avoided this show like the plague. During a weak moment, I decided I could handle watching one episode. I finished the whole season in two days. I finished three seasons in two weeks. The show deals with how the upper and lower classes changed after World War I. Watching the characters deal with the changes in morality, women’s issues, race issues, and other social changes makes for great entertainment. I will warn you that Downton Abbey is somewhat similar to the 24 in that any character could kick the bucket at any given time. Prepare yourself for some shockers.
When Smallville went off the air, I kind of felt like I had outgrown The CW. Arrow has given me hope that they can produce entertaining shows that appeal to adults as well. The story line is deeper than a man in a green hoodie running around shooting arrows at bad guys. After being stranded on an island for years, Oliver returns ready to right the wrongs of his father and repair his own spoiled rich kid reputation. What is his mother’s agenda? Who taught him his skills on that island? Was the boat accident that nearly killed him an accident or part of a larger conspiracy? It is worth taking a look at Arrow.
This show ended way before its time. If it aired today with a show like Modern Family , it would have probably gained the audience it deserved. The show follows Christina Applegate’s character, Samantha, who wakes up from an accident with amnesia. With the slate wiped clean, she begins to discover that the old Samantha was a horrible person. She was a spoiled child, a horrible girlfriend, and difficult to work with. Now she has to rebuild her life as the new Samantha while mending some of the bridges that the old Samantha burned. A nice surprise will be seeing a pre- Bridesmaids Melissa McCarthy play her clingy friend.