Netflix – What I’m Streaming For $7.99 A Month

Posted: January 17, 2012 in Television

By now you probably know or realize that I’m a bit of a movie freak, or as I like to call myself a “movie aficionado”.  That’s why I’m currently on my couch right now writing this blog post watching Sons of Anarchy on Netflix.  Speaking of Netflix, how far has the movie industry come since the days movie rentals first came about.   Netflix and Redbox have taken over the game, and while Redbox might be controlling the physical media Netflix has squarely planted themselves as the company to beat for streaming media.

For $7.99 a month (or $8.62 with tax) here’s what I’m streaming…

Sons of Anarchy

I just recently started watching Sons of Anarchy after hearing people say good things about it.  After watching the pilot episode I was hooked.  The show centers around a California biker club, the Sons of Anarchy, who’s main base of operations is in the small town of Charming where they have a mutual agreement with local law enforcement.  They take of the town and the town takes care of them.  They go by the acronym “SAMCRO” and as I dive deeper into the show (there are currently three seasons on Netflix – four in total) I’m growing to love that grungy old biker gang.  The club is run by Clay Morrow (Ron Pearlman) and his “old lady” Gemma Teller Morrow (Katie Sagal; Married With Children, Futurama) with Gemma’s son Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) as Vice President of the club.  The show centers around the club’s trials and tribulations with gun running, the porn industry, and staying out of prison.

4 stars out of 5; watch this

Sherlock

The hit BBC television show Sherlock has made its way to Netflix, and while there are only three episodes currently available to stream, they are three excellent episodes.   The show hit the UK by storm and has quickly jumped that proverbial pond we call the Atlantic Ocean to the US and is quickly making a name for itself here as well.  It stars Benedict Cumberbatch (War Horse, Tinker Sailor Soldier Spy) as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman (Hot Fuzz, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Adventure) as Dr. John Watson.  The twist the writers put on the show is that it is set in present times, in London, England.  While admittedly I’ve only watched the pilot episode I was so enthralled with it that I’m going to have a hard time stopping after the third episode.  The show is very well acted and the production value is great.  The BBC have done a wonderful job getting two actors that know how to act and are willing to immerse themselves into the roles.  Cumberbatch does a great job of getting Sherlock Holmes’ nuances and oddball persona down to a science while Freeman, a very established actor, plays Watson with a flare and compassion.

4 stars out of 5; watch this

The Walking Dead

AMC continues their homerun swings with original television programming in the series The Walking Dead.  As with Mad Men and Breaking Bad the zombie drama pits human emotions in how to kill the undead with how to survive in the zombie apocalypse while staying grounded on Earth.  Netflix has the entire first season streaming available to you, and really, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be watching this.  The show stars Andrew Lincoln as “Rick Grimes” sheriff of small town who gets shot and wakes up in a hospital only to find that the world has ended and the dead walk the streets.  The first season see’s Rick trying to find his wife and son (if they’re still alive) and joins up with a band of survivors trying to get to a safe shelter in Atlanta, Georgia.  The production value is off the charts with acting right up there.  The show also stars Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Jeffrey DeMunn, and Steven Yeun.

4 stars out of 5; watch this

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