Saturday, June 16, 2012

Help Me Fill My Netflix Queue

By Ellery Adams

I know, I know. It's a blog about books and writers and I'm here soliciting recommendations for TV shows.

It's true. I admit it. Mr. Ellery and I like to plop down in front of the telly for an hour or two a night and get caught up in a show.

I'm not kidding when I say caught up. If we like a show, we watch all the episodes in rabid fashion, backing up the Netflix queue and hoping they're all available.

We've had a good year for TV and it seems like over the past 6 months, we've been introduced and torn through some amazing series. So far, our favorites have been Justified, Downton Abbey, Doc Martin, The Killing, Grimm, and Game of Thrones.

I'm sure the new Sherlock and Holmes will join the ranks of our top shows, but Masterpiece seems to release new episodes like they're limited edition Cabbage Patch Babies.

So help me out here, folks. Don't let my summer viewing by defined by campy sitcoms and reality shows. Give me a series, old or new, that will keep us entertained and talking for the next few weeks.

And if you haven't tried the ones I've listed, you should!


Lizz said...

My husband and I do the same thing! We have enjoyed Monarch of the Glen, Cranford and Return to Cranford on Netflix. We also liked London Hospital, but had to watch it on Amazon Video because Neflix did not have it.

Book Dragon said...

I like Cold Case, Numb3rs, Criminal Minds, White Collar, Persons of Interest, Body of Proof...

um, these don't sound at all like what you wanted.

Kuzlin said...

Wire in the Blood and New Tricks are two great British series that I found on Netflix. Martin Clunes was also good in "William and Mary", if you want to try that one.

Our Theory on Life said...

I am currently watching Lark Rise to Candleford on Amazon. One of the actors is Mr Bates from Downton Abbey. The tone of the show is very sweet, very Little House on the Prairie-like. I am through season two and there are two more seasons to go.


Yummers! said...

I'm so glad you brought up Netflix as I'm always looking for a new movie or series to watch. Have you seen Foyle's War... a BBC series, also Monarch of the Glen was wonderful. A favorite is Rosemary and Thyme. For a good laugh try Keeping Up Appearances. I love all of the Miss Marples and Hercule Poirot mysteries. I guess I lean toward BBC movies or series. If I think of any more, I'll comment again later.
Joni Possin

Me said...

If you enjoy Judi Dench, try both "As Time Goes By" and :A Fine Romance". Both great BBC productions!

Shirley E. Watson said...

We just finished "To the Ends of the Earth" which is on two discs but in several parts. I think it was very well done.

KeLLy aNN said...

I'm not sure if it's on hulu or netflix, but you should check out a hilarious new show called Spys.

I like Midsomer Murders.

If you want some off the wall movies try:

Night on Earth
Four Rooms
Smoke Signals

Dru said...

Picket Fences is a good TV show.

Ellery Adams said...

Oh, I love Cranford and Monarch of the Glen, but you've given me some new titles, folks! Thank you for saving my summer!

Michelle Fidler said...

Murdoch Mysteries is great and I highly recommend it. There are four seasons and prior to that some movies (with different actors). It's a Victorian detective show set in Toronto and based on books by Maureen Jennings. Inspector Murdoch also uses the latest technological advances.

Pie in the Sky is about a detective who retires and starts a restaurant. Richard Griffiths (the actor who played Harry Potter's uncle) plays the detective.

I like Rosemary & Thyme, Agatha Christie movies, and Sherlock Holmes (not the new modern one, but Jeremy Brett, etc.). I also like the Campion mysteries (based on the books by Margery Allingham), Inspector Alleyn, and the Lord Peter Wimsey ones from the '80's.

To find more English shows, you can use Acorn Online, B.B.C. America, or P.B.S. And they all print catalogs which I've received.

I've also watched some non-mystery shows such as Cranford and Lark Rise to Candleford (as others mentioned). Jane Austen movies are good, too.

The Secret Life of Mrs. Beaton was good. It was about a woman in Victorian times who started a magazine with her husband and later wrote a book about household management. What was juicy about it was that their children kept dying and she finally figured out it was because her husband had syphilis (from having affairs) and it was passed on to them.

I get movies from the library (including interlibrary loans) so I don't have to pay for them!

Kathy Hill said...

Here's another vote for Rosemary and Thyme, especially if you are a gardener who likes mysteries. Even better maybe is McLeod's Daughters, an Australian series which has women running a large ranch, with sheep and horses and arguments and romance. I hated coming to the last episode, but thankfully there were many long seasons to view first.