Welcome one and all to the sixth edition of Instant Gratification. The focus of this feature is to provide TV Ragers with all the latest updates on the newest TV shows added to the Netflix Instant Streaming service, the ones about to expire for good, and the occasional reminder about just how much great stuff is already there for you guys and gals to peruse. Now let's get started with all the notable additions since the last issue went to press.
*Descriptions in quotes courtesy of the Netflix website.
Fat Albert Vols. 1-3 - "With his quirky best buds Mushmouth, Dumb Donald, Weird Harold, Bucky, Bill and Russell in tow, fun-loving Fat Albert uses his creativity to tackle tough problems all youngsters face -- from stage fright to puppy love and peer pressure. Hosted by comedy great Bill Cosby, who lends his voice to several of the characters, this classic Saturday morning cartoon series features plenty of funky musical numbers."
Sarah Palin's Alaska Season 1 - "Presidential candidate John McCain's 2008 running mate shows off her home state and her large, tight-knit family with equal pride in this reality series. The Palin clan acts as Alaskan ambassadors to the American public."
Wow, the new additions are almost non-existent this week. That doesn't happen often.
The list of notable show expiring soon includes:
3/30 - Alice In Wonderland, Bert The Conqueror, The IT Crowd, Saving Grace, The Super Mario Bros. Super Show, VeggieTales
4/1 - Anna Karenina, Black Adder, Brick City, Cold Squad, Firefly, Johnny Test, Ken Burns: Baseball, Monty Python: Almost The Truth, Robin Hood, Trinity Blood, Waking The Dead, World Of Quest
Ah, so it's one of those weeks, where the additions are sparse and the removals are huge. Boo.
And this edition's classic pick (a great show that has long been available to stream) is a time travel show so beloved that it was saved was cancellation by fan outrage three different times :
Quantum Leap Seasons 1-5 - Critically acclaimed for it's entire run, Quantum Leap started off as a fairly humble mid-season replacement for NBC in 1989, but became so much more. For the majority of it's five years on the air, QL became more than just a sci-fi series and managed to fully cross over into the mainstream of TV viewing.
For the few of you who don't already know the premise, the show follows scientist Dr. Sam Beckett, creator of a time machine called the Quantum Leap Accelerator that allows him to travel to any point in his lifetime. The problem now being that he can't figure out how to travel back home. The other catch is that while he's in each time period, he inhabits the body of another person, and can't leap out until he has corrected some problem in their lives. His only source of help on his journey is his best friend and colleague Al, who appears as a hologram only Sam can see. Then, as the show opening says, he finds himself leaping from life to life, striving to put right what once went wrong, and hoping that his next leap will finally be the leap home. Sam leaped into just any about any anybody you can imagine (a pregnant woman, a child, a black man in the 60's, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, a man with down's syndrome, and even a chimp of all things), and encountered such complications as an evil leaping counterpart working to put things wrong again, and seemingly God himself. If you haven't watched this show, you really should. Shows this consistently good don't come around every day.
And that's it for this sixth edition of Instant Gratification. I hope you found it informative and at least fairly entertaining. See you next time.