Welcome one and all to the eleventh 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.
Auction Kings Season 1 - "From vampire killing kits and T-Rex fossil teeth, to pink Cadillacs and hot air balloons, Auction Kings is a roller coaster ride filled with thrills and disappointments, where one person's trash becomes another's treasure."
G.I. Joe Season 1 - You can pretty much just copy and paste by description of Transformers up here if you want, as most of the description applies just as well. This is a great addition for both people who grew up with the show, and for young fans who might want to experience the original adventures before this summer's new Joe film starring The Rock debuts.
I Almost Got Away With It Season 2 - "These are the true stories of criminals who thought they could run from the law. In jailhouse interviews, these slick culprits spill where they found shelter, how they changed their identities and how they almost got away with it."
Jem And The Holograms Season 1 - "Using a holographic computer she inherited from her father, Jerrica Benton turns herself and her pals into Jem and the Holograms, a pop-music group that battles malicious rival bands and also helps protect a group of orphaned girls."
Kickin' It Season 1 - "Located in a strip mall, the Bobby Wasabi Martial Arts Academy is in danger of closing -- until Sensei Rudy recruits Jack, the only student who can restore glory to the dojo and vanquish their bitter rivals."
My Fair Wedding Season 2 - "Wedding planner extraordinaire David Tutera returns for another season of making the wedding-day dreams of brides-to-be come true. Among the challenges are a medieval-themed wedding and another inspired by Philadelphia's outlandish Mummers Parade."
Transformers Seasons 1-4 - The classic 80's animated series that went on to spawn a billion toy lines, multiple animated sequel and spin-off series, and of course the mega successful series of films directed by Michael Bay, is now available to stream in its entirety. This show is pure unfiltered nostalgia for a whole generation of guys, and all of them can now feel free to take a hit.
The list of notable shows expiring soon includes:
5/1 - The only notable regular TV series going away tomorrow is the sitcom Sports Night. There's also a veritable ton of various TV documentaries expiring tomorrow, include multiple episodes of Frontline, and Ken Burns' America. A whole bunch of TV movies are also hitting the road. Way too many to list here in fact.
5/3 - The Frank Sinatra Show
And this edition's classic pick (a great show that has long been available to stream) is the best drama on TV that enough people still aren't watching:
Breaking Bad - If you haven't yet beheld the majesty of what I consider to be the best show currently airing on television, I have two questions for you? First, why the hell not? Second, did you not know it was available to stream instantly? Because it is. The first three seasons (minus the recently aired fourth go-around) are not only available but are available in gorgeous HD. If you love maddeningly intense dramas that keep you thrilled and on the edge of your seat, or even just quality TV in general, you officially have no excuse not to catch up before the the final season begins this summer.
And that's it for this eleventh edition of Instant Gratification. I hope you found it informative and at least fairly entertaining. See you next time.
P.S. - Next week will be the twelfth edition of this weekly feature. I'm strongly considering ending it there. Not because it's a bother to put together or anything, but because shortly after I began doing these things, the number of really good additions to Netflix streaming have become few and far between. Just my luck I guess. Anyway, the classic picks are fun to write up, but it gets tiring reporting on what old cartoon or failed sitcom Netflix has added in a given week. So, I'll leave the decision up to the people that actually read these things. Should I continue? Or just put it to bed?