Welcome one and all to the twelfth 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.
The Border Seasons 1&2 - "A dramatic series set in a paranoid post 9/11 world, the elite Immigration and Customs Security Squad (ICS) takes on tough security cases like terrorism, trafficking and all things concerned with The Border."
Columbo Seasons 2&3 - These two seasons of the legendary comedic detective series starring Peter Falk mysteriously vanished from Instant for a bit, and have now returned. Maybe someone should get Columbo on the case. Seasons 1, and 4-8 also available.
The Comic Strip Presents Seasons 1-8 - "Composed of a virtual who's who of British comedians -- including Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French -- the Comic Strip crew offers up spot-on parodies of pop culture phenomena, homing in on heavy metal bands, TV talk shows, Alfred Hitchcock and more."
Making War Horse - "This documentary goes backstage at London's National Theatre to chronicle the production of the Tony Award-winning play "War Horse," which featured a lifelike horse puppet designed by the Handspring Puppet Company."
Primeval Season 5 - "Back at full strength, with Abby, Connor, Lester, Jess and Matt on board - the ARC team must race against time once again in its fight to save the public from the terrifying creatures appearing through the anomalies. They encounter vicious burrowing creatures, enormous underwater predators, a raptor on the rampage in Victorian London and a Tyrannosaurus Rex prowling the streets. But even as the team faces its most formidable challenges yet, it may have more to fear from inside the organization itself."
TED Talks - For those unfamiliar, TED Talks is a series of lectures given by experts in various fields in an attempt to educate, make a point, persuade, etc. 12 new ones were just added, including intriguing titles such as Doctors On The Cusp, For All Of Womankind, Numbers Speak Louder Than Words, Rebel Design, Robotic Machinations, and The Capitalism Paradox.
Top Gear Season 17 - "Richard road tests a monstrous South African military vehicle; Jeremy hosts a bash to celebrate the legendary Jaguar E-type's 50th birthday; James drives a Range Rover Evoque through America's Death Valley; and Alice Cooper races a Kia Cee'd."
The Will: Family Secrets Revealed Season 1 - "This series invites viewers on an emotional and intimate journey as the final wishes of the deceased are revealed to the family members left behind. But what happens when there's room for interpretation in the final will?"
The list of notable shows expiring soon includes:
5/9 - Sherlock, Street Sharks,
5/13 - Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures: Return to the Amazon
And this edition's classic pick (a great show that has long been available to stream) is a cop show that perfectly balances comedy and procedure:
Monk - Adrian Monk is a man obsessed with order and organization and would thus be very pleased that Netflix has chosen to neatly lay out all 125 of the cases solved by everyone's favorite "defective detective" for easy access by subscribers. This has got to be one of the most consistent shows in history. While some adventures are certainly better than others, I can turn on most any episode from any of the eight seasons and be entertained.
And that's it for this twelfth edition of Instant Gratification. I hope you found it informative and at least fairly entertaining. See you next time.
P.S. - You may remember that last week I said that I was considering ending this feature after this edition. Then you guys had to go and leave a number of comments asking me to continue. At least I now know that somebody actually reads these things. So IG will continue for the foreseeable future. Although I'm considering changing the format up.