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What TV Series Are You Streaming Lately?

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I dunno... Obviously I'd prefer shows I like not to fizzle out, but I'm still gonna be happy for the initial entertainment. It's not like network tv (or even movie series) did a better job. At least Netflix does full seasons at once so you don't get those situations where a show you like fails to find an audience and gets cancelled on episode 11 with zero satisfaction.

And something like broadchurch or other shows that have single season arcs? If it fizzles, you still have wrapped up stories for the good part.

If season 2 of American Vandal had sucked, I'd still recommend season 1 to people. Season 2 of True Detective (HBO) did suck, but apparently they have won people back with the 3rd and new watchers can just skip 2.

Is anyone doing it better than Netflix?
 

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Just asking opinions, folks.

Maybe it is just me.
I do not watch a lot or indiscriminately; go weeks without turning on; obviously (esp since I pay for it) hope that Netflix is far superior to network TV (that would seem to go without saying); have been disappointed for the most (more than 50%) part, including some of the shows listed in the last few posts.

For instance, if "House of Cards" starts out great (which it did), is generally very good but worsens (which it did), and then wraps up as total shit (which it did), I cannot say either that I liked it or that it was good. There is no "A for effort" in this realm, there is only the complete product, imo.

For me, off the top, re Netflix Series:
I thought the The Crown was good.
Frankenstein Chronicles was good so far (but I do not if it is continuing or not).
HoC turned bad. Broadchurch and Bodyguard both fizzled out. Strangers Things didn't appeal to me at all. I have not seen Sense8 or Russian Doll; maybe I will try one of those next, or Victim Number 8.
I think that you are overly picky and expecting too much from one network.
 

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I dunno...
Is anyone doing it better than Netflix?
Good question. Is there any better service?

I do not know because Netflix is the only service I subscribe to. I tried Prime for one free month, a year or so ago, but thought Netflix was better than Prime and so stayed with NF.
 

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I think that you are overly picky and expecting too much from one network.
Okey-dokey.

I asked a general Netflix question, and for some Netflix recs. You answered the question and you/others provided some recs. So, thank you for that.

I did not ask for some useless tv-viewing psychological evaluation, however, so....
 

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Prime has had some good stuff, but I wouldn't subscribe to it if I weren't already paying for the free shipping.
 

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Prime has had some good stuff, but I wouldn't subscribe to it if I weren't already paying for the free shipping.
Thanks.
Yes, I tried it when I had free Prime for a trial month, but don't buy enough to need Prime shipping and found that even before the month was up I had watched all the stuff in my queue so decided to abandon. This was before Netflix went more "Original"/less movies, though. Amazon had very little content I had not already seen on Netflix or a theater.

I think Bosch is on Prime and I would like to see that some day, as the books were very good and Welliver has been good whenever I've seen him. He would seem to be a good fit for that role.
 

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Bosch is great.

Man in the High Castle was another one that started real strong but fizzled (I never finished season 3). Seems like the public must agree too because nobody even bothered to go fill in the episode plot summaries for the third season on Wikipedia. Still, I'd be happy if I had just watched the first season.

I really liked Goliath S1 (which was self contained/wraps up the story) with Billy Bob Thornton. S2 got really weird...I liked it, and so did the critics, but many people were *not* fans.

Jack Ryan was great and I am looking forward to season 2.

Patriot is a quirky black comedy/espionage drama. Season 2 even went 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, but I don't think it ever found an audience and they cancelled any further episodes. But again, since this isn't network TV, it didn't just get cancelled in the middle of a storyline...

They seem to have had a little less success with comedy. Do they even have any in-house series that are still running besides The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (which people love)? Most of the ones they started were cancelled rather than intentionally ended. Maybe they are wise to move more towards co-productions and exclusive distribution deals there (Fleabag, Catastrophe, Good Omens)
 

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Finished ep 1 of this last night.

Good...nothing amazing. So far, this has been done before many times. The difference is that this is based on a true story and I have no idea how it will end. Looking fwd to the rest.

3.5/5 so far.
 

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I only stream shows/movies from netflix, amazon prime (thanks largely to shipping), and HBO Now. Personally, that's the sweet spot for me. Can't say I'd be using prime if it weren't for the included free shipping and music streaming. and I generally find having HBO as the bare minimum (would drop netflix before HBO). They are all hit and miss since content is never a sure thing. I would say I'd expect more from Netflix given their budget but they are definitely better than Amazon.
 

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What do people think the long-term prospects for Netflix are?

They are obviously all-in on their own productions, but so far the "Netflix Originals" ones I have seen rate, on combined average, +/- 2.6 ter1413s out of 5.0 ter1413s. Margin of error: 0.2.

I do not feel very optimistic. They seem pretty heady/heavy on quantity, much lighter on actual quality, and I wade through a lot of boring junk to find the few really compelling films or series.
I lost interest in Netflix about 6mo-1year ago(I don't pay for it so no big deal.) I was watching regular TV, Amazon and Youtube. I saw some e-mail alerts re new Netflix shows and I started watching again....also...this thread gave me some ideas.

Long term? More competition means that they will have to spend more for original and "syndicated" shows. I saw on the news yesterday that they signed Seinfeld for 5yrs/$500 mil(I believe) starting in 2021(I believe.)

They will need to lay out big bucks for comics, producers, etc....which they are doing already.

I feel that they have expanded much more into foreign language shows over the last 2 years. That should help with gaining subs.

When I get some time, I will try to list some of the shows that I liked.
 
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I love the mediocre historical documentaries Amazon is somehow inundated with. I did watch a solid one about the Ottoman empire over the past few days.
 

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I paid for Prime just to watch Catastrophe and Baskets (worth it), then cancelled Prime.
 

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The new Ken Burns Country Music series is also so far incredible.
 

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You catch this? Save 1 episode, I liked it I saw it 4-5 times since it first came out. Pretty good IMO.
 

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