Several months back, we became a cord-cutting family. We have over-the-air TV, and for everything else we watch on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon.
I do not recommend this path if you are a big sports fan.
If, however, you mostly want to watch non-sports programming, it's kinda hard for me to see a downside, apart from the bandwidth issues that arise when people are trying to stream videos in a couple of different rooms.
So here's what I've been watching and enjoying recently:
This continues to be the funniest show on TV as far as I'm concerned. I have voluntarily watched many episodes several times, which is not something I usually do.
I still like it! But I think they may have destroyed it in order to save it. The show was pitched as a behind-the-scenes drama and turned out to be a soap opera, which was okay to me. This season they've dialed back several of the soapier elements, and, as a result, it's gotten kind of dull. Nobody's having sex (yet), Ellis is gone, so nobody is playing the Snidely Whiplash part, and the whole thing is just kind of dull. And yet, Julia was told to ditch the scarves, so that was good. Also, the characters are all pretty likeable, so I keep tuning in.
The New Normal
I don't like it anymore! But I keep watching! What the hell is wrong with me? This show hits its Messages a little hard for my taste, and pretty much every episode is a Very Special Episode. And yet Andrew Rannells, Ellen Barkin, and the really remarkable Bebe Wood keep me watching.
This show is kicking my ass. Kevin Bacon is excellent as the haunted former FBI agent trying to track down the followers of the serial killer he put away ten years ago. The show keeps throwing twists at us, and every episode thus far has been incredibly suspenseful. I don't like watching this late at night--not because it's creepy and disturbing, though it is, but because it gets me too hyped up. Valorie Curry is turning in a great performance as the serial killer's acolyte who is emerging as the scariest, most hateful character on the show.
This covers somewhat similar ground to The Following--far-reaching conspiracy, missing loved ones--and suffers by comparison, since none of the performers on this show have thus far brought the heat that the stars of the Following have. Having said that, this one has a cool meta hook, as it's a show called Cult about a show called Cult with a mysterious creator and a possibly nefarious cult following. Got that? I've only seen two episodes, but it bears watching. It's also working very hard to make, "Well Hey. These things just snap right off" into a catchprase. I might be on board.
(Somewhat depressing note: I didn't use the official CW cast shot for Cult because it features the stunning Jessica Lucas with her dark skin significantly lightened. There's the CW version on the left with a more accurate photo on the right. What freaking year is this anyway?)