I have a Smart TV. It was a birthday gift when I turned fifty – several years ago. About two or three years ago I got an email from Amazon telling me not to renew my Amazon Prime because the software on my television could not support it. Some time over the last two years, I gave up cable television and my love affair with Netflix began in earnest. For anyone who reads this blog, you will already know that I have written about that several times.
Up until now, I have not written about my problems with Netflix. I began getting error messages that the episode I wanted to watch was unavailable – try again or try another episode. If you know anything about my television habits, you will know that watching episodes out of order would destroy my sense of Netflix purpose. solution was to unplug my router, turn off the television, plug it back in, turn on the television and try again. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t.
Just about that time my son told me that YouTube was going to stop working on our television because our software was too old. That is when I figured out why I was having so much trouble with Netflix. So I was faced with a dilemma. Should I buy a new television when mine was in excellent working condition or break down and pay for cable again?
Luckily, there was a third choice: Roku, a little piece of magic. At first I was concerned about changing my television routine (the older I get the harder I find change), but I decided to give it a try. Netflix was back! You can imagine how incredibly happy I was. Back to binge watching until 2:00 am, waking at 5:30 to get ready for work, almost back to normal.
Then it happened.
My niece gave my son her Hulu password. “Try it,” he said. “You ‘ll like it.” My sister said the same thing. And then my niece chimed in. “Give it a try, you can watch General Hospital again.”
Well, frankly, the whole General Hospital thing is a completely different story for a different night. Suffice to say that I read Soap Opera Digest ever since the Soap Opera Channel was taken off of cable. I can’t make that change and go back to watching. Then I would have to watch Days of Our Lives and Young and Restless. Are there really enough hours in the day?
Back to the point, I agreed to give HULU a chance. I didn’t bother looking at the movies available because these days I only watch series TV. After a cursory scroll across the available shows and I came across The Good Wife. And thus, my exclusive love affair with Netflix is no more. In fact, over the past week or so, I have not even turned on Netflix.
I am currently on Season 6, and Alicia is considering the run for State Attorney. I really had no idea how she was going to move on from Will’s death, but this whole Cary Agos has gone to jail and is now out on bail and Diane joining the firm has left no doubt the writing team is on the top of their game.
I feel like I am meeting new people and getting to keep my old friends. Cary Agos is played by Matt Czuchry, Logan from Gilmore Girls. I promise not to gush about that show, but really, this character is the perfect follow up to Logan. Cary is Logan all grown up, successful and just as endearing as one would expect.
Frankly, just when I thought the show couldn’t get better, who now works for the firm? Taye Diggs! Can we say Private Practice? I cried and cried at the final episode of Private Practice. And here he is again, on my TV screen and in my heart. Right now he is on screen and his character is so well written I can forgive Sam for not bringing Naomi and Addison with him. Once can hope, though.
As I have learned from Netflix there are some amazing ensemble casts on television. I am so very glad they are available to me. The writing is superb, the acting is superb, I am hooked.
Unfortunately, that means the most recent season of House of Cards will have to wait. I don’t even know if the next season of Scandal is available but that is ok for now. The Good Wife has so many guest stars from my recent Netflix days that I am ok with my new obsession, HULU.
Who knew Roku was going to be this much fun?