Return of Invasion of the CW on Netflix

As if you didn’t have enough to watch, Netflix has unleashed another wave of television shows on instant streaming, most of them from CW.

Supernatural (2005-2011)

“Raised by their dad to fight supernatural forces, grown siblings Dean and Sam crisscross the country in their 1967 Chevy Impala, investigating paranormal activity and picking fights with deadly demons, ghosts and monsters.”

Season seven is now available – I love Supernatural but I think it jumped the shark after season five.

Nikita (2010-2011)

“Nikita is one of the most highly skilled assassins on the planet, and her target is the mysterious corporation that created her. The Division, as it’s known, picks up at-risk teens to train as killers, and Nikita will do anything to bring it down.”

Season two of Nikita is now available.

Gossip Girl (2007-11)

“Kristen Bell provides the voice of an anonymous blogger who narrates the action in this hit series set in an exclusive New York City boarding school. The plot centers on the day-to-day dramas of the school’s most privileged students.”

Season five now available.

Hart of Dixie (2011)

“New Yorker Zoe Hart’s dreams didn’t involve patching up the locals in a tiny town in the Deep South, yet that’s exactly where the fast-talking city girl finds herself when she ends up inheriting a medical practice in Bluebell, Ala.”

First season now available.

Desperate Housewives (2004-2011)

“Winner of multiple Golden Globes, this popular prime-time soap follows the exploits of suburbanites Susan (Teri Hatcher), Lynette (Felicity Huffman), Bree (Marcia Cross), Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) and Edie (Nicollette Sheridan), whose daily lives run the gamut from parenting and marriage woes to steamy sex and deadly betrayal. Even as the ladies of Wisteria Lane harbor dark secrets, they lend one another support when the going gets tough”

Season eight just added.

Family Guy (1999-2010)

“In Seth MacFarlane’s no-holds-barred animated show, buffoonish Peter Griffin and his dysfunctional family experience wacky misadventures, from kidnapping the Pope to being forced to put up scythe-bearing Death for a few days after he breaks his leg.”

Season nine added.

Damages (2007-11)

“Emmy winner Glenn Close is riveting as lawyer extraordinaire Patty Hewes, whose intellect is as boundless as her morals are skimpy. With her devoted colleague, Tom Shayes, and conflicted protégé, Ellen Parsons, Patty rules the New York legal scene.”

Invasion of the CW on Netflix Plus The Rockford Files

The torrent of television shows arriving on Netflix is showing no sign of letting up. The latest deluge is brought to you by the CW. These just arrived for viewing:

Ringer Season 1 (2011) – TV-14

“A young woman on the run from the mob poses as her wealthy twin sister to try and evade them, but soon discovers that her sister has a price on her head as well.”

Poor Sarah Michelle Gellar never found her footing after Buffy. Who would have thought that Allison Hannigan would have been the one to make it big from that show?

The Vampire Diaries Season 3

“Trapped in adolescent bodies, feuding vampire brothers Stefan and Damon vie for the affection of captivating teenager Elena, who attempts to unravel the many dark secrets of her hometown of Mystic Falls.”

I really enjoyed this show once I got past the first few episodes. Kevin Williamson’s writing is pretty snappy.

The Secret Circle Season 1 (2011) – Rated TV-14

“Six teenage witches form a coven in Chance Harbor, Washington.”

90210 Season 4

In this spinoff of the 1990s series, aspiring actress Annie and her adopted brother, Dixon, deal with nonstop drama at their exclusive new high school, where tumultuous friendships and roller coaster romances rule.

The Rockford Files (1974-1979) – Not Rated

“James Garner shines in this iconic 1970s series as Jim Rockford, a Los Angeles private eye with a trailer on the beach, a wisecrack on his lips and the intellect to crack every case. Not the usual loner, Rockford is hardboiled but never hard to like. Rockford’s biggest fans are his dad, Rocky (Noah Beery Jr.), and best friend, cop Dennis Becker (Joe Santos), who help him as he nabs bad guys on the dangerous but scenic streets of Los Angeles.”

Netflix has finally added more episodes of this iconic series.

Amazon & The Prime Directive & A Little Hulu Too

I often mention that we have cut the cable here thanks to the cornucopia available on Netflix and Hulu. The biggest exception to that is that I’m addicted to The Walking Dead. I buy each episode from Amazon the day after it airs. Each episode is only $1.99 ($2.99 in HD) and there are only 13 episodes this season so basically you can get the whole season for $26 ($39 for HD) at least six months before the DVD will be released. You do have to have an Amazon-compatible device (like the Roku) to play them on the TV.

Amazon Prime is looking to be a major player in the video world. So far their offerings are nice but they run a very distant third to Netflix and Hulu and most of their movies and shows are duplicated by one or both services. On the other hand if you are an Amazon addict then the Free 2-day shipping may make the choice for you.

Amazon Prime just added a lending library for the Kindle so my wonderful wife may be signing us up shortly. With Amazon releasing a $200 tablet shortly to compete with Apple, I would expect them to sign a bunch more content partners for video over the next few months.

Amazon currently has a FREE trial month of Prime if you haven’t used it yet. It costs $79 a year which breaks down to $6.58 a month so it is fairly inexpensive for the number of benefits you receive.

Hulu just added a bunch of CW shows so I can watch Supernatural on my Roku! Woohoo! For the rest of you, there is Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle, 90210, Ringer, Nikita, Hart of Dixie, Gossip Girl and America’s Next Top Model.