New Netflix Streaming Releases for the Week of 10/6/15

Oodles of television to catch you up before the fall.

Comedy: Anjelah Johnson: Not Fancy

Documentary: A Sinner in Mecca

Drama: Northless

Family: Little Loopers, Alpha and Omega: Family Vacation

Man from Reno

Foreign: Man From Reno, Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal, El Viaje de la nonna, La Leyenda de la Nahuala, Victorio

3-Headed Shark Attack

Horror: 3-Headed Shark Attack, Tremors 5: Bloodline

The Vampire Diaries

Television: Team Hot Wheels: Build the Epic Race, The Flash, American Horror Story: Freak Show, iZombie, and new episodes of Reign, Last Man Standing, The Originals, and The Vampire Diaries

Thriller: The Stranger (2015)

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.

Horror TV Redux – Walking Dead and Vampire Diaries

I disappear for a week and a half Disney holiday and come back to find even more horror TV available on Netflix.

The Walking Dead (2010) – Rated TV-14

Sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes awakens from a coma to discover the world plagued by zombies and small bands of human survivors forced into small, fiercely protective groups. Falling back on his old job, Rick sets out to lead mankind out of darkness.

I simply cannot recommend this series enough. The graphic novels by Robert Kirkman are excellent and this series is a wonderful adaptation without being slavishly faithful. The first season is now available on instant Netflix. The effects work by KNB is superb.

As with the best zombie movies, the emphasis here is on the survivors and the interplay between them. The only slight annoyance is the borrowing of the beginning from Day of the Triffids (much like 28 Days Later did).

The Vampire Diaries (2009-10) – Rated TV-14

Trapped in adolescent bodies, feuding vampire brothers Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) vie for the affection of captivating high schooler Elena (Nina Dobrev), who attempts to unravel the many dark secrets of her hometown of Mystic Falls. Based on the book series by L.J. Smith, this supernatural teen drama grows even more intriguing with the unexpected arrival of Katherine, a treacherous vampire vixen and dead ringer for Elena.

Netflix just inked a nice deal with CW and now the first two seasons of this show are available (as are Nikita and Gossip Girl). Supernatural will be available in January. I haven’t had a chance to watch Vampire Diaries but, based on a recommendation from my sister-in-law, I am looking forward to it.