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Five Amazing Shows You Haven’t Watched Yet

Do you like the teevee? Do you need for fry your brain some more? Did you finish re-watching Parks & Recreation, Star Trek, and every show you loved in high school? Can’t wait for Downton Abbey to start again? Read on. I’ve got the best shows available on the Internet that you are not yet watching.

Pulling: What you would get if Sex & the City had a baby with Absolutely Fabulous, Pulling tells the story of three single London gals. Available on Netflix Instant, the misadventures of this terrible trio will have you in stitches. There’s Donna, who at the start of the show is engaged to boring Karl and isn’t sure about taking the next logical step. She’s joined by Karen, who is how Samantha really should have turned out. The group is rounded out by Louise, who is hilariously naïve.

Being Erica: This show is my life, except for the fact that unlike heroine Erica Strange, I don’t have a therapist who sends me back in time to fix my worst mistakes. Time travel aside, the show addresses situations any woman can identify with from bad dates and awkward high-school dances to awful bosses and dreams deferred. Erica is the everywoman: good-hearted, hoping for the best, but running against obstacles even when she tries her hardest. You can find it on Hulu.

Regency House Party: A reality show for the Jane Austen fan, Regency House Party follows a group of modern men and women who get dressed up regency-style, given appropriate characters, and then have to live out their lives as if they were about to meet Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett. I found the DVDs for this series at my library and on Netflix, but you can also watch it in 10-minute installments on YouTube.

Frontline: Some of the best current events documentaries have been created by this PBS stalwart. Most of the archive is available online. Some of it is on Netflix, but going to the Frontline page of also takes you to a wealth of material. If you’re at all a news junky or are just looking for something different, give one of these marvelous programs a try.

Sports Night: Before Aaron Sorkin created The West Wing, he created Sports Night, which is one of the funniest sitcoms I have ever watched. Available on Netflix Instant, you’ll recognize a pre-Desperate Housewives Felicity Huffman and Peter Krause before he went Six Feet Under.

I’d also like to give honorable mentions to a few shows I’ve just started to watch, including Wire in the Blood (it has Robson Green. He is hot.), Luthor (it has Idris Elba, who is also hot), and Twin Peaks. 

What shows do you watch online?

By [E] Sally Lawton

My food groups are cheese, bacon, and hot tea. I like studying cities and playing with my cat, Buffy.

8 replies on “Five Amazing Shows You Haven’t Watched Yet”

So excited to see Pulling on here. The bad part is it’s only 12 episodes, which means I watched the whole damn thing last weekend. I’ve since moved on to Gavin and Stacey, which only has the first episode on Netflix so now I’m being resourceful with other internet resources to find out what happens.

If only the BBC were as good at making shows last way longer than necessary as any US stations are.

Oh, I love Sports Night. It used to be on TV here (UK) but I didn’t have a DVR and never managed to see the whole thing. I hope I do at some point. Felicity Huffman and William H Macy are perfect together. But I thought Being Erica was *my* life! ;)

Yes, Frontline documentaries are amazing. The best part is most of them are only an hour, but they pack so much in. If you have nextflix, just type Frontline into the search and you will be amazed at what you can learn about. I loved the Postmortem one and the one on Confessions.

Also, Sports Night is fantastic. It is smart, funny and has interesting story lines.

On Instant, I love “Numbers”, because as dorky as it is, using math to solve crimes is awesome.

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