Recently, Netflix struck major deals with some television networks to bring more programming to the instant streaming service. And while that’s all good and all, it’s not enough. While all the movies are great, the instant streaming service of Netflix was (intentional or not) built for television shows. Nothing beats being able to legally run through old episodes of a classic series at one’s pleasure.

And with that I give you five shows that need to get on Netflix already.

Burn Notice

Why? Simply because the show is infinitely re-watchable. Much of USA’s programming is available on instant like Psych, In Plain Sight and Monk. But sadly, thanks to the fact that Burn Notice is a Twentieth Century Fox program that just airs on USA, they control none of the home market rights. That said, this is a show that would be in the queue at all times should I ever be in need of some car explosions and hot woman in bikinis on the beach. Oh, and Bruce Campbell… Actually, mostly for Bruce Campbell…

Malcolm In The Middle

Since the DVD release of its first season, fans of this hit comedy have been begging for more. Sadly, thanks to music rights, only the first season ever got a DVD release. But this isn’t a new issue. Shows like The State and Fastlane which also suffered from the music rights issue were able to (kind of) find a way around it, that worked for the show.

The rights aside, Malcolm In The Middle holds a long standing fan base that would welcome the show with open arms into their streaming queue with, or without the same soundtrack.

Titus

While we’re on the subject of shows featuring extremely dysfunctional families, we can’t forget about Titus. A show famous for the death blow FOX brass delivered it in season 3 after a creative dispute between them and the show’s creator, Christopher Titus.

Titus was an awesome show that never held back on its content. Whether it was about mental illness, divorce, suicide or abuse, the show always managed to find the dark and twisted humor in everything. That’s what made it great, and that’s why it belongs in the Netflix library where so many more can disc0ver and enjoy it.

The Shield

Shawn Ryan’s golden child, The Shield, was a ground breaker and is widely considered the reason why the television golden age was able to reach basic cable. A detective show the likes of which had never been seen, every week viewers came coming back to see what kind of shit Vick was going to pull, and it’s exactly why everyone would add it to their queue should it ever reach the streaming library.

The Wire

Why? Because it’s The fucking Wire, that’s why (and maybe because I haven’t… actually seen it… yet…). So get on that, Netflix.

Want to read more Channel Guide? Of course you do.

To listen to the latest episode of Merrill’s TV Podcast, The Idiot Boxers with Kevin Carr, head over to Fat Guys at the Movies.


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