5 Fandom Friday: Fave Late To The Game TV Discoveries

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Y’all, Netflix has to be one of the greatest inventions ever. It’s definitely a killer when it comes to my productivity, but it’s allowed me to experience a load of shows that I would have never had the opportunity to watch without it. A great deal of my favorite television shows are a part of my life thanks to Netflix. Even though I’ve come to them late in the game, I still love them like they were brand new. It can be tough to come to an AMAZING show long after everyone’s watched it, but it’s a magical experience nonetheless. Like I said, I’ve found several TV show gems since introducing Netflix into my life, but here are my top 5 late in the game TV show discoveries.

Breaking Bad

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This show was completely amazing, and I’d argue that it’s one of the best shows of my adult life. I had heard from everyone and their mom telling me how brilliant the show was, but since I didn’t jump in at the start the Breaking Bad era passed me by. I didn’t start watching the show until at least two years–but it may have been more–after the Breaking Bad series finale. Of course I was instantly hooked, as was my husband, and we also managed to get my parents hooked as well. In fact, they were so hooked that even though we started watching before my parents, they finished up the entire series a few weeks before us. I come from a proud line of Netflix bingers.

Doctor Who

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I’ve mentioned before that Matt Smith is my Doctor, and that he gets such a hallowed role in my life because he was the Doctor who brought me into the series. I joined the Whovian world in the Eleven/Pond era, which was only a handful of seasons late in the New-Who era, and CRAZY late if you’re thinking from the first episode WAY back in 1963. Regardless, I was instantly hooked on the world of Who and immediately began re-watching the series starting with Nine on Netflix. I still need to watch Classic Who, though. I’m really late to the game there.

Spaced

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I don’t even remember how I discovered this show. I know it was a Netflix find, but I can’t remember if I heard about it and searched for it, or just started watching it because I recognized Simon Pegg. Either way, I’m so pleased to have found Spaced when I did–especially because a month or two after I watched the show, it got taken off Netflix. I just love Simon Pegg’s brand of humor, and I think he’s at his best when he’s working with his friends Nick Frost, Edgar Wright, and Jessica Stevenson. They are all just hilarious together, and I really hope it finds its way back to Netflix soon. I’d really love to re-watch the series.

The IT Crowd

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If you’ve been on the internet for four seconds, it’s likely you’ll have run into a gif or something from IT Crowd, be it the infamous, “Have you tried turning it off and back on again?” a picture of The Internet, or even that gif of Denholm Reynholm jumping out of the window. Even if you’ve never seen the show, you’ve likely seen something online referencing it. So once I got Netflix, I knew that this was one of the first shows I needed to add to my queue, and I am so glad I did. The show is hysterical, often makes zero sense, but is one of the funniest shows ever.

Being Human (UK and US)

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This is another show that I can’t recall how I discovered it. Probably a mix of Tumblr and a general infatuation with Aidan Turner’s face if I’m honest, but I don’t remember the exact catalyst. Regardless, I watched Being Human UK first because I’m a snob and wanted to watch ~the original~ before watching anything I deemed to be a “stupid American knockoff”. It didn’t take me long to become obsessed with the show and zip through the entire series. Bereft and alone without more Being Human UK to watch, I sneered at Being Human US (which had aired its final new episode about six months prior to this). It wouldn’t be as good as the UK version, and I knew it. Even though Netflix recommended the US version as soon as the credits rolled on the final episode of Being Human UK, I was indignant. I wouldn’t watch that version. Then one day, I decided to watch it just to prove to myself that it was, in fact, a trashy knockoff. But then I got obsessed. It was similar enough to the UK version for me to fall in love with it easily, but different enough that I wasn’t constantly saying, “Mitchell is a better vampire, or is Aidan? Is Josh sweeter than George? Would I rather be friends with Sally or Annie? Annie probably makes better tea…” Plus, the show also featured the acting talents of one of my favorites, Mark Pellegrino, playing Bishop (the US version of Herrick), a vampire that’s essentially Supernatural‘s Lucifer with fangs.

And, because I can’t follow rules, here’s a sixth show (seven if you count Being Human US and UK as two shows–which they technically are, I guess): 

Supernatural

This show started when I was a junior in high school, and I just didn’t get into it. However, the older I got and the more I got into the Tumblr world, the more I saw Supernatural stuff. It got tough to scroll through the interwebz not having watched the show.

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So I watched the show from season 1 to season 6…and the rest, as they say, is history. I’m officially in the Supernatural family and hopelessly obsessed with this ridiculously wonderful show.

What are your favorite late to the game TV finds? Let me know in the comments and, as always, check out my other Fandom 5 posts, and follow the #Fandom5 hashtag to see what everyone else is talking about today! Be sure to follow me on Twitter to follow the hashtag–the hashtag and series, of course, are courtesy of the awesome Kristen and Megan). 

21 thoughts on “5 Fandom Friday: Fave Late To The Game TV Discoveries

  1. Mandy says:

    Great list! I have Supernatural on mine, too—I binged similarly and got sucked in quickly. I didn’t include The IT Crowd, but I could have. You also reminded me that I haven’t actually finished it yet, which I totally need to do.

  2. Liz Bell says:

    Spaced!!! I love that show – I think I found it the same way and got pretty sad when it went off Netflix. I think Simon Pegg is pretty much perfect when it comes to acting, so I’ll see anything he’s in 🙂

  3. EverSoEthnicallyConfused says:

    Loved the UK Being Human – just brilliant! Ah Spaced loved since it aired, its great seeing everyone watch it now too! I have still yet to watch Breaking Bad, I’m saving that one for much much later.

  4. hergeekery says:

    Oh my gosh, so many shows that I love! The IT Crowd is freakin fantastic, and I loved the UK Being Human too<3 Still haven't really been able to get into the US version though. And I totally started watching Spaced, got a couple episodes in, and then it got taken off Netflix:( Sad life!

  5. Jen (@SparklegirlJen) says:

    Oh, I also got into Breaking Bad, Doctor Who, and Supernatural late in the game! And I’m definitely part of the SPN family now. We currently started season 2 of Sons of Anarchy so that’s a show I’m late to the game to but loving!

  6. Jessica Pyreflies says:

    Oh my I still haven’t watched any of these! I saw season 1 of breaking bad but it didn’t really grab my attention so I stopped after a few episodes in season 2. My ex-husband watched supernatural a lot, but it was too freaky/scary for me!! lol

  7. Wendy Wayne says:

    Great list. I’ve been late to a lot of shows, including Breaking Bad and Supernatural, but I’m so happy that I started watching both of those. Breaking Bad really had one of the best finales I have seen thus far!

  8. bakerhi says:

    I’ve never heard of Spaced, but you can’t go wrong with Simon Pegg! I watched all of Buffy the Vampire Slayer a year ago thanks to Netflix, and that was easily one of the best decisions I’d ever made. Also did that for Arrested Development, but dropped off in the Netflix season. Still have to watch Firefly/Serenity and debating watching Gilmore Girls – mostly just to see baby Jared Padalecki. 🙂

    • Kendall Ashley says:

      I definitely zipped through Arrested Development too quickly. I wasn’t in love with the Netflix season, but I definitely made my way through all of it. I think I liked it more the second watch through. Buffy’s definitely in my queue. I’ve watched a few episodes here and there, but I haven’t devoted a proper binge yet. And cherish Firefly/Serenity. It goes by all too quickly!!! I’m with you on Gilmore Girls. I watched a few episodes here and there in college, but never got hooked. But several of my work friends love it, so with the reunion thing happening, I feel like I should watch it just to be able to talk about it with people.

      And because of baby Padalecki. Obvs. 😉

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