Top 2011 Movies on Netflix Streaming

This post is in the spirit of those year in review style posts. To be clear, these aren’t what I consider to be the best movies of 2011 out of every movie. Although a couple will also appear on that forthcoming list. These are just the best on Netflix. I know you need to watch something up to date every once in a while.

Technically some of these films are dated as being from 2010 but I’m going on when it was actually available to be seen by the majority of folks in the US. So I’ve included some that had a foreign, limited or festival release in 2010 but went wide on DVD in 2011.

Simply click the film’s title to be whisked away to it on Netflix.

DRAMA

Certified Copy (Copie conforme) (French) (Available Until 12/27/14)

"I'm afraid there's nothing very simple about being simple"

It’s certainly difficult to describe Certified Copy without giving away the movie. So let’s put it this way, a man and a woman who have a barbed attraction share a day together. Yes, it’s a talking movie. I loved it! The film stars Juliette Binoche and William Shimell.

A Little Help (Available Until 10/25/14)

After her husband’s passing a woman has to deal with raising her son and herself. This is a good little movie starring Jenna Fischer. Chris O’Donnell and Rob Benedict (Waiting) costar.

Passion Play (Available Until 07/20/13)

“Fuck normal”

Oh, Passion Play. I love the entire idea, casting, visual choices, et al of this film. Mickey Rourke stumbles into a traveling sideshow and meets a beautiful young woman (Megan Fox) who plays the part of an angel. Of course they fall for each other. Then there’s the fact that he’s tangled up with some other unsavory folks. The movie costars Bill Murray, Kelly Lynch and Rhys Ifans.

Limitless (Available Until 05/16/13)

Limitless is about a writer (Bradley Cooper) who ends up trying a drug that gives you hyper focus and confidence, or as I saw one commenter remark, something like a mix of Ritalin and Cocaine. Limitless was originally entitled Dark Fields and I get the feeling that it was supposed to be darker but it still works so well as this polished finished product. I’m still not sure of the character’s motivation but yeah, it was awesome!

Last Night (Available Until 01/01/13)

Last Night is about a married couple (Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington) who’ve been together for a while but are both tempted to cheat on the same night. Knightley’s character is definitely more fleshed out and relate-able. Ah, maybe that’s just to me, she’s a novelist who currently writes fashion pieces. Her possible fling is with a hot, foreign ex. Worthington mainly seems like a stock faithful husband who is confused and tempted. It’s by Eva Mendes though so it totally makes sense. In real life I believe cheating is basically the worst thing you can ever do but when it’s possibly going to be Worthington and Mendes getting it on, well, yes, I was egging them on. And Griffin Dunne plays a writer! I love when he does that.

A Beautiful Life (Mei Li Ren Sheng) (China/Hong Kong) (Available Until 12/13/12)

A booze and high heel loving real estate agent meets a police officer. She leads him on a bit while basically using him to do things for her. It’s one of those friend zone relationships. Do they get together? Ooh.

COMEDY

No Strings Attached (Available Until 06/22/13)

Well this is one of the two fuck buddies movies that were released in 2011 and it’s not the better of the two, that would be Friends with Benefits. However this is a decent, entertaining movie. Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher are two acquaintances who keep meeting. Eventually they hook up and then fall into a friends with benefits situation. I adore Portman playing a woman who is now trying to compartmentalize her life into just work (as a doctor) and sex after seemingly just working for a while. Kutcher works in TV. Kevin Kline and Cary Elwes costar. I feel like they were underused. Well Kline gets some scenes but is a bit cartoony. Elwes gets to say like two words. Ludacris, Lake Bell and Mindy Kaling costar.

Take Me Home Tonight (Available Until 05/16/13)

Topher Grace stars in this 80s themed comedy as a high school graduate (who was promising) but has been squandering his time since then. He runs into a crush (Amber Heard) and decides to lie his way into her good graces. The bulk of the film is set at a party involving a ton of great actors, Anna Faris (as his sister), Dan Fogler (as his sidekick), Chris Pratt (Faris’ IRL hubby as her onscreen fiance), Lucy Punch, Michael Ian Black and Michelle Trachtenberg. Funny flick. Check it out.

Potiche (Trophy Wife) (French) (Available Until 03/17/13)

Catherine Deneuve stars as the housewife of a jerk who runs a plant. She ends up taking it over. In doing so she meets up with a youthful dalliance (Gérard Depardieu) who opposes everything that her husband stands for. And it’s set in the 70’s! The costumes are awesome.

THRILLER/HORROR

Faces in the Crowd (Available Until 10/25/16)

Milla Jovovich witnesses a murder and then is attacked by the murderer. In the process she is injured resulting in Prosopagnosia, which is severe face blindness. She can’t recognize anyone. Not only does this interfere with her day to day life but now she has no way of identifying the criminal. Julian McMahon costars as a police detective who takes a shine to her.

Hobo with a Shotgun (Available Until 08/05/14)

Rutger Hauer stars as the title character, yes a hobo with a shotgun!, in this zany exploitation flick.

The Resident (Available Until 07/20/12)

Jeffrey Dean Morgan creepily stalks his tenant, solitary doctor Hilary Swank. Lee Pace and Christopher Lee costar.

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (Available Until 12/29/14)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQOZHEYhVtU
This was so frickin’ funny but it wasn’t really promoted at all. Tyler Labine (Reaper, Mad Love) and Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Dollhouse) are two likeable hillbillies who’ve saved up to buy a vacation cabin in the woods. They are all excited about chilling out when they meet some yuppie college kids who only see them as scary backwoods stereotypes. A ton of hilarious deaths ensue.

Red State (Available Until 10/18/14)

Three high school kids go in search of tail but end up in a really fucked up situation in this Kevin Smith film. Supposedly Kyle Gallner actually had a real panic attack during filming. The cast also includes John Goodman and Michael Angarano. The movie drags a little at one point but it picks back up.

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (Available Until 05/03/14)


Dylan Dog wasn’t that great or anything but I still feel the need to include it because there’s some good stuff in it. Brandon Routh is a supernatural PI who’s bestie, Sam Huntington, dies and is shocked to find out that he’s now one of the undead. Huntington always cracks me up. Routh’s chest is mesmerizing. Some of the undead stuff is pretty inventive. The big bad is way too Spawny though.

Insidious (Available Until 05/09/13)

The creative team behind the first Saw film, James Wan and Leigh Whannell, wrote and directed this flick. It’s a vintage feeling ghost story. A family has to deal with a haunting. Rose Byrne (barf) and Patrick Wilson play the parents. Eventually they bring in a team of Ghost Hunters type investigators (including Lin Shaye and Leigh Whannell). The movie has a great ambiance. I didn’t see that first little twist near the ending coming either.

Please share your 2011 picks with us in the comments section.

You may also enjoy:
Movie Rundown: March 2011-includes my initial thoughts (in video form while wearing a ridiculous wig) on Take Me Home Tonight, Red State, Certified Copy, Limitless and Potiche.
Movie Rundown: May 2011-includes my initial thoughts on Last Night and Passion Play.
Top Sexy Romances-w/ Damage starring Juliette Binoche & Wild Orchid starring Mickey Rourke
The Sexy Kyle Gallner
The Sexy Milla Jovovich
The Sexy Bradley Cooper
Movie Rundown: February 2011-includes my initial thoughts on The Resident
Web Oodles 5/20/10-includes awesome photos of Megan Fox and Mickey Rourke

Best TV Shows of Fall 2011

Since my Best TV Shows of Summer 2011 post was helpful to both myself and many others I thought that it would be a good idea to share my fall TV picks with you as well. Use it to set up your DVR, Hulu playlist, etc. This is long but I like to do things as comprehensively as possible. I do not have any pull so my opinion of new shows is based primarily on the teaser material available to everyone.

*Clicking the series title will take you to the show’s official site.

*To go check on a specific day or genre (ex. Monday or sitcom) you can do a quick Ctrl F search.

SUNDAY

The Cleveland Show-Sundays 7:30PM ET FOX (09/25) *animated*, *sitcom*

The Cleveland Show is the spin off of Seth MacFarlane’s hugely successful Family Guy. If you enjoy the harsh comedy of Family Guy you should definitely check it out. It’s about Cleveland Brown who got back together with an ex from high school and is helping her raise her children. He usually came across as the nicer friend on Family Guy but gets to be a bit meaner on here. His best friends are loser rednecks (including the voice talents of Jason Sudeikis) and a bear. A neat thing about this comedy is that the women are shown as angry and dramatic in a way that is usually steered clear of by other shows.

Select episodes can be viewed on Fox.com or Hulu.

The Simpsons-Sundays 8PM ET FOX (09/25) *animated*, *sitcom*

I’m sure that you are aware of The Simpsons, which is the longest running animated comedy out there. It’s a personal favorite of mine. I know that it gets criticized in the way that SNL does of “it’s not as funny as it was” but you have to realize that a show will not always be the same. I love the experimental creative leaps they’ve taken in some episodes over the last few years. Of course the show is about the dysfunctional Simpsons family.

Most of the time, excluding the Who Shot Mr. Burns? arc years back, the show doesn’t do cliffhangers. However during the last season finale Ned started seeing Edna. Over the summer Fox did a Pro Nedna Vs. No Nedna poll to see if they should continue dating. I initially was against it but now think that it could liven things up a bit.

Select episodes can be viewed on TheSimpsons.com or Hulu.
For info on some upcoming episodes go here.

Once Upon a Time-Sundays 8PM ET ABC (10/23) *drama*, *fantasy*


Jennifer Morrison (good in Urban Legends: Final Cut , super annoying on How I Met Your Mother) stars in this fantasy about a a town with a fairy tale element. It’s basically about cursed fairy tales characters who live in a small town and now don’t remember who they are. Then Emma Swan (who has a link to them) shows up and starts to unravel the past. Ginnifer Goodwin (looking gorgeous here), Robert Carlyle (always amazing) and Lana Parrilla costar. This show looks really fun. The problem is that ABC never gives their fantasy series a shot. I’ve seen so many promising shows that don’t make it out of the first season. It often takes at least 1.5-2 seasons for any show to really find its footing. The also often move the shows around mid-season (sometimes more than once), which creates even more confusion. I’m a fan of Lana Parrilla but she’s been on so many quickly canceled shows (RIP Swingtown/Windfall) that I’m starting to feel bad for her.

The Good Wife-Sundays 9PM ET CBS (09/25) *drama*, *crime*



I’ve been a huge fan of The Good Wife since the beginning. It stars Julianna Margulies as a very internalized lawyer and the wife of a jackass politician who cheated on her repeatedly prior to the start of the series (Chris Noth, who I enjoy watching play a sleazeball). The show usually features a one of (or sometimes 2 part case) that they have to solve as well as the personal lives of herself and her coworkers/competition. This season she is supposed to be becoming more free and try to worry less about everything.

The cast is freaking amazing and includes Josh Charles (of Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead , Sports Night, who I’ve always been a huge fan of), Alan Cumming (who is always so amazing but totally throws you on here because it’s such a different type of character for him), Christine Baranski, Archie Panjabi and Matt Czuchry (of I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, actually went to law school when he was younger). Oh and then other totally awesome actors like Michael J. Fox and Gary Cole just stop by sometimes. Many of the cast are nominated for Emmys this year and I hope they win every one of them.

The only thing I must mention that may seem slightly negative is that the show is a slow burn payoff type of show. Sometimes you have to wait a while for stuff to happen. CBS has been marketing it an opposite way. And hell market it any way you want if that will get more viewers and keep in on the air, just don’t be disappointed if you don’t get it.

Select episodes, a 20+ minute preview of the 3rd season & Alan Cumming’s vlogs can be viewed on CBS.com.
Go read GQ’s interview with Matt Czuchry and The Baltimore Sun’s interview with Josh Charles’ family.

Family Guy-Sundays 9PM ET FOX (09/25) *animated*, *sitcom*

Family Guy is Seth MacFarlane’s over the top comedy that you either think is undoubtedly, absurdly funny or you already hate it.

Select episodes can be viewed on Fox.com, Hulu or Netflix.

The Walking Dead-Sundays 9PM ET AMC (10/16) *drama*, *horror*

It’s about survivors of a zombie apocalypse. There are a lot of Walking Dead superfans out there. I do watch it and will continue because it’s the first and only zombie TV show. However I don’t enjoy the type of Lost format where nothing is ever tied up. Plus I’m no stranger to zombie/horror movies and this show reminds me of a type of cheaply shot foreign zombie movie. It’s not that it doesn’t have its moments but I have a lot of criticisms of the show while watching it that I find annoying. The show was created by Frank Darabont. The cast includes Norman Reedus.

Boardwalk Empire-Sundays 9PM ET HBO (09/25) *crime*, *drama*

So I haven’t actually gotten around to watching any of Boardwalk Empire yet. When you don’t subscribe to a channel you have to always play catch up with the different series that they offer. The series stars my teen crush Steve Buscemi as a politician and gangster in the 1920s. The cast includes Kelly Macdonald, Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon and Gretchen Mol. The stills that I’ve seen from this are beautiful.

When I get around to catching up on the series I will be referring to Brienne Walsh’s Boardwalk Empire: A Character Guide Part I.

Pan Am Sundays 10PM ET ABC (09/25) *drama*, *1960s*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFPxyTEcJXU

Pan Am is one of the many 60s throwback shows that are premiering this fall. Are they due to all of us catching up on Mad Men, running out of decades of other fashion choices or wishing for a simpler time when we weren’t quite as confused about just how we should feel as feminists who like to dress up in cute outfits and be objectified?

I don’t know but the luxury (during our horrible, current depression-that is what it is) and weird simplisticness that is emanating from these shows just screams escapism fun to me. The show stars Christina Ricci and a bunch of guys groomed to look like Ken dolls. I can’t wait.

Hung-Sundays 10PM ET HBO (10/02) *drama*, *sitcom*

Hung is based on a wet dream I had about Thomas Jane as a whore. Wait, it isn’t? Well it is about Thomas Jane being a struggling, middle age gigolo and it’s hella good. This year he competes against a younger model, cat fight! Jane Adams and Anne Heche costar as his pimp and ex wife, respectively.

MONDAY

Dancing with the Stars-Mondays 8PM ET ABC (09/19) *reality*


http://youtu.be/qvWN6Mvvr4M
Dancing with the Stars is the type of show that everyone watches and then acts ashamed about. Luckily I have no shame. Ex stars or in some cases people who are almost stars compete to see who can dance while being personable and flirting with the judges.

Going into the show the celebs that I already like and am rooting for are David Arquette and Ricki Lake. However this is subject to change as the show breaks them (yes, it’s a reality show that is part of the fun!). Lake could be seen as this season’s ringer. The show often features someone with at least some dance experience who claims that they forgot how to dance (see also Jennifer Grey, Drew Lachey, um no, it’s called muscle memory) but like the latter I am a fan of Lake’s so good for her.

This season also includes Nancy Grace so all of us who are awesome are really hoping to see her wipeout. Plus Chaz Bono so that the close minded people can bitch about that. Duh, both of these “celebs” are in the running for the sake of controversy. I just really hope that he can get his mom on here in a few years. You know she’s gonna be in the audience, squee!

How I Met Your Mother-Mondays 8PM ET CBS (09/19) *sitcom*

This used to be my favorite show. I used to turn people onto it all of the time. However the last couple of seasons have went with melodrama (who kills Dauber!?, that is just cruel) for no reason. Please stop this and give us the funny back. Even with that it was sometimes funny though. New promo photos like this are really making me wish that they hadn’t wasted the possibilities of the Barney/Robin romance which could have been funny and wait for it…awesome! Instead we got sad depressing. If this season is really all about a wedding and a pregnancy I’m going to find it very hard to stay awake &/or not throw my drink at the screen. This show features the incredibly talented cast of Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris & Alyson Hannigan.

2 Broke Girls-Mondays 8:30PM ET CBS (09/19) *sitcom*

I am not going to lie, this sitcom about a formerly rich but now poor waitress and another waitress doesn’t look all that hot but I’d watch Kat Dennings read a phone book.

Gossip Girl-Mondays 8PM ET CW (09/26) *drama*


The beautifully styled soap opera about young adults in NYC who sleep with and betray each other. This year they are traveling to LA and Elizabeth Hurley is dropping by. The beautiful cast includes Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick, Kelly Rutherford, Matthew Settle & Taylor Momsen.

Select episodes can be viewed on CWTV.com.
Read the weekly recaps on Vulture.

Two And A Half Men-Mondays 9PM ET CBS (09/19) *sitcom*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rA9eaLhxURs

For a show that everyone says that they don’t watch Two and a Half Men has a huge viewership. I became a fan a few seasons in and it’s obvious, frat boy funny. I understand the need for them to replace Charlie Sheen and I like Ashton Kutcher but I kind of wish that they had went with someone a little older, like Hugh Grant. I also thought that they could have just made Ryan Stiles a regular, which would have been awesome. The funny series stars Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones.

Select episodes can be viewed on CBS.com.

Bored to Death-Mondays 9PM ET HBO (10/10) *sitcom*, *crime*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSbDaHZtDsU

I haven’t seen much Bored to Death. I only caught a few episodes on Ion & it didn’t click with me. That may be because they were out of order and everything. It does seem like something that I would enjoy though. Hopefully I’ll catch up soon. Plot: “Inspired by detective stories, A well meaning but struggling writer decides to lead a sort of double life by pretending to be a private detective.” (from IMDB.com). It stars yummy Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson.

Enlightened-Mondays 9:30PM ET HBO (10/10) *drama*

There isn’t much out about this show yet but it seems to be about a businesswoman who snaps at work. Then she goes away to rest up but when she returns she can’t stand the way people behave. I’m not sure about this one yet but I’ll definitely check it out for Luke Wilson. The show stars Laura Dern and Diane Ladd.

You can watch the preview on EW.com.

Castle-Mondays 10PM ET ABC (09/19) *crime*, *drama*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9rdtTUXjcs

Castle is about a detective (Stana Katic) for the NYPD who lets a writer follow her around on cases because he’s adorable. Hey, it’s Nathan Fillion, you would too. I definitely enjoy Castle because of the dynamic between the cast, including Jon Huertas and Seamus Dever. You can’t be a stickler for reality with it though. On basically every episode they arrest & accuse multiple people of murder before nabbing the real killer. There would be so many lawsuits.

You can watch select episodes on ABC.com or Hulu.
Follow Stana Katic on twitter (sometimes she posts behind the scenes pics).

Hawaii Five-0-Mondays 10PM ET CBS (09/19) *action*, *crime*, *drama*

I am super behind on this show. It’s a remake. It stars the sexy Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan. Plot: “Steve McGarrett returns home to Oahu, in order to find his father’s killer. The governor offers him the chance to run his own task force (Five-O). Steve’s team is joined by Chin Ho Kelly, Danny “Danno” Williams and Kono Kalakaua. ” (from IMDB.com)

You can watch select episodes on CBS.com.

The Playboy Club-Mondays 10PM ET NBC (09/19) *drama*, *1960s*

(CANCELED. I loved it too. The remaining episodes will air in Canada. They will most likely end up on DVD or a streaming service eventually.)

I love Playboy and its history so I’m really excited about this show. Plus they got Amber Heard who was great in Drive Angry. Eddie Cibrian costars in this drama about the original Playboy Club in Chicago, IL in the 1960s.
Fun Fact: My aunt was a Bunny at the Baltimore, MD Playboy Club in the 1960’s.

Follow Hugh Hefner on twitter.
Playboy in the Sixties on Playboy.com.
Article about the original Playboy Club in Chicago on Playboy.com.
Watch Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel on Netflix.

TUESDAY

Ringer-Tuesdays 9PM ET CW (09/13) *drama* (FULL FIRST SEASON ORDER!)

Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as estranged twin sisters, one rich, the other a recently reformed drug addict/prostitute. Through odd circumstances the latter ends up posing as the former. I watched the pilot and enjoyed it. It’s interesting to see how she has to react to all of her friends, acquaintances, etc. while not knowing what’s been going or how her sister would normally react. The scorchingly hot (or is it just me?), Kristoffer Polaha (Mad Men, Valentine, North Shore) costars.

Visit this site for spoilers.

New Girl-Tuesdays 9PM ET FOX (09/20) *sitcom*


“I’ll probably be watching Dirty Dancing 6 or 7 times…a day”

Zooey Deschanel stars as a girl who just got dumped and decides to live with 3 male roommates (1 is Damon Wayans Jr. from Dance Flick, yay!).

New Girl is well, uh, it’s okay. It’s basically a hipster sitcom. The problem with that is that hipsters (as far as I understand them, which isn’t well) are trying to be cool all of the time with a border of ironic. To be extremely funny you have to be willing to look like a complete idiot. If you hold back and then pull out the cutie pie look at the end it diminishes the funny.

I don’t have a problem with Deschanel. I’m pretty much in the middle when it comes to her but many people either love her to pieces or hate her with a firey vengeance (yeah, she seems to elicit a strong response). I feel that she’s basically created a strong image of herself. I’m not saying she’s fake but that her presence is probably an exaggerated version of who she is.

The first episode is about how she’s trying to get over a break up and is probably easy for people to sympathize with. I find the main actor somewhat off putting just because it seems less like he’s trying to get her over a breakup and more like he’s trying to teach her to be a woman, which is insulting. Justin Long will be making an appearance in an upcoming episode.

The pilot for new girl will be available for free on many sites prior to the show airing, including iTunes and Hulu (both right now).

Dancing with the Stars (results show)-Tuesdays 9PM ET ABC (09/20) *reality*


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5A1vSTK76s
On Tuesdays they do the results show. As the season goes on it gets more and more drawn out. They basically just rehash all of the dances/drama from the previous night. If you are watching a recording of it and are in a hurry or annoyed it’s often a good idea to just fast forward to the end to see who was eliminated.

Body of Proof-Tuesdays 10PM ET ABC (09/20) *crime*, *drama*

Dana Delaney stars as a former MD who helps solve crimes by examining dead bodies. Delaney is always great. The talented Jeri Ryan costars.

Watch select episodes on ABC.com.
Follow Dana Delaney on twitter.

Unforgettable-Tuesdays 10PM ET CBS (09/20) *crime*, *drama*


Poppy Montgomery stars as a woman who recalls every moment. This means that she is really great at helping solve crimes but that it takes a horrible toll on her as well. Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck) costars.

WEDNESDAY

America’s Next Top Model-Wednesdays 9PM ET CW (09/14) *reality*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENlKZasWJaI

You’re probably already familiar with ANTM. This is Tyra Banks’ reality competition to ostensibly find top models. Despite the show never producing a true top model it’s still one of my favorites. The girls are often subjected to ridiculous challenges and then they let that stress out by, say going batshit on another girl who steals her food. Of course my favorite parts are when they are actually modeling. Sometimes they get some really beautiful shots.

This cycle is different because it’s the All-Stars cycle. They enlisted a bunch of girls who lost at other cycles to compete. Of course they choose some big personalities, as well as some girls who take get great shots to amp up the drama. I chose to use a photo of Lisa because she was very memorable. She was often loudly drunk and doing ridiculous things. To shake things up a bit they are also having more celebrity judges. Plus Nigel Barker has hair now! What?!? Awesome.

For more on this cycle’s contestants I suggest visiting Small Screen Scoop and Buddy TV.

Modern Family-Wednesdays 9PM ET ABC (09/21) *sitcom*

Modern Family is about a father (Ed O’Neil) and the lives of he and his adult children and their children. Back before the show came out I didn’t want to give it a chance because it’s about families. However as we all now know it’s freaking hilarious and seems to just get funnier as it progresses. Ty Burrell (love him!), Sofia Vergara (so beautiful people probably can’t look directly at her), Julie Bowen, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland and Jesse Tyler Ferguson costar.

Watch select episodes on ABC.com or Hulu.

I Hate My Teenage Daughter-Wednesdays 9:30PM ET FOX (11/30) *sitcom*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvV6dHgzxhk

I really love the premise of this, 2 grown women who were unpopular in high school now have bitchy teen daughters to deal with. So much so that I’ll take the leap and ignore the fact that Jaime Pressley has always been freaking gorgeous. I’m not crazy about the canned laugh track in the preview and it seems a little too slapsticky but I bet that it will be tinkered with a bit and improve.

American Horror Story-Wednesdays 10PM ET FX (10/05) *fantasy*, *horror*

American Horror Story is from Ryan Murphy (Nip/Tuck) and stars Dylan McDermott (who I read in an article may be freqently nude, yum) and Connie Britton. The series is about a family who moves into an old creepy house for a fresh start. It feels very Amityville Horror meets a made for TV Stephen King movie. The visuals look really freaky, ala The Cell. Definitely gonna check this one out.

Revenge-Wednesdays 10PM ET ABC (09/21) *drama* (Full First Season Order)


A young woman infiltrates a wealthy community to try to set up a way to enact revenge for her family. I’m not really sure on this one but I want to check it out. It could just be the constant ads brainwashing me though.
Note: I quit watching this after a couple of episodes as it was boring me into a coma.

THURSDAY

 

Charlie’s Angels-Thursdays 8PM ET ABC (09/22) *action*

(CANCELED)


So it’s about 3 women who “work for Charlie”. This is of course a remake of the original Charlie’s Angels show. It was produced by Drew Barrymore who starred in & put together both of the Charlie’s Angels films. Since the second film there have been rumors of a third film but I guess that she was never able to get that off of the ground so we are getting this instead. The only cast member that I’m familiar with is Minka Kelly who I enjoyed in The Roommate. I’m basically going to pretend that I’m watching She Spies, cool, okay? I’ll be hoping for a lot of costume changes.

The Big Bang Theory-Thursdays 8PM ET CBS (09/22) *sitcom*

It’s a comedy about a bunch of (mostly) PHDs. I thought that the season ending cliffhanger of Penny and Raj (whose social anxiety is so bad that he can only talk to women, at all, while drunk) get drunk and hook up was pretty crazy. Good crazy, bad crazy, I’m unsure. However I just wish that they’d sort of mix this show up a bit. I was really into it in the beginning but them it seemed to become only about everyone getting girlfriends, which is like lots of other shows and not as imaginative as it was.

Watch select episodes on CBS.com.

Parks and Recreation-Thursdays 8:30PM ET NBC (09/22) *sitcom*

This show just seems to get increasingly funnier the long that it goes on and the more that we learn about all of quirky characters. It’s about a bunch of people who work at a town hall in a fictional town in Indiana. The last season ended with Amy Poehler and Adam Scott’s characters finally getting together but now their relationship is in peril because Poehler’s Knope is going to run for office. Ron Swanson FTW!

You can watch select episodes on NBC.com, Hulu or Netflix.

Rules of Engagement-Thursdays 8:30PM ET CBS (10/20) *sitcom*
(was on Saturday 8PM ET CBS (10/08)-moved to Thursday nights)

Rules of Engagement is always funny. It gives me a way to see David Spade every week, which would be enough but on top of that everyone else on it is also great. The cast includes Patrick Warburton, Oliver Hudson and Bianca Kajlich.

It’s mainly about the differences between men and women. I’m sort of upset that CBS moved it to Saturday though because that’s where shows go to die. On the plus side though you can watch this and then many, many hours later watch SNL.

HIMYM could take some clues from Rules in the area of players. They routinely diminsh Barney when he’s dealing with relationship issues while Spade’s Russell on Rules is a player but even when he’s seeing someone it’s still funny. In fact, it’s often funnier.

You can watch select episodes on CBS.com.
Follow the cast on twitter.

The Office-Thursdays 9PM ET NBC (09/22) *sitcom*

Who will be the new manager of The Office? Um, as long as it stays funny what’s the difference? Seriously though I’m just glad that we don’t have to drag out the schmaltzy Michael’s leaving stuff any longer. A great ensemble sitcom that is basically consistently funny.

Watch select episodes on NBC.com, Hulu or Netflix.

Whitney-Thursdays 9:30PM ET NBC (09/22) *sitcom* (FULL FIRST SEASON ORDER!)

Whitney Cummings gets every comedian’s dream with her own sitcom. The problem might be that it’s on network television and she is very filthy so I’m not sure how much she will be able to get in. The preview is uneven but when she’s funny she’s very funny. The loose “plot” (to have something to make jokes around) seems to just be about her dating Chris D’Elia. I totally miss him on Glory Daze and it only ended earlier this year. Hopefully they both get to be outrageous and bounce shit off of each other because if he has to play her straight man that will suck. So yeah, I’m hoping that it will be really funny, not censored too much and last.

Watch Whitney Cummings: Money Shot stand up special on Netflix.

Bones-Thursdays 9PM ET FOX (11/03) *crime*, *drama*

Bones is a procedural crime drama whose sparks comes from the chemistry between David Boreanaz‘s cop character and Emily Deschanel’s forensic anthropologist.

Watch select episodes on FOX.com, Hulu or Netflix.
You can check out a spoiler here.

Grey’s Anatomy-Thursdays 9PM ET ABC (09/22) *drama*, *medical*

Grey’s is a soapy medical drama that’s good if you don’t worry too much about the patients. It has a huge ensemble cast that includes the gorgeous Eric Dane.

Watch select episodes on ABC.com, Hulu or Netflix.

Person of Interest-Thursdays 9PM ET CBS (09/22) *drama*


Plot: “Centers on ex-CIA hitman and a scientist who team up to prevent crimes before they happen. ” (from IMDB.com). This looks like a pretty cool concept. It stars the talented James Caviezel.

The Secret Circle-Thursdays 9PM ET CW (09/15) *drama*, *fantasy*, *horror* (FULL FIRST SEASON ORDER!)

This is sort of a preppy TV version of The Craft. I will be checking it out to see how they will be using Gale Harold. Ah, using Gale Harold, wait what was I talking about? Seriously though, even if I hate it I will fast forward to the Gale Harold parts. He had a good role on last year’s Hellcats so I guess the CW decided to keep him in their sights due to that.

30 Rock-Thursdays 10PM ET NBC (early 2012) *sitcom*

Truly hilarious sitcom. Everybody on it is great. It’s about a variety show set at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in NYC, ala SNL. They often make inside jokes about the show and the companies that own the show, which is pretty awesome. Stars Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin.

You can watch select episodes on NBC.com, 30 Rock or Netflix.

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia-Thursdays 10PM ET FX (09/15) *sitcom*

I pretty much avoided watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia until this summer because I already have to many shows to watch. It’s quite ridiculous and funny. It’s about a group of friends who run a bar in Philadelphia.

You can watch select episodes on Hulu.

Prime Suspect-Thursdays 10PM ET NBC (09/22) *crime*, *drama*


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGuaQRY4-aQ
Maria Bello stars as a ballsy NYPD detective. Great actress.

Private Practice-Thursdays 10PM ET ABC (09/29) *medical*, *drama*

Private Practice is the spin off of Grey’s Anatomy starring Kate Walsh and Tim Daly. It would be disingenuous to go further as I haven’t watched it in forever. That’s just due to having to make programming choices though. It’s a decent show.

Watch select episodes on ABC.com or Hulu.

The Mentalist-Thursdays 10PM ET CBS (09/22) *crime*, *drama*


He solves crimes by being perceptive. I don’t watch The Mentalist anymore but I like knowing that the super hot Simon Baker (Sex and Death 101, Something New) is there should I decide to restart. Robin Tunney costars.

FRIDAY

Nikita-Fridays 8PM ET CW (09/23) *crime*, *action*, *drama*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBWcZo1-isE
Plot: “Nikita is a trained assassin gone rogue trying to stop a secret U.S. agency known only as Division from recruiting deeply troubled teenagers and training them to be assassins.” (from IMDB.com). Just a great show with a great cast. Maggie Q, Shane West and Lyndsy Fonseca star.

Watch select episodes on CWTV.com.
cast twitter feed
Follow director Jeffrey Hunt on twitter, he posts set pictures.
Check out the time my name was on Nikita.

A Gifted Man-Fridays 8PM ET CBS (09/23) *medical*, *drama*, *fantasy*


Patrick Wilson (Barry Munday, Hard Candy) stars as a doctor who starts seeing a ghost. I’m ambivalent about this one thus far. I will check it out to see what Wilson does with the role.

Grimm-Fridays 9PM ET NBC (10/21) *fantasy*, *crime*, *drama*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kh3rFsv_WSE

This one seems to involve fairy tales gone wrong that they need to investigate. So it’s putting me in mind of a serious Special Unit 2. I’m pretty stoked about it even though it seems like the type of show that could easily be canceled as I get very into it.

SATURDAY

Saturday Night Live-Saturdays 11:30PM ET NBC (09/24) *variety*

This year SNL is in its 37th season. The current cast includes Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Jason Sudeikis, Fred Armisen, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers, Kristen Wiig, Bobby Moynihan, Abby Elliott, Jay Pharoah, Nasim Pedrad, Taran Killam, Paul Brittain and Vanessa Bayer. So far the hosts/musical guests announced for this season include: Alec Baldwin with Radiohead (09/24), Melissa McCarthy with Lady Antebellum (10/01) and Jimmy Fallon with Michael Buble (12/17). There is no way for me to accurately describe how much I love Saturday Night Live (every cast/season) so I won’t try. Just watch it.

Watch select episodes on NBC.com, Hulu or Netflix.

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Top Stoner Comedies On Netflix Streaming for 4/20

Last month when I was still in some muscle pain I passed on going out on St. Patrick’s Day because I didn’t want to be jostled. So while I was chilling I thought I would do a Netflix post on my top drinking movies. However I couldn’t find any of them aside from the titles that I had already covered in my Top Sex Comedies On Netflix Streaming post. Then I remembered that 4/20 was coming up. So potheads, rejoice! I was inspired to put this together.

As I once read on Gawker.com in reference to weed, I “don’t even know what it smells like”. But seriously my poison is booze, not grass. However I do get a lot of laughs out of pothead cinema.

Just click the movie title to be taken to it on Netflix.

Kevin Smith: Too Fat for 40 (2010) (Available Until October 1, 2013)


This is the 4th in Evening With Kevin Smith series. They are all very interesting if you like to hear him talk about film-making. This one is notable to this genre because he discusses when he started smoking marijuana heavily. While I’m not crazy about the effect that it’s had on his films there is a funny story about him being high and the police showing up at his house during this performance.

Super High Me (2007) (Available Until June 17, 2028)

This is a satire documentary starring comedian Doug Benson. It’s basically a take off of Super Size Me but with weed instead of burgers. Side note-it’s invariably one of the top watched instant films from Netflix members in West Virginia every month. I’ve lived in WV before and they are not really the satirical type so I’m guessing that it’s a good excuse for them to light up.

That 70’s Show seasons 1-8 (the full series) (Available Until August 16, 2036)

That 70’s Shows was about a group of teen friends in the ’70s. It sort of broke ground by showing the kids sit around and smoke pot in a circle on screen (inferred, you didn’t see the joint). Over the course of the seasons there were also other funny marijuana moments. Plus Tommy Chong was hilarious on there as the always drugged Leo. The episode You Can’t Hear Me Knocking (season 7, episode 13) is what I consider to be the most hilariously weeded out ep ever.

Weeds (full series) (Available Until April 01, 2018)

the brick dance

You’re probably aware that Weeds is a showtime dramedy about Nancy Botwin who is a suburban, single mother, who often dresses overtly sexually and subsists on coffee, who starts selling weed to make ends meet when her husband dies. Of course since the first season it has taken many twists and turns.

Futurama Volumes 1-5
Futurama The Movie: Bender’s Big Score (2007)

human Bender has impulse control issues

I don’t remember Futurama having much reefer content but it’s just the type of thing that someone might watch if they were indulging in it. There were some Futurama films before the series was brought back to TV. They are uneven but my favorite is below. Plus I highly recommend the creepy episode mentioned below, “You watched it, you can’t unwatch it!”.
Anthology of Interest Part 2 (volume 3)

(and you have to be in some type of altered state to enjoy this)

Family Guy (Volumes 1-8)


Seth MacFarlane‘s Family Guy definitely mentions the green on occasion. Plus the show is entirely crazy and like twice as popular in areas where people smoke a lot.

Half Baked (1998)
half baked

Basically the funniest stoner movie ever! That’s all.

Cheech & Chong
Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke (1978)
Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie (1980) (not currently available)
Cheech & Chong’s Nice Dream (1981) (not currently available)
A/k/a/ Tommy Chong (2006) (Not Currently Available)

Cheech & Chong’s Hey Watch This (2010)

I’m not a big Cheech & Chong fan. I am a fan of Tommy Chong from his work on That 70’s Show and I was forced to watch bad Cheech Marin movies while growing up but I find that Cheech & Chong is the sort of thing that you had to have been there to appreciate. I’ve watched bits and pieces of them but they didn’t do much for me. On the other hand, my father finds them hilarious. The documentary about how Pennsylvania set up Chong is very good.

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Smiley Face (2007) (Not Currently Available)



“They say that true potheads stops getting the munchies after a certain point. I mean the true pothead wouldn’t even say the word munchies. I don’t know what the true pothead would say.”munchos” or “hungries” or something. At any rate, I still love to eat when I’m high. So fuck you if you’re too cool to get hungry when you’re stoned.”

Smiley Face is a completely underrated comedy by the amazing Gregg Araki. Anna Faris stars as a totally believable, out of it pothead actress who has a very eventful day. It has everything-big laughs, paranoia, munchies, police and hornyness. Plus it costars John Krasinski, Danny Masterson, John Cho and Danny Trejo. And it’s approved by President Garfield.

Dude, Where’s My Car? (2000) (Not Currently Available)


Dude, Where’s My Car is just so much over the top fun that you need to watch it, now. Back when Ashton Kutcher and Sean William Scott were just out to make you laugh in any way possible they made this. If Bill & Ted had dumber cousins it would be these guys. Keep an eye out for Hal Sparks as a cult leader, Kristy Swanson and a high dog. And if you are into seeing Kutcher and Scott kiss each other in this flick, see my previous post.

The Big Lebowski (1998) (Not Currently Available)


“Nobody calls me Lebowski. You got the wrong guy. I’m the Dude, man.”

In one of Jeff Bridges’ best roles ever he plays the weed smoking, Caucasian drinking, “The Dude”, who just finds himself in some crazy ass situations. Such is a Coen Brothers film. I’ve always wanted to attend a Lebowski Fest. Hopefully I shall in the future.

Bio-Dome (1996) (not currently available)

“And when where not saving the environment, we’re thinkin’ of you, naked, thigh deep in tofu.”

Yep, I am totally mentioning Pauly Shore again. Pauly Shore movies, as I just realized, were all fish out of water stories in which Shore was forced to interact with “normal” people, which is awesome. Back before Stephen Baldwin became a born again tool he costarred in this flick about the two of then accidentally ending up in a bio-dome. In fact, at that time, all of us were required to live in bio-domes for at least a few months…

Sike! Ha, ha, teens, you missed the best of the 90’s!

Friday (1995) (not currently available)

Plot: “Having just been canned from his job on his day off, Craig and his best friend Smokey spend the day smoking up in their South Central neighborhood while dealing with a neighborhood bully, relationship troubles, an angry drug dealer, and a lot of other odd characters.”-from IMDB.com. The film is pretty much considered a classic by many. It stars Ice Cube and Chris Tucker. I prefer Friday After Next.

The Stoned Age (1994) (Not Currently Available)

Plot: “Joe and Hubbs are a pair of rockers who are on a quest for ‘chicks’. This is the tale of their adventures over one night. “-from IMDB.com. I’ve um, been meaning to watch this movie, for years. I actually bought a video copy a few years ago but the sound was messed up. I’ve just been too busy as of late but it seems like fun.

not Netflix related but still funny

Sex and the City – Season 3 “Hot Child in the City” with that hot VJ from VH1
“…if they see billions of chicken wings they’re gonna know we were smoking the pot”

Homer is high on The Simpsons
“we have a kitchen!”

P.S. Feel free to list your favorite pot related movies or those you watch while smoking as a comment since I am definitely not an expert on this subject.

Last Updated: April 2013