The Netflix Stream: Week of May 29th, 2011

If you rely on Netflix for Discovery Channel programming, you’ll be sorely disappointed in what you’re losing this week. Luckily, the trade-off is decent, with a few cheesy ’90s flicks and Michael Caine’s new revenge movie.

Leaving the Stream
  1. ‘Deadliest Catch’ (6/5): Part documentary, part drama and completely addictive, ‘Deadliest Catch‘ quickly became a favorite in many homes. Who knew crab fishing could be this fascinating? Six seasons of the show are now disc only.
  2. ‘MythBusters’ (6/5): It seems that we’ll be losing ‘MythBusters‘ as well, which is a complete shame. Not only is it one of the best forms of science advocacy out there today, but it’s a damn fine show to boot. All of the collections can be streamed now, but on Sunday it narrows down to just collections Four and Six.
  3. ‘Shark Week: 20th Anniversary’ (6/5): If you’ve never plopped yourself down in front of one of the best weeks of television programming around, now is the time. The episodes from this four-disc set have some of the best shows from the program’s run, including the unmissable ‘Air Jaws’. As Tracy Jordan would say, “Live every week like it’s Shark Week.”
Entering the Stream
  1. ‘Spy Hard’ (6/5): No one is going to argue that ‘Spy Hard‘ is a great movie. It’s barely a blip on Leslie Nielsen’s impressive history. Still, this 1996 spoof will appeal to fans of the genre, fans of Nielsen, and fans of Weird Al, who provides and stars in the theme song.
  2. ‘Spice World’ (6/3): Hear me out on this one. After all, I’m the one who’s actually seen the movie. ‘Spice World‘ gets a lot of hate, but it’s actually a pretty funny flick. It’s done in the style of the Beatles movie ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, and you may be surprised at just how much you laugh with the film and how little you end up laughing at it. Special bonus points to go Meat Loaf and Richard O’Brien for their memorable performances.
  3. ‘Harry Brown’ (6/5):Harry Brown‘ is one I didn’t get a chance to see in the theater, but I’m very happy to finally watch when it comes to Netflix. Michael Caine plays a character around his age (78), who does a bit of fighting back against the crime in his neighborhood. Old man Caine kicking some ass? Yes please.


  1. now to be fair. that just might mean that’s when the current contract comes up and when 6/6 comes mythbusters and other discovery shows might still be on netflix with new episodes. which would be nice.

  2. I wonder if this covers their other networks as well. I rely on Netflix mainly for TV shows, and most of what I watch is Discovery and their affiliate networks. I was already thinking of dropping my Netflix to streaming only, but if they loose too much Discovery programing, I may cancel Netflix all together.

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