TV Junkies Meet Netflix

image001Our TV is on a lot.

Long ago it became habit for Cortney and I to just turn the TV on when we were home. The way our main level is set up, our kitchen, dining area, and living room are all open to each other. If it wasn’t for the island separating the kitchen, it would basically be one big room.

When Eddie was born, the TV was never not on. Almost 24/7 the glow of the TV illuminated his first couple weeks as I basically lived on the couch recovering from my C-section.

Since then our lives have gotten busy and even though we have a DVR, we haven’t been able to keep up with our favorite shows. With both of us working full-time, we opt to not pay for extra channels like HBO which means we miss out on some of the more popular series.

When Cortney was unemployed after Eddie was born, we got Netflix. Cortney watched somewhere around a million documentaries including one about a dang font. We ended up getting rid of it for awhile, but have recently signed up again.

With three TVs in the house and kids who are into superheroes, and with being house bound due to such cold weather, it seemed like a good deal.

Netflix is available on our devices, through our Wii, through our TiVo, and through the Roku.

Even though we are trying to limit Eddie’s screen time, he is loving discovering all the Super Hero cartoons: The Justice League, Spiderman, etc. Cort and I are enjoying the trip down memory lane with the cartoons of our childhood.

Eddie did a little dance when he realized that he could watch somewhere around a million episodes of Curious George–a favorite in our house right now. As a family, we watch a DVR-ed episode every evening before bedtime. Now we have more of a variety of episodes and even movies to watch from the series.

Saturday night after the kids went to bed, Cortney and I settled in to watch a few episodes of Portlandia.

All four of us have profiles set up so Portlandia doesn’t end up on Eddie or Charlie’s profiles, but Super Why and My Little Pony do, which is perfect.

Do you have Netflix? What should Cortney and I watch next? What should we add for Eddie and Charlie?


Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team and will be sharing monthly tips and stories about how my family uses Netflix on a regular basis. As a member of the Stream Team I was provided with a Roku and a voucher to apply towards my Netflix account. I was not otherwise compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. I like that you can set up individual profiles, that’s so clever.

  2. I think there are ninety-something episodes of Curious George. We’ve gone through them all! I also got very indulgent last year and re-watched every single episode of Buffy the Vampire Sayer. Netflix rocks!

  3. I just noticed that you can add individual profiles. I really need to get the kids their own so I don’t get recommendations based on the number of times they’ve watched Fred, The Movie.

  4. LOVE me some netflix. (I’m on the Stream Team, too!!)

  5. We can’t stream anything unless we’re out of town using someone else’s WIFI (ha) but I LOVE watching shows on Netlfix. I’ve had it for years, gave it up for a while, and recently got it back. I watch a lot while I run…lately, I’ve been watching A LOT of Downtown Abbey, Sherlock, Girls, Parenthood, and we just got into House of Cards (SO GOOD). Next, I’m revisiting some that I watched years ago, like Wonderfalls.

  6. My kids watch entirely more TV than anyone says they should. They seem health and smart enough to me though.
    The Ultimate Spiderman is one that everyone can enjoy. Good humor. They also have the old Spiderman and his Amazing Friends with Iceman and Firestorm. It’s great early 80’s nostalgia.
    Of course all the PBS stuff. Justin Time is fun too.
    DO NOT show them the old Mario Brother’s Show. You will regret it.

  7. A couple weeks ago we “cut the cord” and got rid of cable and bought a Roku. Now we have Netflix and Hulu Plus. I love it! They have some great BBC shows on Netflix. It’s pretty dark, but I loved Top of the Lake. I just discovered that you can create profiles! TV is so fun right now, isn’t it?

  8. nicole kammeraad says

    My husband and I love to watch series of stuff. One that’s a Netflix original (never aired on tv) is House of Cards. We are about 1/2 into season 1, it’s great!
    Another that we recently watched is Homeland – it’s a Showtime original. It was so good, I am tempted to watch it all over again!

  9. I have (Canadian) Netflix. I absolutely love it, I just wish we had as much variety as I’ve heard American Netflix does. I’m currently watching ‘Happy Endings’. It’s not as good as I expected, but good enough.

  10. LOVE Netflix!! For exactly the reason you say – my husband and I can have our own profile so we can watch shows like The Walking Dead and Downton Abbey ……and every single space documentary ever made I think. *sigh* And then the kids have a profile for all the cartoons and movies.

    I recently started watching House of Cards — brilliant. Kevin Spacey is fabulous.
    And the kids recently discovered the movies Epic and The Croods. And that another great thing: you see entertainment that possibly got passed over when Disney or Pixar were pushing their latest flics

    The only problem is that the Canadian version does not have half the amount that USA does.

  11. We spend so much on cable (all the movie and sports channels, yay!) that I can’t allow spending more $$ on Netflix. We actually had been paying for it for about 4 months before I realized it – we hadn’t watched it at all. That was such a bummer. I watch very little TV, but I have been catching up on Parenthood on demand, which I love and was surprised to find out that I missed almost the entire most recent season.