We are lucky to be born in an age when good television never dies, it just goes online. Much the way we can get strawberries at any time of the year thanks to intercontinental shipping and refrigerators, thanks to companies like Netflix, Hulu, and Blip.TV we can watch the best television shows when they are off the air, either temporarily (why isn’t “The Inbetweeners” on all the time) or permanently (pour a little out for, “Deadwood”). And while we, along with the Attorney General of the United States, wait for more episodes of “The Wire,” we can watch a marathon of “Veronica Mars” or “The Cosby Show.”
Here are five shows you should be watching online:
This adult cartoon about a rather hapless, yet happily violent spy agency is droll, dirty, and incredibly fun to watch. Voiced by H. Jon Benjamin, Jessica Walters, and Aisha Tyler among others, you will be Googling the off-beat references and laughing out loud, so don’t watch at work.
Sports Night, Netflix
Created by Aaron Sorkin and starring Josh Charles, Peter Krause, Felicity Huffman, Joshua Malina, and Robert Guillaume this show started it all for Sorkin. The show lasted two seasons on ABC, but HBO and other networks wanted to pick it up. However Sorkin passed in order to focus on “The West Wing,” which is hard to argue with. Sports Night could get you laughing and crying in a split second plus it had impeccable acting, typical Sorkin verbiage and a stellar cast.
Party Down, Netflix
This behind-the-scenes look at a team of cater-waiters in Los Angeles is hilarious, smart, and engaging. The stars (Jane Lynch, Megan Mullaly, Adam Scott, and more) may have moved on, but the fans definitely haven’t. Now there might be a movie in the works, so you should catch up on episodes now.
Sons of Anarchy, Hulu and Netflix
This dark drama about a motorcycle gang in California gets you rooting for the bad guys almost instantly. Starring Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman, and Katey Sagal the acting is faultless and the drama intense.
Friday Night Lights , Hulu and Netflix
While the show revolves around a high school football team in a small Texas town, this show is not just for football fans. Kyle Chandler as Coach Taylor is moving, Connie Britton as Tami Taylor should be everyone’s mom, the storylines are touching, and the show is never sappy. Truly one of the great television shows and if you haven’t watched it yet, you are missing out and are probably a disappointment to your parents.