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Shows that can be streamed instantly to TV on Netflix. Thanks to chronic migraines, I spend a lot of time working from home, and often have shows on in the background. I also use Netflix series as a motivation for exercising - watching them while on the elliptical, jogging in place, or making a rule I have to do 10 push ups for each episode.

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Walking Dead - Zombie fans will love it, but the writing, acting, and directing will make plenty of non-horror fans.  I love that they've taken a classic genre - the zombie film - and stretched it out over time, so it becomes about the interactions between survivors even more than about the zombies.

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In 2nd-century Britain, a famed centurion and a handful of Roman soldiers try to survive behind enemy lines after Pict tribesmen decimate the platoon.

Psych - Cocky slacker raised by uptight cop uses the keen observation and deduction skills his dad taught him to play psychic detective, with help from his best friend since childhood.

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In 2nd-century Britain, a famed centurion and a handful of Roman soldiers try to survive behind enemy lines after Pict tribesmen decimate the platoon.

Angel - The Buffy spin-off takes her ex-boyfriend (the vampire with a soul) to Los Angeles, where he runs a detective agency for those who fall outside the system.  A little more of a procedural crime drama, Angel turns the mostly black & white human/demon dynamic and introduces a lot more grey area.  Love the late Glenn Quinn as 'Doyle'.

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In 2nd-century Britain, a famed centurion and a handful of Roman soldiers try to survive behind enemy lines after Pict tribesmen decimate the platoon.

The Office - I broke up with The Office, but that first season had me literally rolling on the ground laughing.  Makes office work almost seem fun.

The Office (U.S.) | Netflix

The boss is an idiot, the workers are clueless, elaborate pranks and feuds abound. Just another day at the office. Watch trailers & learn more.

LOST - If Survivor got mixed up with Dr. Who, perhaps this would be the result.  It's a puzzle box that you'll never really solve - but it's fun trying.

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In 2nd-century Britain, a famed centurion and a handful of Roman soldiers try to survive behind enemy lines after Pict tribesmen decimate the platoon.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - kinda bitchy high school girl turns out to be the 'chosen one', blessed (or cursed) with supernatural abilities to help her fight demons (primarily vampires).  Great supporting cast.

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In 2nd-century Britain, a famed centurion and a handful of Roman soldiers try to survive behind enemy lines after Pict tribesmen decimate the platoon.

Once Upon a Time - Snow White and Prince Charming have a baby just as the Evil Queen casts a spell that traps all the characters of fairy tales and story books in our world... specifically, a town in Maine called Storybrooke.  They don't remember who they are, and they can't leave.  Snow's baby is adopted, has a child of her own (himself adopted by someone in Storybrooke), who then tracks her down.  A very fun take on everything from Pinocchio to Alice in Wonderland - with a nice dark edge.

Once Upon a Time | Netflix

Understanding life is not a fairy tale was her reality. Finding out it was all a lie changes everything. Watch trailers & learn more.

Dollhouse - Eliza Dushku trades 5 years of her life in exchange for her freedom, during which she has her memory and personality wiped clean and other personas uploaded, so she become the fantasies or fulfill the needs of wealthy clients.  An interesting and entertaining exploration of mind/soul/body, from Joss Whedon.

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In 2nd-century Britain, a famed centurion and a handful of Roman soldiers try to survive behind enemy lines after Pict tribesmen decimate the platoon.

Heroes - Excellent for fans of comics/super heroes... and those who dreamed of having some odd power as a kid.  First season is great, then I'm not sure.

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In 2nd-century Britain, a famed centurion and a handful of Roman soldiers try to survive behind enemy lines after Pict tribesmen decimate the platoon.

Parenthood - Great ensemble cast portraying three generations of the Braverman family - dealing with Asperger's, divorce, addiction, infidelity, infertility, teen romances... the usual.  Based VERY loosely on the Steve Martin film of the same name.

Parenthood | Netflix

Autism, rebellion and heavy teen drama. An angst-filled group of siblings struggle to raise their kids. Watch trailers & learn more.

Nip/Tuck - You'll never think about plastic surgery the same way.  Sleazy is probably the best word I can use to describe the show.  The Season 5 move to LA may be a jump the shark moment, but worth watching to the end.

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In 2nd-century Britain, a famed centurion and a handful of Roman soldiers try to survive behind enemy lines after Pict tribesmen decimate the platoon.

Wilfred - Elijah Wood plays a man filling the time in between jobs by hanging out with his neighbor's dog, Wilfred, who he (and we) see as a foul mouthed, pot smoking, Aussie guy in a dog costume, but everyone else sees as just a dog.  Hilarity ensues.

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In 2nd-century Britain, a famed centurion and a handful of Roman soldiers try to survive behind enemy lines after Pict tribesmen decimate the platoon.

Freaks and Geeks -  I haven't watched it yet, but have been waiting to finally be able to watch this critically acclaimed series that started the careers of a number of actors.

Freaks and Geeks | Netflix

Your friends are losers, your dad's a dork and your love life's a joke. The wrong crowd is right where you belong. Watch trailers & learn more.

Oddities - Mike & Evan run a store for antiques and oddities, with help from Ryan (who's talents with skulls are amazing).  The perfect place to decorate in what I call "Natural History Museum Chic".  Lots of taxidermy, human remains, medical equipment... just like our library.

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In 2nd-century Britain, a famed centurion and a handful of Roman soldiers try to survive behind enemy lines after Pict tribesmen decimate the platoon.

Alphas - A team of people with amazing abilities (think X-Men) works to protect the world from others like them who use their power for evil... though the line between the two is often blurry.

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In 2nd-century Britain, a famed centurion and a handful of Roman soldiers try to survive behind enemy lines after Pict tribesmen decimate the platoon.

Lost Girl - A woman learns she's a succubus (so THAT'S why she's been killing everyone she has sex with all these years), and find an entire world of other 'fae', including fates, sirens and werewolves who are divided into dark and light camps... neither (or both?) of which she wants to be a part.

Lost Girl | Netflix

To stay alive she must feed on the sexual energy of others. But does that make her such a bad person? Watch trailers & learn more.