Revisiting Old (TV) Friends

I was surfing through my usual YouTube news feed where I see a bunch of different videos from reaction videos, to tech reviews, to sports talk or highlights, to political commentary; when out of nowhere, a most interesting out of the box video was recommended to me. Somewhere, somehow, the YouTube algorithm figured out that I was a fan of Scrubs (though I haven’t seen this show in ages) and recommended a reunion panel that was taking place at the ATX TV Festival in Austin, TX.

Needless to say, this definitely piqued my interest and I happily watched it. Watching this panel I realized that Bill Lawrence, creator of Scrubs, also co-created another show that I really like called Ted Lasso. Boy am I oblivious. the sense of humor of both shows are so similar how could I not make that connection? Anyways, I also discovered the podcast that is done by Zach Braff and Donald Faison, called Fake Doctors. Real Friends, where they re-watch Scrubs episodes, talk about their experience with said episode and also invite fellow cast members or guest stars to also talk about their experience on the show. They even have fans call in to ask questions about the show or about Zach, Donald and company in general.

This panel has rekindled my Scrubs fandom and I’m now re-watching it alongside the podcast. The podcast is definitely a great companion piece to listen alongside the show. The irony, the podcast episodes can go for an hour or more; whereas, each tv episode generally runs around 22 minutes or so. So of course, I’m already on season 3 of the show but I’m still listening to Zach and Donald talk about season 2 and trying to remember the episodes I’ve already watched a while. I’m trying to hold off on binging more Scrubs episodes so I can catch up with the podcast but it is feeling like a losing battle.

Regardless, I found a fresh way to rewatch Scrubs and it has made my viewing experience all the more richer.

Changed My Netflix Subscription, Buh-Bye DVDs!

I’ve always been a big fan of Netflix since I first found out of its existence. The convenience of holding on to a DVD for as long as I could without fear of late fees, being able to mail the DVDs with a self-stamped envelope and waiting for the next DVD to be delivered to my mailbox was very appealing. However, it has been this convenience that has also made me pay 2 and three times more than I would have with a conventional rental service for the same DVD. Not that I’m really complaining. I have no one else to blame but myself for holding on to a DVD for so long that I have to wipe off a layer of dust from the envelope before mailing it back to Netflix.

The inception of instant streaming has only compounded my inability to watch a DVD within a week of receiving it in the mail. It’s just so much more convenient for me to watch videos on my TV through my Roku and/or TiVo set-top box. Also the fact, that I’m more inclined to watching TV shows than movies and you can see why DVDs will continue to collect dust on my shelf while I sit back and catch up on shows missed (Weeds), shows remembered (Cheers, Scrubs) and shows that I’ve been looking forward to see (The League).

Netflix streaming is so convenient and fun that I’ve even fallen behind on my regular TV programming that’s recorded on my TiVo, or in my Hulu queue. Heck, I even watch shows on instant streaming that I already own on DVD (Farscape, Firefly). This of course isn’t too surprising as I’m not alone in being a Netflix enthusiast. A recent study showed that Netflix accounted for 30% of all internet traffic in North America whereas, regular web browsing dropped to 17%. It’s quite a phenomenon.

With all this and after 2 years of instant streaming (give or take a year or more), I’ve come to one conclusion. I don’t care for DVDs anymore. They only collect dust in my possession. So this morning, I logged into my Netflix account and set up the instant streaming-only plan. I’m mailing them back “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (which was collecting dust on my shelf for at least 6 weeks), and starting a new chapter in my media viewing life. It’s a new era in media consuming and at the moment Netflix is definitely at the forefront of it!