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Puh. 10 outta 10 for me. I have yet to not find something to watch.


I have no interest in watching any reality TV - but now that you mention it, it is kind of surprising that it's missing.

There has got to be a lot of 1-2 season shows out there that probably don't rate a DVD release, or even 80's and 90's shows that have been out for a while that I'd probably watch occasionally if they were streaming.

Larry Dallas

Not that many go to DVD


Netflix Instant has a whole "TV Reality Programming" category with stuff from several dozen different shows. I'm not really up on TV, but I get the impression that it's mostly cable reality shows, not network stuff.

I've grown more and more pleased with the online offerings. A third of my DVD queue is now available for instant viewing which is great for when I'm between DVDs.

I just wish that either Netflix or one of the 3rd party sites would give me a view that ONLY shows titles in my DVD queue that are available on Instant- or at least a view that lets me sort by Instant availability. It's a pain scrolling through 500 movies looking for instant titles when I'm in the mood to watch something.


I just subscribed tonight and I am floored by the sheer amount of stuff they have available. My queue is near 100 already and I haven't even scratched the surface.


I give it a thumbs up. I have around 300 in my queue.


Huh? Maybe this guy's view of reality tv programing is different than mine. I've been hooked on "No Reservations," "Bizarre Foods," "Dirty Jobs," "Hoarders," and "Ice Road Truckers." Add to that "Ax Men" and "Cake Boss."

Rob H

I really enjoy the selection of instant titles with Netflix. They have a TON of awesome catalog titles as well as new and old TV shows, many in HD. I wouldn't watch reality TV on Netflix even if it were available.

Shellie C.

No interest in reality TV.


Meh. I was really impressed with the amount of stuff I wanted to watch when I first got my Roku box but the new stuff they have been adding lately has been mediocre at best. A LOT of National Geographic and History Channel stuff which is ok if that's your thing... It's just not mine. I also keep an eye on the "New to Watch Instantly" RSS feed and they have had a million and one 50's and 60's movies added the past couple of weeks none of which I have ever heard of.


Netflix IW seems to lack the major network reality shows such as Survivor, Apprentice, etc. Some TV execs feel that reality TV won't make much revenue via DVD sales and reruns.


I think it depends on what your expectations are. I'm a picky viewer - if I want to see one particular movie, I want to see that movie, and right now that's not usually possible with streaming. It's improving, but it's still less than 1/4 of the titles in my queue (and I have mostly older films in my queue). What frustrates me the most is that movies appear in streaming and then disappear. I realize that's not Netflix's fault, but it feels like one step forward, one step back, not continuous progress. I'm sticking with physical DVD's for the most part.


Overall I would give Netflix IW a 7 out of 10. It still needs improvement. Needs more HD and 5.1 sound.

Evil Boy 4 Life

Reality TV has no rewatch value. It's pure junk food tv, it other words it's crap!


The selection is mostly TV series and less than B-movies no one has ever heard of before.

I give it a four (4).


It could be better. I'm finding more and more streaming TV shows I wouldn't mind seeing, but then find out there are many episodes that are "disc only." Therefore, I have to rent the disc anyway which kind of negates the streaming. One example of this would be Quantum Leap. If I want to watch a series, I want to watch the whole series without being suddenly being stopped in my tracks.

Still frustrated that I was only able to stream two seasons of Dexter, and now can't rent Season Three because the second disc has been in eternal long wait and it appears that it will be locked in limbo forever until Netflix puts up its no longer available notice which seems to be happening to a lot of series. So the series streaming really needs work and is often nothing more than an exercise in futility.

david v

netflix streaming has many of the greatest films ever made. but they were made before 1980, so i guess a lot of people don't care. i'd say their selection of classic films was surprising. and what's missing are more good tv series, like deadwood or life on mars.

overall though, there's plenty from most genres to find what you're in the mood for.

Joe Schmo

As pointed out by Gary, there is a lot of worthwhile reality tv available on streaming.

When I think of worthless reality tv, the first thing that comes to mind is Rock of Love, so I checked it. Rock of Love: Season 1 is available on streaming. Following Netflix suggestions, I see that these are also available on streaming: Keeping Up with the Kardashians: Seasons 1, 2 and 3, Kourtney & Khloé Take Miami: Season 1, The Hills: Seasons 1, 2, and 3, Laguna Beach: Season 1, Flavor of Love: Season 1, Denise Richards: It's Complicated: Seasons 1 and 2, Criss Angel Mindfreak: Season 1, Gene Simmons: Family Jewels: Seasons 1 and 2 and Viva La Bam: Season 1.


Chaplin's City Lights
Corner Gas
Gilligan's Island
My Favorite Martian
Star Trek
Looney Tunes
Three Stooges
Laurel and Hardy
Get Smart TV Series


There are hundreds of movies and shows to watch but they're usually something that I'm not interested in. It still seems so Random of a selection to me. I'm surprised almost every time I look for something to watch. I'm surprised when things that I'd guess would be available are missing and I'm surprised when something I wouldn't expect is available. The only general thing that I noticed is that there seems to be very little Anime. I thought this library would have been one of the first to get beefed up since tech fans and anime fans are often in the same circles.


no reality for sure.
don't even watch the fattest fat ass on tv


@Rzrshrp - They actually just added a bunch of anime as part of a big update about a week ago. Some relatively recent / popular stuff, too: Ouran High School Host Club, Soul Eater, Claymore, Darker Than Black, Last Exile, a bunch of others. My problem with their anime at this point is less about the selection and more about the fact that there's no option to enable subtitles. Anime aside, you'd think they'd catch more flak about this from the hearing impaired.


I recently was recommended Stargate SG-1. After addicted to the first season - streamed - I started shopping for the other 9 seasons.

Lo and behold, all 10 can be streamed from Netflix.


I"d say 9 out of 10. Yes, there are some things missing, but if they would just add a "Save to streaming queue" like they do for non-existant DVD's that's bump up to a 9.5.

The other .5 would be to have subtitled anime. I usually watch a few episodes streaming, and if I still like it, I'll add the DVDs to the queue.


I'd give it a 4 or 5 out of 10. Occasionally, a new release is available that I want to see and thus don't have to rent via disc. and a decent TV selection. Mostly though, I stick with disc because the IW horror movie selection is rather meh, to say the least, You'd think they would be able to get a wider selection of the direct-to-video independent horror films that are released on a weekly basis, probably more per week than any other genre.


i want to add i have watched several movies on netflix instant.and they have been new releases believe it or not, but my only complaint web site is always so dang slow,so many errors and hang ups.other than that i like the streaming.. but one last note,you need to have fast internet,like road runner turbo..


i hope they do not put any reality tv on...

Matt Varney

I would think the reason why there isn't much reality TV on Netflix is because of who creates the shows. Hulu is a venture owned by ABC, Fox, and NBC. I doubt any of their shows are going to be showing up on Netflix while they are still pushing the premium Hulu service.


I will give it a solid 7 out of 10. I will watch anything in the horror genre and there is lots to choose from there. I have watched Dexter season 1-3 and all 30 Rock seasons through streaming only. I am also wading back through the X-files. If the rating was just TV shows it would be higher. I was hoping that there would be more new releases available through streaming but that has not happened yet.


I'm not a fan of reality tv, but I always figured the rewatchability was low. Do fans ever go back and watch a season of Survivor, American Idol, or The Bachelor after it has aired? I doubt it.


"Dirty Jobs" is a life changing TV series. I like to think that I have some proletarian connections because I once drove a truck and worked in a warehouse. But I never did the kinds of jobs Mike Rowe shows week after week. When I see him crawl into some cramped sewer and scrape up shit, I cringe. Then he talks to the perfectly nice guy who has done this awful job every day for decades. I feel lucky and humble. Those guys are better men than I am.

The other truly great reality show is "Mythbusters" - and not just because it is made in the town where I live - Oakland, CA. This is the ultimate in reality TV in that its mission is to reveal reality by revealing myth.

Both of these shows are available on NetFlix Watch Instantly. What the hell is this David Freeberg person talking about?


Why no reality tv? (thank goodness!) because who cares about old reality tv shows when there is a constant stream of new crap that is shown weekly for free.

There is no re-run quality to reality tv cause it is easily (and constantly) replaced.

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