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Time Travel with Netflix

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Netflix has been in the news a lot lately.

Rather than explain all the headlines and coverage, I want to tell you about something no one else is talking about…


More on that in a second. They have also decided to put up a video (see below) WITH ME AND FINN ON THE NETFLIX!

To watch this on Netflix, go here!

This summer Netflix launched “Netflix Families” — a destination in their service dedicated entirely to helping parents with simple how-to guides about product features and tips for their streaming service. It’s like a parent for parents who watch streaming movies and TV. I have no idea why they asked me to be in it, but I can only imagine it had something to do with how utterly frigging cute my son is. He is an unstoppable force for cuteness and the use of the word “awwww.”

But let’s chat more specifically about the radness they’re offering…

netflix-profilesWhat’s this? It’s a secret that Netflix will tell you about soon!


Could it be true? I’ve been using profiles for our Netflix account for a couple weeks now. Separating out my taste menus from my son’s has been MAGICAL. And no, I don’t want to talk about why I chose a unicorn for an avatar.

Time Machine

Netflix has tons of old school programming. Stuff I used to watch as a kid. One of my favorite things to do is trying out old cartoons to see which ones Finn will go for. Here are a few I’ve tried: “Charlie Brown” (multiple), “The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!”, “Dumbo”, and “Care Bears the Movie.” I LOVED THE CARE BEARS, OKAY? CAN WE NOT MAKE A BIG DEAL OUT OF IT?


Then, when the kids go to sleep, you can rock out cartoons you’d never want the kids to watch! A few of my jams are “Robot Chicken” and “Archer” — yeah, my toddler will not being watching those any time soon. Unless by “toddler,” you mean me…

DVR Anywhere

If you’re like me, you need to catch up on all the TV programs you never get to watch. Ever. Because you’re always doing all the things. So, instead of relying on a DVR and waiting forever for shows to air, I use Netflix to help me move forward from the past to the present. Apparently, Netflix is available on over 1100 devices and 84% of households have at least three devices in their houses that can play Netflix. So… here’s my list of shows I’m catching up on: “Doctor Who”, “Parenthood”, “Breaking Bad”, “The Walking Dead” and “Mad Men”.

I’m calling you out, Doc Brown. DeLoreans are rad, but you can go flux your capacitor. I’ve got my Netflix.

Learn lots more: GO HERE!

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Disclosure: Netflix sponsored this post but does not endorse its use for time travel. All the opinions and statements made here were done under the influence of sleep deprivation, but that doesn’t mean they’re untrue. In fact, I feel like I am funniest when I’m sleepy. And the most truthful. Wait. I just told you a secret. Don’t tell anybody our secret. Okay? They paid for my travel, accommodations and for this post. Not for our utter insanity. You get that for free of charge! Feel free to email me questions about salami.


14 Responses to “Time Travel with Netflix”

  1. Danielle says:

    Charlie the Unicorn is a YouTube classic! My kids are now watching old episodes of The Magic School Bus, it is great! (I am considering dressing as Ms. Frizzle for the next Comicon now!)I fully support their non-Caillou choice to watch shows from my childhood. They were so upset when they ran out of Inspector Gadget episodes to watch. Netflix has been awesome!

    Note: My older kids (8 & 7) both enjoy watching Doctor Who with me too, it is fabulous!

  2. Michael says:

    Very cool I hope Netflix Canada adds this. It is like we are years behind up here.

  3. That is so cool! I’ll never forget the night I discovered “The Wonder Years” was on there (sadly, the music is remakes, not the originals versions, though). I was too elated to notice that I was still up at 2 on a school night, hoping Paul would get over his allergies and that Winnie would realize Kevin is way better than any of those douche canoes she’d go to dances with. Now, I can have my own category full of Wonder Years, Dukes of Hazzard, and Knight Rider episodes!

  4. Larry says:

    Very cool. But what’s up with the unicorn?
    And then there is the whole Care Bear in the tent thing.

  5. simonjames says:

    The video nearly divides into three separate videos after all the standard characters are presented; A secret, a love story, and a nerd approaching out of their shell comical performance, and all three are well in writing, executed and interwoven.

  6. Jo says:

    I loved The Wonder Years! And Doctor Who, WHAAAA?!?!?!?! (the old one)…I used to watch it with my grandpa when I was a little girl!! I am going to have to look into Netflix I have a laptop and a smartphone. And I have a wireless router I’m pretty sure I can use to make it work on my TV!!

  7. That is the wonder of modern entertainment. Access to wide and variety of source.

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