Now on Netflix: The TV Shows You Want to Love but Maybe Not Watch Again

You know those shows that you remember as being great, that defined your memories of years gone by, that you think would be great to revisit... but when it's actually there, you're not sure if you really want to spend hours and hours of watching again?

Netflix added several of them this week, so here's your chance to find out if these really are the kind of shows you want to have in your library.

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21 Jump Street

Ah, yes, the show that made Johnny Depp a star. As the youthful-looking Officer Tom Hanson, whose job is to go undercover in high schools to catch troubled teens, Depp found a role that made him more or less the Tiger Beat mascot—which Depp hated so much he then spent years taking on kooky roles just to shake that image. I used to catch this show on syndication all the time, despite its ludicrous procedural plots and the tawdry afterschool special morals. You have to admit, the show is more fun to remember than it is to watch today.

Netflix has all five seasons available for streaming. Depp left after Season 4, so I wonder if there's even any audience for that fifth season.

Start with Season 1 here.

 

The Commish

Michael Chiklis has the peculiar honor of playing the lead on two very different cop shows. As Detective Vic Mackey on The Shield, he's a violent and corrupt son of a bitch dealing with big city crime; but on The Commish, Chiklis plays Commissioner Tony Scali, a thinking man's cop and jovial family man who, unlike a real Police Commissioner, would go out and bust crime personally in his small town. The series is worth noting primarily for Chiklis, who seems to be a different person from the man who plays Vic Mackey.

An interesting factoid here is that Chiklis was 28 when he played the role, but his character is obviously much older. With his balding head and paunchy figure, it's weird to know that this show precedes The Shield by a decade. Netflix has the first two seasons available.

Start with Season 1 here.

 

The Greatest American Hero

The Greatest American Hero is, sadly, not the greatest. Nostalgia compels some to argue this, but hey, it's a cheesy show that's fun in passing, but never quite aims to have any lasting relevance. When Stephen J. Cannell created the show, he was determined to make a superhero comedy where, despite the alien origin of the hero, the problems he faces would be ordinary real-life crimes, but it's no surprise when ABC forced them to appeal more to kids and add more fantastical episodes. Aside from the goofy performance by William Katt and a catchy theme song, is there really a lot to take away from it?

Netflix has all three seasons available for streaming, except for the Pilot and The Greatest American Heroine, a failed pilot for a spin-off series that was re-edited as The Greatest American Hero's final episode.

Start with Season 1 here.

 

Highlander

And here is the ultimate example of something that has become completely irrelevant. The franchise is, with all respect, dead in the water. While the first film is still a cult favorite, only the few would care about its sequels—let alone the TV show. It's admittedly a fun premise and sticks to the 90's action show formula, but the crappy acting and writing can kill the buzz pretty fast. It's one of those shows that's probably funny to throw on once in a while whilst drunk, but if you actually try to follow it from start to finish, you'd need a lot more alcohol just to drown the shame.

Netflix has all six seasons for streaming (This show went on for six seasons? And led to two movies? Wow.) if your fridge is packed.

Start with Season 1 here.

Feb
23
2010
Arya Ponto • Contributor

As former Editor of JPP, Arya likes to entertain peeps with his thoughts on pop culture, when he's not busy watching Battle Royale for the 200th time. He lives in Brooklyn with a comic book collection that's always the most daunting thing to move with, and writes for Artboiled.com.

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