On Netflix, Justin Bieber and links

by Erika Torres

So I signed up for a one-month free trial on Netflix because I don’t like to turn down anything free. They asked me to rate movies I’ve seen and all that jazz and they’re super awesome intelligent computers are supposed to give me recommendations based on what they think I would like.

And this is what popped up:

I don’t know HOW Justin Bieber was able to take the number one spot. Just because I gave The Little Mermaid 5 stars doesn’t mean I have only teeny bopper taste, okay?!

Not only that, I’m kind of disappointed in all these other picks–I’ve never watched Glee (I know), or Friday Night Lights, I’ve never even heard of Sons of Anarchy, or Parenthood. Friends–Finally! Something I like.

I’m disappointed Netflix. Way disappointed. I don’t see us continuing our relationship for $17.99 after 30 days.

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John@TheMoneyPrinciple March 29, 2012 - 5:09 pm

Netflix has opened in the UK but we have been subscribing to LoveFilm which is an Amazon company. They send us films which (I think) Maria has chosen ages before and by the time they arrive she has forgotten all about them. The other night we sat through a Korean movie call Poetry. I am sorry to say that I fell asleep! Other times we have had some really good movies, particularly some French ones.

We used to have Anytime cards for our local cinema but found that we were not using them enough and the cost was creeping up. At least with LoveFilm (or I guess Netflix) you can share the movie. On the other hand it means you don’t go out and make an evening of it. We don’t have a massive home cinema or anything so we may as well watch something recorded…..!

Jackie March 27, 2012 - 5:15 pm

Aw, I love Netflix. Although we get a lot of documentary recommendations in ours since it’s discovered that my husband loves those. I have to remember to go in and add *my* ratings now and then 😉

Still, it makes sense that you would get things you’ve never seen — it’s supposed to suggest things you might like, and it sounds like it doesn’t have much to go on yet.

Elizabeth @ Broke Professionals March 27, 2012 - 3:46 pm

I am a bit of a teeny bopper in my TV and movie choices – I love Glee, and save “Mean Girls” on my DVR I watch it so often. But I’ve hesitated to embrace the Biebs – maybe it’s the fact that he’s jail bait (or was)!

Marissa @ Thirty Six Months March 26, 2012 - 4:51 pm

Justin’s movie is pretty good.

Jai Catalano March 26, 2012 - 7:51 am

Don’t be fooled… There are 70 million little girls who helped him get that rating. 🙂

Miiockm March 25, 2012 - 6:54 pm

Well Bieber and Glee seem to go together well enough.

Amandalynn March 25, 2012 - 11:42 am

LMAO ive had netflix since it began, My stepdad gave it to me for my birthday one year, and its been my birthday present ever since!

One weekend when i was bored off my rocker i typed in the names of all of my FAVORITE movies from the 80s and 90s and 00s and rated them all with fives, and then ZEROS for all the ones i hated.

I am glad I never got the NEVER SAY NEVER recommendation…
but I can say that they are WAY OFF at times. I dont see how little mermaid and the Beib have anything to do with one another.

I do recommend you nixing any TV ratings that you have unless you want to watch them on netflix… the TV ratings are never ending it seems.


Saving My Toonies March 23, 2012 - 1:47 pm

Canadian netflix has next to nothing on it! There are certainly no new releases and the tv shows are very limited too!

Nell @ Housewife Empire March 23, 2012 - 1:28 pm

Don’t feel bad, I haven’t watched a lot of those shows, either. I think it’s because my 2 year old insists on Nick Jr. like all the time. I heard Friday Night Lights is really good, though!

SB @ One Cent at a Time March 23, 2012 - 9:37 am

I don’t use Netflix. But 30 days trial shouldn’t be bad.

Lindsay March 23, 2012 - 4:33 am

All of those shows are awesome. Give them a try. I was hooked on Friday Night Lights.

Kristin March 22, 2012 - 6:39 pm

I use Netflix to get episodes of t.v. shows, not necessarily movies. Their suggestions are always pretty ridiculous so I don’t pay attention to them.
You can get either just the streaming OR just the in-the-mail DVDs for half price every month. We go the in-the-mail route because we don’t have unlimited internet. We actually save money doing it that way! I believe we pay $7.99 a month.

Adrienne March 22, 2012 - 5:08 pm

UHM Little Mermaid and The Biebs? Not even close. Little Mermaid wins by a billion. I love Netflix so much. You can’t get current stuff, but I watch Parenthood, Downton Abbey, Army Wives (I know, I know), and stuff like the League and SVU through Netflix. it rocks. ABC has an iPad app and cool website where you can watch current episodes of their stuff too! And we don’t bother with the DVDs. We’re all about $8 streaming 🙂

Teacher Girl March 22, 2012 - 3:26 pm

Parenthood is my favorite show!! Oh my goodness, SO good! And Netflix gets new movies all the time. I pay $7 a month for instand streaming only (no DVDs) and I use it all the time. Loves it! BUT, I am super annoyed that just two years ago I was paying just $9 for instant streaming AND DVD service. They have really gone up in price over the years.

Jeff March 22, 2012 - 1:58 pm

I like netflix. Parenthood is a great show.

JenniS March 22, 2012 - 12:20 pm

Another vote for Parenthood here. It’s one of my favorite shows on TV. I have Netflix streaming but we just got Amazon Prime so I’m betting Netflix will be cut soon. I have enjoyed doing some of the workouts on it though…when I’m bored with mine or can’t get to the gym it’s nice to see what they have and change it up a little.

Shannon March 22, 2012 - 11:12 am

I have Netflix. I just do the basic to my door movies. I hate to admit, with a 9 year old in the house, I have watched Justin Bieber’s movie. It will make you want to slit your wrists. So Netflix may recommend it to you but I do not. Also, I don’t watch Glee either and I have no guilt.

Christopher @ This That and The MBA March 22, 2012 - 11:08 am

I had netflix last year. Wait till they start harassing you every week with emails….wait come back you sure you dont want netflix….we miss you come back to netflix…

Sirius XM radio does the same thing.

Christopher @ This That and The MBA March 22, 2012 - 11:07 am

OMG Sons of Anarchy is my favorite show as well. I didnt know netflix had that. If I remember correctly I heard that Verizon and redbox are teaming up to bring something like netflix over the web.

Melissa March 22, 2012 - 10:50 am

Friday Night Lights is one of the best shows ever. So is Parenthood. Sons of Anarchy is also reallllly good. So I somewhat agree with Netflix. However, it suggested I watch Justin Bieber too & that’s not going to happen. haha

newlywedsonabudget March 22, 2012 - 11:26 am

how does everyone know about these shows?!!? I’ve never even heard of them!! I feel so uncool right now : (

Kristy March 22, 2012 - 10:40 am

I recommend Friday Night Lights. That has been the best made show on TV in years!

shopping2saving March 22, 2012 - 10:14 am

Ok only get the instant access subscription IF you decide to continue. $7.99/mo

Next – WATCH THE WALKING DEAD. Please. Just do it!!!!!!!
Then – Watch Breaking Bad! It is so good!!!!!!!!!!!

Other – Supernatural is also good cuz the 2 brothers are super cute.

Then…let me know what you and the hubby think 🙂 I need to discuss these shows with someone!

Jeff March 22, 2012 - 2:07 pm

The walking dead is the best show on tv right now.

Leah @ The Miracle Journal March 22, 2012 - 9:36 am

Embarrassing admission – I watched the Justin Beiber movie. And it was really, really good. I don’t listen to his music and other than seeing his photos on the cover of magazines, I know nothing about him. But someone I trust recommended the movie to me so I watched it, and she was right. It was less about the music and MUCH more about him as a business person and as a kid finding his way in an adult world.

I also thought I would hate Friday Night Lights because it’s about football. Until I watched the first couple of episodes and realized – it’s not really about football. It’s about a community. I’m now about to start the fifth season and I’ll be really sad when I finish it!

With all that said, I cancelled NetFlix a while back. I just couldn’t justify it in my budget anymore.

One Frugal Girl March 22, 2012 - 9:33 am

Too funny about Justin Bieber. I actually just cancelled my Netflix subscription this morning. I’ve had my account on hold and didn’t miss it for a second. I’ve been renting 99 cent movies through Amazon.

Cassie March 22, 2012 - 9:18 am

Another vote for Sons of Anarchy – my husband and I became so addicted to that show!

Netflix streaming is great for a lot of tv shows (though none of the HBO content, unfortunately) and nonfiction/documentary type movies. But if you’re looking for new releases and box office hits, you’re probably better off with Redbox. Every now and then, they’ll add a recently released film to instant, but if you’re used to watching the new movies as soon as they come out, you’ll probably be disappointed.

That said, the local library has about a billion DVD titles that you can check out. The great thing about the library versus the netflix mail-order disc is that you get the entire season at a time. With Netflix, you receive one disc at a time, watch it, send it back, wait 2 days, and then get the next disc.

Michelle March 22, 2012 - 8:50 am

Sons of Anarchy is one of my favorite shows! I would watch it.

Justin Bieber, hahaha

Brie H. March 22, 2012 - 8:41 am

I would highly recommend watching both Friday Night Lights and Parenthood – both excellent shows! We don’t pay for cable (but have a few TV channels) but we have Netflix so we either stream over the internet or watch Netflix and have been very happy with it!


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