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Livin' la Vida Lacy - There's a time to watch TV
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Let’s talk about Netflix. Ross and I hardly watch any TV that’s not through the media service provider, unless you count sports. For me, I lean toward short and sweet TV shows, primarily because 30 to 45 minutes is enough. I’m not typically a binge watcher because my brain nags at me that other things need attending to. I get antsy if I know laundry needs folding or dishes need washing. 

Neflix’s catalog of both original and syndicated shows is continually changing, which is why I like it. Here’s two shows that I’m into right now.

• “Heartland” – Based on the Heartland book series by Lauren Brooke, “Heartland” is about a Canadian family who live on a ranch and follows sisters Amy and Lou Fleming, their grandfather Jack Bartlett, and Ty Borden through the highs and lows of life. It’s hard to find a wholesome show anymore without all the garbage, but “Heartland” is it.  The scenery is gorgeous, it’s completely relatable and leaves you wanting to be a cowboy. 

Seasons: 11 (with season 12 and season 13 coming soon)

• “Father Brown” – A modest, compassionate priest doubles as an effective crime solver in this series based on the short stories by G.K. Chesterton. Again, the scenery is lovely as its set in the early 1950s in the fictional Cotswold village of Kembleford. Oh, and if you’re a Harry Potter film fan, Father Brown is portrayed by Mark Williams, better known for his role as Arthur Weasley.

Seasons: 6 (with more on the way)

I’m admittedly not a true TV fan. Too much talk over Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu and Disney+ and I revert to a mere head nod in response. I can’t justify a subscription to every on-demand streaming service out there because I don’t want to spend the time or money, but is there a difference?

After a little research, there’s several points to consider – price, plans and trials, selection, compatible devices and speed. Money Crashers summed up the overall pros and cons of the top three services nicely. It’s listed below.

• Netflix offers a huge selection, but is the most expensive of the three options, especially if you settle on a membership that includes DVD delivery.

• Hulu Plus updates TV episodes faster, but you must sit through commercials during your viewing. Hulu Plus does not offer a title selection as extensive as Netflix.

• Amazon Prime is the “baby” of the group, but it’s growing rapidly and is the cheapest service available – as long as you’re comfortable agreeing to a year-long commitment. 

So, if you’re interested in what all the hype is about, consider your options and give each a trial run or simply ask your friends and family what their preferences are. Just remember, a little TV is entertaining, but too much turns your brain to mush, or so Grandma used to say. 

Standard reporter Lacy Garrison can be reached at 473-2191.