My Life in the Queue

I am not sure if this reflects poorly upon me, but my Netflix queue is full. Yes, full. When I went to add Dexter Season 4, the site told me I had reached my quota of titles allowed on a person’s queue. If you are wondering, the magic number appears to be 500. So, naturally, I removed His Girl Friday and Some Like it Hot to make room for the trials and adventures of that zany serial killer we all have grown to love (Sorry, but when push comes to shove, the classics are the first to go from the list).


For the rest of the day, I fumed and questioned why the site would limit my queue length– after all, don’t they want me to be sucked into the idea of keeping titles on my list and therefore never finding the need to unsubscribe from their oh-so-desirable services? My husband, being the logical being he is, consoled me and told me that the Netflix servers probably have only a certain amount of space and thus everyone should be limited.


I decided to review my queue with the intention of culling the excess items. My first inclination was to omit the overlap from my physical DVD queue and my watch instantly. Sadly, I had reached my quota of 500 a while back, and must have had the same idea then as there was only one or two titles that could be trimmed from my main list.


My eyes scanned the long list of titles: Deadwood Season 2, Young Guns, Life in the Undergrowth, Fred Claus (don’t judge me!), and a few seasons of Ghost Hunters (the original, not the lamer and much less critical spin offs) were just a few of the titles that longingly pleaded with me to be watched.


Right then I knew what I had to do. I couldn’t remove these items from my queue. I placed each and every one of them there for a reason (although I may not always remember what that reason was or even what the show was). I have to watch everything from my queue. Well, I have to at least try. Being the math genius I am, if I watched one DVD a day, it would take me over a year to finish my queue– and that’s only IF I stop adding to it—which I know I will never do. I will, however, make an effort to watch one item from my queue every day for a year.


Like most experiments and goals, I think it is best to set up a few parameters. First, I will watch one title a day from Netflix. This could be in the form of the physical DVD off of my queue, or a streaming title from my watch instantly queue. Either way, it counts. When I am done watching it, I have to be able to take it off of my queue. What does this mean? Well, obviously movies I can take off when I complete them. TV shows or series, on the other hand, I will count each disc as a “title.” So, if I watched disc one of the first season of Who’s the Boss? I have reached my quota for the day (and would as a result have the “A Brand New Life Around the Bend” theme song stuck in my head for the next week and a half).


When I am done with the title for the day, I will post my review here. Sometimes these reviews will be insightful. On the occasion that this happens, be forewarned, it is not intentional. Each review will be posted Monday through Friday. While I may post on the weekends, I am only requiring posts each weekday. This is mostly to save my husband the trouble of having to watch these with me.


As evidenced by the length of my queue, I love TV, movies, and anything remotely similar. My tastes are eclectic and range from cerebral foreign films to screwball comedies and from cheesy sitcoms to horror films. I will always try to be honest—at times brutally so—and open in my thoughts and critiques during this yearlong viewing experiment.


Thanks for reading and wish me luck! :)

2 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. Meg- LOVE this. And not sure why I didn’t know aobut this before. Looking forward to seeing your reviews as I traverse your archives…

    October 27th, 2010

  2. meg

    Aww! Thank you so much! I hope you continue to enjoy my posts! I do have questionable taste in films and TV shows sometimes :)

    October 27th, 2010

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