March 1, 2011

Which CBS Shows Are Coming to Netflix?

Netflix recently reached a deal with CBS to begin streaming shows from the CBS library in April. The press release mentioned that "dozens" of shows would be offered, but only the following shows have been announced:

The Twilight Zone
The Andy Griffith Show
Star Trek (every series!)
Hawaii Five-O
Family Ties
Twin Peaks

This is a long way from "dozens," so what other shows will be streaming? I don't think "I Love Lucy" or "The Honeymooners" will be available, because I think they would have announced that in the press release. Perhaps the folks at Netflix thought the price was a little too high for those titles, but that's pure speculation on my part. Assuming there are a dozen slots left to fill, I think we might see the following, a mix of programming aimed at different segments of the viewing audience:

Perry Mason
The Beverly Hillbillies (already listed on FeedFliks, due to start today, part of same deal?)
Hogan's Heroes
The Wild Wild West
Mission: Impossible
The Brady Bunch
Happy Days
Love Boat
Nash Bridges
Touched by an Angel

That seems like a pretty safe list of shows. Now if I was a buyer for Netflix, and I had a dozen more choices from CBS's massive list of acquisitions, this is what I would pick:

I Love Lucy (a steal at any price!)
The Honeymooners (ditto!)
My Three Sons
The Fugitive
Gomer Pyle USMC
Love American Style
The Flip Wilson Show
The Odd Couple
Mork and Mindy
Police Squad!

According to this list, any of these titles and more are possible. For classic tv fans like myself, April just can't come fast enough! What do you hope is in the CBS/Netflix deal?

Note: Your memory is not faulty. Many of the shows currently held by CBS originally aired on other networks.