My mom has recently gotten into the habit of watching Netflix Instant constantly, and is complaining because she's run out of things to watch, but doesn't like sorting through the choices herself. So I'm trying to get recs.
She watched and loved A Gifted Man, Three Rivers, and Off the Map (she found those on her own) recently. She's all up to date on Bones, Castle, and a few other things. (She loved The Newsroom, and doesn't watch things with the same nitpicky attitude I do.)
My mom's tastes are very different from mine, so I'm having trouble coming up with stuff for her to watch. She loved House (the early seasons), ER (also the early seasons), the Tudors, The Borgias, and Eli Stone. In general, she likes medical dramas, lawyer dramas, period dramas, things that aren't super heavy, and don't have a huge cast (obviously she'll overcome some of those preferences for stuff). Eye candy of the male variety and/or sex doesn't hurt (She really liked the lead in Moonlight, Alcide from True Blood - though she doesn't watch the show - and Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones). In general though, what she really likes is a hopeful/altruistic angle of someone who wants to help people/heal someone. She's not big on bleakness, horror, or mysteries. (She doesn't like the crime procedural type thing, usually.) She generally gets unhappy when a show changes their format/themes part of the way through. (She dislikes the alternate universes of Fringe, for instance.)
She'll watch fantasy/sci-fi, but it's usually not her first choice. (She loved Buffy/Angel, Firefly, loves Doctor Who - though she doesn't like change so the constantly swapping Doctors/Companions is hard for her - and is lukewarm on Lost Girl.) She doesn't like excessive angsting, especially with first persona voiceovers (a rare shared trait).
DVD only isn't a dealbreaker, since she can watch that on her laptop, but Netflix Instant is preferred. So anyone have any ideas?
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