There are very few television shows that we really watch anymore. In our efforts to save money around the time when my hubby was laid off over a year ago, we decided to go without cable or satellite television service. Our house is in a bad location for picking up local digital signals, as well. We decided to opt for using our Xbox 360 to access Netflix and watch television that way. We don't get the latest episodes, and many of the shows and movies we want to watch are not available for instant streaming, but we will soon be adding Hulu to our Xbox 360 (once it becomes available) to allow for other viewing options. We pay about $50 a year for our Xbox Live membership and about $10 a month for Netflix, a huge savings over cable or satellite even once we are able to add Hulu for about another $10 a month (we were previously paying over $40 a month for cable and even more when we had satellite).
We have been lucky enough with the instant streaming on Netflix to be able to watch most of the past few seasons' episodes of one of our favorite television shows - Top Gear. It's one of the few shows that our whole family enjoys watching together. The five of us cuddle on the couch to watch the crazy antics of Richard Hammond, James May, Jeremy Clarkson, and The Stig. In fact, we find that many members of our extended family, as well as many of our friends, also enjoy keeping up with the latest episodes of Top Gear.
It seems that most of our favorite shows come to us compliments of the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), and it is thanks to Netflix (and soon to be Hulu, also) that we are able to continue enjoying these shows.