In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, actor-comedian Adam McKay, whose breakout roles include The Simpsons, Parks and Recreation, and Saturday Night Live, talks about the joy of watching a 2- or 3-year old TV show with his family, what makes a good Netflix subscription, and how he gets a great, free movie to watch in his backyard.
How much does a TV cost?
McKay says a TV typically costs around $2k, so that’s about $1,000 a month.
And since Netflix is an all-inclusive subscription, McKay’s mom can pay $300 a month for her two-year TV, and her dad can pay just under $2 a month, plus taxes and other fees.
That’s about the same price that the average TV bill would cost you in 2017 if you were paying your bills with a credit card.
But, McKay says, you don’t need to worry about that when you watch Netflix.
McKay says Netflix’s high-definition programming lets you see the best content on the web, so you don “get everything at once,” and the Netflix app gives you access to thousands of movies and TV shows to choose from.
You can also rent and buy DVDs, CDs, and streaming video.
But don’t forget about the kids.
“If you’re a parent with two kids, there’s a good chance you have a TV with both kids,” McKay says.
“You can watch Netflix with one, but the kids will have to wait until you bring the other kid to watch the show.”
He adds that if you live in a remote area, you can watch your favorite shows online, too, which means you don to have to worry that Netflix won’t be available to you in the area.
When did you start watching Netflix?
McKay’s mother, Sarah, started watching Netflix when she was 4.
“I used to just sit on the couch and watch shows,” McKay explains.
But then he discovered that the first few episodes were available on the Internet and they were also free.
McKay said he watched all the original series he could find online.
McKay is currently in the process of switching to Amazon Prime, which gives him access to a wide variety of titles, including the first seasons of all of the shows he grew up watching on Netflix.
And he said he is especially excited about a recent new series from Netflix, Black Mirror.
It’s a dark, sci-fi show that was created by Sam Esmail and stars Charlie Brooker and Billie Piper.
“It was a little bit of a shock when it came out,” McKay said of Black Mirror’s first season.
“But it’s just so good.”
What do you do when you have Netflix?
“I like to spend my time binge-watching,” McKay explained.
“And I have to be honest with you: I watch Netflix a lot, I really do.”
McKay said it’s not uncommon for him to binge-watch just one show a day, and he has a “huge backlog” of shows.
McKay recommends watching a series in sequence and then watching it all in one sitting.
“When you watch it all, you have so much fun,” McKay added.
“That’s when you get into the groove of the show and really get into it.”
Do you have any tips for kids on Netflix?
You should “use Netflix wisely and understand that you can do this without it,” McKay advised.
“Don’t be afraid of not knowing how to use the app, but at the same time don’t be shy.”
For example, McKay said you should watch shows “without subtitles.”
He also suggested you try to find “some sort of catch phrase” to get into “the flow of the story.”
And he suggested “using the pause menu, the pause button, and the fast forward/slow down button.”
“Don and [your kids] get to know each other and the world around them so that you’re not overwhelmed by everything going on,” McKay concluded.
“The most important thing is to get a good idea of what you’re watching and what it is that you are watching, and you can learn a lot from it.”
McKay also suggested watching something with a “dynamic” theme.
“There are shows that are really good for a toddler, and there are shows for kids that are more for an adult,” McKay suggested.
“For a kid, you want to find something that’s really interesting.
I recommend [a show like] Mad Max: Fury Road, which has a dynamic, slow-paced story, and a lot of good action.”
He said it also might be worth trying something like The Walking Dead, which features a lot more gore.
McKay also recommended watching something like the Netflix original series, The Ranch, which he describes as “a