Don’t Panic! Original “HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE” TV Show On Netflix

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At, we love Netflix.  They created — and dominated — the whole rent-DVD's-through-the-mail thing, combining a no-hassle way to get and return movies with a humongous catalog right out of the gate (take THAT, Blockbuster!).  And the introduction of their "Watch Instantly" streaming service blasted beyond the convenience of watching flix on your computer to a passle of hardware devices that were Netflix-ready — not just Slingboxes and Apple TV's, but Netflix-widgeted Blu-Ray players and even wireless flat-screens.

So when a particularly rare and worthwhile bit of content shows up, we wanna bring it to your attention.  Case in point: the original 6-episode BBC adaptation of Douglas Adams' sci-fi farce THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY.  Mind you, this was made back in 1981, so expect the special effects to be a bit on the cheesy side — like vintage DOCTOR WHO-level cheesy (and in fact, Adams became the head writer on WHO not long after).  On the other hand, it's still scads better than the recent big-budget bomb of a movie adaptation.

So log into your Netflix account (WHAT?!? You don't have one yet? Sacrilege!), grab your towel and a Pan-Galactic Gargleblaster, and thumb along with Arthur, Ford, Zaphod, and Marvin the Paranoid Android as they seek the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything.  [SPOILER ALERT: It's 42.]

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