Suddenlink tried to do me over but Netflix got my back

Suddenlink on your side? More like Suddenlink creeped up from the depths of hell and stabbed me in the back. In the spirit of Halloween, let me tell you a horrific story about how Suddenlink crushed my world.

Every night, I have to have the television on and some background noise to fall asleep. I know, it is a terrible habit, and I need to kick it hard but what can a TV addicted college girl do?

I usually opt to have an episode of “Friends” playing on Nickelodeon while I fade into la la land to the voices of Ross, Phoebe, Joey and the rest of the gang arguing about whether or not someone was on a break.

But on one dark and stormy night in the not-so-distant past, I was getting ready for bed and flipping through the channels until finally settling on my usually choice of “Friends.” But unlike any other night and the fact that it may or may not have been dark and stormy, I tuned into Nickelodeon and was horrified by what I saw. It was straight out of a nightmare. I could not believe what my eyes where seeing.

The freaking Sprout channel had been dropped by Suddenlink along with a host of other important and life sustaining Viacom channels including MTV, VH1 and BET.  And instead of Nick@Nite, a terrible, colorful and musical children’s show was staring back at me. I mean it was an absolutely horrific experience to have a children’s show on at 11 p.m.

What kind of cruel unusual punishment is this? What do I watch now to lull my precious self to sleep? Nothing. I have to listen to silence and bugs dive bombing at my window. There are no “Friends” here. I can’t just try the next house over like I’m the Big Bad Wolf in search of some fresh bacon or something.

You know what Suddenlink? I was bitter at first, but it is okay now. I am not even mad anymore, because you know what, Netflix has got my back.

While Nickelodeon, TBS and other small cable channels replay the same few key episodes over and over, Netflix announced Wednesday that all 10 seasons and all 236 episodes of “Friends” will be available to stream January 1, 2015. What a time to be alive.

Warner Bros. actually celebrated the 20th anniversary of “Friends” on Sept. 22 this year and even launched a pop-up Central Perk coffee house in New York City with the love of my life: James Michael Tyler (AKA Gunther). I guess my formal invitation got lost in the mail.

And if you cannot wait until January to get your late night “Friends” fix, Netflix added Gilmore Girls to the streaming service. It is especially helpful if you just cannot get your mom up at 10 a.m. to watch it with you on ABC Family, and you need something to tide you over until the New Year.

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