Binge-watching is described as watching television for longer than normal and watching more than one show of a particular series. With the easy availability of streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu Plus or Amazon Prime, it’s easy to get to years of programming with just a click. You no longer have to wait week by week to see what’s going on with favorite programs, and you can go back through and relive an entire show that you loved years ago and watch the episodes back to back to back to back to back.
There are articles out there about binge-watching and it’s being described as an obsession. It’s said that folks who binge-watch are lonely, they are depressed, and they have a problem. Nonsense. Unless you are sitting in a room all day and all night long, and you are neglecting your family, your job and your life to watch a bunch of TV shows, then who are you harming if you watch a few episodes of a program back to back? No one. It’s fun and it’s a relatively cheap form of entertainment. With the winter that we had here in the Northeast, we spent most evenings in front of the TV. We don’t go to the Mall or to the Movie theaters – we watch TV.
Our binge-watching started when I bought an Amazon Fire TV unit to go with my Amazon Prime membership. There were shows and movies available for free on Amazon Prime. My first experience with watching shows on Amazon Prime was when I caught up with all the Downton Abbey seasons online. With the Fire TV unit, I looked forward to being able to watch entire seasons on the TV and not hunched in front of the computer. Then we added Hulu Plus and Netflix subscriptions, and we joined the ranks of binge-watchers. So many shows, so little time.
My oldest son started with Doctor Who. He had begun watching the new episodes with the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) live as they were aired every Saturday on DirecTV. At first, I wasn’t sure what he was looking at, but of course, he got me hooked into watching, too. He began watching all of the episodes with the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) that we could get on DirecTV. When we added Amazon Fire TV, he went back through all of the episodes with Matt Smith (all three seasons). I then watched the episodes with the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) (one season). We quickly moved through the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) (three seasons). We have now gone back to the beginning, and we made it through all of the episodes with the First Doctor (William Hartnell) and we are currently working on the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton).
We moved on to all seasons and episodes of Scrubs. Since we enjoyed Doctor Who, I have watched several episodes of Torchwood. I can only watch that one in bits and pieces – it’s a bit more gruesome than Doctor Who ever was. I am working on the UK version of The Office on Hulu Plus. We are two episodes shy of being done with Sherlock on Netflix. Last night I started watching Friends on Netflix. My boys have gone through all the seasons and episodes of British and American Top Gear. They are now working on the cartoon Rocko’s Modern Life. I want to start Broadchurch next.
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