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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

TV marathons

The New York Times recently wrote an interesting story about people "binge-viewing" TV shows—or watching all the episodes of a season in one burst—and how it's changing the way executives think about programming. It made me laugh to think how many times I've done that. Back in my single days, I went on crazy jags with Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Gray's Anatomy. Alex and I have done it with Mad Men and Homeland. We tried to do it with Breaking Bad, but I started having nightmares and couldn't handle it.

The funny thing about watching TV shows all in a row is that they get in your head. You start thinking like the characters with the same slang and intonation, and you almost forget it's not real life. At least, that's happened to me:)

Which TV shows have you watched like this? Reveal below...

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C said...

Homeland! Newsroom. Downtown Abbey. I love these shows. I don't have time to watch tv on a weekly basis so when I do have down time, I enjoy binge viewing. But you're right, the shows get into your head. :-)

Unknown said...

Spartacus (love!), Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, True Blood, The Walking Dead.

cpichan said...

Picking up on the characters' language - yes! Dexter is dangerous to binge-watch with Deb throwing the f word in every sentence - it's contagious! Thanks for sharing the article, Joanna!

Anniefrances said...

House of Cards. Thirteen episodes released on Netflix on the same day. Enough said.

Andie Westbrook said...

My husband and I have been binge watching the Mentalist lately. Guilty pleasure.

Lisa Maria said...

The same exact thing happened to me with Breaking Bad!! My husband was able to watch it all the way through, but I had to stop in the first season (that episode with the acid and bathtub gave me nightmares for weeks).

We also started binge watching Mad Men when we first got married and had to stop because it was all about infidelity and it was depressing while we were in newlywed mode. We started up again a couple of years later and were able to handle it better.

I'm excited that Netflix is doing this with Arrested Development and House of Cards.

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kuletku said...

I wasn't aware there was a name for what my husband and I have been doing these past few years since we got married...so it's binge viewing alright..
here's our list so far:
roswell, smallville, heroes, everybody hates chris, arrested development, the office, dexter, true blood, 30 rock, the walking dead, breaking bad, game of thrones, modern family, hannibal, bates motel and currently with Benedict Cumberbatch aka Sherlock. He just made the list of celebrities I'm allowed to sleep with by the way. :p

Rosella Alfonso said...

Gosh, I feel bad not mentioning the very show I'm binge watching as of late. Mad Men.. oh and we also did watch American Horror Story. I like being scared and anxious and feeling embarrassed while watching a show (Michael Scott's awkward situations anyone?).

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