How to "Binge Watch" a TV Show

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This comic is oddly relevant for me today. For the past week, I've been binge-watching the South African sci-fi series "Charlie Jade" before it expires from Netflix streaming on Monday night.

October 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDon

Did this with the "Sopranos" and "Orange is the New Black". Next up is "Breaking Bad". Probably not in one night, however.

As much as I loved the Ken Burns 3-part series on "Prohibition", I couldn't stay awake for the last 15 minutes of each episode.

October 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike N

Just did this with the show "Life". I had watched it while it was airing but my sisters had missed it. Amazing how many more connections you catch when you watch it all in one go. Writer did a good job of wrapping up when it was cut short.

October 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSimpler Simon

suggestions for binge watching on Netflix: Lilyhammer, Wallander (both, the English version and the Swedish), the French police drama Spiral, Annika Bengtzon, all great shows.

October 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdeimos

That second panel made me laugh quite a lot.

October 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

Eh... my mother has been binge watching ever since Ken Burns' Civil War documentary went to DVD. Then it was Star Trek TNG, then Voyager then DS9, and NCIS. I don't like visiting now that Civil War is collecting dust.

Funny, I'm binge watching Tiger & Bunny right now.

October 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterZach

Nice Neil Diamond/Al Jolson reference in the last panel.

October 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMick from Vic

I tried binge-watching Breaking Bad, but it was getting too depressing and serious so I mixed in My Little Pony (watching one episode of Breaking Bad, then one of MLP, and so on)... that was a really bad idea. Really, really bad. You do not want your brain associating Fluttershy with Walter.


Now I've given up on Breaking Bad for the moment and am binge-playing the new Pokemon game instead :D

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteroppyu

Personally speaking, I've felt a lot more content since I accepted that there is just too much good TV to watch. I realise that I can't possible squeeze in every critically lauded show and live a reasonably balanced life.
Or maybe I'm just middle-aged...

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

I have a habit of (re-) watching tv shows on one monitor while playing video games on the other - but only if the game doesn't require my full attention. Like Minecraft, or when I'm just messing around in sand box games like GTA or ARMA 3. I watched the whole season three of the Sopranos this way (in one sitting) when I had three weeks off from work last summer. Good times!

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDCpAradoX

Ahh someone else who knows Charlie Jade, I loved that show :-)

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThera

I binged through all four panels of this comic, only to be disappointed by the lack of "jazz hands".

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjazznonymous

Panel 1 sounds like any given evening at my inlaw's house. One or both of them fall asleep on the couch.

And I don't think I've ever seen the end of any Ken Burns documentary.

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrad

Obviously, Meyer damns jazz with faint praise in his coda at the bottom. I too, at one time, had little appreciation for the genre. Then, when I was 16 years of age, an album was released that changed everything for me. Miles gave us "Bitches Brew", and that's all I've got to say about that...

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMr. Obvious

I still haven't finished watching The Matrix. . I fall asleep before the end, every time.

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDave

Fun comic as always, but this isn't really "How" to binge watch, so much as "the effects" of binge watching. I still need to watch all of the final season of Fringe, and was hoping for pointers.

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFringed Not Tasseled

I binge-watched all of BSG in 6 weeks in order to watch the finale live. I've never had such a condensed intensity of disappointment in my entire life.

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMKE Dave

@Fringed Not Tasseled: "this isn't really "How" to binge watch, so much as "the effects" of binge watching"

Eh? Yes it does.

1a. Make use of streaming.
1b. Watch an entire series at a time in one sitting.
2. Stick to older material so it is more likely to be complete.
3. Look out for insights you missed when viewing it piecemeal.
4. Appreciate the efficient way you have absorbed the content and been kept amused.

Oh, and:
0. Don't forget to read the bits of text at the top of each panel.

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSimes

Binge watching is my preferred way of experiencing entertainment; I watched Broadchurch on BBCA while it was going and was thrown off by the fact that I actually had to wait for new installments... Unfortunately, I never want things to end, so I always end up kind of just not watching the last season or few episodes. That way it always exists for me (or something).

Currently binging on Red Dwarf, though.

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLythande

This reminded me of my favourite ever piece of graffiti I saw once:

"Jazz isn't dead. It just smells funny."

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterValery North

Oddly, I don't really go for this method. It may be because there are rather few series I'll watch on Netflix, and almost none* of them are from this century. Those few 20th century gems I can stand get watched with dinner one at a time.

*Being Human (UK) (S01-04**) was very much worth watching. That's it for the 21st century. No, don't tell me about "this great show you'll just love." I guarantee you that I've heard of it, dismissed it on first hearing, or hated it on viewing it, and abandoned it.

**Yes, I know there's a fifth season/series. I'll see it when Netflix streams it.

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

I love old jazz. The kinds that had rhythm and melody.
Chord scale jazz always sounds like elevator music to me.
Binge watching scares me.
I can see how it could easily get addictive, which only isolates the watchers, which makes them feel hollow inside, which makes them crave more empty entertainment....

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDee

I'm binge watching all the Star Trek at the moment. Everyone tells me I should be watching Breaking Bad, but since I won't be able to watch the last season yet, I think I'm going to wait.

October 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Yay Book announcement coming soon!

Forget binge watching, I miss the end of most of what I watch....

October 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermohrorless

I've binged on comic archives (including BI), but never television. At least I get a little more exercise by clicking the mouse between comics than I'd get clicking from one TV episode to the next.

October 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDave H

I like jazz. A lot of it does such interesting things with the notes.

I don't binge watch, but sometimes I don't get into a show until it's in reruns, and in that case, I end up watching a lot of the show, sometimes not in the right order :)

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKristina L

Ken Burns is not a documentarist, but a forensic surgeon. He would never have made "Jazz" unless he was certain it was dead and in need of an inquest. Since he studiously avoided everything that happened after 1965, the series is as fresh as it ever was. That said, great strip. I've never binge-watched anything, and this assures me that that was a good decision.

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert
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