Binge-watching aka binge-viewing aka marathon-viewing, you know the term, it's as common a household term as "pass the salt". According to Wiki:
Binge-watching: is the practice of watching television for a long time span, usually a single television show.
And according to Webster:
binge watch·ingnounthe practice of watching multiple episodes of a television program in rapid succession, typically by means of DVDs or digital streaming.
- "people who watch television online say they regularly indulge in binge watching"
Ok same diff. You know what it is, the trouble for me is when do you have the time to do it? Do you sacrifice your sleeping hours? Because, frankly I don't have the time in my day to do the damn dishes and was considering finding a "dish doing service" in Natick, where i live, for assistance. Dollars well spent.
But alas, some of you, most of you, HAVE the time (for which I am jealous) because in a survey conducted by Netflix 80% of people define binge-watching as "watching between 2-6 episodes of the same TV show in one sitting. And in fact 73% of Americans said they binge-watched shows which includes a staggering 90% of US millennials. And 38% of those millennials also said they binge-watched pretty much every week.
So here are some shows I have been recommended to binge watch, and as noted, ones I actually have watched and are still in the middle of. But the goal here is to start a conversation about these choices. Are they valid? Should I indeed spend my precious time I could be doing dishes watching these shows instead?
Inquiring minds want to know!
"Master of None" (season 1-2 on Netflix) Never heard of it...but it's apparently pretty new, just one season in. This is comedian Aziz Ansari's series and the response from critics on the newly released Season 2, is that it's even better than the first. Can anyone corroborate on this?
"Glow" (Season 1 on Netflix) I saw promos for this and thought OMG this looks crazy enough to be good. Netflix's 1980's comedy about the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling show, hitting on some ridiculous situations as a group of women with no wrestling experience try to come together to make something amazing. "Glow" sports a hysterical cast, and I'm told its first season is a quick binge that's totally worth the investment. Yes?
"The Handmaid's Tale" (Season 1 on Hulu) I'd never heard of this until I watched 5 minutes of the Emmy's this year and this show received or was nominated for seemingly every award. It's about a dystopian world that subjugates women. The dark series' focus on the feminist struggle of Elizabeth Moss feels especially poignant in today's political climate. Too heavy?
"Ozark" (Season 1 on Netflix) I have actually begun watching this. It's really good, just disturbing enough to keep me interested. Plus the acting by Laura linney and Jason Bateman is worth it. It follows a money launderer as he's forced to head from Chicago to Missouri and make big moves to keep a drug cartel off his back. don't need your review here, I already give it 2 thumbs up.
"Catastrophe" (seasons 1-2 on Amazon) With only six half-hour episodes in each of its two seasons, I hear Amazon’s acclaimed sitcom “Catastrophe” is an easy binge. Sounds like something I can do!
"Better Call Saul" (Netflix, season 1-2 only) This is a “Breaking Bad” spinoff - does it live up to it's predecessor? Tough act to follow me thinks.
"House of Cards" (seasons 1-5 on Netflix) I started watching this but fell asleep during 2 different episodes and never caught up. Then it occurred to me, hmmm, maybe I'm falling asleep during this particular show for a REASON?! Still I understand The beloved political drama that stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright continues to be a fan favorite. What am I missing here?
"The Walking Dead" (seasons 1-6 only on Netflix) As AMC’s most-watched program, the show has this amazing fan base! I have watched it a few times but not really kowing ht echaracters and story line- the whole zombie thing is lost on me. What am I missing here?
"Game of Thrones" (seasons 1-6 on HBO Now and HBO Go) HBO’s massively entertaining “Game of Thrones” is something I think I would love, except for the beheadings and eye gaugings. Which is the true reason why I have never started the series! I think I was permanently damaged by the film Braveheart and that was back when you had to go to the movie theater to see that kind of violence. I should take of my skirt, put on my armor and start GOT once and for all, I know I know...
"Orange is the New Black" (seasons 1-5 on Netflix) I do love this series! I made it through 2 seasons no problem but it's dropped off for me (something about needing to have the time to do the damn dishes I think). But I'm hearing that most critics have called Season 4 the best "Orange is the New Black" season so far. So ok yes...this is back on my radar.
“Making a Murderer” (Season 1 on Netflix) This intense documentary series covers the story of Steven Avery, who was exonerated of a rape accusation before being arrested for murder. The sorted story is spread out over 10 episodes, raising plenty of questions about whether Avery is guilty along the way...ripped from the headlines! Why haven't I started this yet!?
"Big Little Lies" (Season 1 on HBO Go, HBO Now) Aside from Mad Men and Grace and Frankie, THIS is the only series I have actually ever successfully binge watched! HBO's scandal- and rumor-fueled dark comedy based on the best selling novel of the same name was amazing. A true binge watch for me, probably thanks to its star-studded cast of Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgard and Laura Dern. The seven episodes of "Big Little Lies" are available on HBO, making it a quick, perfect for people like me, high-quality watch.
"Better Things" (Season 2 airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. EDT on FX). I have not seen this but it's been highly recommended and it is TOTALLY on my short list thanks to the pairing of Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K. who are co-creators for the show. Last year, "Better Things" won a Peabody Award for its first season and Adlon snagged an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Never seen it...but like I said...on my list.
Ok if you have made it this far...tell me...how's my list? What did I miss?
Like I said inquiring minds, because the more research I do on this binge watching thing, the more I'm re-thinking that "I need to do the dishes" thing. 😉