Nope, I’m not talking about binging and purging – I’m talking about binge watching TV. It’s funny, I used to be the kind of person that totally arranged my schedule to be home and able to watch my favorite shows when they actually aired. And before we had all the internet streaming and TiVo type options, I used to be that person who would record on a videotape (remember those contraptions called VCRs?) my shows if I wasn’t home so I could watch them as soon as I was able and could stay current.
Over the years though we’ve found our TV habits have changed significantly. First of all, we don’t really watch quite as much TV as we used to. Then, thanks to Amazon Streaming and Netflix, we’ve been finding what works for us is kind of binge watching a show from beginning to end. This has really been helpful with more of the hour long drama type shows we like to watch. If we get ourselves too involved in multiple long shows at a time we find eventually we just give up on watching the show at all. If we binge watch it however, we actually complete a season much faster. When I say that we binge watch, I also don’t mean we sit and do nothing but watch the show for hours on end. I just mean that we choose a single show to watch at a time. We finished Orange is the New Black Season Three ten times faster because we just focused on that. Now we’re making our way through Season Two of Six Feet Under. When we finish that season we might move on to another show for a bit, but our rule is we’re just going to try to finish an entire season of something before moving on to something else.
The half hour comedies are easier to go through quickly so we do watch more than one of those at a time, but even with those, we try to watch a season from beginning to end. Right now we’re going through Hot Wet American Summer on Netflix and we’ve been re-watching the show Scrubs.
So, overall we’re finding we are much more likely to finish a series if we actually try to watch the season from beginning to end and I have found I’m much less tied to what show is on what night of the week. It has been pretty freeing for us and I can honestly say I don’t even know the last time I watched regular TV – I couldn’t even tell you what the current commercials are these days!
Do you ever binge watch a show?