Do Your Television Viewing Habits Include ‘Binge-Watching’?
Yes they do. However, I must say that I can only binge watch certain types of shows. And I don’t mean genres! I mean certain types, depending on the pace and storylines. I also feel like I can easily binge watch a new show (one that I haven’t seen at all, irrespective of the year it first came out) easier than I can one that I have watched once or many times before.
Let’s take scifi itself, which is my fav genre: I have binged watched Battlestar Galactica (the reboot) to the point of 6 to 8 episodes a days and finished the show in a few days the first time I watched the show, which was in 2010 when I tore ligaments in my right foot and had to take off work for about a week to 10 days. Having never seen the show during it’s first run on tv here, I was dependent on dvds that were given to me by a friend. It is a compelling show and well acted and well written but it was also aided by the fact that I was mostly off my feet due to resting my injured foot and hence changing shows after one or two episodes isn’t the best idea.
Another show that I can easily binge watch from the scifi genre is Stargate Atlantis or even Stargate SG-1 to a certain extent. Although I find that serialized shows are easier to binge watch, I can binge watch non-serialized ones. Comedy too is one that I have watched many episodes of at one time. FRIENDS or Frasier or Corner Gas. Though to be honest, if I had 6-8 hours free during a Saturday or Sunday and just wanted to watch tv shows, I would watch 2-3 episode of one show and then move onto another and then another.
On the other hand, my fav franchise is Star Trek and I find it difficult to binge watch most of it. Maybe Voyager is an exception but even that, the most lightest of all the 5 Trek shows so far, is hard for me to binge watch at times. It’s because I always want to analyze the story and the meanings and the morals and ethics it brings in some of the episodes. So I will watch 2 or maybe 3 of TOS, TNG, DS9, Ent or Voy and then think about it, go to Wikipedia or Memory Alpha and read about the storylines and go in depth into the analysis. That’s Star Trek for you – or for me and all other Trekkies!
Prompt from The Learning Network at The New York Times