On my way home from the teachers rally last Thursday I was listening to 774 Radio with Raph Epstein. The discussion was binge TV, you know when you get a box set of a series (or download it as seems to be the way sometimes) and watch the thing in just a few evenings. This modern phenomena appears to be having quite an impact on the way we watch TV, no longer willing to watch one episode a week and then wait a whole year for the next season to start. It is especially appealing when the TV stations muck around with the timing of their programs so that what was on at 9.30 on week then appears at 10.30 the next and so on until you’ve missed so many episode you’ve missed the whole story.
Bingeing on TV programs has become something of a habit for Mr Good and I for several reason. Firstly, there are few series on TV that we both enjoy, yet there are many older series that we missed and are now enjoying together. And I must say there have been some phenomenally good shows made in the last few years. Secondly, we don’t start watching until both the girls are in bed, settled and sound asleep, which rarely coincides with the start of a show, so watching it in our own time works wonderfully. And lastly because we don’t start til late we don’t like wasting time with ads and so on. It’s something we share and for a couple that sometimes have more differences than similarities that is a great thing.
We have just finished all five seasons of Breaking Bad and loved it, though the last season was probably its weakest so far. We LOVED West Wing (how did we miss that first time around?) which we finished at the end of last year and Mad Men has probably moved to my number 2 show of all time. Our binge TV habit started with The Wire (still my number 1) and what a way to start. The Sons of Anarchy has also featured in the mix, though I did find the last season so gratuitously violent I had trouble watching it. We have quite a list of shows we want to get through and now take it in turns to pick (but it has to be one we both enjoy). It’s my pick next and I think I’ll go with the Danish series The Killing.
So readers, are you binge TV watchers and if so what is your pick for a thrilling, engaging, have-to-see-what-happens-next kind of show? Or perhaps you’re a binge-er of another sort? Binge reading perhaps? I’ve certainly done my share of that, The Millennium series springs to mind there.