Just like the every one else in America, I watched the second season of House of Cards in record time. Well, that's not true. If I didn't have kids I would have sat down for 13 hours and not moved until I was finished. But I did get through it in the first three days. I love the instant gratification of binge-watching and have been doing it way before Netflix released entire seasons in one day. But I also feel a lot of pressure to do it. A friend ruined the first episode on Facebook at noon the day House of Cards premiered. Boo! And there is another shocker in a later episode that everyone was hinting at. I was so afraid that I'd hear about it before I watched it, so I stayed up too late two nights in a row to see for myself. Luckily, it wasn't that big of a shock to me. (It's called foreshadowing, people). Still, it was a great season and since the show sort of plays out like a long movie, I enjoyed watching the episodes in a row.
I guess I started binge-watching waaaay back in 2003 when a friend gave me the first three volumes of The Best of Friends for my birthday. Even though I'd seen every episode of Friends multiple times, I had fun lying around all day watching one after another.
In 2005 Jacob got me Sex and the City: The Complete Series for Christmas. I watched every episode from beginning to end two times in 2006.
2005 was also the year we got Netflix. At first we just got movies by mail, but I eventually took over the queue when I decided that TV shows were a ton of fun to catch up on. Freaks and Geeks was a show I missed out on when it aired, but it quickly became on of my favorites after watching the entire lone season in two weeks.
When I was pregnant with Nolan in 2008, I quit my job and lounged around. I read a zillion books and magazines and watched teen dramas on Soapnet. Then I realized I could start them all from the beginning with Netflix DVDs! I don't know if it was the hormones or the story lines, but I was in tears constantly while watching Veronica Mars. I got so invested in the characters! It's still one of my favorite shows. One Tree Hill and Felicity had a similar affect on me.
I wasn't able to relax as much when pregnant with Milo because I had a rambunctious two-year old to chase around, so my down time was usually spent sleeping. I did watch a lot of streaming shows during Milo's first few months while feeding in the middle of the night. I started with fun comedies like Party Down and Parks and Recreation, but when I was done with those I watched Dexter. I don't know why I thought watching a drama about a serial killer in the middle of the night with a newborn was a good idea, but I loved it. Back then Netflix only had seasons one through four. I recently watched season five and it was crazy how much the creepy opening credits reminded me of my sweet little baby. I hope I didn't cause him too much damage.
Then came the Netflix original series. In order to prepare for the fourth season of Arrested Development, Jacob and I had a marathon of the first three seasons for a month leading up to the release date. Jacob is the worst binge-watcher ever, since he just won't do it. He is totally fine with watching an episode here or there, never in any rush. Why doesn't he care about TV like I do?! He's ridiculous.
Even though it was getting a lot of great hype, I waited a few weeks to start Orange is the New Black. I fell in love by episode three and finished the season in four days. I cannot wait until June 6 for season two! I'm making sure my calendar is clear that weekend.
I had never seen an episode of Breaking Bad, but new it was a show I wanted to watch, so I recorded the second half of season five as it aired on AMC. I didn't get a chance to watch the first four and a half seasons before the live series finale, but I caught up quickly. While recovering from surgery I was able to watch every single episode in eleven days. It should have been seven days. I only had last three episodes of the series to go, but we just had to go to Disneyland. I thought a lot about Jesse and Walt at the happiest place on Earth. The second we got home, I parked it in front of the TV to finish it. (By the way, season 5 part 2 is available to stream on Netflix today!)
December is always a great time to binge-watch a new show since all the regulars go on winter hiatus. I heard good things about the Australian teen drama Dance Academy and watched all 64 episodes in three weeks. I loved it!
I'm halfway through season six of Dexter, then plan to start a show from my binge-watch to-do list.
What were your favorite shows to binge-watch?