Binge watching, a new phrase that has been added to the list of slang vocabulary as of late, has taken many viewers by storm with a barrage of hit programs and streaming media outlets and devices. The term refers to the act of taking a television series and making a complete run through of full seasons, or the entire series, in one sitting, with varying snack and bathroom breaks in between.
This activity has grown in popularity as the public was shown the vast glory of televised and streamed art. There seems to be no end to the possibilities; almost any show you can think of, new or old, is at the fingertips of anyone with a TV or mobile device and the assistance of your provider: television providers, Roku, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, Crackle, etc. The choices go on and on, with an infinitely expanding cavalcade of options.
Now, what folks are watching will always be different in some way, but the most popular television programs on the binge-watching list include:
“Arrested Development”– Level-headed son Michael Bluth takes over family affairs after his father is imprisoned.
“Doctor Who”– The further adventures of the time traveling alien adventurer and his companions.
“Sherlock”– A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.
“The Office”– A mockumentary on a group of typical office workers, where the workday consists of ego clashes, inappropriate behavior, and tedium.
And for mature audiences,
“Walking Dead”– Police officer Rick Grimes leads a group of survivors in a world overrun by zombies.
“Breaking Bad”– To provide for his family’s future after he is diagnosed with lung cancer, a chemistry genius turned high school teacher teams up with an ex-student.
For those interested in binge watching some older shows, there are many to choose from, but some recommendations include:
“Freaks and Geeks”– Two unique groups of teenagers dealing with life in high school during the 80’s.
“Scrubs”– In the unreal world of Sacred Heart Hospital, intern John “J.D” Dorian learns the ways of medicine, friendship and life.
“Seinfeld”– The continuing misadventures of neurotic New York stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York friends.
“Flight of the Conchords”– Bret and Jemaine are Flight of the Conchords, a folk-rock band from New Zealand living in New York City in search of stardom.
“Mystery Science Theater 3000”– In the not-too-distant future, a man and his robots are trapped aboard the Satellite of Love, where mad scientists force them to sit through the worst movies ever made.
“Futurama”– Animated series that follows the adventures of Fry, a pizza guy who is accidentally frozen in 1999 and thawed out New Year’s Eve 2999.
“Tim and Eric Awesome Show”– Two comedians, average nobodies, and celebrity guest stars perform bizarre low-budget comedy sketches.
“Fawlty Towers”– Hotel owner Basil Fawlty’s incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away.
For full show descriptions, cast, and more visit imdb.com.
Disclaimer: The Paper Wolf takes no responsibility for any accidents that may happen while binge watching. Do not attempt if you are weak of heart or spirit, have trouble sitting in front of a screen for hours on end, enjoy the smell of fresh air and the sun’s warming embrace, or have a history of social contact and sleeping.