Are you a binge-watcher? Do you like to watch TV episodes back-to-back, devouring an entire season in a few sittings? Do you prefer to watch TV through online subscription services? Or do you prefer watching traditional TV, where you can savor each episode during the week until the next one airs?
TV viewing habits have changed dramatically within the past few years. Viewers can watch an entire series in a few sittings to get their fill of shows without having to wait. No more eager anticipation over days, weeks or even a year to find out what happens next. With binge-watching the only pause in the action is for bathroom breaks or the occasional refill of the snack bowl.
Binge-watching has been defined as viewing more than two episodes of the same show in a single sitting. Some subscription TV services help make binge-watching even more compelling by starting to play the next episode after the last one is over. See, The Plaid Zebra, Turns out binge watching isn’t actually your choice.
Netflix has become a haven for binge-watchers with entire seasons of House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black released on a single day. Some people prefer to power through the entire season in as few sittings as possible, while others spread out their viewing realizing that a year will pass before the next release.
Shows such as Game of Thrones can attract both traditional TV watchers and binge-watchers. Some viewers want to watch the latest episodes when they’re aired, while others prefer to wait until the season is over then watch all of the episodes at once.
With subscription TV services, you don’t even need to have a TV to watch shows. View shows from your phone, tablet or computer, anywhere, any time you have an Internet connection. Some people use subscription TV services to save costs by cutting out cable services. With subscription services there’s always something to watch, or binge-watch.
Subscription services can help viewers catch up with TV series. If you missed the earlier seasons of a series, but are wondering what the buzz is about, you can stream past episodes until you’ve caught up. If you missed watching previous seasons of Homeland, The Affair or The Walking Dead, a few marathon viewing sessions will get you caught up before the next season airs.
The Best TV Series to Binge Watch gives a ranking of the best shows for you to binge-watch. You can filter the rankings by age, gender and region of the voters. Filters are also available for you to find shows to watch on streaming services such as Netflix, HBO, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video.
Shows that are no longer airing can be binge-watched, so you can join in the conversation with fans who watched when the shows were on the air. You may also want to re-visit past favorites to watch them continuously. Shows such as Breaking Bad, Lost and Mad Men can be viewed from beginning to end, or you can re-watch only the best episodes.
Beware of Spoilers
Binge-watching brings a danger of spoilers. If you aren’t up-to-date with the current episode, you may accidentally learn of important plot points before you have a chance to watch them. Be sure to stay far away from Twitter as an episode is airing if you don’t want to be spoiled.
Spoilers can be especially challenging with TV series that are released an entire season at a time. Before you start discussing an episode of Orange Is the New Black from the 4th season that was released on Friday, be sure that others have watched it.
To avoid being spoiled, use tech tools that can block spoilers from being seen. Check out How to Block Spoilers from Ruining Your TV Fun! for helpful spoiler blockers.
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* Infographic courtesy of Drew Burstein, used with permission.