My Name is Julie, and I’m a Binge-TV Addict

Binge-watch is in the dictionary now. Check out the definition (based on Random House):

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I still remember the days before Netflix and Hulu, before DVD players, before VCRs . . . the long-past days when you had to plant yourself before the TV right as your favorite show aired or you flat-out missed it. There was no catching up online, recording the show for later, or view on demand anywhere. You were either there at Monday 8:00 p.m., or the show went ahead without you.

Thank goodness that’s changed.

But I’ve gone farther lately than catching up on a show here and there I missed. Instead, I catch up on the whole TV series I missed. My name is Julie, and I’m a binge-TV addict.

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My current binge-watch show

Here are some reasons why:

I’m extremely impatient. (Really! Just ask my husband.) Don’t you hate that cliffhanger at the end of a season, and then you have to wait months and months to see that plot line resolved? Wait no longer! If you’re impatient like me, you just watch the whole series as you want. Too eager to wait for the season 3? Simply cue it up at the end of season 2. Binge-watching was made with the impatient in mind.

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Didn’t catch it? Binge-watch it!

I can get cool really quick. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, I missed quite a few good shows. I was a little busy parenting young children and thus watching series like Blue’s Clues, Maisy, and Bear in the Big Blue House. So when people talked about how cool Buffy the Vampire Slayer was, I had no idea what they were talking about. I vaguely recalled seeing a commercial with a blond chick and fanged people, right before I turned to the channel back to Disney. Now with binge-watching, I’m back at the cool table. Yep, binge-watching got me caught up on shows like ScrubsCharmedBuffy, Arrested Development, and Leverage.

I feel a little queen-like when the series is at my beck-and-call. When other little girls were oohing and aahing over Barbie and her fashion accessories, I was enamored with a Miss America doll we owned — because she had a crown and scepter and was clearly in charge of something. I’ve been knocked down enough in life by now that I’ve learned a sufficient amount of humility; however, that desire to rule can peek through at times and get sated just enough by binge-watching a whole series. As if I’m Queen of the TV World, I simply summon the next show when I’m ready — like royalty would summon their entertainment in the form of a minstrel or court jester.

I more easily grasp the big picture. When you watch a series in a compressed period of time, you get a better sense of the series as a whole. Which means you can spot references to previous plot lines, recurring characters, the broader character arc, and — yes, indeed — mistakes and contradictions with previous shows in the series. I can see the big picture because there isn’t so much time between the first episode and the middle episode and the finale.

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Just one of my many casualties. Sorry!

If I watch shows as they air, I kill them. I’m convinced that merely by my watching a show, its chances of survival decrease by 63%. Don’t try to tell me otherwise. It’s simply safer for me to wait until the show has had its full run — whether that’s one season or eight — and then watch the whole series. That way, my choice to partake in a series doesn’t impact its renewal outcome.

Now if only I could binge-write and binge-edit . . . successfully. Instead, here’s my step-by-step progress in A Round of Words in 80 Days, the writing challenge that knows you have a life.

1. Read 12 books. I’m in the middle of three different books right now! I’m reading Sketchy Behavior by Erynn Mangum.; Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain; and while sitting in an ER lobby without nothing to do while I waited, I downloaded The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and started reading. I didn’t finish any of these this week, however. So I’m still at 10 of 12 completed.

2. Finish editing SHARING HUNTER, a young adult contemporary novel. Didn’t happen.

3. Edit one short story to publication quality. I received comments back from one teenage beta reader on the next short and agreed with her summary. When I receive the other beta reader’s comments, I’ll finish editing and polishing that story.

In the meantime, I did work on some editing for a third story. Some progress.

4. Publish and promote two short storiesMy Sister’s Demon is available on Amazon. I’ve been troubleshooting some issues with the Barnes & Noble account and think I have it worked out finally to upload the story there this week. Half done!

5. Stay on top of ROW80 sponsor duties. I did not get to check in this week, since my internet time was very limited.

Why was your internet time limited, and why were you sitting in an ER this past week? you ask. Well, I was at church camp with no WiFi and on the last day a kid got a concussion, but he’s fine now. Thanks for asking! 🙂

Do you binge-watch any TV series? Why or why not? And how was your week?

17 thoughts on “My Name is Julie, and I’m a Binge-TV Addict

  1. Hi my name is Caren and I am a binge- watcher. My recent obsessions include: Warehouse 13, Longmire, and The Glades. To make it worse. I watch in secret when everyone is in bed 🙂

  2. I’m a total binge watcher. Just this week I’ve caught up on Supernatural and The Glades. I love to watch shows while I’m knitting. I can’t seem to just sit and watch though.

  3. We’ve done our share of binge-watching. Mary wanted the first season of True Blood one Christmas, so we spent the day watching it, and she loved it so much we had to get the second season and watch that a few days later. We did the same with the first season of Two and a Half Men. We also have the entire run of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Fawlty Towers, and SCTV that we’ve watched in a single sitting. In the case of True Blood, we didn’t see it because we’re too cheap to get HBO, in the other cases we just love the shows. I want to rip them to my hard drive so I can watch them when Mary doesn’t want to. It’s a good use of computer space, I think…

    1. I’ve never watched Fawlty Towers, though I keep thinking I should. I’m a Monty Python fan. It was a ton of fun to watch Holy Grail with our teenage sons and pass on the silly, ever-so-quotable lines from that movie.

  4. I don’t binge-watch as you described, but I watch only shows from my DVR. I keep a backlog of 70 to 90 shows and watch those that have been in the DVR the longest first – usually 3-5 hours a day.

  5. I do so like being able to watch multiple episodes in one sitting. It’s so much easier to keep track of the overall story line. When you watch weekly, you sometimes forget who a character is or where they left off or why someone is doing that weird things that makes no sense.

    I’m sort of a binge-watcher, too for all of the same reasons. Except I’m not really overly impatient.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  6. I enjoy binge-watching some of my old favorite TV shows from time to time–Frasier and Buffy are near the top of the list. And it’s so tempting when we find a new show we really enjoy and all the episodes are waiting for us with the click of a button. I remember when I discovered Chuck, I was hooked. I definitely binge-watched that show the first time around!

    I’ll be curious to hear how you like “Techniques of the Selling Writer” by Dwight Swain. I haven’t read it yet, but Amazon keeps recommending it to me when I’m shopping for writing books. How is it so far?

  7. I’m a binge watcher, too. I love it when a show has at least two seasons before I see the first episode. Love The Vikings, Orphan Black, The Americans (though it’s 70% nonsense), Mad Men, Justified, Copper, Sherlock, and several more I won’t admit to. Now that I think about it, I kind of binge everything. 🙂

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