To binge or not to binge . . .
I just started watching “Breaking Bad” on Netflix. I know, I’m beyond late to the party, but as someone who is typically late to everything, I’m going to use my tried-and-true response: “Better late than never.”
I’m only on season two and since I’m not able to fully binge, it may take me a while to get through. I’ve also been advised that due to the nature of the show, it’s not the best idea to binge it. So I guess my crazy and hectic life is actually a bonus to keep me from falling down the rabbit hole of binging.
Picking up on the show has got me to thinking. What truly makes a show binge-worthy? A friend of mine had recently put out a request on social media asking for suggestions of shows to binge on Netflix. One of the recommended shows was “Fuller House.” Now, I might get mail on this, but “Fuller House” is not what I think of when I think “let’s binge a show.”
“Fuller House” is more like, “there’s nothing else on and I’ve got 30 minutes of free time or I need something as background noise.”
As much as I was a fan of “Full House,” there is no way I want to watch hours of the Tanner family. I’m sorry, but again, no.
So, the “Full House” revelation led me to further contemplate what makes a show binge-worthy. I’ve come up with the following.
If you don’t particularly care for a show, you probably aren’t going to hang around for too many episodes of it. Likable characters and well-executed humor are some of the biggest factors here, but other things like dialogue, intriguing stories and even loyalty to a specific actor can all affect how engaged the audience is.
Most people don’t want to watch something more than 90 minutes long. While I can agree that I don’t want to – or simply don’t have the time to – watch something that long, if it’s good then I’ll make the time. There is such a thing as the pause button. But first, it has to be worth it.
There has to be a reason why we stay up until the wee hours of the morning just to watch one more episode. A worthwhile show gives you something to root for. What’s the point of sitting through all those seasons, episode after episode, if not to fulfill a yearning that the show inspired in you at the beginning?
Whether you want to admit of not, we all have that couple we want to see get together in a binge-worthy show. A show doesn’t have to have romance to be good per se, but almost any show can be made bearable by the premise of a budding romance.
Now that you’ve got the information, here are few binge-worthy shows to check out. Enjoy.
- “Breaking Bad”
- “Peaky Blinders”
- “The West Wing”
- “The Crown”
- “Jane the Virgin”
- “13 Reasons Why”
- “The Gilmore Girls”
- “Stranger Things”