Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Have You Ever Binged-Watched?

by Maggie Sefton



Have you ever binge-watched a TVseries of group of shows?  I have.
Actually, last year was the first time I did it.  My cable TV provider, Comcast, had a week of free, everything you want to watch one spring, and I binge-watched Showtime's super suspense, "Homeland."  Excellent times three.

Well, this year I did something different.  Since Comcast didn't offer a free week, I paid a small fee and binge-watched Season 1 and Season 2 of the Netflix produced series  "House of Cards."  As a lifelong Political Watcher who grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC,  I loved "House of Cards" like a duck loves water.  :)   Hey. . .it's my town.  DC was "downtown" for me.

Why didn't I simply sign up for Netflix and watch "House of Cards" that way?  The same reason I haven't subscribed to Showtime or HBO or other premium channels.  I don't want to incur a regular monthly expense for something I would only use occasionally.   I see movies in the cinema every weekend when I'm in Colorado.  Netflix is great for people who don't go out to the cinema often, so
they can't  see as many moviews as I do.  And, second. . . I prefer seeing movies on the big screen.  Call me old fashioned,  but  the little screen TV and worse, the computer screen significantly
affects my experience.

Next month, September, when I return to Colorado----I'm back "home" in Northern Virginia visiting family and friends----I'll catch up with Season 3 of "Homeland."  And eagerly await,
the upcoming seasons of both "Homeland"  and   "House of Cards."  

P.S.   Don't you just LOVE Keven Spacey in that role of Master Manipulator and Politician, Frank Underwood?   Have you watched either of these hit series?    

18 comments:

Heather said...

A friend and I routinely get together for crafting weekends (particularly in winter), during which we do marathons of favorite TV shows on DVD, such as Castle, Covert Affairs and NCIS. This month I binged on the first four seasons of Psych -- and only through season four as that's all I have on DVD. It had been a while since I'd seen seasons 1-3 and forgot how fun/funny some of the episodes are. I had only seen some of the season four eps, so I enjoyed those missed or forgotten. Now to catch up on seasons 5-8...

Mark Baker said...

I tend to limit my TV rerun watching to two or three episodes at a time. Otherwise, I will get nothing else done. The exception to that was January when I watched all three seasons of Veronica Mars, often watching two discs a weekend. Yes, I was trying to get ready for the movie in March, but I got hooked all over again as well. Such a great series.

Well, and there is the 3 hours of Big Bang Theory reruns I watch many Saturday nights thanks to TBS (even though I own the DVD's). But that doesn't count, right?

mary kennedy said...

Maggie, I'm a huge fan of House of Cards and can't wait for the new season. We also watched the Brit version of the show (which my Brit husband prefers). I love Kevin Spacey, he's terrific. And Robin Wright as Clare, his wife, it's definitely addictive!

Carrie P said...

I rent videos from the Library and use Netflix. I've watched Downton Abbey all 4 seasons but it took me a couple of months, I can only watch when no one is home, the boys don't get it. Fringe, Warehouse 13, Eureka were fun on Netflix, and a new favorite, and I can't wait until Netflix or library get the next season is Miss Fisher Mysteries, based on the books by Kerry Greenwood, now I have to get all those books to read.
I'm currently watching some great BBC/PBS mysteries, including Agatha Christie, and have season one of VEEP on order at the library.

Nancy said...

Since I don't watch TV as a rule, I find it especially intoxicating when I binge-watch a tv show. I've done Monk, Pie in the Sky - a British series, Rosemary and Thyme, also British and started to watch Psyche, but got off track.

Maggie Sefton said...

Oh, good. Now I know I'm not the only one who does things like this. :) I feel so much better.

Maggie Sefton said...

LOL, Mark. Oh, of course. That's much different. Favorite line: "My brain is bigger than EVERYBODY'S!!!"

Maggie Sefton said...

Oh, yes, Mary----Claire is fascinating. And just watching her face as she reacts to different scenes. Remember this season's surprise----the menage a trois scene. The camera stayed on her face as the various emotions flashed across it. Riveting. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Carrie----Wasn't Fringe fascinating? I loved it. Great characters. What was Warehouse 13? Missed that. Also love the BBC mysteries.

Maggie Sefton said...

Nancy---I know what you mean. There are only a very few programs I absolutely watch or record on see on Comcast Infinity on Demand. So many of the other shows just don't grab me. Of course, I lean toward suspense or shows with some sci-fi or other fascinating element. My very fave new show: "The Blacklist." Excellent.

Karen in Ohio said...

Maggie, I never had until a riding accident left me stranded in the recliner for two weeks with three broken ribs. So I started watching Mad Men, finally, after reading about the costumes and show recaps on the Tom & Lorenzo blog for years. Ended up watching the entire series to date, plus all the episodes of Doc Martin that were out then, and for good measure, the show Kingdom, starring Stephen Fry.

Most recently, I watched the first season of Orange is the New Black, but I've decided not to watch any more of that show. Too violent for me, which is why I also don't intend to watch House of Cards. I don't do well with suspense any more.

Lisa Ks Book Reviews said...

My younger sister was given Game OF Thrones Season One for her birthday. We had never seen it. We have now binge watched seasons One -Three and are waiting for season four!

Colleen Leyrer said...

I'm a horrible binge watcher! I buy complete seasons of my favorite shows and use them to fall asleep to (nothing but comedies). I love the original Addams family with the gorgeous Carolyn Jones, and who couldn't love Sheldon Cooper with his physics rants on Big Bang Theory? I'm currently waiting to buy Home Improvement. I cannot wait to finally see that show in order :)

Carrie P said...

Warehouse 13, which just aired the last episode 6ish months ago, was a quirky series. They are agents from the government, a secret division that hunt down possessed items. Like an ancient clay head that once you put your hand inside will cut you then possess you to kill. It's hard to explain it was funny, serious, and quirky and I love Saul Rubinek in it.

Elaine N. said...

I do binge watch but don't like that I do it because I end up watching too much in one day. I don't have Netflix or any pay channels (except during NFL season I get the package that gives me NFL Sunday Ticket but since I only watch 1 game/week, that's hardly binging). So I binge watch shows I don't get (Homeland, House of Cards), shows that I didn't know about when they were on (Mr. Selfridge - watched the first season in one day...see what I mean about watching too much in one day, The Bletchley Circle) or shows that I forgot about or didn't have time to watch when they were on (Continuum - forgot about season 2 so got the DVD from the library...where I get lots of DVDs...now I have to watch season 3 which I think is on the network's website but I don't have time; also Bates Motel which I have from the library but have only had time to watch the first episode and don't know if I'll finish it before I have to bring it back). I won season 3 of "Downton Abbey" so had to get the first 2 seasons from the library and binge watched them to catch up and watched season 3 before season 4 started on PBS so I got to watch that when it aired. I saw the first few episodes of "Orange is the New Black" when I was visiting a friend who has Netflix but never finished the season. I'm waiting to get it from the library. At the end of Sept. when the new season starts, I'll be out of town for a few days because of Rosh Hashanah so when I get back, I won't be binge watching but doing serious catch up.

Maggie Sefton said...

I understand, Karen. Those shows you watched do have more violence. House of Cards is more political manipulation than in your face violence. But it sounds like you need a break.

Maggie Sefton said...

Lisa---Some series are addictive for sure. I haven't gotten to Game of Thrones yet. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Elaine----You're smart to use the library. I may do that for season 3 of Homeland. I want to watch that before I start watching this season's episodes. Good job on saving money on those shows.