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The Best TV Shows to Binge On

Updated on July 12, 2013

Bingeing on TV

Bingeing on TV is fairly recent because of the DVR and Xfinity TV and those similar to that. It allows the viewer to watch episode after episode of their favorite shows and consume entire seasons they may have missed. To binge on TV, one must either be unemployed, on vacation with nothing to do or are simply a TV addict.

One survey indicates that TV bingers are those usually in their 20's, those born in 80's or later. It is a great way to catch up on missed shows or seasons or to discover shows that have been around. Some research indicates that bingeing releases the drug dopamine in the brain, which becomes an addiction- a lonely addiction.

Bingeing has also changed the way TV shows are made. More often than not, the TV show is serialized to hook the viewer to watch the next and next episodes. In other words, there is no end to the show. Every show has a cliffhanger.

However, serialized TV show has been around since the 1960's. There is no question that, "The Fugitive" made from 63-67, is the major one. Each episode ended with a cliffhanger until the very climatic end in 1967. The show also captured how America changed in those short years. Harrison Ford did a movie based on the show using the same name in the 90's. Both are still worth seeing today.

With so many TV shows now and so many channels, there have been many shows I have or had not seen. Because of DVR etc., I have been able to watch entire seasons and years. That is the beauty of the DVR, actually. Using DVD's is another way to catch up. Even if the show is not a serial, bingeing on your favorite shows is still a way to go, shows like, I Dream of Jeanie, Seinfeld, all begin and end with each show.

Some of the more popular shows to binge on are: 24, Homeland, Downtown Abbey, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, 90210, Covert Action, Alias, X Files, Smash, Bewitched, Damages, Freaks and Geeks, Charmed, Orange County, The Killing, The Following, and many others.

Bingeing often occurs with working folks on their days off, assuming they have nothing else to do.There have been times we have binged, watching an entire season in a few hours time and wondering, "How did I miss this show?" when it actually aired. Well, if it was on HBO or other pay for view channel, that is why.

Bingeing is a great way to pass time.

Do you binge?

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    • Thief12 profile image

      Thief12 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      In a similar vein, Homeland. So far, it's better than 24. Other shows I love are Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and The Shield which is easily my #1.

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      perrya 4 years ago

      I missed the whole 24 thing-all seasons- the show is so addictive-so I binged on it until I completed all seasons, now, i am looking for something that good. suggestions?

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      Thief12 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      I binge from time to time. I know I binged through the first 5-6 seasons of 24, and then went on to watch the last two seasons live. I also binged through the first season of Game of Thrones and have watched the next live. It's not a conscious choice. If I can, I'll watch the show live or during the week. But if episodes accumulate, or if I'm catching up with a show, then I might binge on it.