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For those of us who were raised in the early days of cable TV, when Nick at Nite was still in black and white, The Learning Channel still showed educational programming, and MTV meant something, the concept of binge watching a show is extremely appealing. Getting lost for hours in a show is practically a sport these days, thanks to the digital options at our fingertips.
This past month I had taken a sabbatical of sorts, reducing blogging to a minimum, taking time off one of my jobs, and generally trying to refocus myself. So naturally I hunkered down on the sofa. (Hey, it’s been raining for pretty much all of May, can you blame me?)
There’s a few things to remember when binge watching though, in case your wits and supportive family escape you.
1) When watching a new-to-you show, give it a few episodes before giving up. Certain shows like Parks and Recreation didn’t start out strong, but turn into some of the best TV.
2) Drama for daytime, comedy for nighttime.
4) You have 15 seconds between episodes before the next one auto-plays. Use it wisely.
5) Keep supplies at the ready. Snacks, beer, tissues if you’re an empath like me. (I’ve cried during every episode I’ve watched of Grace and Frankie so far.)
6) Save the binge watching days for when the kids are not around. Mostly because you can’t really watch Peaky Blinders when they’re in the room.
7) Mix up your viewing. If I’m watching something really intense, I end the session with an episode or two of a sitcom to recharge my emotions.
8) We were on a break!
9) Use this time to finally watch those shows people have been talking about for years. You finally want to watch Gossip Girl? I’m not gonna judge.
10) Remember that no matter how entertaining it is, it’s just TV. We all have down days where we need to just sit and be one with the sofa, but when the episodes are over, remember to enjoy the rest of what life has to offer.
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