Binge-watching. Something that most people are familiar with in the day and age of Netflix. Believe it or not, there are different ways of binge-watching. There is watching a whole series in one day. sitting down, tuning on your TV and doing nothing else. There is doing it over a weekend. There is watching 4 or 5 episodes at a time and taking a break. This is the type I use. But the thing is, I can remember making the conscience decision to become a binge-watcher.
I'm not the type of person who likes to wait to see something. I don't like not knowing what will happen next. I'm inpatient/ And with things that I talk to my friends and family about constantly, I don't let them sit. Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Flash, Arrow, iZombie, and the like I watch weekly. Not always on the someday, or even the next day, but always before the next episode. But shows that not many of my friends watch or shows that aren't being discussed regularly, I let sit. And only get to them after a few weeks. Just this Saturday, I binged the last six episodes of Orphan Black season 3. I loved it and every episode held my attention. But I didn't bother to watch every week. And I blame Netflix for it.
Netflix was the first place I could find most seasons of shows that I never watched. It was easy and legal. And it was fun. I could sit down by myself, or with family, and watch things that were years old. I didn't see the first season of American Horror Story. Binged entire season in two nights. Never watched Parks and Recreation. Watched six seasons in a week, just in time to watch the last season while it was airing. And those were just a few examples of shows I didn't see. What about old favorites? Gilmore Girls? Friends? Charmed? Doctor Who? All on Netflix ready for you watch.
And then Netflix got original shows. Shows that were meant to be binge watched. Shows just for binge watcher. Shows like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and Hemlock Grove. they even brought back shows such as Arrested Development. These shows caused people to consume content as soon as they got it. In a world where people are constantly inpatient, this was great. And it created hits for Netflix. It also caused some problems for them, too.
What Netflix was doing was completely new. Dropping all episodes at once was profitable. But also really hard to market. You couldn't get the consistent buzz abut the show that normal shows got every week. Because people watched at different paces, you couldn't bring up the Netflix original without the fear of spoiling it for the other person. After the initial few weeks, House of Cards or OITNB would drop out of the public eye. Netflix how to handle this in the begin. After the first season of House of Cards, Netflix offered interviews with the cast a couple months after it aired. And very few sites took them up on that offer. You know why? People already watched the entire season.What was the point about talking about it at that time.
Netflix got around this. They now have more originals than you can count. And you hear about them all the time. Not that that is a bad thing. They make good stuff. I like Orange is the New Black. Gracie and Frankie and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt are shows that I absolutely adore. And Daredevil is a solid to great superhero show. Add on all the old great shows that they have on their service, I spend a lot of time on Netflix.
Should I be worried if this is me?