I confess, I was a binger before it was cool . . . before it was a mental health necessity! Ever since Wiseguy debuted in 1987 and NYPD Blue followed in 1993, I’ve been addicted to episodic series television, those shows that carry a plotline out for more than just one installment (sometimes seasons!). Too me, it was like a huge engrossing book played out week by week – with eye candy! The additional weeks in which to develop character and individual plotlines deepened the involvement into that “Just one more chapter . . .” obsession. Soooo, when television began releasing the entire seasons (or series) in one big buffet dinner, I couldn’t resist working my way down the line until too full to hold another bite (or hold my eyes open!).
Retiring at the end of 2019 was my warm up to Shelter in Place. Before then, I’d have to binge on weekends. So, with that entire DAY stretching out before me (after writing time, of course), I’d chew through a series like a bag of BBQ chips (often WITH a bag of BBQ chips!).Here’s some of what’s been on the menu . . .
Now, with my WIP out for Beta reads and snow STILL falling to keep me inside, I’ve become a bit of a maniac, especially with the ability to watch on my 29” Dell All-in-One in my office away from the other two floors of the house. I’m proud (or a bit embarrassed) to say in less than half a week I’ve gone through the first two seasons of The Man in the High Castle and Season 6 of Bosch! I should slow down because . . . now what? What’s next?
Thankful, good ole TV Guide put out their Best 35 TV Shows You Can Binge Watch from Beginning to End! Some of these I’ve already checked off, i.e. Battlestar Galactica during the week after my first knee replacement (though I think some of what I remember might be from the good drugs!) and Luther with Idris Elba in two weeks. I can’t eat just one! The list includes my recommended favs Broadchurch with David Tennant and the marvelous Olivia Coleman who is also in The Crown, Justified and Deadwood with the always drool-worthy Tim Olyphant, Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul and Sherlock. Browse the list. I’m sure you’ll find something to make those empty hours disappear.
I’d add Stranger Things, Dexter, A Handmaid’s Tale and Supernatural (my son wanted me to add Psych and X-Files, if you can find them).
Now that my public service announcement is completed, I’m off to the basement to watch Rome on DVD. Where are the chips?
How ‘bout you? What guilty pleasures have you been enjoying?