Binge watching ruins TV shows

Binge watching ruins TV shows
The infamous practice of binge watching - aka watching a single TV show all in one sitting (or more if it's really really long) without any pause, like if it was just a big movie. And it's bad! In my opinion, the waiting between each episodes, the pauses, are important to help the flood of the story. The cliffhangers lose all their power if you are binge watching, since there is no suspanse - "Oh what is going to happen next? I don't care, because I'm watching it right now!". TV Shows shouldn't be binge-watched. Binge watching just ruins them, in my opinion.

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Agree

wallet

I totally agree

I agree with you, our brain needs a break from time to time. A commercial pause is always welcome because I have time to go to the toilet, bring something to eat, drink something or just rush out and take a breath of fresh air. I cannot stay for more than an hour in the front of my TV without taking a break.
Posted by wallet on 08-08-2017
galegatling
You can also do that while you are binge-watching by the way. There is always a pause button so you can do your small things and resume when you are done. :)
Gettingmile

I agree

This is also likened to a worker that does same routine at work everyday without changing, this makes you get exhausted easily( I've done this type of work before, I hate it) Likewise, I don't like sitting in front of TV watching a single program without a break, in fact, it's not a healthy habit and affect the brain performance. I agree with you.
Posted by Gettingmile on 08-08-2017
lilac123

Sometimes

Although I personally binge watch shows sometimes, I agree that binge watching can ruin shows, especially if it's a long series. After a while, you've watched so many episodes that you are tired and exhausted and you just want to get the show over with so you can find out what happens. It kind of ruins the enjoyment of watching the show in my opinion.
Posted by lilac123 on 08-08-2017
Neiltarquin

That is how I roll

I don't like to wait for the next episode. I want to know what is happening and what am I gonna expect next season. That is how I watch TV series. I don' see anything wrong with that. I just don't like waiting... If I want suspense, I'd watch a suspense movie.
Posted by Neiltarquin on 08-08-2017
Gina145

Too much of a good thing

I've never binge watched a series but when I get behind on a series I sometimes catch up by watching one episode every day. And when a story is split into two part episodes I'll often save the first one and watch the two in one sitting.

I think that watching a long series in one sitting would be too much of a good thing though.

Posted by Gina145 on 08-08-2017
VintageRose

Despite myself, it's true.

I am an incredibly curious person, and I cannot stand the intrigue and the waiting between episodes, much less when there is a cliffhanger. Therefore, if the show is already done by the time I start watching, I will DEFINITELY binge-watch, if only to avoid torturing myself with what ifs.

However, I have to agree that the experience just isn't the same when you binge-watch; part of the charm of a series is the wait between episodes, the speculation of what might happen and the excitement and hype you feel when the next episode comes out.

Posted by VintageRose on 08-08-2017
Marvadaum

I agree

I support this argument totally. I think that if taken slow, we can appreciate the content much better. Whenever I bought a new album from a band I really liked I'd make a point to not listen to everything at once so I could appreciate better.
Posted by Marvadaum on 08-08-2017
giovanniiiii

Cliffhangers = useless

Binge watching a season of a TV series ruin the whole experience as there are episodes designed to make great cliffhangers. At this point of time, fans of the series would be chaotic because of hype. I think it is part of the experience to be able to discuss such topics with someone else on the same community.
Posted by giovanniiiii on 08-08-2017
muaaz.93

Watch on daily basis but not binge watch

Binge watching is generally not good for your health. My cousin a month ago watched whole 3 seasons of flash in about 4 days. Just consider what else he did in those 4 days. I think nothing else because he was on summer vacations and is in 7th grade so took out all of it in one shot.Literally just eat, sleep, Binge watch, REPEAT!
Posted by muaaz.93 on 08-16-2017
Vatroslav

Stuffing down is not a good thing

I compare binge watching to that fast eating competitions. You stuff yourself until you throw up and get sick of the food.

Watching TV shows should be like fine dining. Watch every episode carefully, dedicate time to it, pay attention to the fine details. That way you'll be always craving for more and you will enjoy every minute of it.

Posted by Vatroslav on 08-16-2017
Soulwatcher

I agree because when your done it only leaves you

When you binge watch a tv series you end up getting all hyped up for the series. And as you go through the season. The series usually gets better and better. And when you're finally done with the last season you're left with a cliffhanger. ANd it kills me to wait until the next season starts. Because I am so use to watching season after season lol.
Posted by Soulwatcher on 08-20-2017
Heatman

I totally agree

Being able to seat and have access to a whole complete seasons of a movie series makes it boring to have interest in TV shows. The fun and curiosity to wait for the next episode is no longer there, which makes people to lose interest.

Binge watching is a very bad influence on TV show as it makes most movies not to have much downloads and hits online, as one would just wait and watch every in Binge. It's also of a bad influence to even people taking advantage of it because one would be forced to seat all day long watching a movie that is very interesting thereby making him or her a lazy fellow.

Posted by Heatman on 09-15-2017
ajahcuizon

No room for excitement

I agree with you. TV shows should not be binge watched, it should make you feel excited to watch the next episode tomorrow or after a few days. Binge watching of TV shows ruins the excitement it can give to its viewers. Mainly, it is the reason why they set it up in a series, to let people crave to watch the following episodes. Also, binge watching is bad to you health, it may damage your eyes especially when you really overused it..
Posted by ajahcuizon on 10-13-2018

Disagree

Mehano

I love to binge watch!

I can't agree that binge watching ruins TV shows but sure, it isn't for everybody. I have watched so many TV shows in this way and I've honestly enjoyed every single one of them... the tension, the suspension, and the cliffhangers are still there. But different people process things differently and some may need more time between each episode.

But that does not mean that binge watching itself ruins TV shows - it depends on each individual. I think that most of my friends also love binge watching.

I truly hate to wait one week to see the next episode... the show can easily lose my interest and I forget half of the story.

Posted by Mehano on 08-08-2017
Anonymous

Disagree

As a parent of 4 young children that still need care and attention binge watching while they are say at grandmas for a rare night or weekend is the only time I get to watch certain shows . Some have more adult content than they need to see or scare them or what not. So between working, caring for them and trying to start a business setting aside a night to say watch a season of Game of Thrones is my only time to watch such shows.
Posted by Anonymous on 08-08-2017
Alexa

There's nothing wrong in binge watching

If you have the time to binge watch it's more fun and actually saves time overall. All those times you have waited for an episode, changed plans to watch it, is it worth it?

No, I binge watch if I can as it means I can watch a storyline in one go.

Posted by Alexa on 08-08-2017
Zyni

I get it, but...

I do understand your point, but people watch a show when they have the time to sit down and enjoy it. If that means watching several episodes in one go that's okay. Not everyone can tune in at a certain time each week to catch the latest show in the series.

If it's a choice of not watching or binge watching, which is better?

Posted by Zyni on 08-08-2017
TheArticulate

Well, not really...

As you stated, this is just your opinion and others may feel very differently about the topic. I think it really depends on the person. While I don't binge watch my TV shows, I don't see a problem with someone consuming their media in that manner if that's what entertains them. I like to take a break from the series periodically to reminisce and think about things, especially when I watch House of Cards (that show really gets my mind going sometimes).

The fact that there are so many shows out there and there are always more in production, maybe binge watching is the best way for someone to keep up with what they're interested in!

Posted by TheArticulate on 08-08-2017
Sue

Disagree strongly

I love binge watching TV shows. I think it is great that you can watch episode after episode. There is no waiting until the next episode to air. I especially like binge watching TV shows on the weekends. It is a great way to pass the time. I have seen myslef watch entire series in one weekend. I think binge watching is great and I see no bad in it.
Posted by Sue on 08-08-2017
Jonathan Solomon

No way!

To be honest, at this point, I prefer binge watching TV shows. Personally, I hate when new seasons premieres and I have wait for each and every episode of the series. With binge watching, even though it's been released, I somewhat don't know what's going to happen. But I have all the episodes available to me so I can continuously stream without any waiting.
Posted by Jonathan Solomon on 09-06-2017
kataomoi

Nope

I disagree. I think binge watching is fine. You can keep up the with the story and not forget what happened in the previous episodes. A really good show can be ruined if you drag it out for so long that you can't remember the story plot.

Binge watching is also great for those who don't like cliffhangers. Sometimes a show will end with a cliffhanger and then go on hiatus for a few weeks (or longer). That means you can't find out what happens until much later. Sometimes that kills the suspense anyway. But if you binge watch, you'll have all the episodes ready and you don't have to worry about cliffhangers.

Posted by kataomoi on 08-12-2017
kgord

Not at all

I don't think binge watching ruins TV shows at all. I think it helps with the continuity of the story to keep watching it all the time. It is hard to wait for an entire week if you are really interested in a show. I think binge watching makes shows more watchable not less.
Posted by kgord on 08-08-2017
BigDreamer

I love to binge eatch

I love to binge watch a show. It means that I don't have to wait a week to find out what happens next. I don't think it ruins the show, I think it makes watching it better.
Posted by BigDreamer on 08-08-2017
Denis_P

Binging is the best.

I actually have to disagree here because binge watching is my favorite way to watch television shows. I honestly hate watching an episode of a really good show and then having to wait an entire week until the next episode. Or even worse, when I reach the season finale and then have to wait an entire year for the next season. Being able to cruise through an entire season in one sitting is the best for me, because it feels like I'm watching one really long movie, and I feel like I get a better grasp on the story than when it is broken up.
Posted by Denis_P on 08-09-2017
cmoneyspinner

Binge Watching is the Best ...

When I was growing up, if you missed an episode of your favorite, you waited for the rerun. If you missed you the rerun (the second airing of the episode), you were screwed.

Enter online streaming and binge watching. I missed most of the episodes of Poirot when it aired on our public television. When I found the episodes on Netlflix, I was ecstatic!! You better believe I binged on Poirot. Although I didn't do it all in one sitting. I wanted to savor it over a period of days. It was most enjoyable.

Binge watching is the best thing that ever happened to home entertainment.

Posted by cmoneyspinner on 08-08-2017
Pixie

This is what I always do

There are many TV shows that I have been binge watching and I don't really find this to be a bad idea. In fact for many TV shows I usually wait for the season to be over then I watch all the episodes. I am impatient and can't really wait to watch the next episode. There were instances where I got so curious that I started looking for spoilers and it ruined everything . There are also many times where I forgot what happened in the first episode and then I have to go and watch it again or read about it. Binge watching prevents all this from happening.
Posted by Pixie on 08-09-2017
StolenKid

It's better.

Binge watching is really nice for me, I'm a desperate guy, whenever I need answers I can not wait, that's why I wait for a show to finish so I can binge watch it online with no weeks in the middle.
Posted by StolenKid on 08-08-2017
reginafalange

Nope

For me, it doesn't ruin the tv show. Actually, I think it is better as you can keep perfect track of what you're watching and don't miss a thing. In my case, I tend to forget things and I can get lost watching an episode cause I don't remember perfectly the previous one. Whenever I have the time I rather to binge watch than watching on parts.
Posted by reginafalange on 08-08-2017
galegatling

Not a valid argument

Even though that is your opinion, you still can't tell people to not binge-watch any shows that they like. You don't know their struggles in life and their schedules. Some people can only watch for some free time that they have because they are very busy with their schedules. So yeah, I don't quite understand what you are trying to justify here.
Posted by galegatling on 08-08-2017
Joteque

Binge watching is a treat!

If it's a show favorite of mine, I would welcome some ongoing episodes in one setting. It's actually quite a treat for me to see so many follow ups in one sitting. I think if anything binge watching promotes future episodes. Ever since my early binge series like Charles in Charge and Different strokes and The Beverly Hill Billies and even The Flintstones, I love a good series stretch of TV shows that I enjoyed the singles and welcome the binge any day when I'm in the mood to sit and watch the marathon.
Posted by Joteque on 08-09-2017
JoeMilford

Binge Watching Is Fun

I actually think that binge-watching enhances the experience of watching television. I love experiencing a whole series in a straight duration like I was watching a very long movie. I also think that this prolonged linear experience of the vision of a season, and the writing and production that goes behind it, really drives home the evolution of the characters and themes of the program.
Posted by JoeMilford on 08-12-2017
this_free_spirit

Binge Watching is Inertia

Though I can see your point about binge watching ruining the experience of the cliff hanger, it doesn't personally matter to me. I suppose I am in a moment person, I want to experience now if I can. So, for me binge watching provides that opportunity, I don't have to wait a week to see what happens next, I can find out now. Plus, I tend to be an obsessive person. I always say that I am essentially the Law of Inertia, and once I am in motion I like to stay in motion. As such, once I start watching or doing something, I feel compelled to continue to completion.
Posted by this_free_spirit on 08-08-2017
Eboudreau17

Strongly Disagree

In my opinion I do not think that binge watching a show ruins it. But it really depends on each individuals preferences. To me, binge watching does not ruin any of the cliffhangers in the shows that I watch because I still get so excited to find out what happens next. But also, having to wait how long for the next episode to come out on tv or to wait for the next season to start is not at all fun because by that time I have completely forgotten where the show left off. Or I'll completely forget that the show was coming back on on this day at this time. Binge watching has never taken away the experience of watching my shows from me because I still very much enjoy them just as much as someone like you who prefers to not binge watch.
Posted by Eboudreau17 on 08-08-2017
tmccoy

I disagree

If anything it helps TV shows! Especially if there's a show you're interested in, but they're already passed the first season. The Walking Dead for example, I got introduced to that show when they were in season 5. I went on Netflix binge watched that show until I was caught up, and I love that show! Better than having to be lost in the show, and not understanding the story.
Posted by tmccoy on 08-18-2017
Vastor122

No!

Binge-watching is my newly-found hobby, and I just love finishing a series in just one day! Well that's insane but really satisfying. I don't know about the others, it's just that patience isn't my strongest virtue, not at all.
Posted by Vastor122 on 09-02-2017
bee.rthooyah

there is still suspense

There is still suspense even if you're binge watching even it will only last for a few minutes. Personally, I like to binge watch my favorite movies or series during weekends since I don't have enough time to watch my favorite tv shows on weekdays. It is also my way to relax and reward myself after a grueling days at work from Monday to Friday. It is basically depends on the person whether he likes to a single episode or to watch the whole season in one seating.
Posted by bee.rthooyah on 11-28-2018

Comments

gata montes
To be fair - I'm not altogether sure that there is a right or wrong answer here - particularly as what one person finds enjoyable another may not

Either way - even though I can't really say one or the other - having never actually done it myself - as not only do I not watch TV that often - but it would be a rare thing for me to have the amount of free time needed to binge watch many of these TV shows all in one go - especially as many would require at least 8 hours or more and sometimes double that.

I would have thought that - as having to wait a week for the next episode generally takes some of the enjoyment as well as - more often than not - the intrigue away - much like commercials do - watching more than one episode in one go would surely enhance the enjoyment of a show - not ruin it.
Posted by gata montes on 08-08-2017
galegatling
I also used to wait for episodes every week but I always see to it that I would have a vacant time but most of the shows that I watch happen to be on the weekends or friday night which is always a busy time of the day for me. So instead, I would avoid all spoilers and would watch the whole season probably in one setting if I could. At least I don't have to worry about every week when it releases on TVs.
Posted by galegatling on 08-09-2017
simplym
I get a headache when I binge watch. I used to binge watch Asian drama shows and then at the end of staying up and finishing the entire season, it's a dead end because the show is over and there will not be a part 2 until who knows when. And the show always ends as I thought so I felt like I wasted my time afterwards.
Posted by simplym on 08-08-2017
morgoodie
I love not having to wait. Every time I get involved with a series, I always end up forgetting to watch it the following week or forget when it is on. Pretty soon I forget about it altogether. So I love to be able to binge watch. I have done that with some older TV series that aren't on anymore so that was nice. Binge watching can get addictive though and I would find myself staying up way too late wanting to finish a series or to find out what happened in the next episode. I think it is up to each individual how they would rather watch their favorite series.
Posted by morgoodie on 08-08-2017
rose thornes
If I binge watching TV series although I get all the suspense and excitement its not the same level of excitement you'll get the next day. It's better if there is a break for the next day where there is cliff hanger and your are curious what will happen next and you end up talking about it the whole day.
Posted by rose thornes on 08-09-2017
galegatling
That doesn't work for me specially on my schedule because I wouldn't have time to watch the series during the day. :'( And I also hate cliffhangers. >.< I don't know why but I get mad whenever I feel like something should happen really quick after that episode. Haha. So I would eventually get all the episodes after they are released so I can watch them at one sitting. :)
Posted by galegatling on 08-10-2017
Corzhens
I have some friends who buy the dvd version of a television series that runs for weeks. In the dvd, it is a complete version that runs for more than 10 hours. One friend who is an addict in Korean tv series never fails to buy the dvd version. And she would be watching from morning until night time. I remember one title is Descendants of the Sun. She had started and finished that tv series in just one day. I have to be honest to my friends that I don't buy the dvd version because I cannot watch continuously. I will surely get an eye strain from that.
Posted by Corzhens on 08-09-2017
overcast
I watch the stuff on the netflix and amazon prime this way. I have found that TV is kind of boring. It has full of ads. And it adds no value at all. You can see that often we have to find out if there are some of the cases where TV can be good. But the ads just don't give you much value through this. I would never prefer stream that has ads and also where I have to pay for it. That's something I'd avoid as well.
Posted by overcast on 08-09-2017
JMS
Not at all. If I really don't have anything else to do there is nothing more fun than watching a full box set. Sometimes it may take me days to get from beginning to end but it is really good fun watching it that way. You get the whole story in a day or a week depending on the length of the series.

I like to watch a couple of episodes before I go to sleep. If it is a series on the TV I don't always get to watch it.
Posted by JMS on 08-09-2017
fishmonk
I believe that binge watching does not ruin a TV show. I prefer binge watching since I do not need to wait days and think too much about the story. In fact, if there is a mid season break, I might even forget the name of the characters in the series.
Posted by fishmonk on 08-09-2017
Zyni
That's another good point. Those long, mid-season breaks sometimes make me stop watching a show. Either that or I'll wait until the whole season is done airing and start from the beginning again. Sometimes, they take so long that I just don't care any more. If I do want to know what happens, I'll start at the beginning to make sure I haven't missed or forgotten something. I'll often watch more than one episode at a time, so I can catch up more quickly.
Posted by Zyni on 08-09-2017
freebird37
There have been a few occasions in my life when I have binge watched TV series. These were times when I wasn't working and had lots of free time. I've binge watched Desperate Housewives, Roseanne, Golden Girls, Justified, to name a few. At the time when I binge watched I had a great time, but after binge watching all episodes of a series, I was no longer interested in the program, unless there was an episode I missed. I have almost completely done away with watching TV at all at this point, so my binge watching days are over.
Posted by freebird37 on 08-09-2017
SimplyD
I still prefer that I get to watch an episode everyday, because I have something to look forward to, aside from seeing my family, at the end of the day. Besides binge watching can really make us lazy since you have to sit for a long time just watching the many episodes of the TV shows.
Posted by SimplyD on 08-10-2017
Zyni
There is another issue when it comes to binge watching TV shows, especially as the various streaming services delve deeper into creating their own original programming. You will eventually run out of content, unless you like watching the same shows over and over. Since they spend a lot of coin to make their own shows, they don't buy as many other movies and series that viewers can choose from. So, if you're watching everything in one go (or one weekend or one week), you will run out of stuff to watch faster than other viewers will.
Posted by Zyni on 08-10-2017
Wubwub
I think this is true for me for some shows, but for others it just helps me get into the show a lot more. I think for more serious shows it's more important to have some space between to really capitalize on the cliffhangers like you said, but for other shows that are a bit more lighthearted, even when they have cliffhangers I find myself just liking the show more when I can marathon full seasons at a time. It's a little difficult to know which shows I'd prefer to binge watch and which ones I wouldn't, but this is why I would partially agree that it's sometimes better to just have to wait weekly for the answers for some types of shows.
Posted by Wubwub on 08-23-2017
vinaya
Why do people watch TV shows, the answer is obvious. People watch TV shows for entertainment. It does not matter whether they watch new episodes when it is aired or watch the entire episodes in single setting. I don't have time to watch TV shows. However, when ever I have time, I do binge watching.
Posted by vinaya on 01-18-2018
Corzhens
You are right that people watch tv shows for sheer entertainment just like what the movies can offer. That is why we stop watching a tv show when we don’t enjoy the story anymore. When I was young my brothers would be watching tv non-stop because they had nothing to do. But for me watching tv is a big waste of time if you have more important matters to attend to. In other words you just watch tv during your spare time.
Posted by Corzhens on 10-13-2018
babyright
People that watch it that way like it like that , as the saying goes one mans meat is another mans poison, people should decide the best way for themselves to watch their TV shows.
Posted by babyright on 04-09-2018
JMS
Because the mainstream TV shows are so rubbish I buy box sets and binge watch. I don't binge watch all the time though, sometimes I watch an episode or two before I go to sleep. It hasn't affected my enjoyment of the show at all. When I want to watch something on the telly, I quite often forget that it is on or it isn't on at a time I want to watch so watching on my DVD is the best idea for me.
Posted by JMS on 04-09-2018
vivalavanda
No, binge-watching will always be a part of a tv culture. Especially in our generation that we are all so busy to the point that we will have not the time to watch our favorite tv series. Binge watching will just affect people the same as watching it normally because it will still give you the same feeling and the same suspense of what will happen the next episode.
Posted by vivalavanda on 12-07-2018
jaymish
I actually binge watch my TV shows. I think that this is a better way to watch them. I like getting the story all at once and not waiting a whole year to see who died, who is the father, who cheated on who. Life is stressful enough without the kind of stress. I binge watch a series once its over. So l binge watch like for a week sometimes 2 and these are the greatest moments in my life. I think its all a matter of personal preference.
Posted by jaymish on 12-16-2018
Tehilah27
I don't agree. I binge watch shows and it doesn't spoil the experience for me. As a matter, of fact, l don't watch Tv shows that are not finished or cancelled. I don't watch shows that i have to wait a month or a year for the next season to begin. I want to watch it all at once and get it over with.
Posted by Tehilah27 on 12-17-2018