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Binging is normally associated with negative behaviors. For example, people who binge on food usually aren’t the healthiest of individuals. However, binging on television shows is seen as a perfectly normal, healthy way of entertaining yourself over the course of a long weekend.

Binging on TV shows has come to be known as “binge-watching,” a term now so ubiquitous that it has made it into the online version of the Oxford English Dictionary along with a handful of other new tech terms Tech Jargon: Learn 10 New Words Recently Added To The Dictionary [Weird & Wonderful Web] Tech Jargon: Learn 10 New Words Recently Added To The Dictionary [Weird & Wonderful Web] Technology is the source for many new words. If you are a geek and a word lover, you will love these ten that were added to the online version of the Oxford English Dictionary. Read More . If you weren’t already aware of it you will be now.

Have you ever partaken in a spot of binge-watching? If so, we’d like to hear all about your experiences in this week’s We Ask You.

Binge Boasting Bonanza

We want to know, What TV Shows Have You Binge-Watched The Most?

Why? Because your insights into what television shows make for the best binge-watching marathons will give us, and the rest of the MakeUseOf readership, an idea of how best to spend the next weekend when vegging-out is preferable to actually going out.

Binge-watching is not a new phenomenon, as we’re fairly sure people used to watch episode after episode of certain TV shows back when VHS was the pinnacle of technology. It’s just that DVDs/Blu-rays, and especially streaming services such as Netflix, have made it so easy to do that it has been given its own term.


But what shows have you found yourself binge-watching like a square-eyed crack addict?

We want to know what television shows you have binge-watched the most, and what format you chose for your binge-watching marathons. Was it Breaking Bad on TiVo? Was it Arrested Development Keeping Up With The Bluth Family: Discover Arrested Development On The Web Keeping Up With The Bluth Family: Discover Arrested Development On The Web Arrested Development is back, with Netflix having given the show a lifeline by commissioning new episodes. Here's hoping that this time Arrested Development is watched by the size of audience it deserves. To give the... Read More on Netflix? Was it Mad Men on Blu-ray? Tell us below for your chance to win a geeky T-shirt.

When you have answered the question in the comments section below you should take a look at our short guide to binge-watching A Short Guide To Binge-Watching [Weird & Wonderful Web] A Short Guide To Binge-Watching [Weird & Wonderful Web] Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video have turned binge-watching into a mainstay of the mainstream. Before you begin binge-watching TV you should arm yourself with some important information. This short guide helps. Read More . It isn’t the most serious guide in the world, but it should stop you making rookie mistakes when embarking on your next marathon TV-viewing session.

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We Ask You is a column dedicated to learning the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

  1. marisol
    October 8, 2014 at 8:52 am

    The guest show i binged ever was the office, and was shocked at what i had done. Since then (and acceptance that this is a common phenomenon) I've binged Dexter, Six Feet Under, The Big Bang Theory, and most recently, New Girl. I've binned others, but these were standouts.

  2. Tanvir C
    September 1, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Breaking Bad
    The Big Bang Theory
    Jericho :(
    Lie to Me
    Suites (on Comedy Central)
    The Walking Dead
    Sherlock (New)
    The Mentalist

  3. KT
    August 27, 2014 at 12:20 am

    The League. I watched them all in one sitting.
    Twin peaks. It took a week while laid off one summer, but I watched them all.
    The Simpsons. I watched for 3 days last weekend. (The crappy newer seasons are on now. It's like one long Lisa episode since 2001).
    James Clavelle's Shogun. My wife got me the box set dvds for Xmas and I watched them all over a weekend.

  4. Xoandre
    August 26, 2014 at 4:21 pm


  5. Dave P
    August 26, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Argh, I might have to delete this comment due to the link and references to illegal websites. I can certainly see why people stream shows online, but it's still illegal to do so. Feel free to repost without the link and without naming the sites...

    I had never heard of LEXX and Better Off Ted so I'll check them out.

  6. Lee M
    August 24, 2014 at 2:53 am

    It's 'Game Of Thrones' for me. Had long resisted getting caught up Mr Martin's fantasy world. But earlier this year, i decided i would poke a toe into the waters of the Narrow Sea. Now the phrase 'winter's coming' means something completely different to this Chicagoan than it ever has before.

    • Dave P
      August 26, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      I'm a little like you. It took me ages to dip my toe and now have done three seasons in three weeks. I need time to recover from the Red Wedding before continuing on to season 4.

  7. suzybel
    August 23, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Back in the vhs days...Highlander all 6 seasons, I still have the tapes. Then Stargate SG1, I still watch the reruns, all 10 seasons. Haven, season 1 on my pvr. I watched all 13 episodes in one day. I love my pvr.

  8. Mike
    August 23, 2014 at 11:24 am

    I binge-watch Mystery Science Theater 3000 so much it's not even funny.

    • Dave P
      August 26, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      It's literally not funny any more or...? ;)

  9. Gabriel Palmer
    August 22, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Farscape. Loved every second of it.

  10. dw
    August 22, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Everybody Love Raymond
    My daughter watched Breaking Bad (I don't get it)

    • Dave P
      August 26, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      Everybody Loves Raymond is one of my guilty pleasures, along with King Of Queens.

  11. nicknack
    August 22, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Just for the sake of the late R.W ,
    i wanted to watch the whole ( only ) season of "The Crazy Ones",
    but still haven't got the gut for it.......

    • Dave P
      August 26, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      Let the news sink in first, then you'll be able to appreciate it more without feeling sad.

    • Tanvir C
      September 1, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      Me too! I went as far to click the play button on PC but couldn't so I decided to turn to satellite TV and the first channel on had to be playing Good Morning, Vietnam :(

  12. Vinit
    August 22, 2014 at 8:19 am

    CSI .... binge watched 2 sesons each from CSI and CSI NY
    also an indian courtroom drama called adaalat. its a mix of crime investigation and courtroom drama.

  13. Jerry
    August 21, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Death in Paradise
    Republic of Doyle
    Sherlock Holmes (the good BBC series from the 1980s)

    • Dave P
      August 26, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      Are you not going to try the new Sherlock? It's just won a bunch of Emmys.

    • Jerry
      August 26, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      I had high hopes for Sherlock. Sadly, it turned out to be a children's book in video format. Ensuring that unformed minds should miss none of the clues, by floating them in text across the screen. Additionally, neither the characters nor the stories reflect what Conan Doyle wrote. I watched the first season and regret that I'll never get that time back.

  14. Paul Harris
    August 21, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Reply to Randy D.
    I have Optic TV through Telus in BC. " The Big Bang Theory " is shown at various time during the day on American & Canadian channels.
    WBSK-Boston...WPCH-Atlanta (Peachtree)...KIRO, KCPQ - Seattle....
    Canadian Channels...CFTO, CJCH,CFCN,CFRN,CIVT and several others that I don't subscribe to.

  15. Allison
    August 21, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    I run out of shows to binge watch so I appreciate all these suggestions. I was at a loss one day and asked Facebook friends for suggestions.... it got the most responses to any post for months. My faves:
    Dr. Who (new)
    The Wire
    Orange is the New Black
    House of Cards
    The secret to a good show to binge watch is if it has a cliff hanger... it makes you want to tune into the next one right away so you know how it resolves... if it does. (Lost never resolves). Here is the FB list my nerdy friends suggested: (X = seen it already)
    [ ]Lilyhammer
    [ ]Doc Martin
    [X]White Collar
    [X]Burn Notice
    [ ]The Guardian
    [ ]Long Way Round - Ewan McGregor
    [X]Dead Like Me
    [ ]Boardwalk Empire - not on netflix/amazon prime yet
    [ ]True Blood - not on netflix / amazon prime yet
    [ ]Ray Donovan - not on netflix/amazon prime yet
    [ ]Deadwood - not on netflix /amazon prime yet
    [ ]Bored to Death
    [x ]Freaks & Geeks
    [ x]Oz
    [ ]The L Word
    [ ]Nip Tuck
    [ ]Sons of Anarchy
    [ ]American Horror Story
    [ ]6 ft under
    [X]Ally McBeal
    [ ]Supernatural
    [ ]The Bridge
    [X]The Fall
    [ ]Bates Motel
    [ ]Top of the Lake
    [X]Mad Men
    [X]Parks and Rec
    [X]Downton Abby
    [ ]Bomb Girls
    [ ]Game of Thrones - not on netflix yet
    [ ]Big Love
    [X]Sex and the City
    [ ]Shameless
    [ ]Nurse Jackie
    [ ]Masters of Sex
    [ ]The Tudors
    [ ]United States of Tara
    [ ]Secret Diary of a Call Girl
    [ ]Archer
    [ ]Coupling
    [ ]Being Human (BBC version)
    [ x]Orphan Black
    [X]Big Bang Theory
    [X]Modern Family
    [ ]Better off Ted
    [X]West Wing
    [ ]London Hospital
    [ x]The Good Wife
    [X]The Following
    [x ]The Blacklist
    [ ]Parenthood
    [ ]Foyles War
    [x ]True Detective
    [ ]Call the Midwife
    [ ]Warehouse 13
    [ ]Leverage
    [X]Friday Night Lights
    [ ]Switched at Birth
    [ ]Revolution
    [X]All the Star Treks
    [X]All the Stargates
    [ ]Merlin
    [ ]Covert Affairs
    [ ]Ms. Fisher's Murder Mysteries - Netflix
    [ ]Wonderfalls - amazon
    [ ]MI5
    If I really like a show I try to watch just one a day to make it last. But sometimes, ya just gotta binge.

    • Dave P
      August 26, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      That is an amazing list. Fringe in particular is made to be binge-watched.

  16. Glo O
    August 21, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Hemlock Grove...both seasons! LOVE that show...hoping they bring it back for a 3rd season. Its a Netflix exclusive

    • Dave P
      August 26, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      I haven't yet taken the plunge, despite being a Netflix subscriber. Then again, I haven't watched Orange Is The New Black yet either!

  17. Bob Myers
    August 21, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    OK, how about "Gunsmoke and Burn Notice… Pure excapeism? You betcha!"

    Maybe I becoming lysdexic.

    • Dave P
      August 26, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      I want to watch Brun Notice now though. It sounds cool ;)

  18. Bob Myers
    August 21, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Gunsmoke and Brun Notice... Pure excapeism? You betcha!

  19. Sarath
    August 21, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    'The Big Bang Theory' - makes me stay interesting no more how many times I watch !

  20. Roger C
    August 21, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Nurse Jackie
    Big Bang Theory

  21. Peter F
    August 21, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    My entire adult life revolves around binge watching!

    Many moons ago, before the advent of On-Demand TV and the like, my friend Ste would stay at my house and over a weekend we would watch entire seasons of 24.
    When it was on TV we loved the show so much we would watch the repeat (shown on bbc2) and then the latest episode straight after (broadcast on BBC 3) so we would end up watching the whole thing twice before it finished!
    This was at a time when The BBC was trying to everyone to watch digital TV and we were more than happy to get suckered in!
    Years later we would get together and watch entire seasons over a weekend. Usually starting at lunch time on a Saturday with some beers, pizza and snacks, only a couple of hours kip and finish before we had to go to work on Monday.

    More recently the wife and I watch shows like Big Bang Theory/How I Met Your Mother/ Battlestar Galactica and currently Fringe (all on DVD).

    We usually record entire series of shows from the TV and watch them back to back.

    We also watch all the Marvel Films before going out to see the latest ones.

    It's great to watch the films in order to remind ourselves just how awesome it is to see our favourite comic book characters on the big screen (The wife is a bigger comic book nerd than me!) before going to the cinema and stuffing our face with popcorn and fizzy pop!

    There is nothing worse than having to wait A WHOLE WEEK before seeing the next episode of your favourite show. *oh the horror!!!!* :O)

    • Dave P
      August 26, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      So, you would rather save them all up and watch them in one go than watch one episode at the time as they air? I can see the logic but you lose a little of anticipation and being able to talk about what happened at work. Which is at least part of the fun, no?!

    • Peter F
      August 26, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      No Dave! that is the very WORST thing that can happen. There is always one smarty pants who wants to spoil it for everyone else. I hate those guys!

      Plus, the amount of shows that I invested my time into and waited for the next episode to air only to find out that it's been cancelled by some heartless TV executive (usually because TV exec's mess around with time slots, resulting in falling Ad revenues etc) makes my blood boil.
      Not only is my show no longer on TV but cliff hangers are left rattling in my head everywhere!
      Jericho was a great show and only due to the fantastic response of viewers sending in bags of peanuts (taken from a line in the show) did they bring it back for a "short" second season to wrap things up.
      The cancellation thing happens far to many times, Sarah Connor Chronicles, Jericho, Caprica to name the first 3 that popped in my head..... (sorry.... I need a break - there's some dust in my eyes... I'MNOTCRYING!!!)
      These days I'd rather sit it out, wait the show to be over, knowing it has a proper ending, and then have at it!
      We live in a superfast connected world. Not having to wait is a gift I appreciate all the more. :O)

  22. todd smith
    August 21, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Longmire, Suits, Crossbones, The Last Ship, Gang Related.

  23. Bob
    August 21, 2014 at 11:36 am

    All of Game of Thrones
    Warehouse 13

  24. Peter Hood
    August 21, 2014 at 11:25 am

    24 is the only one that I have binge watched, because I otherwise pay little attention to the television. It is addictive, for sure.

    • Dave P
      August 26, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      24 is absolutely made for binge-watching. I did the same myself on DVD.

  25. A41202813GMAIL
    August 21, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Mostly Cartoons:

    MCLAREN TOONED ( 2 Different Series ),

    SHAUN THE SHEEP ( 2 Different Series ),



    • Dave P
      August 26, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      I had to Google Tutenstein. Looks cool. No Adventure Time?

    • A41202813GMAIL
      August 26, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      That Is News To Me, But, Thanks To You, I GOOGLEd Some Images.

      Never Heard Of It Because I Have Never Seen It In This Country Of Mine.

      Anyway, Most Of The Time, If Drawings Are Made On Purpose Really Away From The Reality, My Disliking Is Almost Guaranteed.


  26. Katharine W
    August 21, 2014 at 10:52 am

    I watched three and a half seasons of Shameless (US version, Showtime) in about four days. At the time I was binging, they had aired up to about 4x05. It's just really good and I could not stop watching. I um, "borrowed" the episodes to catch up.

    Other things I've binge watched:
    Doctor Who (still working on it, Netflix)
    Orphan Black (two seasons in two weeks, Amazon Prime)
    Orange Is The New Black (two seasons, 9 days, Netflix)
    Bones (took me roughly 3 months to get through the first five seasons, Netflix)

    Nowadays I binge watch a lot. It's true that streaming services like Netflix and Amazon have made it much easier, but I've been doing it for years, ever since I learned how to "borrow" entire seasons of shows from the internet. Which I still do sometimes if someone recommends me a show that's not available on streaming services, ie. shows from premium cable channels. I'm not going to pay $30 extra in cable a month for one show. The premium cable channels would be a lot better off just licensing their stuff to Netflix and Amazon, bc then at least they'd be getting some money, instead of nothing from people pirating it. HBO has kind of kicked this off with Amazon, but they don't have a lot of stuff on there. I kind of understand delaying what goes on streaming, but HBO has gotta be losing out big time right now, since they could put S1 of GoT on Amazon and at least get some money from Amazon for it, rather than get cut out of the equation entirely by piracy.

    • Dave P
      August 26, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      You're saying exactly what many others are saying, but the cable companies have too much to lose right now. They would rather sit on their current business model for as long as possible and ignore the fact that how we all watch television is changing rapidly. This thread is proof of that.

  27. d3
    August 21, 2014 at 8:50 am

    good neighbors
    big bang theory
    west wing

    • Bob Myers
      August 21, 2014 at 3:29 pm

      Watched the USA version of Good Neighbors (I believe), if it was the sustaining urban home. Enjoyed the methane gas generation trials and tribulations, and the rototiller powered transport. Encouraged me to make a two person and box holder version for our Troybuilt Horse.

  28. George
    August 21, 2014 at 7:54 am

    I've started binge-watching Seinfeld a few days ago, I'm on season 4 now.

    • Dave P
      August 26, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      They have literally just started getting good then. I'm jealous of the episodes you have still to come.

  29. Abhineet
    August 21, 2014 at 6:06 am

    I binge-watch almost all the TV Series .. Most recent ones are True Detective and Fargo.

    • Dave P
      August 26, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      Are we talking watch from beginning to end in one sitting? I watched Fargo as it was on, but I can imagine it worked really well as one long watch.

  30. Mike
    August 21, 2014 at 5:14 am

    It was at least 2 years ago but i remember to bing watch the entire stargate saga (i think in total 15 seasons x 24 episodes) of sg1, atlantis and Universe in like a month and a half.
    It was truly horrible

    • Dave P
      August 26, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      It was horrible? Then why didn't you stop after a few seasons? I must admit I thought the original Stargate was brilliant but lost interest with Atlantis.

    • Mike
      August 28, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      @Dave: It was horrible for my eyes ;)
      I love the original SG1, atlantis is the worst of the three but Universe is not bad at all.
      Another show to binge watch is Farscape ;)

  31. shaurya
    August 21, 2014 at 3:36 am

    I recently binge watched "The Big Bang Theory", "Modern Family" and "How I Met Your Mother".

    • Dave P
      August 26, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      I should probably do HIMYM now that it's all over.

  32. Burt P
    August 21, 2014 at 3:20 am

    I just finished City Homicide and I am in the middle of Jonathan Creek. Love them both!

    • Dave P
      August 26, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      I love Jonathan Creek, especially the earlier seasons.

  33. Aaron
    August 21, 2014 at 3:16 am

    Over the last month, my wife and I have watched all six seasons of Doc Martin on DVD checked out from our local library. Each season is only about eight episodes, but the show is genius.

    • Dave P
      August 26, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      That isn't one I've ever watched, but I've heard good things.

  34. Dan
    August 21, 2014 at 2:59 am

    I always watch shows via binge-watching. Since I don't have cable and most American TV shows are not available or are badly edited in our country, I prefer to "acquire" TV shows (h/t Mr. Bram Cohen) one season or so at a time and binge it. Sometimes I'd watch entire series in a few weekend spurts (like Breaking Bad, Boston Legal, Weeds, Psych, Monk, Sopranos, Stargate, Battlestar Galactica, JAG, etc.). I watched the entire 20 seasons of L&O for several months, usually by watching two dozen or so eps on weekends and 4-6 on weeknights.

    TBH, I've been binge watching since the nineties, when I'd "acquire" entire anime series (in VHS tapes!) and watch it in marathon sittings.

    • Dave P
      August 26, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      VHS binge-watching? I never even knew that was a thing! Boy, that Law and Order marathon was one hell of a feat. Did you regret it even for a second?

  35. Krta Riles
    August 21, 2014 at 2:02 am

    I start watch some shows and get so involved that everything else is thrown aside. Since July I have binged watched the following:

    Orphan Black - Season 2 in 2 days.
    Orange is the New Black - Season 2 in 16 hrs.
    True Blood - Seasons 1 to 7 in 3 weeks.
    Game of Thrones - Season 4 in 1 weekend.

    • Alexis C
      August 21, 2014 at 2:34 am

      I also watched Orphan Black this month. Excellent Tv show!

    • Dave P
      August 26, 2014 at 2:42 pm

      Wow, True Blood is especially impressive. Do you have time to do anything else?

  36. Paul Harris
    August 21, 2014 at 1:48 am

    Every evening I watch 2 episodes back to back of " The Big Bang Theory " without fail.
    I've seen virtually every episode, but still laugh at the antics.
    I think, without a doubt, that they have the best script writers for a comedy series on TV.
    I try to watch comedy series before bed, as most of the shows offered have far to much violence and don't really depict our true life styles.
    Besides, I feel that I sleep better after humour than horror.
    Nature channels come next.

    • shaurya
      August 21, 2014 at 3:38 am

      Those are exactly my words!

    • Randy D.
      August 21, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      How do you watch The Big Bang Theory (what service)?

    • Dave P
      August 26, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      I'm not sure two episodes counts as binge-watching but I love your style anyway. I never really got into The Big Bang Theory, but I used to do a similar thing with Friends. Because I'm a woman in disguise, obviously.

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