So it’s the first or second real week of school and it doesn’t feel like the work is piling on yet. But let’s face it, after week two you’ll regret starting a show like Stranger Things or Narcos where the episodes are almost an hour long (but they’re really good so I recommend you watch them anyway). Well, here are some tips for picking a binge-watch show this quarter that you may not regret.
1) Pick a show with episodes that are 20 minutes long.
It’s easier to finish an episode that’s 20 minutes long between classes and study sessions than one that’s 40 or 50 minutes long. I hate leaving an episode half watched, and besides, who has time to watch multiple hour long episodes? Save those long episodes for the weekends.
2) Pick a show that you’ve seen already.
I’m one of those people who gets hooked on Netflix originals, especially if they’ve just come out. But if I’m watching something like Gilmore Girls, which I’ve already seen before, I’m less motivated to watch more than 2 or 3 episodes at a time because I already know what happens.
3) Pick a show that you may not be interested in.
This is going to sound weird, but watching a show that you may not immediately be interested is a good way to ensure that you won’t be binge watching for five hours at a time. If you aren’t exactly familiar with the show’s premise, you may move through it slower and maybe be surprised to find that you actually like the show (this happened to me with Netflix’s Frankie & Grace).
But realistically… You’re probably going to watch a show you’re interested in regardless of how long it’ll take you to finish it. So go friends, watch whatever you want (even if the episodes are 40+ minutes long).
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