How to Binge-watch a show

By: Marc Winegust
Posted on: August 20, 2016

If you chose to open this article, you probably had circled June 17th on your calendar. Maybe it was a Friday, or maybe it’s because you were going out to celebrate Pride, but my guess is that it was circled because that’s when season 4 of Orange is the New Black premiered on Netflix. Hell, you’re probably already done the season.

It has been a year since we last saw the dysfunctional tales of the inmates at Litchfield Penitentiary. Have you claimed dibs on the couch and stocked up on snacks and drinks? Use this handy guide to get the best experience of getting through any recently released full-season-of-your-favourite-show-on-Netflix/Shomi/Crave/Amazon.

What Happened Last Season?

You and your friends most likely binge-watch shows to the point where you feel sleep-deprived, lazy, and unresponsive. Since you’ve probably been immersed in all of your other favourite shows since season 3, that there’s no way to remember all the sub-plots and characters that came and went.

Just a quick google search leads you to multiple websites that will do the job, and even some YouTube channels devote themselves to season and episode recaps.

Pace Yourself

First of all, it’s not a race. I know you want to be the first one of your friends to watch it all, but don’t worry if you can’t finish the season in one sitting.

A study from the University of Toledo found that out of 408 participants, 35% who identified as “binge-watchers” reported higher levels of depression, anxiety, and stress compared to their non-binge-watching counterparts.

Literally. Binge-watching makes you depressed.

If a season is 450 minutes (Estimating a 13-episode season – 11×30 minutes, 2×60 minutes,) that’s seven and a half hours of just sitting and staring at a screen. Give your eyes and body a break every couple of episodes.

How To Avoid Spoilers

Listen, I’m not going to say stay off the internet, but STAY. OFF. THE. INTERNET.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Reddit, 4chan, etc. are notorious.

If people don’t watch shows like Game of Thrones and Walking Dead when the newest episode airs, they get pissed off when everyone immediately spoils it on their social media (Hold The Door.) Basically, just turn off your internet for everything except Netflix.

If you finish before you go to work on Monday, don’t spoil it for any co-workers that may not have had a chance to watch. You wouldn’t like it if you didn’t finish and they mention a huge spoiler that you didn’t catch. If you respect them, they will respect you.


Television shows are meant to be enjoyed. Many people work countless hours to make these characters and situations come to life. Fanbases have made it possible for people to discuss and reminisce about characters, favourite episodes, and where the series might be going down the road. Take your time. Don’t waste your entire weekend (or really, seven and a half hours of it) in front of a screen, because it’s Father’s Day on Sunday, and someone needs a new pair of socks.

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