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    Julien Veyrenc
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    Hi everyone,

    First, sorry if my writing isn’t perfect as I’m not a native speaker 🙂

    I had this debate with myself for a while now:

    When I was younger, almost every show was following the September to June calendar and it was really nice to meet with my favorite characters week after week. Now, many series are released with a complete season, all episodes at once.

    I always wondered if this makes a difference in the pleasure I have to watch a show, or how well I remember the previous episodes/seasons or character development.

    After trying to compare my impressions about that on many shows, I still don’t really have a clear opinion and I was curious to know if some of you already thought about the same thing? If yes, what do you think about it and… how do you prefer to watch your series?

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    Wanda
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    It depends on the way the series are made. If it’s something monotonous like Killing Eve, I just binge watch. But if the show has something different to offer every week I prefer to wait and enjoy every episode individually.

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    Brayden Fitzsimmons
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    Depends on the type of series, something harrowing to watch like Handmaid’s Tale, Chernobyl, Leftovers or Watchmen is better suited for week-by-week because of the depressing themes of shows and it allows you to manifest, evaluate & decompose the story presented.

    Whereas things that are lighter in Story and tone are usually easier to binge as they don’t require you o retain 100% of the attention. It’s why am surprised more streamers don’t try and create their own knee-slapping light sitcoms in the vein of One Day at a Time or Derry Girls.

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    Jays
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    I like being able to watch it all at once, even if I don’t watch it all in one sitting lol. For me, I usually connect with the story more emotionally if I’m able to watch it in a shorter time span (like Ozark recently). I get taken out of a show sometimes if it airs every week and I’m already not all in on the show (like something like Run recently).

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    Julien Veyrenc
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    I like being able to watch it all at once, even if I don’t watch it all in one sitting lol. For me, I usually connect with the story more emotionally if I’m able to watch it in a shorter time span (like Ozark recently). I get taken out of a show sometimes if it airs every week and I’m already not all in on the show (like something like Run recently).

    I often feel the same about connecting with the story and the characters actually. I have a few exemples in mind where, after watching the first four episodes of a show over a month, I wasn’t really into it. Then, after it completely aired, I started over, binge watching it entirely and liked it way more.

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    I also think a lot of series are adjust themselves to their release model.

    I think Stranger Things broke out in the way it did because it perfected the binge/streaming model. More so than any other show before it it was an 8/9 hour movie. Episodes don’t even have much arc. And because of that, it is the most binged show on Netflix (maybe of all time?) and really wouldn’t fit another model.

    On the other hand, I have yet to binge it, but I have heard people say Mad Men’s season and episode structure does not make particularly binge-friendly (again, have not seen it, so I can’t speak to this myself), and it may have been better when consumed week by week. I loved the Americans, but I needed to space it out so as to not get series fatigue.

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    I find The Americans a very easily bingeable show with its taut plotting. I recently finished the first two  seasons in 4-5 days iirc.

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    I have a rule to watch no more than 5 episodes of a series a day, and no different seasons of the same show in a day, unless I am doing a marathon of a show that I have already watched and loved. The reason for this is because I don’t think it just to finish an entire season in a day, as there is no room for reflection in between episodes. Keyword: episodes. They are supposed to be in installments, not a long movie. Also, as I follow the Emmys, I need to have some way of differentiating episodes so I know what to evaluate for episode submissions. So, with that, I think it is okay to binge say This Is Us or Game Of Thrones, even though they were originally weekly, as long as you follow the rule. I think there would be more pleasure in watching an episode a week, or a day, at least, but there is something called time constraint. For instance, I am trying to watch all of the shows that are prospective nominees for a series nom, so I have to follow that rule to finish them all. I recommend this rule to friends and family whenever they ask me so…

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    All depends on what it is for me tbh. For example: I binged the Politican straight through but could never do that for 20/20, The Case That Huants Me, and Don’t.

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    I prefer to watch a show all at once because I end up losing interest most of the time if I have to wait week to week.

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    Week after week hands down. I miss the days of when I would have 4 shows on in the same night it made me excited. Watching it weekly also helps to savor the show and get the full immersion of the series and season.

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    Personal I prefer week after week shows, for me this helps a lot in the process of building an affection for the show and the characters.

    Stranger Things is huge but you can see the buzz vanish one month after the release of a new season. If it was a weekly show it would be trending in social media for more than two months. Game of Thrones it is a perfect example about the power of weekly tv shows.

    But there are shows that are better binge watching, like Mindhunter.

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    I usually prefer it all at once because I think it keeps me more invested and detail-oriented but there are some exceptions. Just like Brayden said some shows are so dark that once a week is simply better because it allows you to step away, reflect on what you’ve seen and recover so that you’re ready for more chilling and gruesome stuff.

     

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    Watchmen, for example, I went week by week because I knew there were gonna be spoilers and press about those spoilers. Same with reality competition shows. Spoilers make me watch some shows as they air, week by week. The Real Housewives shows also fall in this category.

    If it’s not that important (Grey’s, How to Get Away) I will watch whenever I watch it. Who knows when. Usually months after and I do binge those.

    Some shows that I do love but have no spoilers (Insecure, The Good Fight) I do watch sort of when they’re airing. Some weeks I’ll forget to watch and then I watch two or three episodes in a row.

    Netflix and Amazon shows that get uploaded all at once…it gets messy.

    Shows that I’m late to and already have one or two seasons (Ramy, Dave, Shrill and others) or six in Schitt’s Creek’s case, I basically binge.

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    I grew up on the September to May model. The good ole days lol. Not to say I want to go back to that permanently, or think that series need to go on for nine months or 22 episodes a season. But something is certainly lost binging entire seasons in a weekend, or for the really eager beavers, the first 12 hours of “dropping.” Netflix has somehow revolutionized and ruined television forever. I think in general, television needs weekly viewing to permeate the pop cultural conversation and consciousness. Appointment television is basically gone now, which is fine and all. Times have to change. But it creates the rise of disposable TV, which is unfortunate. I reference how quickly the world consumed and tossed out “Space Force” and “Hollywood,” for examples. Just to say, “I saw this firsttt!” It didn’t help matters that these shows were clunkers and shitty, but maybe a weekly rollout could have driven some sort of ratings “momentum,” even though Netflix couldn’t care less about anything except subscriptions. Maybe Hulu has the right idea with “Handmaid’s Tale” with its release pattern? Premium content, cable-like episode order, and weekly network-style delivery. Regardless, I binge and have done so more than I ever have during this quarantine, yet I’ve loved the slow-build of recent shows like “I Know This Much Is True,” “Run,” “Schitt’s Creek,” “Insecure,” “The Plot Against America,” and “The Outsider.” So I’ll answer both, I guess, but my preference is clear.

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