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Binging. Speaking of TV shows, not Guac and Chips

17 Jul

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  1. Binge-watching, also called binge-viewing or marathon-viewing, is the practice of watching television for longer time spans than usual, usually of a single television show.

Binging is the new going to the movies.  The new going to the theater.  The new Black.  I have to say, I have partaken.  While trying to while away the time on the elliptical, I started watching shows, every morning, which included:

1.  24 – Jack Bauer is my hero and he was at his best with Chloe.  I have to say, I haven’t watched the final season, the one that was just aired on TV, because I wanted to wait till it was over to binge-watch.

2.  Lost – I have to admit, I began to get Lost watching this.

3.  Nip/Tuck – What don’t you like about yourself?

4. Lipstick Jungle – a girly indulgence.  It was short-lived for good reason, but helped pass 45 minutes on the elliptical.

5.  Cashmere Mafia – only a few episodes, but loved, loved, loved it.

6.  Arrested Development – which I feel is one of the most funny, brilliant, clever shows ever.

7.  Rescue Me – raunchy, but addicting.  I’m contemplating watching it again.

8.  Third Watch – Recommended by my sister and I loved it.  But didn’t remember it, so had to edit this blog. 🙂

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Then, I realized I could actually watch these shows, and not count my steps while on the elliptical.  So, I began to actually “binge” TV programs, which included:

1.  Mad Men – Not sure if it’s the fashion or the cocktails, but this is a very intriguing show.  Very.

2.  Homeland – #TeamBrody.   Yes, I know many are #TeamQuinn, but give me this one.

3.  Breaking Bad – the kids were convinced I’d hate this, since I’m the Queen of Romantic comedies, but I surprised them…and myself.  Walter White.  Loved the show!

4.  Downton Abby – I’m not a fan of English shows, like “Up the down staircase”, but I got addicted to this show one February, when I had a devil of a cold and I had nothing but time on a wintry holiday weekend, so watched 2 seasons and I was hooked.

5.  The Following – A show about a serial killer, starring Kevin Bacon.  Gruesome, but surprisingly addicting.

6. .  House of Cards.  Riveting.  I mean, absolutely, Riveting.

7. .  Friday Night Lights – One word.  Football.  Two words.  Kyle Chandler.  Does Not get better than this.

8.  Bloodline.  2 words.  Kyle Chandler.  I rest my case.

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Since I’m not the only expert in binge-watching TV shows, our friends at Buzzfeed have put together quite an extensive watching list.  I mean, this could possibly get you through this summer…especially if you happen to be in Chicago, and the weather has been “less than ideal”.  Many people have recommended to me that I watch “Orange is the new Black”…but I just cannot watch a prison show.  I seem to recall some show “cell block – something”.  Life is too short to watch prison shows.  (TOB).

Binging lists from Buzz Feed

 Warning: after reading these, you may feel the need to clear your weekend schedule and catch up on some great TV.

1. Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad

AMC

Number of seasons: Five

What it’s about: Breaking Bad tells the story of high-school Chemistry teacher Walter White, who’s diagnosed with lung cancer. After finding out it’s inoperable, Walter starts producing and selling crystal meth in order to secure his family’s financial future.

2. Friends

Friends

NBC

Number of seasons: Ten

What it’s about: Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, the sitcom is about a circle of friends living in Manhattan and the trials, triumphs and ultimate journey of their lives through their mid-twenties and thirties.

3. Mad Men

Mad Men

AMC

Number of seasons: Seven

What it’s about: Primarily set in the 1960s, Mad Men initially focuses on the Sterling Cooper advertising agency in New York City and the personal and professional lives of those working within the agency. It focuses mainly on Don Draper, creative director and junior partner of the agency.

4. Grey’s Anatomy

Grey's Anatomy

Number of seasons: 11 and counting.

What it’s about: The show follows protagonist Meredith Grey and her fellow surgical interns through their journey at Seattle Grace hospital. There’s a lot of love triangles, tears, fights, break-ups and make-ups to keep the drama flowing.

5. Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl

CW

Number of seasons: Six

What it’s about: Based on the popular book series, Gossip Girl is about the “scandalous lives of New York’s elite…” or rather, a bunch of rich, high-school students residing in the Upper East.

6. Skins (UK)

Skins (UK)

E4

Number of seasons: Seven

What it’s about: A British teen drama with juicy and controversial storylines, Skinsfollows different generations of teens finishing school and dealing with friendships, relationships, drugs, sex, mental illness, dysfunctional families and death.

7. Law and Order: Special Victims Unit

Law and Order: Special Victims Unit

NBC

Number of seasons: 16 and counting.

What it’s about: An American police crime and legal drama set in New York City, Law and Order: SVU follows the New York officers investigating sexually based offences.

8. Entourage

Entourage

HBO

Number of seasons: Eight

What it’s about: The series chronicles the acting career of Vincent Chase and his close friends, as they navigate the land of Hollywood and climb the celebrity ladder. Watch it before the movie comes out!

9. Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

20th Television

Number of seasons: Seven

What it’s about: Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, the show revolves around Buffy Summers and her group of friends as they slay vampires and other demons.

10. Freaks and Geeks

Freaks and Geeks

DreamWorks Television

Number of seasons: One

What it’s about: Set in the 1980s, the show follows a group of high school students facing various social struggles. Though only filmed for one season, the show has an incredible cult following.

11. Doctor Who

Doctor Who

BBC

Number of seasons: 26 (1963 – 1989), Eight (2005 – present)

What it’s about: A British science-fiction show, Doctor Who depicts the adventure of “the Doctor” a time-travelling humanoid alien, who explores the universe in his TARDIS. A British cult favourite, the show relaunched again in 2005.

12. Catfish

Catfish

MTV

Number of seasons: Four

What it’s about: Catfish is an American reality docu-series, based on the truths and lies about online dating. Each episode is an investigation into whether or not a participant in a virtual relationship is really who they say they are, or if in fact, they are a “catfish.

13. Cheers

Cheers

NBC

Number of seasons: 11

What it’s about: An oldie but a goodie, the show is set in a bar named “Cheers”, where a group of locals meet to socialise.

14. Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

NBC

Number of seasons: Seven

What it’s about: Starring Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation is a sitcom following Leslie Knope, a mid-level bureaucrat tirelessly trying to make her hometown a little more lively.

15. Dexter

Dexter

Showtime

Number of seasons: Eight

What it’s about: Set in Miami, the series follows Dexter Morgan, a blood pattern analyst who leads a secret life as a serial killer – hunting down heinous criminals who have not yet suffered consequences for their actions.

16. Lost

Lost

ABC

Number of seasons: Six

What it’s about: After a plane crashes on a mysterious island, the survivors are left to fend for themselves as they try to survive and attract rescue. Throw in an nknown monster, prior island occupants and other worldy inhabitants and you’ve got a dramatic TV show on your hands.

17. One Tree Hill

One Tree Hill

CW

Number of seasons: Nine

What it’s about: The series starts with two half-brothers Lucas and Nathan Scott who start out as rivals. It progresses to follow the lives of the teens in Tree Hill, their heartbreaks, triumphs and trials as they navigate their way into adulthood.

18. Supernatural

Supernatural

CW

Number of seasons: 10 and counting.

What it’s about: Two brothers come together to hunt demons, ghosts, monsters, and other supernatural beings in the world.

19. Pretty Little Liars

Pretty Little Liars

ABC

Number of seasons: Five and counting.

What it’s about: After the disappearance of their friend Alison, four girls are harassed by a mysterious person, going by the name of “A”, who threatens to expose their deepest secrets.

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20. The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead

AMC

Number of seasons: Five and counting.

What it’s about: A new, apocalyptic world is being overrun by flesh-eating zombies. So if you love zombies, this is your show.

21. Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds

CBS

Number of seasons: 11 and counting.

What it’s about: The series follows a team of FBI profilers. Working as part of the Behavioral Analysis Unit, the team puts together a profile of the criminal in order to solve the crime.

22. The Fosters

The Fosters

ABC Family

Number of seasons: Two and counting.

What it’s about: The series follows the lives of an interracial lesbian couple, who are raising are blended family of biological, adopted and foster children. Jennifer Lopez is the executive producer of the show.

23. Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights

NBC

Number of seasons: Five

What it’s about: The show is a drama series about a highschool football team in Texas. Using a fictional small town setting, it addresses many issues facing teen culture including family values and struggles, racism, drugs, lack of economic options and abortion.

24. Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Whose Line Is It Anyway?

ABC

Number of seasons: 11

What it’s about: An improvisational comedy show, the original series was hosted by Drew Carey. The show consists of a panel of four performers who play short-form improvisation games including creating characters, scenes and songs on the spot.

25. Orange is the New Black

Orange is the New Black

Netflix

Number of seasons: Three and counting.

What it’s about: The series revolves around Piper Chapman, a woman sentenced to 15 months in prison for transporting a suitcase full of drug money to her former girlfriend Alex. The offense occurred ten years prior to the start of the series, so her sudden arrest shocks her law-abiding family and fiancé.

26. Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

Number of seasons: Five and counting.

What it’s about: Game of Thrones is an adaption of A Song of Ice and Fire, Geore R. R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels. The series is originally set on fictional continents at the end of a decade-long summer and follows a civil war among several houses for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms. Sound confusing? Just start watching it. You’ll be hooked.

27. Orphan Black

Orphan Black

BBC America

Number of seasons: Three and counting.

What it’s about: A Canadian science fiction series, Orphan Black stars Tatiana Maslany playing several identical characters who are in fact clones. The series starts with Sarah Manning assuming the identity of one of her clones Elizabeth Childs, after witnessing her suicide. Originally thinking she was a long-lost twin to Elizabeth, Sarah soon realises there’s a lot more going on.

28. Hannibal

Hannibal

NBC

Number of seasons: Two and counting. (Season three premiere, June 4).

What it’s about: A psychological-thriller, the series is based on the character appearing in the novel Red Dragon. It focuses on the relationship of FBI special investigator Will Graham and Dr. Hannibal Lecter a psychiatrist destined to become Will’s enemy.

29. House of Cards

House of Cards

Netflix

Number of seasons: Three and counting.

What it’s about: House of Cards revolves around Democrat Frank Underwood who initiates an elaborate plan to get himself into a position of greater power in Washington D.C. The series deals with themes of ruthlessness, manipulation and power.

30. Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls

CW

Number of seasons: Seven

What it’s about: The show follows single mother Lorelai Gilmore and her teen daughter Rory, as they live their lives in the fictional town of Stars Hollow. The show covers their story from Lorelai as a pregnant teen runaway, the tempestuous relationship she has with her parents and her close bond with Rory, who holds a strong ambition to make it to an Ivy League college.

31. The Office

The Office

NBC

Number of seasons: Nine

What it’s about: The mockumentary depicts the everyday lives of office employees and is an adaption of the BBC series of the same name. It stars Steve Carell, John Krasinski and B.J. Novak among others.

32. Avatar: The Last Airbender

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Nickelodeon

Number of seasons: Three

What it’s about: Set in an Asiatic-like world, the show explores people who are able to manipulate the classical elements by use of psychokinetic variants of Chinese martial arts. The series predominantly focuses on 12-year-old Aang and his friends who must bring peace to the world.

33. The West Wing

The West Wing

NBC

Number of seasons: Seven

What it’s about: Set in the West Wing of the White House, the episodes follow President Bartlet and his staff through different political issues as well as the personal problems that can surround their professional lives.

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Song of the Day: I Ran (So Far Away) by Flock of Seagulls

A cloud appears above your head
A beam of light comes shining down on you
Shining down on you

The cloud is moving nearer still
Aurora Borealis comes in view
Aurora comes in view

And I ran, I ran so far away
I just ran, I ran all night and day
I couldn’t get away

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That I have…

I may be biased, but I think these kids are Super Cute!

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I am now re-binge-watching both Friday Night Lights and Bloodline.  What is the common denominator of these 2 shows? Yup, Kyle Chandler!  Best. Summer. Ever!!  Because this isn’t Tiger Beat, I’m not going to post a picture of him, though I’m tempted. 🙂

Looking forward to a fun wedding weekend with Arika and Brent!

xoxo,

T.

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But I can also be sarcastic in my dreams!

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Source:  http://www.buzzfeed.com/tahliapritchard/brb-watching-tv-forever#.ucMPoAExR4

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One Response to “Binging. Speaking of TV shows, not Guac and Chips”

  1. Carol S. July 17, 2015 at 8:50 am #

    Have only seen Catfish and Office, both great shows. Started House of Cards and did not get pulled in. Though I’m a reality tv junkee…I prefer when someone gets eliminated at the end of the episode. I know you’re biased, but I think those two kids are really fabulous!! TGIF.

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