This Week, Let's Obsess Over TV Shows

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There are a lot of TV shows that, for whatever reason, I didn’t watch when they were actually on the air. Alternatively, they might still be on the air, but I need to catch up. One of my favorite activities is to sit myself down and watch season, after season, after season of a TV show. Not having to wait a week for the newest episode is one of the sweetest feelings on Earth.

Two summers ago, I was taking a vector calculus class in the mornings (8am-11am, I wanted to die) and when I got home I would, if I felt like it, study and then watch as many episodes as I could of Nip/Tuck. Before that, I believe it had been Dead Like Me. Last summer, I worked my way through The Real Housewives of New Jersey  and met my all-time favorite housewife, Caroline Manzo. More recently, I have rampaged through seasons one and two of Downton Abbey (Matthew Crawley…) and Game of Thrones (and GirlsI might have a problem)

I have what is probably an unhealthy dependence on television for entertainment. I love to read, but when I find a show that I like, I wont stop until I’m done watching all of it. I just have to know what happens next, and since I have no patience, the next logical thing for me to do is obsess over every episode.

Then, all of sudden, I’ve watched every episode that is available and I’m either sad because there will never be another episode or because I have to wait for the fall for new episodes to be released. I wish that my favorite TV shows were like novelas (Mexican soap operas) and there was a new episode each day of the week. The World could not handle that:

1. A lot of people, myself included, would wither away at their computer desks. There’s no way I would miss a new episode of Parks and Rec (aka my beloved Leslie Knope) to do errands and other stupid adult things.

2. I just want to know how ratings would be affected by airing a new episode each day.

3. Maybe, just maybe, my shows would air during the summer too.

4. Wouldn’t we be all so happy to be rid of that stupid week waiting period?

Okay, maybe it wouldn’t be such a good idea. My understanding is that writing for television is really stressful. I don’t want the people who delight me with a new episode each week to suffer. More importantly, I don’t want the quality of my shows to decline. Selfish, but true. For the time being I’m going to find another show to obsess over, and watch as many episodes as I possibly can in the shortest amount of time possible. Any suggestions?

Also, I’d like to know which shows you guys and gals have stealthily watched every episode of. I don’t care what it is, trust me, I won’t judge. I am not ashamed (I probably should be) to admit that I watched both seasons of Dance Moms in about a weekend and a half. It happens. If you want any suggestions from me, hit me up on Twitter!

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