I have memories of university days (which were *ahem* 10 years ago….), and my relatively new boyfriend at the time was ranting and raving about how him and his dormmates had rented entire seasons of 24 and were watching episode after episode in rapid succession. I honestly couldn’t quit wrap my head around what an ENTIRE WASTE OF TIME that was – they literally watched an entire season in 48 hours. That is a LOT of hours of mindless TV watching.
I’ll be honest – I judged them a little. But clearly not a lot, because I stayed with said boyfriend and he eventually became my husband, so I guess I could see past the lethargic couch-potatoe state he was in at times. (Plus, he’s pretty hot, so that helped).
A few years later, in our first year of marriage, we got HOOKED on Prison Break. I started to see that there was something to this whole “watching a tv-show without
peeing or eating commercial breaks for a long period of time”. Things had evolved ever so slightly since the years before, and while we did rent entire seasons on DVD from the local Blockbuster, we could also watch them online – in what was the early years of online tv streaming. We ploughed through SO MANY episodes that I honestly started seeing the opening credits scene playing in my mind once I would close my eyes at night.
It was still a new experience to have the tv world at our fingertips, and we were starting to get hooked into the world of binge watching. (Much like the rest of our generation).
We had some beautiful child-free years of watching tv shows whenever we dang well felt like it. Come home from work? Watch an episode. After dinner? Sure – let’s watch 3 more! Saturday night with no plans? Oh you’d better believe we had plans – they just didn’t involve real people anymore. From The Office, to Friday Night Lights, to One Tree Hill (ok, that one was just me…) those first few years of our marriage held some great TV series.
And the world of binge watching has continued to evolve – as Netflix has entered our homes. But while the Netflix era has taken over our TV’s, another reality is that we are now in our thirties and happen to have 2 kids. And it struck me the other night how much our “binge watching” has changed.
We are currently working our way through season 3 of House of Cards with some friends. And while the 20-something versions of us would probably have knocked off the 13 episodes in 2 solid nights of TV watching, we have now gotten together three times and still have 4 episodes left. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been awesome. We have developed a great tradition of incredible food, (the same every time!), we talk for a bit and catch up with each other and then we get down to business. But the thing is, we can’t event start watching until our kids our in bed, and so we’re lucky if we get the first episode going by 8:30. And honestly? Three episodes later, at 12:00, we are BAKED. It’s a weak version of binge watching, but we are plugging along.
And so there you have it. The 24 year old version of me would scoff as we call it a night three episodes in, having hardly made a dent in the couch by that point, but so it is. Call us LAME if you must – we are ok with owning that title – at least when it comes to TV watching habits. Rest assured that in all other areas of life we are so hip-and-with-it you won’t know what to do with us. *cough….cricket….cricket….*