Binge watching

By Erin Clarke

I admit it. I love a few days of binging on a TV show and totally immersing myself in its world.  Long gone are the days of watching a show weekly, having to wait for a cliff hanger to be exposed or the torturous hiatuses in the summer time. Now TV has a totally different feel and schedule to it. Shows don’t start in September and end in June anymore, now there are mid-season start ups, summer shows and cable has had really no time restraints at all.  Want to start watching a show that is starting its third season in a few weeks?  Just download or pick up the previous seasons, tuck in and catch up.  With that ease being said, I would like to tell you two shows that you should binge on to catch up to their July and August returns.

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In July, the HBO drama The Newsroom returns for its 2nd season.  This show is somewhat of a sleeper hit, not really getting the same amount of fanfare as other HBO shows like Girls and Game of Thrones, but it is wonderful.  Starring Jeff Daniels, arguably one of the most versatile movie actors around, as a news anchor who has had enough of the “entertainment” aspect of the evening news cast.  He is heartbreaking, funny, witty and emotional.  The cast is well put together and as with any Aaron Sorkin drama, the dialogue is rapid fire fast and intriguing on a different level every week. The show takes on topical current news, like the Arab Spring, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, scandals in the White House and gun violence.  If you have liked anything that Aaron Sorkin has put on TV in the past (Sports Night, The West Wing) or his movies (The Social Network, A Few Good Men), you will love this show and with only one season under its belt, catching up before the July 14th Season 2 premiere.

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Then there is the return and finale of Breaking Bad.  There are a lot of past episodes in 4 1/2 seasons to watch to  to catch up before the second half of Season 5 begins in August but on my honour as a TV junkie…..it is worth it to catch up before this brilliant, interesting and heartbreaking drama is gone.  I have spoken of the amazing performance of Bryan Cranston before, in addition to his scary yet sympathetic Walter White, there are supporting actors and characters like Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman, Walter’s long suffering meth production partner that will knock your socks off and storylines that show runner Vince Gilligan has developed that have made AMC into a real contender in the best drama race.  I have a feeling there are some actors that are very happy that Breaking Bad is coming to an end – the Emmys and Golden Globes will be more of a contest once there is no Cranston and Paul to compete with.  How it will end and what will come of all the characters is a mystery until August, but I know I will be binging on a marathon before it comes to a close, it’s that good that once is never enough.


Being able to catch up on a show before a new season is, as I mentioned, a new thing.  There are so many entertaining programs out there now that a membership to Netflix could possibly send you into a hibernation that would rival a bear in the wild.  I know I have my own list of shows that I would like to discover. Do you binge watch shows? What show do you think people should catch up with before it returns?
catch up before the second half of Season 5 begins in August but on my honour as a TV junkie…..it is worth it to catch up before this brilliant, interesting and heartbreaking drama is gone.  I have spoken of the amazing performance of Bryan Cranston before, in addition to his scary yet sympathetic Walter White, there are supporting actors and characters like Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman, Walter’s long suffering meth production partner that will knock your socks off and storylines that show runner Vince Gilligan has developed that have made AMC into a real contender in the best drama race.  I have a feeling there are some actors that are very happy that Breaking Bad is coming to an end – the Emmys and Golden Globes will be more of a contest once there is no Cranston and Paul to compete with.  How it will end and what will come of all the characters is a mystery until August, but I know I will be binging on a marathon before it comes to a close, it’s that good that once is never enough.

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