questionsdo you prefer to watch tv shows as they air, or…

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I pretty much never watch programming as it is airing. I DVR the TV shows and generally watch them within a couple of weeks. I understand that Nielson uses DVR viewing info for rating purposes when it is viewed within a couple of days, but not a week later, so I presume my viewing does not "support" my favorite shows. If for some reason I miss an episode, I hunt it down on the internet. The only TV series I ever acquired (and watched again) on DVD was Firefly. I still miss that show!

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We like to watch it marathon style. We don't watch TV everyday but we love to sit down on a Sunday afternoon or a rainy day and just watch a bunch of episodes all at once.

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Both. If it's a show that has been on for awhile, and I'm just starting to watch it, I'll do the marathon thing till I get caught up, then I'll watch it as it airs. Most especially if it's a show with an ongoing story line.

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We don't have cable, so all we can do is watch the episodes all at once.
We ditched cable in June 2012, and have had Netflix ever since. Best savings of my money, ever.

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Both for me too. I watch most shows as they air, but I save some shows to watch later, especially if they have a very short season.

For example: Justified. When summer comes around and there's nothing to watch I'll start with season 1 and watch the whole series over the course of a couple of weeks.

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I tend to get burned out on a show if I watch too much of it right in a row, but lose the thread if I watch it once a week. I like to pile up 3-5 episodes and watch them in bursts. I am the same way with book series, I like to have at least three but no more than five of the series on hand to read. Not only do I get burned out on it (both books and tv series), but the continuity errors tend to start piling up and drive me crazy if I consume too many at once. Like the readers/viewers, it seems that the writers commonly forget little details between volumes/episodes, and these mistakes aren't as obvious when you consume at the same pace they produce.

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All at once I hate waiting until the next week.

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I watch as they air....the suspense gets me every time.

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For drama/story line shows, I prefer all of them to be available at once.
For one-shot comedy shows (e.g. Big Bang Theory) it doesn't matter.

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@j5: That's a great point! Friends and Big Bang Theory, etc never really carried that much episode to episode excitment.

Community is weird though...I feel like if it stayed the same way it was in the first and second seasons it would feel more like a typical one shot commedy. But the third season gave it a feel of developing a serious season-long story, almost. Not sure where season four will go, but we would wait anyway :)

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@j5: The Big Bang Theory has really developed the characters over the seasons. Yeah, you don't have to watch all the episodes to understand what's going on, but it's cool to see how they develop.

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For me it depends on the show.
I watch tv shows on DVD at lunch during the work week and I almost always watch a season at time. Sometimes I'll watch a series all the way through. Sometimes I switch to another series if I need a break or I need to wait until the next season comes out on DVD (or just arrives on my doorstep). Currently I'm rewatching Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip while waiting for Downton Abbey season 3 to arrive (should be here early next week). Once Homeland season 2 and Burn Notice season 6 (7? the most recent one) comes out on DVD and I can find a good price, I'll buy those and watch them.

For shows that are currently airing, I try to keep up by watching on the web (usually Hulu). I don't remember the last time I watched a non-sports program on my television.

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nope, even shows/comics I like, I'd rather binge on it at once than wait a week. However, I do admit that I don't get to talk about "new" developments in the story when I do, but I share a variety of interests with the company I keep, and usually I'm the last to get caught up, but they're always down for a re-hashing.

The only other downside I can think of is that I don't get the full... "effect"... of cliffhangers, whether at the end of the episode or before a commercial break. In a way I'm a little deprived of whatever dramatic element the writers or directors were going for (I noticed this especially when I tried to go back and watch a couple of season 1 or 2 of LOST).

Also, no commercials, or at least the ability to fast forward through my recordings, has spoiled me, and I like it.

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@j5, I forgot to mention how much I really liked your distinction between continuous story and stand alone episode-plot.