questionswhat tv shows do you marathon watch?

vote-for37vote-against
vote-for2vote-against

@dupedyetagain: ha! i've been watching the show for years and you just introduced me to yet another joke. in that same episode, you know how they are talking about rock/paper/scissors? one joke my wife pointed out was that GOB and Micheal are fighting with the giant rock and scissor, and it gets reported in the news'paper' and it made the family look bad. once again, paper beat rock. that show is literally overflowing with good jokes

vote-for1vote-against

@jaaayzhu: That's funny. You don't type FOB. ;)

vote-for1vote-against

Sorry for being FOB here. But Korean dramas all the way!!

vote-for2vote-against

@dupedyetagain: "For drama, behold The Wire, one of the greatest pieces of media ... which refuses to hold the viewer's hand and which requires full attention and cumulative memory."

Yes indeed, behold The Wire! That absence of hand-holding is a big part of what made it so great. If you weren't paying attention and thinking, you missed half the show. It was really like 20th century Shakespeare.

I've recently been marathoning In Plain Sight, and before that Justified. Both shows are mostly law-and-order featuring highly flawed lead characters, with a hefty dose of cynical wisecracking. I think I'm mostly there for the wisecracking.

vote-for2vote-against

@ndcouch: That's absolutely one of my favorite AD jokes, and one I missed at least my first two times around.

Here's one from (I think) the same episode that I did not get until years later. Remember when they build the fake house and, at the ribbon-cutting, all four walls fall down? And one of the walls falls onto Buster, who is saved when he happens to be standing exactly where the window opening is?

I present to you, from the 1920s, the immortal Buster Keaton: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FN2SKWSOdGM

vote-for2vote-against

@dupedyetagain: very true about arrested development. I think thats one of the main reasons it didn't do well in the ratings department. if you didn't watch from the first episode, and actually pay attention, you missed the majority of the jokes. i have all the DVD's and i have seen each episode probably 2 dozen times and i still get jokes i missed the first 24 times. for example, in one episode Micheal tells GOB to "get rid of the Seaward" (a boat GOB just bought) and Lucille says "i'll leave when i'm good and ready". i must have seen that episode 4 or 5 times before the joke finally sunk in and i had a good laugh. like you said, it is impossible to describe the awesomeness of that show.

Also, alot of the jokes are back to back, so if you laugh too hard at one joke, you will miss the next one. now i'm gonna go home and watch some AD when i get off work...

vote-for4vote-against

The best shows to marathon are those which require attention and recall—that is, when a detail from one episode becomes important a few episodes down the line, binge-watching is ideal. I can barely remember yesterday, never mind two weeks ago.

Arrested Development is the epitome of comedy requiring attention and recall, particularly because it is littered not only with callback references, but foreshadowing jokes. Something will happen in one episode that does not become funny until several episodes later (e.g. Buster and the loose seal). The hype does not even begin to accurately describe this show's greatness.

For drama, behold The Wire, one of the greatest pieces of media (show, movie, book, game) I have ever experienced, but one which refuses to hold the viewer's hand and which requires full attention and cumulative memory. Not to mention, when during a scene you start to hear the end-cue music, you clamor for the next episode.

Breaking Bad too. Amazing.

vote-for3vote-against

Arrested Development
Storage Wars
Deadliest Catch
Mountain Men
Always Sunny

I wont watch reruns of the reality typse stuff, but if i've never seen them before i'll watch for hours.

Ooh! almost forgot about Top Gear (UK version). i watch that show even if it is reruns, its just straight up good.

vote-for2vote-against

@earlyre: I recently re-watched all of Game of Thrones with a friend who hadn't seen any of it, and I got a lot more out of the last few episodes of the season with the details of earlier seasons fresher in my mind. A lot of the sub-plots and lesser characters seemed more connected to the main story after refreshing my memory of who they were and what their meta-roles were.

vote-for5vote-against

I also vote Star Trek TNG. Make it so!

vote-for4vote-against

@djp519: for me @ least, sometimes sitting down and marathon watching is the only way to follow some of the multi ep(or multi season) story arcs weaved into some shows. there have been a few, that just watching as lone eps i've fully missed, but watching in bulk, where things are still semi fresh in the mind, you wonder how you missed it the first time around. and no,my brain is not coming up with specifics ATM.

vote-for3vote-against

Currently - Falling Skies, Top Gear (new season starts July 8th baby), Sons of Guns, Walking Dead, and Mythbusters

Oldies that are good on sick days - Star Trek Next Gen. and How Its Made,

vote-for4vote-against

Am I the only one who will answer, "None?" I find if I watch more than one or two episodes of any show back-to-back, they blur together in my mind, and I don't remember them as well. Shows I enjoy enough to watch, I like to remember vividly afterwards.

Back when I had disc-delivery Netflix, I might power-through a 4 episode dvd of a show over the course of a weekend, but not all in one sitting.

vote-for4vote-against

When I was younger I always watched the Twilight Zone marathons as there were a couple of episodes that only ran during the marathons. Now that's mostly what I use Netflix for. Right now I am working my way through Life, it's a great series and it's been a long time since I have seen it. Before that was the Twilight Zone. Before that the BBC series Wire in the Blood. My retired best friend spent pretty much the whole winter and spring over at my house while I was at work watching all the Star Trek series one after the other on Netflix.

vote-for4vote-against

We don't ever watch live tv (except for hockey games!), so most of our marathons are self-induced, either from the DVR, DVDs, Netflix or other online resources that shall remain nameless.

Recently we powered through Arrested Development from start to hilarious finish. I'm currently diving through Damages & House of Cards. Hubby just finished Parks & Rec and is already 5 seasons into The Office.

I do indulge in a serious love of L&O: SVU, so I still DVR all the old episodes and marathon through them when I'm in the right mood. Sometimes CSI too, which I like, but always find it pales in comparison to SVU if I watch them around the same time.

I'll soon be hitting the newer BSG as I've never seen it (I know, I know). After that, it's hard to say as there are SO MANY shows out there that I've not seen and desperately want to dive into. Plus, it's not that long until the next seasons of Suits, Sons of Anarchy & Breaking Bad that will be inserting themselves into my plans.

vote-for7vote-against

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Don't judge me.

I hate Burn Notice, that guy is such a douche.

vote-for4vote-against

@flowerz: Burn Notice - Yeah! I forgot about that one...and this is the last season!

vote-for5vote-against

I second the Big Bang Theory. Great show for marathons :)

vote-for6vote-against

I love the Burn Notice marathons since I just started watching the show not too long ago....and now that it's my favorite show, I just found out this is going to be the last season of it. Also, Law and Order(all of them), Monk, Criminal Minds,

vote-for4vote-against

Catching up with a mini-marathon of Falling Skies right now.

vote-for2vote-against

@okham: don't get me started on how much I detest TBBT, for it's got all too much power when my Happy Endings outwitted it.

vote-for6vote-against

Dexter, Arrested, Battlestar Galactica, Weeds, Breaking Bad, Firefly, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead...

vote-for7vote-against

I don't watch marathons on TV - but I marathon-watch shows that I'd never seen. That's how I watched Lost, Stargate SG-1, and Arrested Development. In the case of Lost, it was only the first 4 seasons. For some of these shows, it's the only way to keep track of everything that's going on.

But there's so much out there to see I rarely waste time watching the same thing twice. Even if I like it.

vote-for10vote-against

Any old school tv fans out there? Dragnet, Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Gunsmoke, Bonznza, MASH. I Love Lucy comforts and distracts me when everything in my modern life is going wrong.

For more modern stuff: Law & Order SVU (marathon on USA Network today), Cold Case, Criminal Minds.

vote-for10vote-against

Dexter...Mike & Molly...Spartacus...Falling Skies

vote-for9vote-against

When it comes to something I revisit and binge watch, it's Battlestar Galactica (the new version).

The most recent series of stuff I hadn't seen yet was trying the Killing. I didn't like it enough to stick with it.

vote-for11vote-against

All the Law and Orders, NCIS, and CSIs.

Did I mention Law and Order?

vote-for10vote-against

I don't have cable either, but I tend to watch a lot of shows in marathon mode. Usually that's from DVD/blurays, but I also record OTA shows and sometimes wait for them to finish a season before I start watching.

Some shows I've binged on recently: Arrested Development, Cougar Town, Better Off Ted, Justified, and Battlestar Galactica.

vote-for11vote-against

What is this "cable" thing you speak of? I have a small antenna, a Blu-ray player and a Roku. Lately, I've been watching back-to-back episodes of Warehouse 13, Foyle's War, Doctor Who, the old Hawaii Five-O, Inspector Lewis and The Last Enemy via Roku. (Hmm .. crimes and government cover-ups. Maybe I need to add a few light comedies to the queue.) I like watching things on my own schedule, not one pre-programmed by someone else.

vote-for11vote-against

@mybestuser1: Castle, definitely.

For me, The Big Bang Theory, Stargate, Firefly and Farscape are all good for bulk watching.

vote-for6vote-against

Doctor Who, Bones, NCIS, Castle.

vote-for13vote-against

I did this with Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad and Arrested Development. Breaking Bad was so great when it came to this way of viewing.