Welcome to Binge Watchers Anonymous (BWA).
I promise, if you follow this simple schedule you can change your life for the better. If you are like most binge watchers, when season three of House of Cards premiered Friday, Feb 27th on Netflix you were probably done with the 13 episode season by late Sunday night. After waiting an entire year for the season to debut, you immediately consumed it in less time it took the series editors to edit one episode. I understand, I’ve been there. I cut the cord a long time ago. No cable, no satellite. My Netflix and Amazon Prime subscriptions were my only link to the “good” part of television. I have rabbit ears for the occasional sporting event, local morning news, or American Idol (don’t judge me.)
Both Netflix and Amazon have been developing original series for a few years now, and unlike traditional television, they dump the entire season online at once for audiences to consume at their leisure or as fiendishly as possible. Most people I know, make it a habit to binge watch all 13 or so episodes all at once because, well they can. As one who’s engaged in the habit, I began to feel disappointed after it was all done. Because it’s over too quickly. Sure, I had control and got to maintain the momentum of the series at my own pace, but it was my weakness for cliffhangers that did me in. I began to miss the anticipation you get when having to wait a week to find out what happens next and to digest and savor that one great episode. Game of Thrones is a great example. I enjoy watching it week to week because it’s so good and I get months of enjoyment out of it instead of 13 hours over one weekend.
So, if you’ve ever considered trying to maintain a regular schedule of Netflix or Amazon Prime programming, then I have the solution for you. It’s the BWA 13 Week Program.