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I Lose Sleep To Binge-Watch These Shows

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Ever since the Internet came to existence, I've never regularly watched shows on the boob tube. I did follow a handful of TV series back in the day -- but not faithfully and the closest thing I had to 'binge-watching' was the Seventh Heaven marathon that the now defunct Studio 23 would show for an entire day during the Lenten season.

Times are different now. Everything is really at a touch of a button. Before, some local television stations would even boast how they have 'the same as U.S. airing' of different TV shows. Thanks to the Internet, I was able to watch Game of Thrones an hour or 2 after it's shown in the States, catch up on all 10 8 seasons of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. and even revisit some of the greats like Seinfeld or Pushing Daisies (because I honestly had no idea about those before. Haha.) What's even more convenient is that you don't really need a TV, if you have a smartphone or an iPad, you're good to go.

Binge-watching has become an event for most of us (I commemorate these times by using #oldladyweekends haha), usually set during long holidays or even just after the work week. You hoard copies of different movies and sitcoms while you wait for that perfect moment where you could just consume everything you downloaded. If you think about it, in a sense, we don't just watch it, we devour seasons and seasons of different shows in one sitting. We are never satisfied with just one episode -- hell, I got the entire season with no commercials!

The irony is we look forward to weekends because we need the sleep and rest, but we end up glued to our screens for periods of time that we never keep track of until we realize it's time to have breakfast. My mom hates it when I do this but then I point out that time when they stayed up until 3 AM for 2 weeks because they got so hooked with Breaking Bad. HAHAHA.

Anyway, so much for the talk. Please pass the remote and let's start this list.

1. True Detective Season 2

The first season of True Detective was one of the most intelligent series I've watched for quite a while (though a lot of people find Rusty Cohle's existentialist rants too much). I loved the opening sequence and the music! When they announced a second season, I was really looking forward to it. And when Colin Farrell was cast as one of the leads, I was even more enthusiastic. I'm midway through this season and I am still enjoying it. It still manages to surprise me and make me gasp. I'm just really disheartened by all the reviews I'm seeing in Indiewire and the AV Club, which I basically trust more than IMDB or Rotten Tomatoes. It seems that that first few episodes were already the peak and the series went crumbling down to the end, at least that's what I've read on the headlines. :(

2. Survivor 30: Worlds Apart

It's been ages since I've watched Survivor. Before, I only got to watch what I could catch during weekends. I actually already finished Survivor 28: Cagayan and this one. I asked CJ, who's a Survivor fanatic, what other seasons best to watch and he told me about Survivor 7: Pearl Islands. I also just finished that last week. The show was superb! I found myself slow clapping alone (lol) when some of the alliances manage to pull off a blind side. This show is all sorts of insane! Hahaha. I kind of hate it though sometimes that being in the game gives everyone a license to lie and be sly and cunning. But I guess that's kind of the best part. I'm currently downloading Season 1. Hahaha.

3. Parks & Recreation

Gahd. I love this show so much. At present time, I've stopped watching it because I don't want it to end just yet. I hate that experience you get when something you always look forward to suddenly comes to a halt. It's like this hangover just hovering above your head. I know it may not be healthy to be attached to the characters in the show but I can't help it! Everyone of them is just so darn lovable and funny and witty! I was almost in tears when I saw that episode where they had the Unity Concert. I just knew that it was coming to an end and I am not prepared! Hahaha.

4. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

It's already happening. The signs are there. I think I've latched on to this series somewhere at the latter part of Season 1. At first, I didn't find it that funny but then all their characters began to develop and Chelsea Peretti was so sassy and freaking hilarious, I just can't stop watching. I love the relationship between Peralta and Captain Holt! The Season 2 ender, the part where Captain Holt was saying goodbye, brought me to tears (haha), but I learned the news that BILL HADER will be the next captain and I couldn't be more excited for Season 3! This is going to be epic! I can't wait!

5. Mr. Robot

This series speaks volumes to me because of the way it was executed: Elliot was constantly talking/narrating the thoughts in his head. It's like this machine with all these separate parts all moving at the same time, it's so exhilarating. There's depression, paranoia, technology, capitalism, anti-capitalism, drugs, morality and so much more in one show. And don't get me started with the cinematography! I love how they have that whole head space above the actors and the actors are placed at the corners, case in point here, and the symmetry of some shots! UGH. SO GOOD. It kind of reminded me of the whole feel of the film Comet. Maybe that's why I was charmed by that film so much. This is one of my favorites! I was really holding my breath when this scene happened because I was anticipating a perfectly symmetrical shot!

My favorite episode would have to be episode 6, View Source. It was brilliantly written and it was as if some of my distant thoughts were taken out of my head, and they said it out loud. Mr. Robot is certainly the best suspense thriller shows I've thoroughly enjoyed. I love every minute of it. I've yet to finish the entire season and I know I'm going to be in for a great ride!

6. Broad City

I don't like Broad City that much but I don't necessarily hate it. But I think Ilana Wexler is the most annoying character in the show, and it irks me every time she does that irritating head bobble. CAN YOU STOP THAT. There's funny and there's funny that can make you cringe. So far, this falls in the latter. And Ilana reminds me of Lena Dunham in GIRLS too much. I don't know what to make of this show. I can't decipher if it's really just annoying or it's awesome but I just don't see it yet.


I know that's quite a mouthful. Hahaha. I know this is an addiction but can you recommend more shows that I can drown myself into?

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