Will it surprise any of you to hear that the shows I binge watch run to costume dramas and British made? Beloved and I came to streaming video—and therefore binge watching—somewhat late, but we embraced it utterly.
Our first Big Binge was Foyle’s War. It still rates very high on our all time favorite list and we’ve watched parts of it several times. It combined historical atmosphere with cerebral mysteries, two of the things we like best. We’ve also binged on Poldark, Grantchester, Garrow’s Law, North and South, Call the Midwife, Death Comes to Pemberly, and Mercy Street.
We did not binge on Downton Abbey because we avidly caught them as broadcast, but felt no need to repeat any of it. Neither of us was able to get into Doctor Thorne or Indian Summer for some reason. We dropped out after an episode of each. I must be the only historical romance addict on the planet that found the Outlander series painful to watch. Too much violence.
We also watch documentaries and go on binges of Secrets of the Dead or some of the Frontline material, and of course anything Ken Burns every produced. We particularly liked Prohibition and The Civil War some of which we watch repeatedly. His Baseball seems to come up for viewing every October.
We do watch some contemporary material. Tuesday is must watch NCIS night, but we don’t binge on back to back episodes. We binge watched 4-5 seasons of Justified and the much of Longmire. We find the initial premise gets lost along the way when they go on for a while. And then there is Sherlock. I’ve seen every episode up to the current season at least three times.
That is a lot of television! It speaks of The Writer’s brain being so tired of an evening it is up for nothing but passive entertainment!