Neflix Is Keeping A Close Watch On What You Binge-Watch

Most people these days seem to love spending their day off by not getting off the couch. Thanks to streaming services like Netflix, we don’t have to wait a week for the next episode. We can knock out an entire season in a day if we’re dedicated enough. A recently released study breaks down which shows on Netflix are binge-watched the most, and which shows we’re cool with returning to later. This information will be very interesting to those that work in the entertainment field, since Netflix is changing the game so drastically, but most of you that binge can probably guess the results because you are the direct cause of said results.

I have friends that swear by the binging lifestyle, but I simply don’t have the stamina. “Go on without me” I usually insist because I can’t keep up. Especially with heavy shows like Breaking Bad, I need an extended break between episodes to process and emotionally recover.

I seem to be in the minority here, according to the study that was released via Netflix directly just today which categorizes Breaking Bad as a “thriller.”

“Netflix examined global viewing* of more than 100 serialized TV series across more than 190 countries and found when members are focused on finishing a series, they watch a little over two hours a day to complete a season. When organizing series in relation to this benchmark, interesting patterns emerge, ranging from high energy narratives that are devoured to thought-provoking dramas that are savored.”

They’ve even provided a chart to better articulate the results for all the visual learners out there.


This makes a lot of sense. With shows were each episode end in a dramatic cliffhanger, we’re likely to say “One more wouldn’t hurt” because we can’t stand not knowing what happens. Whereas with half-hour comedies, these are light snacks that can be consumed in moderation.

Dramedies like Orange Is The New Black would obviously be somewhere in the middle, since the plot lines are so compelling. They may not be “Is he dead or alive?” compelling, but you’re still eager to know what happens to your favorite characters next.

They go on to clarify what shows belong in each category on the chart. I would have thought Breaking Bad to be a drama, but here they’ve considered it a thriller. Most good shows dip into more than one genre, but this gives us an idea of how the study was conducted. Instead of parsing out the reasons why a show like Breaking Bad is a thriller and not a drama, but definitely not a comedy, let’s just look at the shows they’ve chosen to highlight.

High atop the list of shows that we watch in teensy, tiny chunks are comedies like Arrested Development, Bojack Horseman, Summer Heights High and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Hovering somewhere in the middle are shows like Bloodline and Grace & Frankie which are two shows that I think could be devoured or savored depending less on the kind of show they are and more on how hungover the viewer is at the time of viewing. The shows we devour in great, big gulps? Your standard cliff-hanger factories like The Walking Dead and Dexter, natch.

Netflix also claims that the average time to finish a show in its entirety is five days, which feels too short for a person with a regular life that does things outside of the house, but what do we know? Live your life the way you want it to be lived!