|The cast of The West Wing|
A couple of years ago, we got our first Apple TV device - it's kind of like a cable box except it doesn't cost us anything (you know, after we bought it at the store). I'd known about Netflix and Hulu before we bought the Apple thingie, but I could never really get comfortable watching either of them on my computer. It wasn't the same, sitting at my desk and streaming something. Once the Apple TV was in place, though, I totally got the excitement about streaming.
I could sit on my sofa or in my favorite chair, and I could watch...well, whatever I wanted. I discovered (gasp) that I'm a. . .a. . .a binger! I watched entire seasons of old favorite sitcoms like Family Ties and Friends. I found a whole section of old movies (Woman of the Year, Awful Truth) that I adored (seriously, did anyone have as much pluck as Katherine Hepburn or Irene Dunn?). And then I discovered things that were completely new to me - shows like Reign (a fun take on Mary Queen of Scots), the Full House reboot Fuller House (did you know Netflix is also re-booting One Day At A Time? Can't wait to watch that!), House of Cards and Newsroom (Jeff Daniels is the BEST is that show!).
A couple of weeks ago I rediscovered the beauty of The West Wing. And I've decided (once again) that Aaron Sorkin is a genius. He writes fast, and he writes witty, and he writes like we talk. Even references I don't quite get the first time around, I understand because of the context that he uses...and then when I figure out the reference, I giggle madly again...and restart the binge.
When RadioMan mentioned actually cutting the cord of cable (or in our case DirecTV), my entire body tensed. I mean, what if I missed something amazing, sensational. . .bingeworthy? I seriously started feeling queasy, even though I rarely watch anything on TV that isn't either DVR'd or streaming. And then I remembered, even if I miss the next best thing since The West Wing on cable...I could always find it in a couple of months. And - beauty part! - I could binge it.
What about you? Do you binge watch?