It's just a coincidence that today, the day that many of us will binge watch Season 3 of Orange Is The New Black on Netflix, that I'm posting about what I feel will become the new norm as far as binge watching network TV shows. Two weeks ago today, NBC put the entire season of their new series Aquarius on demand for us to enjoy, and enjoy I did! It is a great series as far as Big 4 network TV series go these days, even if I did lose count of the loose end plotlines in this season finale (No spoilers, but really? The Manson Family has the brightest ending??) If you're new to watching network TV shows on demand via their websites or your cable/satellite provider, like I was, they basically tell you right off the bat that you can't fast forward thru the commercials. Granted, there are less commercials: a typical episode is 51-53 minutes, as opposed to the regular 60. And, the commercials are mostly ads for other NBC shows, the one you're watching included.
So there we 3 sat for all 12 episodes over the last 2 weeks: The Bitch (my wife's chosen nickname), my mother, and me, watching commercials! We got our 1st DVR around Xmas of 2001: a Sony SVR 2000 DVR by TiVo (30 hours of SD storage!) So it's been a good 13 years of fast-forwarding thru those pesky commercials. I honestly do not remember the last time I watched a series in real time on TV. With the exception of live events (sports, news, etc) we just recorded it & watched it later. To this date, The Bitch will still DVR a program & start watching it 15 minutes into the broadcast so she can skip the commercials.
But we all know the instant gratification society that we now live in: 12 weekly episodes (The Aquarius season finale will air on NBC in early/mid August) or 10.5 hours of binge watching?
Aquarius might be the 1st series a major network put on demand before it's completely aired on a weekly basis, but it certainly won't be the last. Welcome back, commercials! I still f'ing hate you!