How to Get People to Leave You Alone When You Want to Watch Your Favorite Netflix Shows

Are you gearing up to relax at home and go on a Netflix binge or catch up on your favorite shows on some other streaming service? That can be incredibly difficult to do when you have people interrupting your TV time to talk, complain, or ask random questions. How do you get someone to leave you alone long enough so you can at least complete one episode of your favorite show? Have no fear; there are a few ways to accomplish this without getting into an argument or destroying your hope for some me time. Showbiz Cheat Sheet will show you how.

Mark Harmon,  Sean Murray, Cote de Pablo and Rocky Carroll | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images
Mark Harmon, Sean Murray, Cote de Pablo and Rocky Carroll | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images

1. Tell the annoying person to leave you alone so you can watch TV

Sometimes it pays to be direct. Just tell the person who is interrupting you for the tenth time that you’re trying to watch your show and you would like to be left alone. That person might not even realize you’re trying to concentrate. At first glance, it might look like you’re just using the show as background noise. Quickly clear up any misunderstandings so you can watch your show in peace.

2. Watch your show when everyone is asleep

There are times when you have no other choice but to change your schedule so you can get in a few episodes. At night, it’s usually quiet and most people are asleep, so this is the perfect time to sneak in time for your television shows. Once you find a time that works for you, settle in, grab a snack, and watch whatever you want.

3. Leave the house

Staying up late to catch up on shows isn’t for everyone. Falling asleep during the best parts probably wouldn’t make for a great viewing experience. If you’re not a late owl and you’d rather watch your favorite shows earlier in the day, you’ll have to be creative. That might mean leaving your home and finding another location to have some TV time. During your lunch break you could watch shows at a coffee shop or even your car. If the weather is nice, find a bench or a spot under a tree in your local park and catch up on shows there. A change of scenery might be nice.

4. Have the person join you for your Netflix binge

If nothing else works, you might have no other choice but to invite the person to sit down and watch the show with you. Perhaps the interruptions will stop, and you’ll have a new buddy to watch your favorite show with. Or it could all end horribly and this person will just continue asking you questions about the characters and what they said. Even worse, that person could keep asking you to pause and rewind certain scenes. Then it will take forever to watch an episode and you’ll just end up storming off in frustration. Maybe that spot under a tree in the park is your best option.

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