Tv Shows You Shouldn’t Binge-Watch

Binge-watching TV shows is a fun way to spend your free time. Yet there are some shows that don’t work well in a binge-watching format, no matter how great they may be otherwise. One possible reason for this is that not every show is meant to be binge-watched.

Some shows just need more time to fully sink in. Shows like Game of Thrones are very intricate and it’s harder to keep track of all the characters and plotlines while binge-watching. Shows like Legends of Tomorrow often intertwine with other shows like The Flash and Arrow. So binge-watching doesn’t really work well in cases like these.

Why you shouldn’t binge-watch ‘Game of Thrones’

Game of Thrones cast (Emilia Clarke, Iain Glen, Sophie Turner, Alfie Allen, Gwendoline Christie, Kit Harington, Nicolaj Coster-Waldau) at the Emmys
Emilia Clarke, Iain Glen, Sophie Turner, Alfie Allen, Gwendoline Christie, Kit Harington and Nicolaj Coster-Waldau accepting an Emmy for Game of Thrones | ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

Game of Thrones is one of those shows that wasn’t meant for binge-watching. For the show to really work its magic, there needs to be some cliffhangers. Fans need time to digest what happens in every episode. Taking breaks between episodes also helps fans keep track of the various characters and plotlines.

The show also has loads of absolutely heartbreaking moments, that will leave you numb if you’re binge-watching. So have the tissues ready if you’re watching Game of Thrones. Yet don’t watch too many episodes in a row, it’ll ruin it.

Don’t binge-watch ‘Legends of Tomorrow’

Legends of Tomorrow is part of the Arrowverse, which means it often crosses over with shows like Arrow and The Flash. These crossovers mean that binge-watching Legends of Tomorrow is not really possible without also watching all of the other Arrowverse shows, at least at certain key points. Without this knowledge, those who are binge-watching might be left confused at certain episodes.

Another reason not to binge-watch Legends of Tomorrow is because the show is made to be watched every week. Watching a show every week gives you time to fully digest what happened in each episode, as well as to discuss the episode with others. People also have more time to generally think about the show and come to conclusions, leading to deeper relationships with Legends of Tomorrow’s characters.

Why you shouldn’t binge-watch ‘Psych’

According to a fan on Reddit, Psych is not a good choice for binge-watching. This is because the plots can be predictable at times and the episodes can blend together if you’re binge-watching. So take things slow and savor the crazy antics of Shawn Spencer and his friends and family.

The show was on the USA network every week and therefore was probably not meant for binge-watching. By taking time between each episode, you can develop a greater appreciation for the show and its characters. It will also allow the somewhat predictable plots to be less so and the episodes won’t blend together anymore.

Why you shouldn’t binge-watch tv shows too much

It has been proven, in a study by the University of Melbourne, that binge-watching kind of ruins a show. So binge-watchers beware! The study “[had] three groups of users watch the same show (the first season of The Game) in one sitting, one week, and six weeks. The participants were then quizzed.”

Those who had binge-watched the show didn’t remember too much of it and also enjoyed the show less than those who watched every week. Perhaps the cable model of watching a show once a week isn’t so bad after all. So, while binge-watching can be fun, like everything it should be done in moderation.