A Guide: How To Be The Best Binge-Watcher

By Alyse Borkan  |  Oct 24, 2015
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After a long week of too much work and too little sleep, we can’t wait to crawl into bed. And once we’re settled in, there’s no getting out. Friday night plans sound fun, but getting a pizza delivered,and then getting lost in 12 episodes of TV sound better. Before we know it, it’s 10pm and that tiny little Netflix notification pops up: “Continue Watching?” Netflix, stop being so insecure, of course we’re still here.

Here are our top tips to help you make the most of your next big binge-watching session:

Do Your Research

Bob’s Burgers vs. Bojack Horseman. Narcos vs. Bloodline. The sheer mass of Netflix’s library is daunting. You don’t want to sit down for a solid Netflix night and end up just scrolling aimlessly until it’s time for bed. So, first things first: do your research. IMDB until you find the one. You know, that show that makes you feel as if your life has entirely lost its purpose, leaving you staring at a screen of darkness post-final episode. If you need somewhere to start, Netflix releases a new list of shows and movies each month.

Find The Perfect Binge Partner

Finding the best binge buddy should not be taken lightly. Both parties involved in the marathon should have realistic expectations and be on the same page (or in this case, episode). What’s the max? How long can you watch without getting up? Are pee breaks allowed? How much Gossip Girl can you handle in one sitting? Can you even stand to watch Gossip Girl? Do you prefer to discuss each episode during, after, or not at all?

Get Comfy

And by comfy, we mean really f#$%ing comfortable. Pick a place that will give you that warm and fuzzy feeling inside: a chaise lounge, a California King, a tent in the middle of your living room, even a standing desk. Ok, maybe not the standing desk though. You want to make sure it’s somewhere you can see yourself tucked in for days. Wherever you land, make sure it’s stacked with fluffy pillows, sturdy sheets, and big blankets. Having a side table is also encouraged. You wouldn’t want to lose your remote in the blankets and spend 10 minutes ripping your bed apart. Make sure you throw on some fleece, flannel, or maybe even silk (we won’t judge). As long as they’re pajamas, they’re perfect.

Avoid FOMO

Fear Of Missing Out is still alive and well. If you have your phone on, you might start to majorly regret not going to the party all of your friends went to. Those filtered pictures may make it seem fun, but trust us, all anyone is doing over there is scrolling through Instagram. Make it a rule to avoid all social media. And work emails? Negative. It’s a Friday night! We abide by a strict iNope policy: iPhones, iPads and other devices are banned from the Netflix continuum.

Fuel Up

Pizza, Oreos, popcorn, a Thanksgiving feast — we do not discriminate. Let no snack go un-munched. When you’re in it for the long haul, ample fuel needs to be easily accessible. You know, for endurance. Make sure you keep a laptop close by. You’ll never know when you might get a sudden craving and need delivery. Seamless, GrubHub,  Postmates: the 3 best friends that anyone could have. Leave the food to the professionals. Hitting pause to wait for the microwave is basically a cardinal sin.

Motivate Yourself

Okay, you’re ready. We believe in you. Press play, follow your dreams. If you find yourself still in bed come Sunday, it’s okay. Netflixing this hard can be exhausting. Your bed is a judgement-free zone. Know that we’re proud of you.

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