10:40 pm - 05/01/2012

10 Shows That Are Better When Viewed As One Long Lazy Marathon

It was announced this week that NBC will be airing the last three episodes of “Community” on one night. Over on Warming Glow Dustin asked if you can handle that much Troy, Abed & Co. B*tch, please, that’s amateur hour (and a half). In an age of Hulu, Netflix Instant and On Demand television, we’re quite accustomed to watching shows in huge greedy chunks. “Just one more” is the rallying cry of the serious TV watcher. And despite the fact that the weather is nicer and Mother Nature is beckoning, summer is one of my favorite times to marathon a new show or rewatch an old favorite. Here are a few suggestions on how to spend your warm summer nights. No, before you ask, these are not just my favorite shows. They’re also not just shows that you should see, though, of course, you should. They’re shows that engage in the kind of storytelling that really is improved when watched marathon-style. So grab your friends, a themed beverage and some snacks and settle in for a long winter’s summer’s watch.

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OP Note: I bolded shit for the tl;dr crowd and that's the longest text in the post. And personally I'd add the BBC Pride & Prejudice, even though it's only 6 hours. ALL THE HOT COLIN FIRTH YOU COULD ASK FOR.
loveackshuly 2nd-May-2012 03:15 am (UTC)
The Tudors and Skins still stand as my favorite marathons of all time.
rlmoonyk 2nd-May-2012 03:16 am (UTC)
ita about the Wire

I powered through it last summer.
dishyfishy 2nd-May-2012 03:17 am (UTC)
Firefly is so much fun to marathon <3

I love watching all my favourite shows in marathon form. Like, I'll just get in the right mood and marathon all the seasons of Castle or HIMYM or whatever.
isntdaveone 2nd-May-2012 03:17 am (UTC)

i want to marathon all 241 episodes (or 9900 minutes) of this show!
egalitarianmuse 2nd-May-2012 03:19 am (UTC)
You have exemplary tastes tbh. That show, god, I have so many feelings about that show.
randomtasks 2nd-May-2012 03:21 am (UTC)
I had like 25 episodes racked up on my DVR so I marathoned them all. Best decision ever.
(And I still bawl like a baby all these years later when Sha're died).
isthisdesire 2nd-May-2012 03:24 am (UTC)
omg and I thought OZ was bad for taking away 56 hours of my life lol

Wait I marathoned all the episodes of Six Feet Under and I'm pretty sure it's about the same hours, if not more.

Wasting our lives watching tv. haters gonna hate.
queen_insane 2nd-May-2012 03:39 am (UTC)
good luck!

ladyfly56 2nd-May-2012 03:17 am (UTC)
i stopped watching doctor who after series 5. i think the last one i saw was the christmas special with the flying shark.
anus 2nd-May-2012 03:19 am (UTC)
lol I usually hate the Christmas specials. I feel like I only watch them because they're during the winter hiatus and I just need a Who fix
cinco_series 2nd-May-2012 05:18 am (UTC)
Give it a second chance. I had plenty of issues with season 5 (mainly Matt Smith was not The Doctor for me, Amy Pond was annoying). But i marathoned series 6 and i really liked it. They did an amazing job with Amy and i really felt for her character and cared for Amy/Rory. Eleven was much better. River oth went from great character to ...well, let's just say Moffat pretty much ruined her for me and i wish he didn't brought her back into the show after that amazing library episode in s4.
viakyusu 2nd-May-2012 03:17 am (UTC)
Some shows shouldn't be marathoned...like I feel like that's why I can't get into Grimm and Once Upon a Time. I keep falling asleep.

I still need to watch Firefly.
viakyusu 2nd-May-2012 03:24 am (UTC)
I always get a couple episodes in then I just stop there's something not clicking with me with these shows.
isthisdesire 2nd-May-2012 03:22 am (UTC)
There are shows that I can't give up (like GG lol) that I half watch and half do something else.
squirrels_oh_no 2nd-May-2012 03:17 am (UTC)
And when you count that shows like Firefly are only 40 minutes versus an hour, you can bang out all 14 episodes in 9 and a half hours.
farlist 2nd-May-2012 03:17 am (UTC)
I marathoned Game of Thrones and Sherlock this winter back to back. That was an emotional wreck of a week.
loony_moony 2nd-May-2012 03:20 am (UTC)
Damn, that is a LOT of brooding British/Irish men right there.
rare_lj 2nd-May-2012 03:21 am (UTC)
lol poor you, I remember Sherlock left me as a complete mess
isthisdesire 2nd-May-2012 03:21 am (UTC)
I'm tired of being out of the loop on all the Sherlock jokes on tumblr so maybe I will watch that during the summer.
soho 2nd-May-2012 03:53 am (UTC)
You should! You'll love it. It took me a long time to watch it, but it really is a lot of fun... and a lot of feelings so be warned haha.
hateistoodark 2nd-May-2012 03:24 am (UTC)
I could only do one episode of Sherlock for a day.
I watched the first series before the second premiered.
pieisgood08 2nd-May-2012 03:25 am (UTC)
Holy shit. I don't know that my heart could have handled that. More power to you.
tangerinefriday 2nd-May-2012 04:42 am (UTC)
I marathoned the first Sherlock last year and just got done marathoning the second season. GREATTT finale
anus 2nd-May-2012 03:18 am (UTC)
The Walking Dead should be on this list. Even if you marathon it, the show is boring as fuck and yet I keep tuning in. There's not many zombies for a show... about zombies.
isthisdesire 2nd-May-2012 03:21 am (UTC)
It's like True Blood - you watch it for the funny one liners and to see what type of shit the writers are going to pull out of their asses. and the gore.
callingstars 2nd-May-2012 03:21 am (UTC)
except the show is about how people survive and progress in a zombie apocalypse. this it should be zombiez only*~ argument is old.
anus 2nd-May-2012 03:41 am (UTC)
That'd be awesome to watch if the show had interesting characters, but they become less likeable as the show goes on.
rare_lj 2nd-May-2012 03:22 am (UTC)
S1 wan't so bad, S2 was a soap opera without enough camp to make it funny
milkradio 2nd-May-2012 03:48 am (UTC)
I feel bad for giving up on that show because I was sooo into it when it first started and I loved the comics (well, as far as i read), but I too wished there had been more zombies... I recently read Feed by Mira Grant and felt the same way about that; it wasn't a terrible book, but there were wayyyy fewer zombies than I was expecting. idk, I just want zombies and lots of them! Maybe I'll just reread World War Z or something...
isthisdesire 2nd-May-2012 03:18 am (UTC)
Not on here but I've been losing sleep b/c I watch OZ every night before I go to sleep. I'm always saying "just ONE MORE episode" and before I know it, it's 3AM and I have to get up at 6AM. :(

Gawd, I really miss Doctor Who. Like, good Doctor Who. I remember being all excited to watch it and now, I'll watch it just so it doesn't clutter up space on my HD. I also miss the late spring/early summer time period of watching the episode on Saturday afternoons.
getbacknow 2nd-May-2012 03:24 am (UTC)
Oz <3<3<3 Nobody talks about that show anymore! I was obsessed with it in high school so I had to d/l it back when I used Kazaa (lol) because HBO was so fucking slow releasing it on DVD, I think the DVDs were about three years behind? Such bullshit.
isthisdesire 2nd-May-2012 03:28 am (UTC)
I'm utilizing HBOGO before I get rid of my HBO subscription once Game of Thrones is over lol and I just had to watch it!
dives 2nd-May-2012 03:25 am (UTC)
I would have so many nightmares watching OZ before going to sleep, omg
queen_insane 2nd-May-2012 03:41 am (UTC)
Oz is the fucking best. Marathoning that show is like a vortex.
dolce_piccante 2nd-May-2012 03:47 am (UTC)
omg oz!!! i wish it was on hbo on demand.
mutantjules 2nd-May-2012 04:15 am (UTC)
Oz was FANFUCKINGTASTIC. You have excellent taste Samwell
lreservoirldogs 2nd-May-2012 06:58 am (UTC)
OZ is so good until the end.
zulkey 2nd-May-2012 03:18 am (UTC)
My husband and I slammed the first season of Homeland over a few days around Christmas and it was awesome.
missselarne 2nd-May-2012 03:18 am (UTC)
lmao I totally agree with the ones I've watched: BoB, Downton, DW, Firefly

but everything under Band of Brothers is especially true. my friend and I came up with the most random of nicknames. ~Pretty Eyes~
youbeboy 2nd-May-2012 03:19 am (UTC)
I've marathoned pretty much every show I watch. I think the last show I watched live from the premiere was Lost.
mutantjules 2nd-May-2012 04:17 am (UTC)
yeah, Lost was the only show I was there RIGHT from the beginning and stuck til the end (actually until Game of Thrones).
dolce_piccante 2nd-May-2012 03:24 am (UTC)
i loved marathoning shameless us.
hope_remains 2nd-May-2012 03:31 am (UTC)
Oh man, some crazy shit goes down in S2 you should get on that.
lovetheepacey 2nd-May-2012 03:53 am (UTC)
I think some Shameless characters really get ruined in s2, so savor s1 for as long as you can.
theshadowpuppet 2nd-May-2012 03:20 am (UTC)
I'm going to take this post as an opportunity to convince everyone they should watch Grandma's House. It's only 8 episodes so far and absolutely hilarious.

getbacknow 2nd-May-2012 03:27 am (UTC)
Simon Amstell!??! I must watch.
fauxkaren 2nd-May-2012 03:44 am (UTC)
YES! FLAWLESS SHOW. More people should watch it.
bgwqlc 2nd-May-2012 05:02 am (UTC)
I only watched the first three episodes but dropped it when I got busy. I need to finish it.
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