Netflix binges now have an official scale

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  • There's a reason you can't stop watching The Walking Dead

    The good people at Netflix have worked out which programs you’re most likely to obsessively binge watch, and which you’re more likely to savour.

    Basically, if you’re in the mood for some telly, but you need to get up early the next morning, it’s better to stay towards the ‘savour side’ of the scale, but if you’re hung-over and hermetically sealed to your bed, the ‘devour side’ is your friend.

    Interestingly, when it comes to binge watching, the shows that we can’t resist aren’t necessarily the most high profile or famous – but if we’re going to back-to-back a show, it’s likely to be a high energy thriller like the Walking Dead or The Fall (possibly because every episode ends on a huge cliffhanger so it’s impossible not to click the ‘next’ button.)

    According to Netflix’s research, we generally don’t binge watch comedies like Love, Summer Heights High or Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. We’re also not into back-to-backing heavy dramas like Homeland, House of Cards, Mad Men, Narcos, or mysteries like Peaky Blinders, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, The Flash, Fargo or The Blacklist.

    Other shows that we like to enjoy slowly, rather than racing through, include dramas such as Nurse Jackie, Orange is the New Black, Parenthood, Rescue Me, Weeds, Orphan Black, Sense8, and thrillers like American Horror Story, Hemlock Grove, Penny Dreadful, Breaking Bad and Dexter.

    Though watching just one episode of Orange is the New Black and then turning the laptop off sounds like some seriously impressive self control to us…

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