Every Monday, Paula Light, with her The Monday Peeve prompt, gives us an opportunity to vent or rant about something that pisses us off. My peeve today is definitely a first world peeve. It’s basically that I have lost patience with weekly TV series. Especially when there is a continuing story that spans multiple episodes.
For TV shows, other than those where each episode stands alone, I prefer to binge-watch such shows, especially dramas. If a week goes by between the last episode and the next episode, I have often forgotten what happened in the previous week’s episode. Maybe it’s that at my age, my mind has become like a sieve, but I often ask my wife when the new episode becomes available, “Wait, what happened last week?” She doesn’t remember either.
That’s one of the reasons I like Netflix. Generally, when it releases a multi-episode series, it releases all episodes on the same day. So I can binge-watch the entire season of the show, and depending upon how many episodes there are, I can watch them all, one right after the other, over just a few days to a week. And if it’s a show with multiple seasons, it can keep us going for two or three weeks.
But even Netflix sometimes splits a season. For example, the first half of season four, the final season of “Ozark,” was released this past January 21st, but the second half of season four wasn’t released until April 29th, more than three months later. My wife and I had watch the last few episodes of the first half of season four to refresh our memories about how the first half ended before we started watching the second half of the final season.
Other streaming services, including HBO Max, Hulu, Amazon Prime TV, and Apple TV+, most often still follow the weekly episode release approach. So we have to wait until the season has “aired” all episodes before we begin our binge-watching routine.
Yeah, major 21st century problem, right?