Thanks a lot for pointing this out. I initially searched with a few series' titles but nothing much came up (more on that later).
And, lol, thanks also to Ace1 for the comment : None of the above. Seriously.
The fact that I wouldn't watch any of them if you paid me perhaps indicates why I shudder at the very thought of binge-watching.
I guess I left myself open for some proper criticism of my tastes in TV, but I think it is a generation gap phenomenon or a 2-sides-of-the-Atlantic thing, because I asked around at work and according to my age range, along with where I was born, my list hits most of the series that basically created the concept of binge-watching-TV. I think, however, that it was a British lady who technically finished all 13 episodes of the new season of House of Cards -- or at least who "tweeted" her success of it so publicly -- and with the apparent interest (again, by # of tweets sent) during the super bowl this past year, I wonder now if CH-bound expats properly represent "the masses" back in our home countries.
The obvious answer is likely no, but maybe I am proverbially *peeing* up the wrong tree in seeking mainstream guilty-pleasure on-demand TV here on EF, and should rather stick to sites like 9gag or hmm, well anything that The Atlantic/The NewYorker magazines stamp as "must see's this season"
But maybe not representing the so-called masses is not a bad thing... I may not have the royal-tastes of someone who actually doesn't watch TV/movies (seriously Ace1, that seems almost strange to me, and I am the 30mins-1hour/day type most of which is cooking shows post-work time, CNBC or [enter whatever morning news is on between 710-730am]), but I doubt I fulfill the hallowed characteristics of the average middle-N.American TV-junkie: as Ricky Gervais explained: Ricky Gervais:
I say tour, LA and New York, theyíre the main two. I didnít do the middle bit, um. Nothing wrong with the middle bit, if youíre watching the DVD.
I love the middle bit, I love the middle bit. I love all of America.
I do- um, I do Iíve got a film coming out.
And before you point out how miserable you think R. Gervais is, I have to admit that I haven't found much of his material since the original UK Office to be worth a second watch.
My list of favourite comedians -- in case you feel like pointing out the deficiencies here also, or better yet, suggesting good alternatives : in chronological order, is...
Russell Peters (current champ)
Yeah, I do see the pattern and I do accept that I am likely compensating for not being all that cool by watching cool-ethnic comics talk about cool ethnic ideas and cool ethnic situations.
I guess my sense of what makes for good TV has evolved some over the years -- or maybe it is just stuck ~8 years back when I had access to TV on a regular basis (as mentioned, I only recently bought a TV here in CH).
In any case, thanks very much "gata" for those classics that I so desperately needed a name-reminder; to Charlotte G for giving me a reason to try out gossip-girl and orange is the new black (sometimes all it takes is one single 2nd opinion), and to hannah'sauntie for the direction to that more-comprehensive thread of like-minded persons with what seems like similar tastes to mine.
I will refrain from taking the "none. seriously" overly personally as I have just earned my [junior-g men badge] on EF after 4 long years of trying to stay interested and undeterred by what seems at times like an overwhelming dose of cynicism and resentment of English speakers living here... so I'm aiming to hopefully "add" positivity and optimism and not start taking away just yet (save for my macbook sales ad - coming soon to an EF thread near you! - but that is more like a limited time only giveaway!!! lol
In any case, if one person benefits from my re-calling the last 20 HBO/ IFC/ AMC series (that is give or take what I listed I realize now), then I feel like I contributed some; and hopefully that leads to continued support/and feedback (or more likely direction to an appropriate thread) on any questions or comments I have.
Also, I am 4 episodes deep in to the spin-off of Breaking Bad -- Better Call Saul -- and I'm not ready yet to pass on it (a good sign since I am quite picky in only having 15 shows that I enjoyed over ~15 years...).
And for anyone on the fence of trying out any of my suggestions, I found that checking IMDB for similar-suggested movies (in the same idea as TV) or in at least giving them a half-season to prove worthy, are two requirements for gaining cult-binge status in my library.
Finally, I dislike the search function on EF (apologies if that is any one person's doing) and I actually encourage ppl to check out that popcorn-time app for apple-products... it is surprisingly simple (though I'm unsure about its legal status in CH) and makes binge-TV-watching much easier if you do decide to walk down the road of no-return.
PS, No one mentioned any awesome BBC documentaries from the 70s-80s. I was really aiming to get that discussion going.
As I pointed out, the only binge-worthy series I have found so far is the great war documentary "World at War". I have since stumbled on a good one on Al Jazeera called "The Secret of the Seven Sisters". And there are some entertaining ones (though a bit new-aged and journalistically and at- times ethically questionable) coming out of Vice News... they tend go off the deep end looking for edgy content.
Anyhow, just to bump this thread up and hopefully find some news on 2014-2015 movies and TV worth a look-see. And to subconsciously plant /sow the seeds of discontent with the search functionality on this site.