Shows that don't work in marathon viewing

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by jfjellstad, Sep 15, 2007.

  1. jfjellstad

    jfjellstad New Member

    May 6, 2002
    San Jose, CA


    I usually tivo my shows and watch the whole season in a marathon either during the summer months, or I have a mini-season during Christmas break. Interesting enough, certain shows seem better watching in a marathon, while others seem really bad. What's some of the shows you don't think work or work in a marathon viewing?

    24 - first season wasn't too bad, but then it started getting progressively worse (Tony breaking his leg and then a couple of hours later walks around fine...). The show seems to be built on the idea that you forget details between the episodes.
    Battlestar Galactica - technical problems in one episode is not a problem in another. Relationships are formed out of nowhere

    Heroes - Works really well. Didn't see anything obvious popping up.
    Lost - Works great as a marathon. Even going back and pick up additional clues. Although some have been changed that becomes obvious when you do a marathong viewing (Sawyer was clean shaven with short hair when he came to the Island, but all flashback has him with stubs and long hair like he's been on an island for months)

    What are some of your shows?
  2. David Platt

    David Platt Mouse Master TCF Club

    Dec 13, 2001
    Portland, OR

    Buffy- this was the very first show I ever watched on DVD in a marathon, and no other marathon experience has ever come close. The attention to detail, the ongoing story arcs, everything just added up to a really rewarding viewing experience.
  3. sushikitten


    Jan 27, 2005
    The only show I ever watched in marathon style was Gilmore Girls - which was great, because I don't think I could have waited a week between episodes.

    I am about ready to start an Office marathon and Scrubs mini-marathon (first two seasons).
  4. Aniketos

    Aniketos Active Member

    Mar 6, 2006
    Actually I liked BSG in marathon form, because when there was a bad episode it'd get made up by a few other good episodes. If I had to wait a week in between with some of the 2.5 and season 3 episodes, I'd be kind of pissed.
  5. Alpinemaps

    Alpinemaps New Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    San Diego, CA


    I, too, have been enjoying BSG in marathon format. I'm also watching Grey's Anatomy that way, and enjoying it.

    Personally, I'd rather watch a show in a compressed format, than not. It's easier to stay focused on the characters and the storyline. You just have to overlook some of those continuity glitches. Because there are just as many between episodes, as there are within episodes. They don't bug me too much.

    I guess I'd say that any serialized show works really well in marathon format, but anything episodic, especially a comedy (for me) - I'm okay watching week-by-week.
  6. Jeeters

    Jeeters Registered Snoozer

    Feb 25, 2003
    Best: Entourage, Weeds.... any of the half hour cable series with ongoing storylines where when you try and watch them weekly, they feel like they end five minutes after the episode starts. A whole season of Entourage can be watched in under three hours; and it's a really fun three hours.
  7. JustAllie

    JustAllie Number crunchin' TCF Club

    Jan 4, 2002
    Arlington, VA
    I watched the first six seasons of Stargate: SG-1 in a marathon fashion a few years ago. I think at one point I was watching about 3 episodes per day on some days -- one over breakfast, two in the evenings. It worked well that way, at least for me.

    It is sad to get to the end of the DVDs, though. :(
  8. Enrique

    Enrique Well-Known Member

    May 15, 2006

    Very Good: I watched all 8 Seasons within a 1 to 2 month Period.

    7 Days:

    Some What: If you Watch to long you get bored but still a good Tv show.

    The 4400:

    Bad: I Mean i have Watched all 3 Seasons but not in one sitting but i have tried to catch up with Seasons 4 but zzzzz
  9. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

    Jul 24, 2003
    15 mins...
    I think 24 works perfectly in a marathon
  10. MasterOfPuppets

    MasterOfPuppets TCF Bookie

    Jul 12, 2005
    East Hell
    Back when I didn't have FX, I'd watch The Shield in marathon viewings when the DVDs came out. It worked quite nicely.
    Same with The Sopranos.

    I don't know that I've ever watched a series in a marathon that didn't work well.
  11. Fl_Gulfer

    Fl_Gulfer Tivo's R Us

    May 27, 2005
    Deep Space 9 and Star Trek Voyager work great in Marathon. and Soap Yea I loved 7 days
  12. Cainebj

    Cainebj Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2006
    New York
    Funny the original poster asked shows that "didn't" work well in a marathon and we are all thinking shows that DID!

    Same experience shows I missed in first run and then caught on DVD or in marathon re-runs:

    (the latest one) DEXTER! (amazing for marathon viewing)!
    The Shield
    Doctor Who
    Sex and the City
    The X Files

    and the current one:
    Prime Suspect
  13. sushikitten


    Jan 27, 2005
    This series is planned for sometime after hubby gets home. I've always wanted to see the entire run, and have only seen sporadic episodes over the years. I need him here to explain things, otherwise I will be very lost and confused.
  14. JustAllie

    JustAllie Number crunchin' TCF Club

    Jan 4, 2002
    Arlington, VA
    They're about to release the entire series DVD set in a cool box.

    I have been pondering getting that set because I'm a completist, but I already have seasons 1-8 on DVD. :eek:
  15. HiddenSky

    HiddenSky Let's Go Flyers!

    Dec 13, 2004
    There's nothing wrong with being a completist...says someone with all 10 seasons who still has the complete set preordered.
  16. markz

    markz Well-Known Member

    Oct 22, 2002
    I love pulling out the DVDs of Sports Night or The West Wing and watching as much as possible in a sitting. They work well, because even though they can stand alone, they have continuing stories as well.

    I do hate watching the promos, theme music, "on previous episodes" etc though when watching a marathon.
  17. lmk911

    lmk911 New Member

    Dec 17, 2000
    Grey's Anatomy does not work for me in a marathon.
  18. Vito the TiVo

    Vito the TiVo Rockin' the Suburbs

    Oct 27, 2003
    Nip/Tuck is a disaster in a marathon. No continuity between episodes, motivations change on a dime. Individual episodes might be fine, but their season arcs suck.
  19. Jesda


    Feb 12, 2005
    Ally McBeal -- Jarring, and you start to hate the characters.
    CSI -- Depressing.

    Boston Legal -- Fast-moving show, makes a viewing session feel brief.
    Veronica Mars -- You can remember the important details for the story arcs.
    Big Love
  20. Honora

    Honora Member

    Oct 16, 2006
    Good: Babylon 5 - Things touched on in the first season come to fruition one, two or even
    three seasons later.

    Xena - If only for watching Gabrielle go from "girl hostage" to self-sufficient warrior

    Worst: Any soap opera

    My sisters used to record their favorite soaps (thank goodness there were only 2) and then sit and watch them altogether during the weekend, fast forwarding over the storylines that didn't interest them. That's when I realized you could watch the Friday & Monday episodes, skip the three days in the middle and not miss anything.

    One day they were watching something where a girl was being held prisoner by the bad guy of the month, and her boyfriend was at a cocktail party. He kept saying that he had to look for her, but each day somebody stopped him just by talking to him. It took the poor guy all week to make it to the door. In the meantime, the girl did the mandatory screaming in terror scene each day.

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