Shows that don't work in marathon viewing

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

  1. DreadPirateRob

    DreadPirateRob Seriously?

    Nov 11, 2002


    The serialized shows - like Heroes and Lost, but even going back to Buffy and Angel - that have season-long plot arcs always work great in marathon viewing. You don't lose some of the details that you do when there are week-long - and longer - gaps in the viewings.

    The only current show that I can't stand to watch in a marathon is House. I love the show, but since every episode is almost exactly the same from a structure and plot standpoint I can't watch more than 1 or 2 at a time. Really, how many times in a row can you stand watching them guess wrong and almost kill the patient before House finally has an epiphany and figures it out?
  2. Sparty99

    Sparty99 Well-Known Member

    Dec 4, 2001
    Ferndale, MI
    I'm a die-hard Simpsons nut, but even when they were good they weren't great in marathon form. Not sure why.

    ETA: I've run the girlfriend through Coupling (BBC, of course) and Heroes and she loved them both.
  3. ParadiseDave

    ParadiseDave Ignore this!

    Jun 8, 2000
    Tulsa, OK
    I just started watching reruns of Stargate SG-1 (after getting hooked on Atlantis). Unfortunately, they are shown in a totally random order. Almost half of the episodes begin with Teal'c saying, "Previously on Stargate ... ) even though the previously shown episode was NOT part 1. Very confusing. :thumbsdown:
  4. TAsunder

    TAsunder Debates Ghee vs Gi

    Aug 6, 2003
    Madison, WI
    BSG and 24 are shows I watch but would not recommend in marathon form. Especially 24. It just is a little too quick and absurd if you watch numerous episodes in a row. A lot of comedies would also be like this... ones that have no continuity (which is most).

    I've watched and really enjoyed Lost, Veronica Mars, Friday Night Lights (still in progress), Buffy, and Dexter in marathon format.

    Didn't really enjoy Ugly Betty in marathon form, nor Prison Break. Both are the sort of show you should only watch once in a while, if ever.

    Firefly was somewhere in the middle... neither better nor worse in marathon form I'd say.

    Heroes would probably excellent in marathon form.
  5. jurysch

    jurysch Ever-negative

    May 18, 2005
    Allen, TX


    I'd agree that both FNL and Heroes have been excellent in marathon form.
  6. JohnB1000

    JohnB1000 Well-Known Member

    Dec 6, 2004
    I watch most shows in marathon form. I think all of them are better that way for me. Last season of 24 I heard was terrible but quite enjoyed because there were no breaks to think about it. I recently finished season 3 of 4400 and really enjoyed it, again not much time to think about it and I'm now half way through season 4. Dexter was excellent, Doctor Who. All of them are better to me for being able to watch right away.

    If I'm watching a show week to week, like I did last year with Prison Break or with this last season of the Soprano's then I find my interest getting lost, mostly due to the lack of compelling story. Heroes I watched week to week last season and still thought it was great.

    So I guess in summary - goos shows are good however you watch them, bad shows can be made better by marathon viewing (for me at least).
  7. UTV2TiVo

    UTV2TiVo Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    I watched the first 2 seasons of The Wire on DVD in marathon format and it was great.
    When season 3 came on I had to watch the normal week-to-week episodes and it was much harder to follow because of all the details, character names and slang they use on that show. Each season is a different storyline so it is perfectly suited to DVD.
  8. MegaHertz67

    MegaHertz67 Registered Smart Ass

    Apr 18, 2005
    My wife and I stay current on certain shows like Lost and Greys Anatomy, and save others for the summer.

    Just finished Numbers in just a few weeks. Okay on a one-a-night basis, but two or three in a row become too repetitive.

    Boston Legal works GREAT in marathon form. Fun and jaunty and you just want to keep going. The TV equivalent of cotton doesn't stick with you but was fun while it lasted.

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