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Column: Binge viewing plans nearly collapse like house of cards




My wife and I went on a binge last week. If you think I’m talking about an eating binge, you’ve never seen how skinny we are. If you think I mean a shopping binge, you don’t know how cheap we are. And if you think it was a cleaning binge, you’ve never been in our basement.

The binge we went on was a little embarrassing. I will admit that, after we were done, it would have been inappropriate to drive. Oh, we weren’t drinking. But we were much too tired to get behind the wheel. We had just watched 14 episodes of the Netflix series, “House of Cards,” the political drama starring Kevin Spacey as the conniving congressman and then vice president of the United States.

Binge watching, as most of you know, is the act of viewing all of — or a good portion of — a particular TV series in one sitting. Generally, the term is restricted to contemporary critically acclaimed television shows, so if you once sat through 39 episodes of “The Honeymooners” or 234 of “Leave it to Beaver,” well that doesn’t qualify (although you would have impressed the heck out of me).

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