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Fri, Jul 16, 2021 1:41 AM

Live Poll: Binge-Worthy Comfort TV to Stream

There is such a large number of new TV shows available to stream that picking something to watch could cause brain damage!!! Not to worry! These past top rated** TV shows below have so many episodes that you could literally put off the decision for years. 

Which one of these popular shows with at least 100 episodes would you likely binge from start to finish?

List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls505824775/

Live Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/bcyoW8l5fOU/

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golden girls missing episodes count

I'd include house of cards

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@mariojacobs

Added the 177 episode count.

House of cards is excellent.

One of my favorites.

But it does not have enough episodes to make the list!

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@K_PAXTON

>But it does not have enough episodes

I wouldn't expect that . I did binge-watched MArried with children, roseanne, star trek and hogan's heroes

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I squeezed in Married W. C.

Thanks

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Some of my favourite scripted dramas and comedies of all time with more than 100 episodes include:

Emmerdale (TV Series 1972– ) - IMDb 9,000+ episodes (the most successful soap in the last 10 years, which IMDB falsely claims has just 7,800+ episodes)

Coronation Street (TV Series 1960– ) - IMDb 10,200+ episodes (Eastenders' biggest rival pre-2010's)

EastEnders (TV Series 1985– ) - IMDb 6,700+ episodes (which IMDB falsely claims has 7,900+ episodes)

The Bill (TV Series 1984–2010) - IMDb 2,400+ episodes

Heartbeat (TV Series 1992–2010) - IMDb 372 episodes

London's Burning (TV Series 1988–2002) - IMDb 172 episodes

Where the Heart Is (TV Series 1997–2006) - IMDb 110 episodes

Peak Practice (TV Series 1993–2002) - IMDb 152 episodes

Waterloo Road (TV Series 2006–2015) - IMDb 200 episodes

Shameless (TV Series 2004–2013) - IMDb 139 episodes (the original and the best)

My Family (TV Series 2000–2011) - IMDb 121 episodes

Some more of my favourites with slightly less episodes include:

All Creatures Great and Small (TV Series 1978–1990) - IMDb 90 episodes

Call the Midwife (TV Series 2012– ) - IMDb 88 episodes

The Royal (TV Series 2003–2011) - IMDb 87 episodes

Soldier Soldier (TV Series 1991–1997) - IMDb 82 episodes

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps (TV Series 2001–2011) - IMDb 81 episodes

Benidorm (TV Series 2007–2018) - IMDb 74 episodes

Most of them are by ITV obviously, as ITV shows were miles better than BBC One shows back in the 80's and 90's, as shown by the annual viewing figures, where ITV beat BBC One every year, however most people seem to have forgotten that fact.

ITV also have the most of longest running British dramas and comedies in terms of both years and episode count, as the BBC prefers to make shows with fewer episodes.

ITV are and always have been, the kings of British detective shows as at least 90% of them are by ITV for ITV, and most of the ones which aren't are usually made by ITV.

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I don't know. Lately, I've been watching a lot of Evil, starring Mike Colter. I do have a penchant for The Boys, starring Karl Urban, as well, and just about anything dark, cynical and irreverent.

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@jeorj_euler

"I don't know. Lately, I've been watching a lot of Evil!!!!!"

CNN, MSNBC????

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Haha. Come to think of it, I'm so far off into the fringe, I can't stand to watch any legacy news outlets. I often feel pain whenever I do. I can usually gather more info from several dozen YouTubers and about a dozen banned YouTubers. I'm kind of okay with Stossel and, to a lesser degree, also Carlson. They would probably be more interesting if they parted ways with the corporation.

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The only thing I have ever binge-watched is Scenes from a Marriage, it has 6 episodes.  I have finished 19 TV shows in my lifetime, none of them had more than 100 episodes. Compared to that, I have seen 21 films seen the beginning of July. It gives an idea of how little interested I am in TV shows and how I'm even less interested in binge-watching them.

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@cinephile TV is better than film nowadays.

I've barely seen anything since 2014 when I got my first computer, but mainly in the last 3 or 4 years when I joined the saviour that is Blogger where I save all my posts/lists privately online (as I lost the information I collected multiple times before until now), and started editing websites like Wikipedia, Quora, and for the last 18+ months IMDB more and more.

I quickly gave up on the massively declining Quora after around 12-18 months, because it's full of idiots who credit every British show to American companies, it's mainly run by useless bots which revert everything at least once and end up fighting with themselves a lot of the time, there's one main useless staff member who creates 1000's of pointless topics which aren't needed every week, and there's nowhere to contact staff. They had a few blogs where you could contact ex-staff members who were allowed to keep their admin privileges but even they stopped answering questions and solving problems.

I only edit Wikipedia occasionally, again because of useless admins removing referenced information which is needed, because of stupid reasons like "it looks congested."

However I edit IMDB every day.

I own or owed roughly 5000 films which I bought and watched between the years 2002 and 2014, and have seen at least 3000 more films in my 35 year lifetime.

However most of the TV dramas I've seen in the last decade, mainly between 2014 and late 2018, have been better than most films.

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 In fact, in their debuts, TV shows mirror films, radio shows, and serials in a poor way, just like films mirrored screenplay because no one knew the potential of the new format. It follows roughly the path of features that David Thorburn (teacher at MIT) calls the Fred Ott principle. Of course, it doesn't apply step by step, for example, the technology is already present. That is why I specified "roughly".

 Essentially, TV shows go from being a novelty to being a social form and a very influential medium, as it distinguishes itself from cinema, just as cinema distinguishes itself from stageplays in its early years. 

As counting the number of "great" titles there are in each medium based on personal experiments is both tedious and completely pointless,
Thus, to have a clearer idea of what explains why some love TV shows and others cinema,  I will do my best to compare the codes of each medium and spot the differences between them. But, I will only state facts and not interpret them based on my sensibility.

TV shows are split into episodes. Most of the time, those episodes do not exceed 1 hour in runtime. 

Generally, TV episodes are often part of a bigger ensemble. They share characters, storylines, locations, etc. For that reason, cliffhangers were invented. They ensure that a part of the audience will watch the next episode. Movies are much more stand-alone. As the runtime, the attention span required is longer. But, yet the plot is denser, that is because, of course. Even when films are longer than an overall TV series, they assume (most of the time) that the viewer doesn't take pauses, and consequently, the storytelling remains different. Although, nowadays, this line was blurred. Amid the advent of streaming platforms, films can be paused at any moment (unlike in a theater)


And lastly, technical specifications are different. Films are shot for the big screen,  1.85:1 and 2.39:1. The sound design is also thought for the big screen. Meanwhile, a TV screen is 4:3, and most people (including me) don't have proper speakers.

Almost everything listed in the preceding paragraphs makes me believe that TV series creators are let hand-tied by the very restrictive technical constraints and the viewer's expectations. Perhaps, it explains why most of our great directors are sticking to the cinema. Anyway, to me, television is to cinema what the AHL is to the NHL (a novice league). I have been on a TV series film set, and I can describe my experience in two words: "Not impressed".

PS: There might factual errors, I'm not such an expert in TV series. And there also might be spelling and grammatical errors, even though I corrected my text to the best of my ability.

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@cinephile My city is a film and TV set.

Normal streets, cemeteries and buildings mainly within 1.5 to 3 miles of my house, which barely need changing at all to seem authentic to whatever time period they're trying to go for. They usually just change the brightness, put in a fake digital background, and throw a bit of hay/straw or whatever on the the floor whenever they're filming a period piece outside, but mainly they're usually inside buildings.

It's one of many reasons why we're the world's first UNESCO City of Film.

Still that doesn't stop my city being ignored by the mainstream media and partly by the regional screen agency in the city next door, for cities which are seen to be more famous or mistakenly bigger when they aren't.

We're also the 6th biggest city in the UK by population and the 7th biggest city in the UK by area, contrary to what most people believe.

Name any film, TV, music, literature, sport, art, science etc award in any category/genre, and I'll most likely be able to name someone from city who has won one of those awards.

The Duke (2020) - IMDb which is out on the 3rd of September in the UK (I don't know when it's out in the USA), is one of the most recent productions to have filmed here.

A lot of the stuff which can be seen in the trailer is just 1.5 to 2 miles down the road from me, yet weirdly they didn't use the Victorian courtroom which is normally used in productions set in this era and earlier. There's also a couple of other locations in my city that they used, which don't appear in the trailer.

Fans of some of the biggest films and TV shows in the world should recognise those locations but they won't, because as I've said we're largely ignored by the media, plus they pretend a lot of the most famous locations are outside the city rather than inside the city, (by describing them as being "near" or "just outside" the city) in the rare cases where they do actually acknowledge us, which shows they're all bad at geography like most of the UK's population.

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@daniel_francis_gardecki

"However most of the TV dramas I've seen in the last decade, mainly between 2014 and late 2018, have been better than most films."

I'd have to agree with you. A well written and acted series is "WAY" more satisfying.

Also there are some excellent series that predate your time frame!

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@K_PAXTON They're not necessarily from those years.

I've binged watched a few shows from the 2000's too, which I didn't watch at the time because of things like me working until 10pm most of the time, going out clubbing every weekend, and playing on my games consoles most weekdays when I wasn't watching one or two films a day.

There's still a million shows I want to watch, but I'm sacrificing my time to update IMDB.

I originally joined to add and update most of the 1000's of productions which have filmed in my city, yet I've barely got started on them so far.

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@K_PAXTON My personal favourite British dramas from the last 10 years, which I can remember seeing include:

Unforgotten by ITV (2015-present) 10/10
Line of Duty produced by ITV for the BBC (2012-present) 10/10
Our Girl by the BBC (2013-present) 10/10
The Royal by ITV (2003-2011) 10/10
The Street produced by ITV for the BBC (2006-2009) 10/10
Shameless by Channel 4 (2004-2013) 10/10
Skins by Channel 4 (2007-2013) 10/10
Happy Valley by the BBC (2014-present) 10/10
Waterloo Road by the BBC (2006-2015) 10/10
Taboo by the BBC (2017-present) 10/10
Luther by the BBC (2010-present) 10/10
Call the Midwife by the BBC (2012-present) 10/10
The Virtues by Channel 4 (2019) 10/10 
Top Boy by Channel 4 (2011-present) 10/10 I haven't seen the later series by Netflix yet
The Musketeers by the BBC (2014-2016) 10/10
This is England 86, 88 and 90 by Channel 4 (2011-2015) 9/10 overall
Peaky Blinders by the BBC (2013-present) 9/10
The Bay by ITV (2019-present) 9/10
Ackley Bridge by Channel 4 (2017-present) 9/10
The Syndicate by the BBC (2012-present) 9/10 (ITV have some involvement with the show however I don't know how they're involved)
Informer by the BBC (2018-present) 9/10
Victoria by ITV (2016-present) 9/10
Cleaning Up by ITV (2019-present) 9/10
DCI Banks by ITV (2010-2016) 9/10
The Capture by the BBC (2019-present) 9/10
The Bletchley Circle by ITV (2012-2014) 9/10
Keeping Faith by S4C and the BBC (2017-present) 9/10
Sherlock by the BBC (2010-present) 9/10
Bodyguard produced by ITV for the BBC (2018-present) 9/10
Tutankhamun by ITV (2016) 9/10
Humans by Channel 4 (2015-2018) 9/10
Primeval by ITV (2007-2011) 9/10
Gentleman Jack by the BBC (2019-present) 9/10
Cilla by ITV (2014) 9/10
Last Tango in Halifax by the BBC (2012-present) 9/10
Appropriate Adult by ITV (2011) 9/10
Hatton Garden by ITV (2019) 9/10
Coincidentally a lot of the above shows have links to my city, either through their filming locations and/or at least one of the actors who star in them.
Special mention to Ireland's Love/Hate by RTE (2010-2014) 10/10
Most of the shows I've watched and haven't mentioned have been 8/10 shows.
Some of my favourite American dramas from recent years which I can remember include:
Breaking Bad, Vikings, Game of Thrones, Mr Robot, Snowfall, Lucifer, The Flash, Agents of SHIELD, Daredevil, Gotham, Arrow, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Agent Carter, Preacher, The White Princess, Better Call Saul, Iron Fist, The Defenders, Constantine
Yes, they're mainly superhero shows so far, and yes I do actually like the childish superhero shows by TheCW.
Luke Cage (by Netflix), Jessica Jones (by Netflix) and Legion (by FX) were rubbish imo.

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@daniel_francis_gardecki

I've only seen.......

Happy Valley by the BBC

Taboo by the BBC (2017-present) 10/10
Luther by the BBC (2010-present) 10/10
Call the Midwife by the BBC
Peaky Blinders by the BBC
DCI Banks by ITV
The Bletchley Circle by ITV
Sherlock by the BBC
Humans by Channel 4 (I hated when they cancelled this!!!!!!!)
Last Tango in Halifax by the BBC
Breaking Bad,  Game of Thrones, Mr Robot,  Lucifer, The Flash, Agents of SHIELD, Daredevil, Gotham, Arrow, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Agent Carter,  The White Princess, Better Call Saul, Iron Fist, The Defenders, Luke Cage (by Netflix), and Jessica Jones

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@K_PAXTON Unforgotten, Line of Duty and Our Girl (which some people hate as it's a bit light hearted and not realistic enough apparently) you definitely need to see, along with Vikings which is created by Michael Hirst from my city Bradford.

Knightfall which looks similar to Vikings but with Knights Templars instead of Vikings, is also created by a Bradfordian in Richard Rayner, and will be getting watched by me eventually.

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Some British shows I watched in the last years

Father Ted 9/10

House of Cards Ian Richardson, better than the American version, which I rated 9/10

Benny Hill

The Prisoner

Black Adder 10/10

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I did watch a bit of Mr. Robot, a while ago, but I'm probably going to have to start over. I'm not too good at binge-watching. I only recall really binging shows that only had one season, e.g. Daybreak (starring Taye Diggs) and Persons Unknown (starring Daisy Betts), both from ABC. I may have done this with ABC's V (starring Elizabeth Mitchell) and NBC's The Event (starring Laura Innes) as well, years after watching them live. V had two seasons rather than only one. The first two seasons of The Walking Dead I binged on Netflix, through which I was introduced to it, which is a somewhat different experience from watching it live on AMC. I liked Frank Darabont's work on The Walking Dead, and I've not always been satisfied by the subsequent drop in production value and the excess of things like inconsistencies, absurdities, plot convenience and plot armor. Not too long ago, I binged Amazon Studios' Them, such a bleak, disgusting, ghost, horror drama series that is basically torture "porn" without a lot of gore, and I will probably never watch it again.

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@jeorj_euler

If you watch Mr. Robot, the only way to appreciate it IS to binge watch. There are too many things going on for you to take an extended break . I watched it every week when it was new, but it was a better experience binging.

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@mariojacobs From those shows...

Father Ted by Channel 4 is the greatest sitcom of all time. 

House of Cards by the BBC I haven't seen.

Benny Hill by ITV seems relatively funny from the little I've seen.

The Prisoner by ITV I haven't seen either the original or the remake.

Blackadder by the BBC is one of the worst sitcoms of all time.

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@daniel_francis_gardecki 

Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) I consider the best sitcom ever, together with Married with Children. On the other hand, if you get me in a really cheerful mood, I rate Mister Bean (Rowan Atkinson) at most 1/10 🤣

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@mariojacobs Here's a rough guide to my Top 30 Sitcoms ranked from best to worst, although they're all 10/10 shows:

1 - Father Ted (1995-1998) Channel 4
2 - Car Share aka Peter Kay's Car Share (2015-2018) BBC
3 - Benidorm (2007-2018) ITV
4 - My Hero (2000-2006) BBC
5 - Plebs (2013-present) ITV
6 - The Inbetweeners (2008-2010) Channel 4
7 - Mr Bean (1990-1995) (2007) (2015) ITV
8 - Men Behaving Badly (1992-1998) (2014) ITV/BBC
9 - Gimme Gimme Gimme (1999-2001) BBC
10 - Ideal (2005-2011) BBC
11 - My Family (2000-2011) BBC
12 - One Foot In The Grave (1990-2001) BBC
13 - The Thin Blue Line (1995-1996) BBC
14 - Max and Paddy's Road To Nowhere (2004) Channel 4
15 - Phoenix Nights (2001-2002) Channel 4
16 - Bad Education (2012-2014) BBC
17 - Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps (2001-2011) BBC
18 - Great Night Out (2013) ITV
19 - White Van Man (2011-2012) BBC
20 - Mind Your Language (1977-1986) ITV
21 - The Grimleys (1999-2001) ITV
22 - In With The Flynns (2011-2012) BBC
23 - Grownups (2006-2009) BBC
24 - I'm With Stupid (2006) BBC
25 - Big School (2013-2014) BBC
26 - The Vicar of Dibley (1994-2000) (2004-2007) (2013) (2015) BBC
27 - Coupling (2000-2004) BBC
28 - Only Fools and Horses (1981-1991) (1996) (2001-2003) BBC
29 - People Just Do Nothing (2014-2018) BBC
30 - The Visit (2007) BBC

I bet you won't see a list like mine anywhere, as there's too many sheep in the world, especially ones with short memories.

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@daniel_francis_gardecki

great, I'm now watching 1 episode/day of Mad TV (from season 1 on...)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112056/?ref_=ttep_ep_tt

 when finished, I'm moving to 

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0163507/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

Whose Line Is It Anyway?

(based on a British comedy show if I'm not wrong)

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I've done a few of these from beginning to end. My first choice is Frasier and then Brooklyn Nine Nine.

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I refuse to ever binge watch anything, but my favorithe is The West Wing and I would like to watch it again.

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@Pencho15

I have not "binged" it but I have watched this three times!!

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I watch Stargate SG-1 from start to finish every year or so.

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I guess this does not qualify?

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@abcd

I removed "Monk" and added SG-1!

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For me there are only two kinds of TV-series, which are worth binge-watching.

1. TV-series with a continous story which are so good that I can't or don't want to stop watching it.

(e.g. Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, ...)

2. Stand-alone series which are that pretty good in each episode that I can watch more than one.

(e.g. The Simpsons, The Munsters, Married With Children, ...)

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@Breumaster

I tend to gravitate to the #1 type series!!!

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2 m ago

Correction:

After voting, please discuss here.

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And maybe the title looks better without "For":

Binge-Worthy Comfort TV to Stream

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@Jessica

Fixed the votsing and dropped the for

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Live Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/bcyoW8l5fOU/

Congratulations K_Paxton

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@Pencho15

Thanks

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