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Knowing beforehand how many episodes it would be, what's the longest series you've gotten into?

Alzrius

The EN World kitten
In my experience, commitment anxiety when someone recommends a long-running series is a real thing. Regardless of a show's quality, the prospect of watching dozens - or even hundreds - of episodes can be off-putting, even if you think you'll like it. Even passively consuming a show can feel like a project, or perhaps a chore, in such circumstances. Unlike where you've gotten into a series in its early days and just followed along, a deep backlog of material to get through can push viewers away.

Having said all of that, what's the longest show that you've committed to, knowing that you'd have your viewing work cut out for you? Shows where you signed on at the beginning and watched episodes as they were released don't count; this is about seeing a huge library of already-released episodes and saying "let's get started."

For me, it was watching the One Piece anime. On a bet with a friend, I started watching the entire thing (skipping only the filler episodes), taking it one episode per day, every day. Now, new episodes were still being released when I did this (and still are now), so catching up took longer than it would have otherwise, but it still took twenty-five months in total to catch up...or a little over 750 episodes altogether (and I'm still watching the new ones as they come out now).

What's your greatest viewing-achievement? Have you watched all of Doctor Who, starting from the original series until now? Decided to watch all fifteen seasons of Supernatural? Wanted to brag that you've seen every episode of every Law & Order series?

Post your series commitments here!
 
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Retreater

Legend
Firefly.
It's the only one that I started after it was over. All other series I started early enough that I watched as they were released - Cobra Kai, Stranger Things, etc.
I wouldn't go back and watch something like Game of Thrones because I know has a widely regarded dip in quality in the end.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
I definitely shy away from shows which are like 10+ seasons in. Never seen Supernatural for that very reason. And all the Star Wars animated stuff (not that I get on well with cartoons anyway, but even if I did, the sheer volume of it would put me off).

I don't know why. If I find I like it, I should be pleased I have a ton of it to watch. But for some reason it just doesn't work that way for me.
 
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Blue

Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
Committed is an interesting word. You mentioned One Piece. I started watching One Piece with the intention that if I liked it I would watch the whole thing through. Does that qualify?

I'm "committed" to watching all of Supernatural, but have no problems if I only watch episodes when I'm in the mood for it and weeks or months go by.

I have watched all of Buffy, Gilmore Girls, West Wing, Leverage, and a number of shorter shows. Not One Piece in length, but unless you consider things like Sesame Street I don't think there is anything of that length out there.

But really, TV is one of the less enjoyed mediums for me, so finding me want to commit to anything long is a rarity. (Same with podcasts and audio books.)

On the other hand, a few years back I committed to reading (or re-reading for the first 9-10) the entire Wheel of Time series. Took months, and I needed to read a few other books in different styles to refresh as going through it.

I have reread book series like The Dresden Files or Honor Harrington (don't judge) many, many times when new books have come out. There's no fear of commitment for that medium.
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
Commitments? To TV shows? What the heck is that about?

If I don't like it, or I get bored, I just don't watch it again. If a character is just to annoying or problematic, the pause button is hit, and I am done. There is no commitment. There is no contract. No expectations. There is an explicit rejection of the sunk cost fallacy.
 

TheAlkaizer

Game Designer
I'm very selective when it comes to TV series. They take so much of your time. I've had so many experience where I'd watch two or three episodes that were really mediocre to have friends say "but by the end of the second season it becomes amazing". Sorry, but I'm not watching 15 hours of TV to get to a good part. It doesn't make sense.

So I tend to watch one episode, and I only commit to what I feel is top notch TV. I also tend to gravitate towards shorter series or mini-series.

I think the longest show I've committed to after it was over was Mad Men. I started it in 2017, watched three episodes, I was unsure. But I found myself thinking about it non-stop for a few days. I went back to it and finished it.

Mad Men was amazing. And I'm only committing to what I consider amazing TV. If it's good, it's not good enough for me to sink tens of hours into.
 

Retreater

Legend
I've had so many experience where I'd watch two or three episodes that were really mediocre to have friends say "but by the end of the second season it becomes amazing". Sorry, but I'm not watching 15 hours of TV to get to a good part. It doesn't make sense.
Yeah. My Doctor Who experience.
 

Probably Avatar: The Last Airbender, which is about 60 episodes. In general, series with a lot of episodes tend to lose my interest (my wife is the opposite, she loves a series she can get her binge on). I bounced right off of Supernatural - there was just so much to go that it became hard for me to maintain any sort of interest or sustain tension "Oh no, they're in trouble again, however will they get out of this to star in the 300 more episodes to come?"
 

ccs

41st lv DM
I think it's a tie between Star Trek: Voyager & Once Upon a Time. Both have 7 seasons.

Looking it up;

*Voyager = 172 episodes - watched straight through about two years ago. At that point it was the only ST series that I'd never seen all of. (just some random early {& bad} episodes when it was new)

*Once = 156 episodes - Of wich I've seen episodes 1-155.
Never saw a single episode before giving it a watch this past summer/fall on Netflix. I had one episode left. I log on to Netflix late Sunday evening (Sept.6) & find it's gone out of my queue. Well that's annoying....
Turns out it'd left Netflix that Sat (Sept. 5) and is now on Disney+. So eventually when I give in & subscribe for the SW/Marvel stuff I'll pick off that last episode.
 


If radio shows count, I'm currently working on Dragnet (314 episodes) and Mindwebs (188 episodes). Listening has gone down a ton since COVID has killed my car trips.

Only counting TV shows that I didn't start watching when they were still getting new episodes, the longest running TV show that I've completed would probably be Twilight Zone (156). I also watched all of Gilmore Girls a few years ago (153). I've done a bunch of anime series, but after checking, most of the shows that I remember as long commitments at the time were less episodes than I thought (~70 at most, typically less).

Like others, I've had a number of series that I gave up on. I started Smallville but petered out somewhere around season 4. My spouse and I tried to get into Breaking Bad at one point of quarantine, but gave up around season 2 or 3.
 

GreyLord

Hero
Well...I've watched as much of Doctor Who as is out there...from Season 1 to the latest...but that didn't really come to mind when I thought of Longest TV series. It sort of had a break in the middle as well...and I haven't seen EVERY episode (from the 1st and 2nd doctors especially).

I did see Supernatural, but never finished it.

Stargate with the connected series (SG-1, SG-Atlantis, SG-Infinity, and SG-Universe) is I think around 18 seasons...so that's pretty long.

X-Files was a total of 11 seasons...though I think it was 9 with it's initial run. I've not seen all of the final season though.
 

862ish episodes of Doctor Who here (counting recons), but that happened over decades, not sitting down one day and deciding to watch the whole show back to front though I know that some people do that.

Otherwise, anything much over ten episodes puts me off watching a show.
 

MarkB

Legend
I've never really committed to watching something - I'll like it or I'll stop watching it - so length of show doesn't bother me. But there aren't many shows I've only taken an interest in after they were all wrapped up. About the only recent one I can think of is Person of Interest, which I started watching a couple of years ago after I got an Amazon Prime subscription, and in due course did make my way through all five seasons.
 

This year, with the pandemic, has given me a lot of time to just sit around, so I have rewatched a few series. I have rewatched all of Sliders, Andromeda, Dead Like Me, and most of Highlander. I just started rewatching The Dead Zone and am only in season two so far. I also watched the three Librarian movies, but can't rewatch The Librarians series because it is not streaming anywhere right now where it does not cost money per episode to watch. Whenever Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gets added to Disney+, I will binge watch that, as I only saw the first couple of seasons when it was originally broadcast. And I will eventually get caught up on Once Upon a Time, as I have only seen the first couple of seasons of that as well.
 

I definitely shy away from shows which are like 10+ seasons in. Never seen Supernatural for that very reason. And all the Star Wars animated stuff (not that I get on well with cartoons anyway, but even if I did, the sheer volume of it would put me off).

I don't know why. If I find I like it, I should be pleased I have a ton of it to watch. But for some reason it just doesn't work that way for me.

If you can get past it being animated, Star Wars: Rebels is only three seasons long. I have never watched Clone Wars, and I feel I get along just fine in the Star Wars universe without it. I can just read up on the important stuff that happened in the handful of episodes that mattered. lol
 

Blackrat

He Who Lurks Beyond The Veil
Days of Our Lives... (look it up, I implore you 😂)

Joking aside, I tend to watch all Star Trek on repeat, TOS>TNG>DS9>VOY>ENT, when I get to the end I start from the beginning again. It’s my go to comfort series if I want to watch something but am not ready for something new 😂

Game of Thrones was one series I decided not to watch until it was all out.
 
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Tonguez

A suffusion of yellow
Doctor Who would have been the longest, having watched everything I could from troughton to Tennant - I started to sleep after that.

I didnt start watching Game of Thrones till about Season 5 and then binge watched those seasons in a couple of weeks to catch up.

The Turkish series Etrugral is another I came to late, and have started to binge its around 5 seasons 150 odd episodes and subtitled, indicating an additional level of commitment :)

with the advent of Streaming and more spare time, binge watching shows means that their length is no longer a major issue.
 

Gammadoodler

Adventurer
Maybe.. Critical Role.. few episodes behind at the moment, and it was newish when I started, but 4-6 hours of content per episode and like what 200 something episodes.
 

Lidgar

Adventurer
American version of The Office.

Original version (British) of Top Gear.

Seen every episode of each, with most being enjoyable if not hilarious at times.
 

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