My First Binge-Watching Experience

Last week our oldest son told us about a new Netflix series called Ozark, and said that the first episode was quite good.

Normally I don’t like to start watching a new TV show, since I don’t want to make a commitment to watching it all of the way through. However, as soon as my son mentioned that Jason Bateman stars in, and directed a few of the episodes, I was in. He’s also the executive producer.

The first season consists of 10 one-hour episodes, and all 10 episodes were available when the show debuted on July 21.

My wife and I watched the first episode just two days ago, and we watched the final one tonight.

The show is great, despite Jason Bateman not being his usual comedic self. Bateman plays a financial adviser who has inadvertently gotten caught up with a Mexican drug cartel. There is a fair amount of violence, but the story line keeps the viewer interested, and rooting for Jason and his family.

Here’s the official trailer:

It’s the first time I’ve indulged in binge-watching, and it certainly is a different way to watch a show. It was nice not having to wait a week for the next episode, and certainly a nice relaxing way to spend a weekend.

I’m not sure if and when I’ll do it again (maybe if there is a season 2), but at least now I’m part of the 73% of Americans who have binge-watched a TV show.

I’m usually a little behind on what is happening entertainment-wise.

Maybe that’s part of the reason why I never have anything interesting to talk about at a party (that and the fact that I teach accounting and enjoy doing math problems).

But that could all change now; I need to find an outlet so that I can tell everyone I’ve seen the entire season of a just released Netflix series. I’m sure that would give me instant street cred if I could start a conversation like that.

Too bad our neighborhood block party is still a month away; until then I guess I’ll just have to use a blog post to get the word out.

I’m just not sure what the rules of etiquette are in terms of revealing how the first season ends…


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Jim Borden

Accounting Prof. at Villanova; happily married for 30+ years; father of 3 outstanding young men; vegan; interests: fitness, creativity, education, blogging, social media.

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