With the constant stream of media being released, the fact is you’ll never get to watch everything you want to and it’s a bit overwhelming. So how can you deal with having thousands of shows and movies at your fingertips? Well, it all starts with realizing you can’t see everything.
If you work 40 hours a week, like the majority of people, you won’t have time to watch everything you want. That means you can watch 2 movies, 4-5 “hour” long shows, or 8-10 “half-hour” long shows. Now that’s all assuming that you don’t want to do anything else with your time like go out with friends, read a book, or get some exercise.
So, where does that leave us? With too much to watch and not enough time. With an absurd amount of choice, there needs to be some serious consideration on what to watch; an art to figuring out just what the hell to watch with the limited amount of time in the day. So how do you decide what to watch? Well, that’s the million dollar question.
Some of my friends try to prioritize based on the newest movies and shows. Other people may prioritize based on what’s most likely to be spoiled the soonest. This means shows like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones are must-watch when they premiere or at least within the first 48 hours so that you can chat about them at work that week. It also means that less popular (but still excellent) shows like Orphan Black and Black Sails can wait until entire seasons are aired so they can be binged.
Personally, I try to prioritize movies and shows that I’m both excited to see and that have actors I enjoy. This means I’m always going to be binge watching the Marvel Netflix shows the weekend they come out because I love comics and they’ve all been fantastic so far. It also means that I’m going to continue watching Supernatural until either the actors die or the show does (and honestly, it’s a toss-up at this point which will happen first).
Another way to look at the problem is to determine which TV shows and movies are more “eventually” types. To me, these are the shows and movies that are critically acclaimed but a bit boring. By boring I mean they’re usually a slow burn and take some heavy investment to really appreciate. With the limited time that I have, those are way down on my list. I need the instant gratification of seeing Barry Allen run really fast and stopping the bad guy of the week. I can’t afford to invest large chunks of time to heavy dramas like The Night Of or True Detective, both of which are critically acclaimed. Will I get around to watching them? Eventually.
So what’s the secret to watching everything? Well, that’s the thing. There is no magic time turner that lets you watch every show and movie you want to. You have to prioritize based on your preferences. For me that means watching silly shows over more serious dramas until I can finally clear some time for dramas. For others that means watching all of the award nominated movies and shows. For others still it means rushing to watch the “next big thing” so they can talk about it around the office.
My advice? It’s entertainment. Keep it entertaining and don’t get too worried you won’t see everything. Hell, I still haven’t seen The Wire or The Godfather. I’ll get around to it. Eventually.