Many people start to watch a show which is or was ‘highly rated’ and sort of force themselves. Some start watching a show which is ostensibly about something but changes to be about something else.
When you first start watching on line you are overfull of this sense of power. You control the transmission. You can select what you want when you want it, you can stop it when you want, you can watch as many episodes as you want, back to back or day to day.
You might begin with a show you know about and maybe have seen a handful of episodes. You might watch something you have never seen before.
It takes a bit of experience to know how to do a marathon wisely, and most importantly, how to judge a show.
Many shows are highly rated because;
a. they come on once a week
b. they have commercial breaks
These two aspects are really quite significant. They delay the reception, they offer tension breaks. Seeing one show, once a week is like having slow exposure to snake venom.
Watching two or more shows back to back is fatal. The flaws are exposed, and you wonder why you are watching.
A show like House, which was highly rated, if seen in a marathon, exposes how ridiculous it really is. No hospital on Earth would ever hire someone as sick as Dr. House, and if hiring, quickly fire.
There are many shows which are, if seen without commercial breaks, without weekly pauses, quickly reveal how repulsive they are.
The characters are unreal, the plots are ridiculous, the dialogue is silly, and people don’t act like that. So you stop following the show.
In some cases, you might watch the first season then the show changes. Maybe the writers quit, maybe they juggled the actors, maybe your favourite left, whatever the cause, the second season is not what you expected, so you stop.
In other cases, a show might hold interest into the second, even third season, but then, as if wallows in foolish, you stop.
When you get good at online watching, you may not go beyond three or four episodes. You might even stop the show after fifteen minutes.
For the first time; you rule.