Series Obsessive.

pride and prejudiceEvery so often I stumble upon a series on television long after it’s ended it’s showing. It all started with Pride and Prejudice. You know, the long version by A&E with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. I watched each and every episode when it was rebroadcast several years after its original airing. My daughter Lyndsey and I couldn’t wait until every Monday evening for the next episode. A few years later her sister Alison gave me the entire series on VHS tapes so I could indulge them whenever I wanted.

The next time I was sucked into a series was when I saw an episode of Band band-of-brothersOf Brothers. Now, I love history and I love any story that takes place around WWII, so this was right up my alley. I, of course, found this series with the landing of D-Day. When I discovered I was in the middle of the series, I had to immediately find the first episodes of the series and watch the whole thing, beginning to end, one right after another, like a kid being left alone with a bag of Oreos! I followed the soldiers as they moved from boot camp through the Allied invasion of Normandy to the forest of Bastogne and the Battle of the Bulge, then finally to the Eagle’s Nest and their deployment home. When favorite characters were wounded or killed I mourned right along with the men of Easy Company.

RichardSharpeThen came Sharpe’s Rifles and the story of Richard Sharpe, (played by Sean Bean). Yep, back to the Regency period only this time the Peninsular War. Sharpe was raised in the poorer section of London, but when he joins the British Army becomes a sergeant and then eventually promoted to Captain and eventually Major due to his actions on the battlefield time and again. Between the history in the show, Sean Bean in uniform and battle scenes, I was hooked. I scheduled myself off every Saturday night for that summer just so I could watch each episode. (This was before we got DVR!)

For my next series obsession, I shifted from historical times to futuristic FIREFLyStillFlying4by3and the entire season of Firefly and the movie Serenity. Love me some Captain Mal, (played by Nathan Fillion). Β I confess, while I’d heard of this show, I got real interested in it after I watched the first season of Castle. This, I found on Netflix and spent an entire weekend watching episode after episode streaming to my computer, finishing up with the Serenity movie. Sigh. I would’ve watched more…but it was ended after one season and now I’m among the Firefly fans who would pay for more!

foyles-warWhich brings me to my latest obsession…Foyle’s War. Sigh. World War II England and Mysteries. Could I have asked for better? Unfortunately, I stumbled upon this one the week before Christmas when I was supposed to be wrapping and baking and cleaning…and, oh yeah, writing the ending 1/3 of VANISHED.

There were 8 seasons, 3-4 episodes per season. I. Watched. Them. All. The wonderful costumes of 1940’s England and military, the intrigue, not just of spies, but profiteers and crooks. There’s the rather cerebral DCS Foyle who quietly interrogates people and comes to the truth, but isn’t afraid to show his temper or his beliefs about situations the suspects find themselves in; his RAF son Andrew who makes several appearances in the episodes; the DS Milnar who lost a leg in the Norway campaign, but uses his work as a detective to rehabiliate not only his leg but his emotional state from the injury; and finally there’s the comic relief of the show, Foyle’s driver, Samantha “Sam” Stewart. Sam tends to stick her nose in where it’s not supposed to go, ask questions that make Foyle think differently about things and has a few romances through the series. As always, I’m sad to say there were no more episodes for me to watch, but I’m hoping they’ll make more.

So, do you ever start watching a show and have to see all the episodes, one right after the other? Β Do you do that with books or just TV shows? What’s your latest obsession?

 

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  • Jane says:

    Hello Suzanne,
    I love Band of Brothers and Foyle’s War, too. I love British mysteries and I binge watched several seasons of Midsomer Murders on Netflix. The I followed that up by watching all three seasons of Wallander.

  • ki pha says:

    OMG I do that with books and shows!!! Downton Abbey is on that list as too How I met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory. Once Upon a Time was there up till the middle of season 2 but I still need to catch up even though I cheated and watched the ending and parts of season 3.
    My latest obsession is….well, nothing. I’m sort of burned out but I did watch OUT: Alice in Wonderland when it started but stopped at episode 4, so I might have to get back into that. Oh and Sleepy Hallow with Tom Mison is just Hot~

    • Hey Ki!

      I watched the second season of Downton Abbey, but never really got into it enough to binge on it. I did watch the first few episodes of Sleepy Hollow…I’ll have to pick that up on hulu and get caught up.

    • Caren Crane says:

      Ki, ‘The Big Bang Theory’ is one that I have seen many episodes of but haven’t done from beginning to end. I fully intend to one of these days! I have to stay away from ‘Sleepy Hollow’ until they have a few seasons under their belt. I much prefer to binge on many seasons at one time!:D

      • Deb says:

        My husband and I like TBBT, too. We discovered it one night when it was on after the local news. We always seem to discover shows after they’ve been on for awhile. Anyway, one station was showing a marathon of Season 1 and 2, I think, and Jerry recorded them and we sat down one lazy Saturday and watched them all.

  • Helen says:

    Suz

    I am like that with books but not TV LOL we do have Band of Brothers on DVD because Hubby loved that one and the kids bought it all for him for his birthday one year but I have not watched it. As for books if I discover a new to me author that has a back list I must get them all and slowly read thru them and there are some authors that I just won’t start reading because they have way too many on their back list LOL

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • Shannon says:

      Helen, I’m the same way with series in books. I prefer trilogies rather than long series because I can finish and be happy. But I love seeing HEA go on.

      I do have three series on DVD. I need to take a break from books and watch those. I enjoy it when I do. Probably why I’m not as enthralled with TV is that it seems all the more real. With historical romance books, I know I’m escaping to a magical place.

      • Hey Shannon!

        It’s because they’re more real that I like the historical series. It helps me visualize the time period more when I’m reading.

        Have fun with your DVD series!

    • Helen,

      If I’ve started a long series with an author I will keep buying and reading, but others if I haven’t started with them I won’t go near, like Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series or Sue Grafton’s alphabet series. Now a trilogy? Yeah, I can get into that with an author.

  • Dianna aka Hrdwrkdmom says:

    I absolutely do that myself, with books especially, but tv programs have affected me the same way. Downton Abbey got me hooked and then I managed to get wrapped up in Upstairs, Downstairs, the old and the new version. Merlin cost me a some pennies as well. I was devastated because Merlin ended. I watched Pride and Predjudice a couple of weeks ago.

    • Hey Dianna,

      What I liked about Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs was getting to see the disparity of the two classes in England. And yet a lot of their stories were similar.

    • Caren Crane says:

      Dianna, my girls were hooked on ‘Merlin’ this summer and ended up watching them all in a huge marathon. I saw quite a few, but never got hooked like they did. Probably because I wasn’t the one to discover it! πŸ™‚

  • Susan Sey says:

    Oh, I absolutely have to see them all, & definitely in the correct order. Binge watching is preferred as I have no patience, but I will wait it forced to.

    The most egregious example of binge-watching occurred several years ago now when Mr. Sey & I discovered The Sopranos. The run was over & the last season was out on DVD, so we watched all eight seasons (!) between the fourth of July & Labor Day one year. It took some serious dedication to the screen, but we did it. And we don’t regret a minute.

    • Oh Susan…I can’t go near that series, yet! I’d get nothing else done. I taped The Godfather II the other night, just so I could fast forward to all the Robert DiNero scenes!!

  • MJ Fredrick says:

    I did it with Downton Abbey and The Tudors, and most recently with Sons of Anarchy (one of these things is not like the other!) I watched all 6 seasons in 3 weeks. Now I have to wait until September for the last season!

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    I am that way with both. Got hooked on N IS so ordered the first eight seasons and watched them all. Then came Flashpoint. My daughter got us started on Chuck so we had to watch every episode. I started reading Marie Force’s Gansett Island series and read them all back to back. Now I am doing same with Robyn Carr’s Virgin River.

  • Becke Turner says:

    Susan,
    We watch TV on demand so you can watch all episodes at once as long as you don’t get too far behind. However, after I while I often get bored with the stories. I can’t do the soap opera thing. Back in the day, we watched Dallas. However, after a year I was done. The writers have to be on their game to keep it going.

    Series Books that hooked me
    Julie Kagawa- Iron Series (YA and my first)
    Jean Auel- Earth Series
    Diana Gabaldon-Outlander Series

  • Caren Crane says:

    Oh, Suz, you know how I love a series! The worst binges have occurred when my husband and I have discovered a series at the same time. He is even more obsessive than I am, so together we can fritter away entire weekends, vacations & weekday evenings. I’ve also found that when I have to miss an evening (like lately, because of the holidays), he will finish an entire series without me. Betrayal of the worst sort!

    I ALWAYS find them very late, long after the show has ended. The exceptions are ‘How I Met Your Mother’, ‘New Girl’ and ‘Downton Abbey’. Those are still on and I have had to consult my kids on how to watch the current seasons on “sharing” sites.

    My particularly obsessive fixations have been for: ‘Battlestar Galactica’ (the newer one), ‘Hell on Wheels’, ‘Cranford’ (and the follow-up), ‘Firefly’, and ‘Star Trek: the Next Generation.’ There have been others, but those are the ones that popped into my head. I have also watched many back-to-back episodes and seasons of ‘Thirty Rock’, ‘Portlandia’ and ‘Parks and Recreation.’ My husband and kids have been obsessed with many I never really got into, but sometimes I’ll find one years after they burned through them (like BSG).

    The thing I hate are the ones I love that ended way too soon, like ‘Firefly’ and ‘Party Down.’ Great shows that took a bit too long to find an audience. We all suffer!

    I am resolving (something I rarely do!) to get more editing and writing done in the new year. I have a feeling I get distracted!

    • Caren,

      That is such a betrayal!! I’d be sure to finish the next obsession without him…but then I’m vindictive like that! πŸ™‚

      And series that ended way too soon? I think producers and TV execs should have to watch a series one right after the other before making the decision to end a series. I bet they’d think twice about it!

    • Deb says:

      Caren, my husband Jerry likes “Hell on Wheels”, too. I can’t get into it, but will watch it with him. Um, I’ve learned not to ask questions when it’s on, LOL! Watch and be mum, zip it, no questions. πŸ˜‰

    • Caren, I totally love BSG! Theirs was the last panel I went to at Dragon*Con this year. Although it was Monday morning and many people were headed out, the ballroom was packed. Kandyce McClure peered out from behind the lights and said, “Wow, you’re all still here.”

      Edward James Olmos quipped, “Well, I’m still here,” implying that if he was, we should be, and drew a big laugh.

      At the end, he led the room in a three-peat of “so say we all,” and the rafters rang with it.

      As Jamie Bamber stood to leave, he called, “Safe travels, everyone,” which was nice.

      I’ve seen enough of their panels now for them to blur together, but I know Tahmoh Penikett was on that one. I _think_ Michael Trucco and James Callis also were.

  • Connie Fischer says:

    I’m usually just obsessed with books. However, my husband and I love all of the British series and is one reason we got Acorn Media. Foyle’s War, Midsomer Murders, Pie in the Sky, just to name a few. I also loved the series Deadwood and was so disappointed when it ended abruptly. There are so many that we have watched and loved. And, let’s not forget the ultimate, Breaking Bad! Wow!

  • Deb says:

    My very first series I watched was “Sharpe’s Eagle” with my parents every Sunday night on Masterpiece Theater. I then read the book and found it to be just as good as the show.

    I’ve also enjoyed the Colin Firth P and P and now have it on DVD. Downton Abbey is another and I watched all of Season 1 on Hulu when I didn’t realzie, hey, a new show. (I’m behind with the times.) My husband LOVES “JAG” and misses it a lot, but he has found reruns on the Inspiration channel, so he records those and is able to relive his Navy days.

    BUT, the series I was most passionate about and still LOVE is “Anne of Green Gables”. Love, love, love that series! I lived for Monday nights to watch it on PBS.

    • Deb says:

      oops, realize

    • Deb, my parents were both in the Navy, and I considered going Navy JAG but couldn’t because of my scoliosis. So I watched JAG faithfully. I was sorry to see it end but liked the ending. And I think the Harm-Mac-will-they-or-won’t-they-get-together arc was wearing thin. It was good they finally resolved it.

    • Deb, I loved JAG when it was on and miss it too.

      i also loved Anne of Green Gables and Avonlea. I watched it with my daughters every week. It was such a well acted period piece.

  • Suz, what a fun post! I think comic book fans are naturally engineered to love series. I discovered Heroes late in the first season and had to get the box set, which the boy and I watched in a marathon. Ditto for Boston Legal, which we stumbled onto in the middle if its second season.

    The dh and I are eagerly awaiting the return of Downton Abbey–which somewhat surprises me since he’s not normally as big on costume dramas as I am–and we all love Firefly. We never saw it on TV but got interested after seeing Serenity, the movie.

    And then there’s Sherlock, which has a teaser for its return on YouTube. We didn’t like the second triad as well as the first but are still eager to see what happens next.

    We’re devoted watchers of Grimm, and I am of
    Haven, not only because Haven’s Lucas Bryant looks so much like Stefan from Guardian. Both Haven and Grimm build on what came before. So does Downton Abbey, and so did Heroes. I don’t think TV shows did that much when we were growing up. Haven is really twisty and unpredictable. I missed the season finale, which I gather not only twisted but yanked, and I can’t wait for it to be available on SyFy’s website.

    I’m the same way with books, of course. If I like a series, I want to devour it all, and I’m especially prone to do that when there are overlapping characters, as with your wonderful Edgars family.

    It’s really tough for me when people write one–one!–book a year in a series. I loved Ann Aguirre’s SF Romance Sirantha Jax series, but it was down to one a year because she has other series. The same appears to be true with her new series. I read the first, Perdition, totally loving it, but there won’t be another until late next year. Aaargh!

    At least Grace Burrowes is giving us regular installments of her intertwined series. The next one is due next week.

    But I could go on about this. And on. And on. So I’ll stop now. πŸ™‚ But I trust that answers your question….

    • Why yes, Nancy, it does! LOL

      I knew you and Trish are big on following series and I think it’s wonderful that your hubby will watch Downton Abbey with you. Mine will watch football and baseball with me. πŸ™‚

      And thanks for the kind words about the Edgars. Right now they’re driving me a bit batty with the ending of VANISHED, but I think it will end just the way I want it.

  • Amy Conley says:

    Same thing happened with me and BAND OF BROTHERS, then PACIFIC. Of course I was totally and completely in love with LOST and watched every episode, usually on tv first, then the next day online.

    Now I’d have to say ONCE UPON A TIME is the show I HAVE to watch but because of home things I’ve missed all but the first 2 episodes. So I’ll be watching it online later. It doesn’t begin again til late Jan, so I may get the chance to watch it all before then, but of course, I’d then more than likely have to put a hold on it again and I’m not to sure I can do that. So, I may wait til things around here come to an end and then begin watching.

    And we won’t even go into the book series I read.LOL

    • Hey Amy!

      I think Joanie and my daughter both love Once Upon A Time. I haven’t seen any yet, so I bet I’ll be picking them up and watching a marathon at some point!

      • Amy Conley says:

        I forgot to mention the series that began it all for me, MASTERPIECE THEATER’S UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS. Yes I am admitting, somewhat, to my age, but this show was the first time I felt I had something in common with my mother. As a pre-teen, this was huge.

  • Oh, and I still love Stargate: SG-1 and Smallville, though
    I think both hit their strides around season 3 or so.

  • catslady says:

    I found Firefly before Castle but long after it was over. I would have been doubly devastated had I been watching it when it was canceled. I have all the episodes on DVD and have watched them many times over. I’ve also watched Band of Brothers with my husband lots of times. When it came to series I use to be fanatical in watching every episode (or book) in order but I’ve had to relax that because otherwise I just don’t always get to them.

    • Catslady, I’m glad I found Firefly after it ended, too. I went in with the knowledge that there was a finite number of shows, but boy was I sad when the whole thing ended with Serenity. Especially Wash!!

  • Suz –

    One of my English friends recommended Foyle’s War long, long ago. I still haven’t watched it, but everytime I see it in a catalogue I think about ordering it.

    I just gave my “in-college” nephew the complete Firefly series on bluray. He was thrilled. He says he’s see one or two episodes and was disappointed that it wasn’t on TV anymore. (He’s not the only one)

    I love Downton Abby. My daughter just gave the series The Paradise. She says it has fantastic period gowns and settings. I see in the Wall Street Journal that it’s one of the top ten series of 2013. Can’t wait to watch it.

  • Kim says:

    I found Buffy The Vampire Slayer, JAG and Bones in syndication. They were still on the air when I became a fan, so I could watch the current shows once a week, then catch up on the oldies in syndication.

    Did you see the homage to Firefly on Castle? It was the episode where Castle finds out Beckett is a secret fan of the show, Nebula 9.

    • Kim,

      I started watching Bones after catching a few episodes on syndication, but gave it up after the having a baby out of the hospital show. Can’t watch a series that slaps at my nursing profession.

      I did catch the homage to Firefly. Totally cool!

  • Heathercm2001 says:

    I’ve binged watch so many shows, and I even find myself doing it with stuff on my DVR now. I’ll let stuff get backed up about 8 weeks and watch them all at once. There’s just not enough time in the day to do everything! My friends have let me borrow DVDs that I will watch straight through too.

    My most recent watching is Sherlock. I keep hearing about it, so gave it a try, and now I’m hooked. Before that it was The Paradise. Downton Abbey has me getting sucked into all of the Masterpiece Classics shows!

  • Pissenlit says:

    I do that with both tv shows and books…unfortunately. πŸ˜‰ I’m currently blasting my way through Connie Willis’ Oxford Time Travel series. I’m on the latest book, All Clear.

  • Diana Huffer says:

    There are several TV shows I’m hooked on with Sleepy Hollow, The Blacklist, and Bones topping the list. Oldies, but goodies, would include (but not limited to!) all the Star Trek series and Dark Shadows (the original!).

    Of the book series I love, only a few come to mind right away:

    Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series
    Anne Rice’s Vampires
    Erika Wilde’s The Marriage Diaries
    etc., etc., etc. πŸ™‚