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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Have you ever heard of speedrunners? Those are hardcore gamers who play games over and over again, looking for the most efficient way to complete it, and then race to beat certain times. It’s a shock that in all this time, there’s no real TV-watching equivalent.

Well apparently, there is. Sort of. While there’s only so much time you can shave off in watching something (shows do have a set runtime, after all), in a new press release from Netflix, they introduce what they call “binge racers.” These are consumers who finish shows within a 24 hours. Sure, it sounds extreme, but in today’s stream-heavy world, it’s not as uncommon as you would think. The phenomena seems to be a mixture of today’s instant gratification nature, along with the concern that any time spent on social media will result in being spoiled.

According to Netflix, 8.4 million of its over 100 million subscribers make a habit of binging, and they even went to so far as to reveal the top 20 shows that users binge. To be clear, these aren’t the most popular shows necessarily, but rather shows that users binge more than others.

  1. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
  2. Fuller House
  3. The Ranch
  4. Marvel’s The Defenders
  5. The Seven Deadly Sins
  6. Trailer Park Boys
  7. Santa Clarita Diet
  8. F is for Family
  9. Orange is the New Black
  10. Stranger Things
  11. Friends from College
  12. Grace and Frankie
  13. Wet Hot American Summer
  14. Atypical
  15. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  16. House of Cards
  17. Master of None
  18. Luther
  19. GLOW
  20. Arrested Development

This all only further proves that not only does Netflix know what you’re watching, but they know how fast you watch something, how frequently, and therefore which types of shows pay off which types of dividends for them. The power of information here is truly staggering.

What do you think? Are you a binge racer? Let us know down below!

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SOURCE: Netflix

  • Victor Roa

    uhhhhhhh….. no thanks. I’m reminded when I was 14 and my friend and I kept Speed Running Zelda A Link to the Past on SNES. At best, I beat it at 5 hours, he would always be an hour or 2 less than me. So it would just burn me, and then it got to a point where I found no joy in the Best Zelda game ever, to the point where I trading in original release SNES cart for SFAlpha 2 on PS1. Not the worst trade, but still hurts to know I did play the best game ever out of spite.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer’s always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he’s always been something of a story junkie.