Netflix has changed the way we watch TV. People tuck into new series now in pretty much the same way Neo learned kung-fu and other skill-sets in The Matrix--all in one dense intake. (Okay, fine, maybe it's a few dense intakes, but the point stands.) Some shows, like the most recent season of Arrested Development, were even designed to be gulped down in binge-watching sessions. Of course, sometimes the prospect of how much time-commitment will be involved in such devourings can be a bit daunting. It's easier to decide to watch, say, The West Wing, if you know exactly how long it's going to take--and now it's easier than ever to find out.
The folks at Nielsen, fearless talliers of viewer vastness and demographics, have made a handy infographic that depicts the hard numbers of a wide selection of series' runtimes. It's not groundbreaking news by any means, but this information does put a shape around the time-vacuum required to partake in certain pop cultural elements, so you can decide whether it's worth it. There may be three seasons of Sherlock, for instance, but since it's a BBC show, given to short seasons, you can knock them all out in a little over half a day. Compare that figure to the six whole days and two hours it would take to get through Jack Bauer's tortuous adventures on 24, and your decision is practically made.
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