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October 5, 2013

A new way to watch television

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Now as an adult, I am forming my own memories and creating my own connections. There are many shows on TV today that have cult-like followings. These shows draw people in and leave them burning for their weekly fix. Luckily DVR ensures that we never miss an episode of our favorite series. Via Twitter and Facebook, we also have an outlet to find other fans to discuss, rant, or cry about the events that have occurred in our shows.

The two shows that have gotten me hooked in ways no others have: The Wire and Breaking Bad. These are the kind of shows that leave you burning with anticipation at the end of each episode. The plots are dark, convoluted, and intense. It is not enough to just watch an episode and then go on with the rest of your week.

These shows integrate themselves into your life in a way that makes you feel like you are part of the plot.

The Wire, which aired on HBO from 2002-2008 in its simplest form is about cops and drug dealers in Baltimore, but is about so much more than that. Topics range from city politics to the school system to dock workers. I have to stop myself, because I could go on all day about The Wire. I caught wind of this excellent show via Twitter and I was instantly hooked. My wife bought me the entire series on DVD for my birthday in April and I’ve already watched it twice. Even though it has been off the air for years, there are still loyal fans on Twitter and Facebook who are ready to discuss the old episodes at a moments notice.

When I originally viewed the series, several seasons were already available so I was able to watch episodes back-to-back. Without having to wait a week for a new episode, it felt like I was living the show in real time. The twists, the horror, and the heartbreaks of an entire season were condensed to one marathon day of viewing.

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