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18th Sep '16 9:34:57 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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* ''Series/TheXFiles'', one of the first popular American shows outside of {{soap opera}}s to be built around a series-spanning MythArc (it's the TropeNamer for that term, even) rather than an episodic structure, naturally fell into this. It's been said that the rise of streaming and binge-watching was largely responsible for the show's PopularityPolynomial in the '10s (such that it got a MiniSeries revival in 2016), as viewers could follow its storyline from beginning to end.
17th Sep '16 4:25:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dead_Zone_(TV_series) The Dead Zone]]'', due to its arc-heavy storyline.

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* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dead_Zone_(TV_series) The Dead Zone]]'', ''Series/TheDeadZone'', due to its arc-heavy storyline.
17th Sep '16 2:53:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* A lot of shows cancelled after just a season or so feel this way, such as ''Series/{{Jericho}}'' and ''FlashForward2009'', feel a lot better on DVD leading some to be frustrated at the end of the series. Watching one episode after another commercial-free makes the story feel much tighter.

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* A lot of shows cancelled after just a season or so feel this way, such as ''Series/{{Jericho}}'' and ''FlashForward2009'', ''Series/FlashForward2009'', feel a lot better on DVD leading some to be frustrated at the end of the series. Watching one episode after another commercial-free makes the story feel much tighter.
29th Aug '16 12:20:17 AM PaulA
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': While most stories were fully self-contained, the classic series occasionally had a lot of {{Call Back}}s and {{Continuity Nod}}s. Old story elements, enemies and allies could be brought back again several years later and since reruns were rare (or, in the case of several black-and-white episodes, [[LostEpisode impossible]]) you couldn't possibly keep track of everything unless you'd been watching since the beginning and had an exceptional memory (don't forget the series ran continuously for [[LongRunner 26 years]]). Watching them on DVD allows you to keep better track of the continuity and be able to appreciate the details and references to previous stories more. In particular, it makes the many continuity-heavy stories of TheEighties, widely criticized at the time for their ContinuityLockout status, much more enjoyable. On the other hand, the serial format and (typically) slow pace of the classic stories translates poorly to DVD marathoning, as it creates a lot of pacing issues with repetitive "companion in peril" cliffhangers at the end of each episode.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': While most stories were fully self-contained, the classic series occasionally had a lot of {{Call Back}}s and {{Continuity Nod}}s. Old story elements, enemies and allies could be brought back again several years later and since reruns were rare (or, in the case of several black-and-white episodes, [[LostEpisode impossible]]) you couldn't possibly keep track of everything unless you'd been watching since the beginning and had an exceptional memory (don't forget the series ran continuously for [[LongRunner 26 years]]).years). Watching them on DVD allows you to keep better track of the continuity and be able to appreciate the details and references to previous stories more. In particular, it makes the many continuity-heavy stories of TheEighties, widely criticized at the time for their ContinuityLockout status, much more enjoyable. On the other hand, the serial format and (typically) slow pace of the classic stories translates poorly to DVD marathoning, as it creates a lot of pacing issues with repetitive "companion in peril" cliffhangers at the end of each episode.
17th Aug '16 1:22:03 PM Isaac_Heller
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* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' is best watched in a marathon, as you can more easily remember and keep track of the clues and continuity to the overarching plot than you can when there are breaks. According to WordOfGod, this was ''exactly'' what they intended to happen when they were making the show.
19th Jul '16 4:39:22 PM RacattackForce
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is best consumed in marathons, rather than single episodes aired once per week. Watched from the beginning, the well-written character growth and dynamics becomes a lot more rewarding, the same applies with the ability to spot its many background details and tight continuity. It's also the only way to follow its deep MythArc. Watching episodes on Cartoon Network, you'd never guess any of this (although Cartoon Network does occasionally run marathons of Steven Universe in some countries--the same ones where it plays twelve times a day).

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is best consumed in marathons, rather than single episodes aired once per week. Watched PlayedWith for ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''. When watched from the beginning, the show's well-written character growth and dynamics becomes become a lot more rewarding, with the same applies with applying to the ability to spot its many background details and tight continuity. continuity in episodes that could easily be considered filler if watched week-to-week. It's also the only way to properly follow its deep MythArc. Watching episodes on Cartoon Network, you'd never guess any of this (although The "playing" part comes in the fact that while Cartoon Network does occasionally run marathons DOES premiere the show's episodes in a marathon format to allow this, with batches of Steven Universe new episodes airing in some countries--the same ones where it plays twelve times a day).single week, [[ScheduleSlip releasing episodes in this manner means there are several months between new ones]].
10th Jul '16 12:37:30 PM nombretomado
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* There are several advantages to watching ''BrokenSaints'' on DVD rather than online. 1) It's easier to pause, rewind, and fast-forward (although the inability to pause in the middle of a chapter was part of the creator's design for the series) and 2) [[DVDBonusContent A voice-over track!]]

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* There are several advantages to watching ''BrokenSaints'' ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'' on DVD rather than online. 1) It's easier to pause, rewind, and fast-forward (although the inability to pause in the middle of a chapter was part of the creator's design for the series) and 2) [[DVDBonusContent A voice-over track!]]
2nd Jul '16 10:42:47 PM DavidDelony
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* The same logic of binge-watching TV series also applies to film series. It's a lot more fun to watch installments in franchises such as Franchise/JamesBond movies, ''Film/LordOfTheRings'', ''Franchise/StarWars'' or ''Film/HarryPotter'' without having to wait up to several years between releases in theaters.

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* The same logic of binge-watching TV series also applies to film series. It's a lot more fun to watch installments in franchises such as Franchise/JamesBond movies, ''Film/LordOfTheRings'', ''Franchise/StarWars'' or ''Film/HarryPotter'' without having to wait up to several years between releases in theaters. Before the rise of Creator/{{Netflix}} and DVD, this was the most common type of binge-watching way back in the days of VHS.
2nd Jul '16 10:41:03 PM DavidDelony
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* The same logic of binge-watching TV series also applies to film series. It's a lot more fun to watch installments in franchises such as Franchise/JamesBond movies, ''Film/LordOfTheRings'', ''Franchise/StarWars'' or ''Film/HarryPotter'' without having to wait up to several years between releases in theaters.
2nd Jul '16 6:50:07 AM Infection
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* ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' was torn to shreds when first released to theaters but the extended version of the film, labeled the "Ultimate Edition", was better received than its theatrical cut, due to a clearer explaining of certain plot points and smoother pacing. Some viewers even said it was like watching a different movie.
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