->''"Even though the adventure began recently, it's already over 3000 pages long. [[SelfDeprecation You just don't have time for this bullshit. You'll catch up later.]]"''
-->-- '''[[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002232 Dave's thoughts]]''', ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''

You've just discovered a new {{webcomic}}. Maybe a friend told you, maybe you were pointed to it by another site. [[TVTropesAsAGatewayDrug Heck]], maybe it was ThisVeryWiki or [[TheOtherWiki the other one]].

Like any new reader, you read the strip on the main page. It looks good; the art passes muster, the writing's okay... Sure, you'll read this comic. So you hit the "First Strip" button.

And then you see the date. This strip started six years ago. Beads of sweat form on your forehead. You hit the "Archive" link...

''Mother of Shakespeare!'' There are hundreds upon hundreds of comics in here! Even with the longest ArchiveBinge of your life it'll take you forever to read all of these!

It gets worse. If you have never read ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'' or ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', and want to start, you can forget about merely packing a lunch. You'll need a couple weeks of rations.

An Archive Panic is when a reader is scared off from reading a comic by the sheer volume of its archives. This is far more common with daily comics, which can easily have lengthy archives by sheer weight of longevity.

Consider: if a strip updates once per day, Monday through Friday, then at the end of five years there will be 1,315 strips. The number increases to over 1,800 strips if the strip updates on weekends as well. (This doesn't count to [[Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures Andrew Hussie]], who can post several dozen updates in a day and then pause for [[strike:two ''months'' to work on a Flash animation]] ''a year'' and counting to work on the ending.)

Now consider a person who has a lot of free time and a fast connection to the Internet, and who reads five strips a minute. To get through that Monday through Friday comic, he would need almost five hours of continuous reading.

Now, while five hours isn't a lot, ask yourself: when was the last time you had five uninterrupted hours? Heck, when was the last time you had ''one''? Broken up into short shots, that time can stretch into ''months''; it's easy to imagine someone not having that sort of willpower. This problem is exacerbated when strip a day comics are archived on one day per page, rather than one week per page. Thus the time to click the 'next' button and the time for the page to upload can equal the few seconds needed to read each day's strip.

What's worse is that the strip is continuing to update while you're reading through the archive, making it even harder to catch up. Even worse is if the strip doesn't continue to update: there's the risk of it coming to an end. Few things are more disheartening than finally catching up with the current strip and seeing an author's note listing the end of the comic. In two weeks from now.

Strips with less intense update schedules (say, three times a week) rarely suffer ArchivePanic, nor do strips that have suffered various ScheduleSlip incidents. (It's less of a hassle to read five years' worth of strips if there are none from June 2008 to July 2009.)

The site [[http://www.archivebinge.net/ Archive Binge]] lets you subscribe to a webcomic's archive via an RSS feed at a rate you choose, allowing you to attempt to avoid panic. Another tool to help is [[http://piperka.net/ Piperka]] which helps you keep track of a few thousand webcomics you might be reading.

See also {{Doorstopper}}, CommitmentAnxiety. May be eased if the author has decided to make some NewFirstComics to give readers a safe starting-off point. Can lead to thinking "AreWeThereYet"
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[[folder: Art]]
* The overall medium of art has more than enough content and people in it to last you a lifetime, and then some. Let's start with the fact that Wikipedia lists [[http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_painters_by_name over 3,100 painters]] alone, and it escalates even higher when you include artists in other fields, such as sculpturists and architects (The other wiki likewise [[http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_sculptors lists over 700]] [[http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_architects for both]]), illustrators ([[http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_illustrators around 500]]) graphic designers ([[http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_graphic_designers at least 100]]), cartoonists (over 900 are listed on wikipedia altogether) and science fiction artists ([[http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_science_fiction_visual_artists well over 160]]), all from [[http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lists_of_painters_by_nationality over 50 different]] [[http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lists_of_artists_by_nationality countries and nationalities!]] To make a comprehensive list of them all would be flat out impossible--In fact, a 2001 poll counted over 2,500,000 artists living in the United States! Factor in the countless different styles and techniques of art, the cultures they we made in, and the fact that art history as we know it has spanned somewhere around [[http://www.visual-arts-cork.com/history-of-art-timeline.htm 2,800 to 2,500,000 years,]] and then you'll understand why art history books tend to be [[DoorStopper doorstoppers!]]
** To give another idea of the sheer scope of art history, here is just a small list of notable artists from 1375 to 1885; Juan Ramirez, Jose Luzan, Luis Melendez, Antonio Gonzalez Velazquez, Francisco Bayeu, Jose Del Castillo, Mariano Salvador Maella, Ramon Bayeu, Luis Paret Y Alcazar, Francisco Goya, Antonio Carnicero, Asensio Julia, Agustin Esteve, Zacarias Gonzalez Velazquez, Vincente Lopez Portana, Eugenio Lucas, Guiseppe Maria Crespi, Alessandro Magnasco, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Pietro Longhi, Corrado Giaquinto, Francesco Guardi, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Giacomo Ceruti, Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, Lorenzo Baldissera Tiepolo, Paolo Borroni, Sir Joshua Reynolds, George Stubbs, Thomas Gainsborough, George Romney, Thomas Rowlandson, William Blake, J.M.W. Turner, John Constable, Jean Ranc, Michel-Ange Houasse, Antoine Watteau, Francois Boucher, Louis-Michel Van Loo, Jean-Baptise Greuze, Jean-Honore Fragonard, Jean-Baptiste Le Prince, Jacques Louis David, Pierre Prud'Hon, Antoine-Jean Gros, Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres, Theodore Gericault, Camille Corot, Eugene Delacroix, Honcre Daumier, Edouard Manet, Anton Raphael Mengs, Juan Andres Mercklein, John Henry Fusel, Caspar David Friedrich, Johann Nepomuk Kaspar, John Singleton Copley, Charles Willson Peale, Gilbert Stuart, John Trumbull, Raphael Peale, Rembrandt Peale, Washington Allston, Thomas Sully, John James Audubon, Samuel F.B. Morse, George Catlin, Thomas Cole, William Sidney Mount, Hans Multscher, Stephan Lochner, Meister Francke, Lucas Moser, Conrad Witz, Michael Wolgemut, Michael Pacher, Rueland Frueauf the Elder, Veit Stoss, Martin Schongauer, Hans Pleydenwurff, Hans Holbein the Elder, Bernard Strigel, Grunewald, Albrecht Durer, Lucas Cranach the elder, Hans Burgkmair, Jorg Breu, Hans Seuss Von Kulmbach, Albrecht Altdorfer, Hans Schaufelein, Leonhard Beck, Hans Baldung Grien, Wolf Traut, Hanns Durer, Hans Springinklee, Wolf Huber, Barthel Bruyn, Hans Holbein the Younger, Georg Pencz, Sebald Beham, Barthel Beham, Enguerrand Quarton, Jean Fouquet, Simon Marmion, The Master of King Rene D'Anjou, Nicholas Froment, Maitre De Moulins, Jean Clouet, Jean Duvet, Francois Clouet, Robert Campin, Jan Van Eyck, Rogier Van Der Weyden, Petrus Christus, Dirck Bouts, Hans Memling, Hugo Van Der Goes, Hieronymus Bosch, Gerard David, Geertgen Tot SintJans, Quentin Massys, Mabuse Jan Gossaert, Joachim Patinier, Joos Van Cleve, Bernard Van Orley, Lucas Van Leyden, Jan Van Scorel, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Fra Filippo Lippi, Piero Della Francesca, Gentile Bellini, Antonello Da Messina, Giovanni Bellini, Antonio Pollaiuolo, Andrea Mantegna, Jacopo De' Barbari, Luca Signorelli, Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Domenico Ghirllandaio, Vittore Carpaccio, Fra Bartolommeo, Michelangelo, Giorgione, Andrea Del Sarto, Correggio, Pontormo, Francesco Parmigianino, Jacopo Tintoretto, Rembrandt Van Rjin, Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Henri De Toulouse Loutrec, Auguste Rodin, Bartholdi, Rodin, Jackson Pollock, Piet Mondrian, Raphael, Donatello, Monet, Sandro Botticelli, Grant Wood, Edvard Munch, James Whistler, Georgia O Keefe, Alphonse Mucha, Edward Hopper, L.S. Lowry, Rene Magritte, Gustav Klimt, Titian, Cecil Bell, and Francisco Goya. Good luck.
* Also consider how much art the individual artists made themselves--some artists like PabloPicasso were so productive and prolific, that it would be literally impossible to compile all of his work into any one reference book. Artists like Rembrandt made approximately 600 paintings, 300 etchings, and 1400 drawings.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Currently holding the record (for those who can read it): ''Manga/{{Golgo 13}}'', 155 volumes running for [[LongRunners nearly 50 years]] -- and that's just the manga.
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' has been going strong since 1996, with no less than four manga series, three TV shows, and two movies.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''. The original manga ran weekly for nearly 15 years with one hiatus between Part 5 and Part 6. If you add up the number of chapters between all six parts of ''[=JoJo=]'' and the pseudo-sequel ''Steel Ball Run'', that adds up to 790 chapters and counting.
* The ''Manga/DragonBall'' manga by Akira Toriyama ran for 42 volumes and 519 chapters for 11 years. The anime spans for 508 episodes, counting 153 episodes from ''Dragon Ball'', 291 episodes from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' , and 64 episodes from ''Anime/DragonBallGT''.
* ''Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kouen Mae Hashutsujo'', or ''Manga/{{Kochikame}}'', has been running for more than 30 years in a weekly magazine and legend says the author/studio never went on hiatus. They have 166 volumes and are still going strong.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''. Add the KudzuPlot and LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, and you'll understand why it can be hard to catch up with the story. Skimming it only makes you miss plot points that come up [[ChekhovsGun volumes later]]. New readers are sometimes directed to start as late as Volume 50 to prevent ContinuityLockOut (at least it supplies recaps), although most fans would strongly suggest to start the series from the beginning.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'' has over fifty of those little yellow books to read. In total, it has 558 chapters, done over a course of ten years.
* The ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime and the ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' manga have both lasted over a decade, adapting five [[OneGameForThePriceOfTwo installments]] of the video games with 50+ volumes and 800+ episodes with 17 movies and counting.
** To a somewhat lesser extent is the slapstick Japanese only ''Manga/PocketMonsters'' manga, the first adaptation of the games. It's 26 volumes long and still going strong.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan''/''Case Closed''. Hundreds and hundreds of chapters...and the damned detective is ''[[StatusQuoIsGod still]]'' stuck as a kid! To be exact, as of February 2012, there's 805 chapters and 74 or 75 volumes published in Japan.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', at 37 volumes and still going. However, given the amount of ScheduleSlip ''Berserk'' suffers, it would be a little easier to catch up.
* ''Manga/SazaeSan'' has over 6,400 5-minute episodes, making it the longest running animated program and longest running non-soap opera fictional show in the world. And it's still in production.
* ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'' is over 1000 chapters.
** The anime has a 75-episode series, a 90-minute movie, a 1-hour OVA, AND a 26-episode SequelSeries! And there are quite a few cliffhangers here and there.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is pushing into this territory, exacerbated by the infamous {{Filler}} Hell in the anime adaptation.
** Scratch that. With currently close to 70 volumes and 600 anime episodes (though there are more than a hundred fillers), Naruto is already deep in this territory.
* ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'' is 110 episodes long, not counting gaiden materials or movies, and each episode is 25 minutes long. Watching all of them consecutively will take over 45 hours.
* ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' is 232 chapters long plus an epilogue. Not much compared to the other examples here, but if you want to understand what's going on in the background, you have to read ''Manga/XxxHolic'', which is itself 213 chapters.
** As well as ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', ''Manga/{{X 1999}}'', and ''Manga/TokyoBabylon''.
** And to top it all off Tsubasa was designed to bridge every series CLAMP has made so you might want to look into all their other works as well.
* Start watching ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''. Then realize that there are 5 series, adding up to 104 episodes, each of 22 minutes long, adding up to a reasonable value of 38 hours. [[OhCrap Then realize on top of that, there are 5 feature length movies and 2 OVA series]]. All in all, you'll have 44+ hours of shows to watch. Good luck. And then you realize that are still 10+ light novel volumes released.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has 355 chapters over 38 volumes, though the original goal of ~400 chapters was [[AbortedArc aborted]] due to being [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Screwed By The Diet]]. Count the side mangas, the Negima Neo manga, the anime adaptation and various OVA and you will be busy for a while -- though even 38 volumes is still not long enough to even make the list of long runners on TheOtherWiki.
* ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru'' has 2 TwelveEpisodeAnime, one with 24 episodes and three 45 minutes [=OVAs=]. Add to that the 35+ light novels and you'll be occupied for a long while.
* While only 5 minutes long per episode, the anime version of ''AxisPowersHetalia'' actually ''surpassed'' ''LegendOfTheGalacticHeroes'' in terms of (non-TV anime) episode count. That said though, that still amounts to little over 9 hours of footage.
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' has spawned 332 episodes and 9 movies. The good news is, outside ''[[Anime/DigimonAdventure Adventure]]'' and ''[[DigimonAdventure02 Adventure 02]]'', each series can be watched independently of the other. Oh, and you're going to have to play the ''DigimonWonderSwanSeries'' to know [[AllThereInTheManual what's going on with Ken and Ryo.]] And once your done with the anime, there's six different manga series and 22 video games (including the above mentioned [=WonderSwan=] Series).
* ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' has spawned 500+ episodes and 16 movies among 11 seasons. ''Seven'' of those seasons can be watched independently as two sets of two series are sequels. And good luck watching six of the movies as they are BatFamilyCrossover movies and you're gonna need a scorecard trying to figure out which heroine is which.
* The original ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' anime lasted for 200 episodes, three movies, and five shorts.
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' is 152 episodes long anime, with an additional 4 animated movies, one live-action movie, 3 [=OVAs=], a 13 episode spin-off, and a parody series.
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[[folder:Audio Play]]
* ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho''. Has a rather massive [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho recap page]] on this wiki.
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[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has over 10,000 cards spread over more than 50 sets, some of which cost [[CrackIsCheaper several hundred dollars]]. It's been going since 1993.
* ''{{TabletopGame/Pokemon}}'' Trading Card Game has about similar numbers to the above with around 50 sets. It's been going since 1996 (in Japan) and 1998 (in the U.S.A. and elsewhere).
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Print comics "win" by decades. If you start reading ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'', ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', ''Franchise/{{X-Men}}'', etc. where do you start? Origin retellings? After or before InfiniteCrisis (whatever that is)? Silver Age? Golden Age? Most of them are also still ongoing, and that's not even counting the spin-offs, team-ups, and guest appearances. This is the reason DC has "Year One" comics and Marvel launched its "Ultimate" line.
** Batman deserves a special mention for just how prolific the franchise is in all media; his comics have been regularly published since 1939, and he has 19 ongoing comic series total, and their stories often intertwine within themselves and other DC comic series. Then there's 22 oneshot comics, two literary books, two live action tv series, 30 movie serials, 8 live action movies (with a 9th one on the way) a cd album, 4 radio shows, 3 manga adaptations, 2 musicals, 3 pinball games, 44 video games (and 11 more with him in supporting or cameo roles), 2 web series, and he has starred in 11 animated series (7 of which give him top billing) and 17 animated movies (12 of which likewise giving him top billing) and enough misc. tie in toys and merchandise to fill the Batcave! All this, and the series has been going strong for [[LongRunner 75 years]], and is showing no signs of stopping. To say the least, Holy [[ArchiveBinge Archive Binging]], Batman!
* The DC series ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' has fifty-two issues spread over four collected volumes. You're going to be a while.
** ''Trinity'', being another year-long weekly, has a similar problem - except this time it's 52 issues over three volumes.
** Similarly, there is ''CountdownToFinalCrisis'', though [[EpicFail nobody would blame you for not reading it.]]
* The complete ''ComicBook/{{Bone}}'' series took thirteen years and fifty-five issues to complete. It has since been collected in a handy phonebook form.
* ''ComicBook/{{Cerebus}}'' clocks in at 300 issues, spread over about a dozen phonebook volumes (though some are a bit thinner).
* Franchise/{{Spider-Man}} has ''The Amazing Spider-Man'' (700), ''The Spectacular Spider-Man'' (300), ''Web of Spiderman'' (141), ''Peter Parker: Spider-Man'' (155), and ''Marvel Team Up'' (186) as his longest running titles. Then add in some 55 limited series about him and his appearances in other comics.
* Many Marvel comics in general would qualify such as Iron Man and the X-Men.
** While the Civil War crossover is only 7 issues long, with all the various tie-ins across the various series', the issue total comes in around 200. It's made worse by the fact that few, if any, of these crossovers that span the entire publishing run are collected as a whole volume; the main series is collected in a single volume, while the tie-in issues are collected under their own individual titles, with the crossover as a sub-title. Moreover, since events in each individual title are influenced by not only the main series of the crossover, but events in other titles as well, one wishing to read chronologically would have to bounce back and forth between titles/trades to get the story in order. Thus we have the reader reaction known as "Event Fatigue"--not only weary of the convoluted way these crossover events are told, but equally weary of the fact that sometimes readers are given barely a month or two of publications to absorb the new status quo before a new event launches and shakes things up all over again. One wonders how a new reader could ever manage to get on board when current readers are getting tired of the cycle.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' has appeared in around 1700 issues of ''2000 AD'' and 300 issues of the ''Judge Dredd Megazine''. However, the Dredd segment in ''2000 AD'' isn't particularly long.
* The Creator/WaltDisney comics have been at it since the characters were created. [[ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck Uncle Scrooge]]? 1947. DonaldDuck? 1934. MickeyMouse? 1928. All around the globe, too!
* The trade paperbacks for ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' originally weren't even numbered, though Vertigo finally corrected that. John's original run clocked up 300 monthly issues, plus specials and original graphic novels.
* ''TheBeano'' and ''ComicBook/TheDandy'' have both been running for more than 70 years and have been going for over 3500 issues each so there is a lot of stuff to read if you must read it all. The comics are [[AnthologyComic Anthology Comics]] which means some strips have been running for a shorter time, but even then some strips such as ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK have had over 3000 episodes.
** The Dandy finally ended after 3610 issues in December 2012.
* ''ComicBook/{{Commando}}'' has had over 4000 issues so there's a lot to catch up on. But currently half of the new issues are reprints of older issues.
* ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog''. The rundown as of mid-2013: 250+ issues of the still ongoing main comic, 50+ issues of the still ongoing ''Sonic Universe'', 32 issues of Knuckles' spin-off comic, 5 mini-series totaling 16 issues, 8 specials, 15 ''Super Sonic Specials'', 7 Free Comic Book Day issues, 2 original stories printed in ''Sonic Archives'' #5 and ''Sonic Super Special Magazine'' #3, and, for crossover purposes, ''[[Franchise/ArchieComics Archie & Friends: A Halloween Tale]]'', ''ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' #28, ''ComicBook/SonicX'' #40, and ''ComicBook/MegaMan'' #24-27. That's nearly ''400'' issues. And if you want to read everything Sonic-related Archie put out, there's 39 more issues of ''ComicBook/SonicX''. Good luck.
** On the other hand, with the recent CosmicRetcon following the end of ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsCollide'', the first issue of that bunch, #252, is a good jumping on point without worrying about something silly like continuity.
** ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'', over in the UK, has a more manageable length: 184 normal issues (everything after was reprints), 9 poster mags, and four specials. And once you're finished with those, there's [[Webcomic/SonicTheComicOnline a fan made continuation.]]
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Winsor McCay's LittleNemo ran from 1905 to 1923, at roughly 52 pages a year. Wow. You have some reading to do.
* [[http://www.Garfield.com Garfield.com]] as well as [[http://www.gocomics.com/garfield GoComics.com]] has an archive of every ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' comic strip ever published. There are over 10,000 strips. To put it another way, it's a 33-year-old seven-day-a-week comic. [[SarcasmMode Don't worry, you'll be done in no time!]]
* Even worse than ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'', ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'' had a complete archive dating all the way back to 1968 (the [[http://www.gocomics.com/doonesbury GoComics.com archive]] goes back to 1970).
* [[http://www.gocomics.com GoComics.com]] also has, amongst ''dozens'' of comic strips:
** The entire ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' [[http://www.gocomics.com/dilbert-classics archive]] available to registered members. Dilbert has been running more-or-less continuously, 3 panels a day (8 on Sundays) since late 1989. The archive at [[http://dilbert.com/fast the official Dilbert site]] has 5300+ strips.
** The complete [[http://www.gocomics.com/peanuts archive]] of ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', which ran from 1950 to 2000. That's nearly 18,000 strips, not counting reruns. ''The Complete Peanuts'' plans on printing every strip in 25 volumes; they're nearing TheNineties as of 2013.
* The CarlBarks archive.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* After ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'', there's the spinoff [[FanFiction fanstory]], ''FanFic/TheMadScientistWars''. The story (at the current time of writing) has reached around 2200 posts (it's a forum story), and the "shop talk" topic is nearing 3300. Did we mention that it's a good idea to read the shop-talk topic, or else you may miss out on exposition that isn't in the story?
* A ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' fanfic, appropriately titled ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2388268/1/YuGiOh_Forever Yu-Gi-Oh! Forever]]''. The sequel however has been discontinued at chapter 70. Roughly 1,400,000 words in total.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3214402/1/Cyber_Moon_Part_2_Chronicles Cyber Moon: Chronicles]]'' clocks in at 210 chapters, nearly half a million words. It has a prequel, a sequel ''and'' side stories, adding up to roughly 640,000 words in total.
* ''FanFic/AnEntryWithABang'': the story-only thread is fairly digestible, but if you want to go the story+ discussion threads, with their old/rejected segments and what-not, the amount of reading you'll need leaps to around 90 (fo' rly) times. Mind you, that's without considering the other technical threads you may need to "dig" everything.
* ''[[http://dorksidefiker.livejournal.com/148547.html That Damn Mpreg]]'' by Dorksidefiker has a timeline spanning over ''three hundred years'' with over four hundred stories and a cast list in the hundreds, and the author shows no signs of stopping any time soon.
* ''Fanfic/OfMenAndMugic'' will make you cry the moment you see how many pages long it is. (140 at this time) The author has suggested taking the story slowly. It has been finished, though, so you don't have to worry about falling further behind. That's just how many pages the topic is. Try over fifteen books, nine chapters each.
* ''FanFic/ShinjiAndWarhammer40k'', anyone? Its reputation on ThisVeryWiki is memetic for [[SoCoolItsAwesome how awesome it is]], but considering that the prologue is long enough to be a fanfic by itself, and that there are more than seventy chapters, many people have decided not to attempt reading it. Oh, did I mention that it's ''still ongoing?''
* ''FanFic/TalesOfFlame'' Is around 360 change chapters, has [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters Loads of Characters]] and is still an incredible story.
* ''FanFic/UndocumentedFeatures'' has been updated continuously since 1991, and is currently over 20 megabytes long. And it's still going.
* ''Fanfic/{{Forward}}'' is a ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' fic that is seventy chapters long as of July 2012. It gets even more daunting when one looks at the sheer wordcount; the story is edging toward half a million words now, and is still ongoing. And almost all of the story is relevant, as every "episode" is interconnected.
* ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'' is a fanfic that's now 85 chapters long and still going at the time of this edit.
* ''[[http://whydoyouneedtoknow.fanficauthors.net/Harry_Potter The Dangerverse]]'', a ''Literature/HarryPotter'' AlternateUniverse fic, currently clocks in at nearly 1,300,000 words, one chapter into the final book. With [=AUs=],[[note]] 250,000+ words[[/note]] crossovers,[[note]] 425,000+ words[[/note]] oneshots,[[note]]35,000+ words[[/note]] songfics and more, [[note]] 250000+ words[[/note]] the total word count is over ''two million'' words.
* ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestria'' consists of 45 chapters plus an intro, prologue, epilogue, and afterword, totaling 603,395 words. The recursive fanfiction ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestriaProjectHorizons'' is ongoing, with 42 chapters so far and 780,841 words. WordOfGod says that the story is about half done.
* ''{{Glee}}'' fanfic ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/series/8386 Story of Three Boys]]'' is, as of 26 April 2013, 2,036,133 words and the writers show no signs of planning to finish anytime soon.
* The ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' is a ''massive'' piece of fanfiction. The AudioAdaptation producer put it best by saying it could be made into a respectively long TV series (which they intend to do), and still going. And that doesn't include the ''massive'' amount of RecursiveFanfiction produced, some of which has become AscendedFanon. Mercifully, its divided into seasons, each with a rather self contained story arc that, while they all need to be read, makes it a bit easier to get through.
** For some clearer numbers, the completed seasons total 1,478,897 words. Season 7 already has over 300,000 words to add to that. And that's just the main series.
* The ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' fandom has ''[[http://tfanonkink.livejournal.com/1174.html?thread=1327254#t1327254 These Games We Play]]'' which, as of nearly 4 years running, is 360+ chapters long.
* Even if you ignore the earliest fics of Creator/{{Garfieldodie}} (which are vaguely connected to the 'verse through {{Continuity Nod}}s), Fanfic/TheCalvinverse is still a very long piece of work. ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', in itself, ran for eight years over five seasons, with over 100 "episodes" in all.
* The ''Fanfic/MyLittleUnicorn'' fanfics are ''long and numerous.'' If you want to catch up, be warned.
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[[folder:Films]]
* Film is actually the savior of many a non-reader who wants to read a series, but aren't particularly good readers. Sitting through, for example, nine hours of the Creator/PeterJackson's extended ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' is actually lot faster than most people can read the {{Doorstopper}} novel, and will cover all the important plot points. Purists will say that the book form of any series is superior, however there are people in the world who have difficulty reading.
** Well, if you want to talk about ArchivePanic, talk about the 92 hours combined on all of the Extended [=DVDs=]. Shorter than reading the book? I think not!
* The Star Wars franchise is one of the biggest media franchises around—it consists of six movies (with three more on the way), numerous spin off films and animated cartoon series, a monstrous amount of comic books, comic strips, books and novels (Wikipedia lists at least ''303'' books total), over 120 video game tie ins and other misc. material (I.e. The radio and audio dramas, and enough toys and merchandise to fill the Executor). And new content is still being made to this day, and after [[LongRunner 37 years]], it is showing no signs of stopping.
* Besides their massive menagerie of animated features and shorts, the WaltDisney company has made a staggering amount of live action movies; there were 67 live action films made during Walt's lifetime alone, and the company has made hundreds more since then, and isn't stopping anytime soon.
* A few LongRunner film series, the best example being ''Film/JamesBond'' (20+ official movies, and three non-official ones; God helps if [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRrNlh-UaGg you watch them non-stop...]]).
* Fans of old film serials run into many problems. {{Lost Episode}}s, crappy distributors, {{Filler}}, and then this. Most serials were twenty minutes long (except for the famous Republic Studio serials, which were thirty minutes), the successful ones ran for well over a hundred episodes, and there's no way to just read faster.
* If you wanted to show those film buffs who's boss and knock off the entire CriterionCollection, it's going to take some time. There are 600+ entries (some of which contain 3 or 4 full-length films or a multitude of short films). So even if you watched one movie every day, it would take you nearly two years. Don't forget the occasional movie in there like ''Berlin Alexanderplatz'' or ''The Human Condition'', both of which are 10+ hours long.
* One of the longest film series is ''{{Zatoichi}}'' with 26 films, a few remakes, and a 100-episode-long TV series.
* On account of Film HistoryMarchesOn, new titles, not only American cinema but also French, Italian, German, Spanish and Mexican, which are little known or unavailable are rediscovered constantly, silent films or lost films are refound which means paradoxically that there are as many new "old films" to be seen every year as there are new ones. Put it simply, in the old days, around the world, they made more movies than they did today and it's hard enough to keep a handle on film history because YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm.
* Want to check out a few classic Franchise/{{Godzilla}} movies? You're in luck! Toho Studios has made a whopping ''twenty-eight'' full-length films featuring the Big Guy, [[LongRunners released more-or-less continuously from 1954 to 2004]]. There are so many movies in the official {{canon}} that fans have taken to separating the series into three distinct "eras" just to make things a bit simpler; there's the Shōwa era (1954-1975), the Heisei era (1984-1995); and the Millenium era (1999-2004). [[note]] The Heisei era starts with a movie that's ostensibly a ContinuityReboot of the series, but it ends with a movie that's directly tied to the events of the 1954 original, even incorporating stock footage from it for flashback sequences. Confused yet?[[/note]] And that's not counting Toho's ''sixteen'' other science-fiction films taking place in the loosely defined [[TheVerse Godzilla universe]]. Or [[Film/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters the 1956 Americanized version of the original]], [[Film/{{Godzilla 1998}} the 1998 American remake from TriStar]], or [[Film/{{Godzilla 2014}} the American remake from Warner Brothers]].
* ''1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die'' is a book that lists exactly that many movies. The catch? It's updated every few years, meaning that there are actually ''1151'' entries across the editions. Please note this includes the entirety of Creator/PeterJackson's ''Film/LordOfTheRings'' trilogy, the entire ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' trilogy as ''one'' entry, the first two films in ''Film/TheGodfather'' trilogy, and ''Film/LesVampires'', which is nearly seven hours long.If you want to see them all, good luck.
* The Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse seems to be heading in this direction. There are currently 10 films, and their long-term plan takes them up to 2028. If they keep the current rate of 2 films per year, that's potentially 28 more films to come! And that's not counting the comic book tie-ins, [[Series/AgentsOfSHIELD the TV]] [[Series/AgentCarter shows]], the upcoming Creator/{{Netflix}} shows, and the [[Film/MarvelOneShots one-shots]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Not as bad as some, but ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' is getting there; as it sits, there are 15 books, any of which qualified as a doorstop (the most recent clocks in at over 500 pages.) And Jim Butcher has stated that he plans to have 'around' 20, plus an apocalyptic trilogy to cap it off. There's also the occasional novella and short story thrown in there. While it isn't ''necessary'' to read all the supplementary material, it sure clears up many CallBack[=s=] in the novels that otherwise sound like NoodleIncident[=s=].
* Literary/scriptural example: The Archive Trawl with the greatest number of faithful participants is arguably the ''Daf Yomi'' ("Daily Folio") in which, by studying an entire densely-packed Talmud folio (both sides of a page) with commentaries an hour each day, one completes the entire Talmud (over sixty tractates, or three million words) in seven and a half years. Then there's a big party with worldwide satellite hookups. No foolin'.
* The total ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' universe contains over 190 novels, and that doesn't include ''Dungeons & Dragons'' campaign guides, short stories and other official material.
* Interested in the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse''? Good for you! Here's a [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Timeline_of_books list of all the books chronologically]]. We'll break the [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Timeline_of_video_games games]] and the [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_comics comics]] to you later. Fortunately for some readers, [[FanonDiscontinuity many of those books aren't very good.]]
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' has 40 novels in its entirety, five of which are Young Adult novels. Fortunately they can be read in any order, although they make more sense if you read specific CastHerd ones in sequence. And then there's the book on the mythology, which has two rewrites, then the book on the best quotes, then all the extraneous material... there could easily be over fifty or sixty books ''all total'' related to Discworld.
* ''Literature/PerryRhodan'' (well, the German original at least) has, as of mid-2009, ''one hundred and six'' 400+ pages books of the main plot (covering the first 911 of ''over 2500'' 60+ page booklets, with around 20% already left out), fifty-something books of half-independent story arcs, 34 books of the Atlan-spinoff and 415 independent pocket books. Not to mention the tons of anniversary re-prints, story collections, fact books, star atlases and so on. You can fill a ''library'' just with Perry Rhodan stuff.
* Raymond E. Feist's ''TheRiftwarCycle'' has been running since 1982 and is composed of 32 books in a series of trilogies (a couple have 2 or 4 books). The in-story running time is also fairly lengthy: well over a hundred years pass between the first book and the current one, and only the most durable and long-lived characters have managed to survive the entire run.
* Creator/HonoreDeBalzac's ''La Comédie Humaine'' is a novel sequence of 88 books, and represents the most fiction ever written by anyone.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' consists of fifteen books (fourteen plus a prequel), and on average, books in the main series are 800 pages long. TheOtherWiki estimates the series page-count to be around eleven ''thousand'' total--while the total running time of the unabridged audiobooks is 17.5 ''days''. And EVERY SINGLE named character plays a part in the story. The whole thing can get really confusing when trying to remember which Aiel, Aes Sedai, woman with a dress, darkfriend or lord did what to whom in what way, and then realize it wasn't even essential to the plot. Or even worse, [[FourLinesAllWaiting knowing that the character is relevant to the plot]], but you can't remember ''which one''.
* In a similar vein, ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' consists of five (of a promised seven, possibly '''eight''') {{Doorstopper}}s, the ''shortest'' of which is about 800 pages long. Just as with ''The Wheel of Time'', there is an entire galaxy of named characters swirling around the world and driving the plot forward, but for the sake of the reader's sanity we're only given detailed looks into a few (read: ~20) of their lives.
* ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' has 22 books in the series, all of which are ''no less than'' 300 pages long. And that's not even including other Redwall material such as ''A Redwall Winter's Tale'' or ''Redwall: The Graphic Novel''. On the upside, a majority of the novels aren't chronologically written in order, and almost none of them have the same cast as the previous one, so they can be read completely out of order without the reader getting too confused.
* The ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' core series consists of 54 books, with 8 more (canon) companion books. Even considering that most of them are quite short, it's not a series designed for the average bookshelf length.
* The ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' series consists of 34 books (as of late fall 2010). Pretty much all of which are between 300 and 400 pages. And the author is ''still writing''.
** All things considered, that's nothing; between ''Xanth'' and his other works, he's written over 140 books since 1956. And he's STILL GOING STRONG.
* Terry Brooks' ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'' Series. Fourteen books with three more on the way. Made even longer with the connected Word & Void and Genesis of Shannara series.
* LoisMcMasterBujold is up to 14 books in the Literature/VorkosiganSaga, 2 more not quite in series but set in universe, and at least 3 series novellas which may or may not be included in some versions of the series books. Her list of awards for said books might also induce the trope name.
* The Literature/LiadenUniverse. It's difficult to count high enough to figure out how many books and short stories are in there.
* There are more than six hundred [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mack_Bolan Mack Bolan]] "men's adventure" books... and twelve more are published every year. They've been ghostwritten since 1980, but they started in 1969. This doesn't count the spinoffs and crossovers.
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'' has 24 books in the main series, four super editions, 13 manga and 4 guides. And counting.
* [[Literature/HonorHarrington The Honorverse]] is getting up there. 12 books in the main series published as of the start of 2012, with the thirteenth due in March 2012. That book was so long that it was split into two parts, with the second half due to be published as the 14th novel later in 2012, and the 15th novel is apparently completed but with its publication window unknown. That's not counting the 5 short story anthologies, two spinoff series contemporary with the main series of two books each (a third book in one of the series is in progress, and in fact the 15th main book depends on this one being released first), and a prequel series that's currently only at one book published, but which has another one in progress and plans for at least one more. All told, there's 28 books that are known to exist or which are planned for, and there's a very good chance it won't stop there.
* Let's not forget about Rex Stout's Literature/NeroWolfe mysteries. He published 46 titles during his lifetime; most of those were novels, while the rest were compilations of short stories and novellas that originally appeared in various magazines. Ten years after his death, the executors of his estate found some of his old manuscripts and published them as one more short story collection. Add in the two seasons of the A&E series based on Stout's works and the TV movie that kicked it off (30 one-hour broadcasts altogether), and you have quite a pile on your hands.
* The Patrick O'Brian's Literature/{{Aubrey-Maturin}} series (aka Master and Commander) covers 20 completed novels (and one unfinished), each about 300-400 pages.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* At two episodes a week, it would take a year and a half to finish all of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. (On the other hand, 144 episodes at around 45 minutes per episode only makes for 105 hours of continuous viewing. Allowing time to sleep, you could still watch the whole show in less than a week, if only barely.) If all you did for one week was watch Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer and sleep, you would have about 63 hours total to sleep, which comes out to 15 hours of television a day.
** If you try to watch everything from the {{Buffyverse}}, ''Series/{{Angel}}'' adds in another 110 episodes.
** Not to mention the original movie, and JossWhedon's original script which was quite different, and the unaired pilot, and the 100+ comics which are considered "canon". There are also dozens of non-canon comics and over 70 non-canon novels. Basically, there's an awful lot of stuff.
* With 125 episodes over 8 seasons, it can take you a while to get through ''Series/{{Monk}}''. Assuming you're watching four 45 minute episodes a day, you will take the equivalent of a full month to go from the pilot to the end.
* With 232 episodes over 10 seasons, it's gonna take you quite awhile to get through ''Series/{{Friends}}'', it doesn't help that most of the episodes are actually LONGER on DVD then they are on TV due to a lot of scenes being cut for time in the original airings(some episodes are at least TEN minutes longer, and that's not counting the super-sized 40 minute episodes), at the very least it'll take you about a month or so to finish the series, and of course there's also the spin-off ''{{Joey}}''.
* UK cop show ''Series/TheBill'' has run continuously on British television from 1984 to 2010, and as of 2009 has more than ''three thousand'' episodes overall. The situation got so bad that the production team has ''twice'' decided to reset the episode numbering to "001" in an attempt to stop it seeming overwhelming to a more casual viewer.
* Further nerd maths. Watch (or listen to) one ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial a week and you'll finish the classic series in a little over three years.
** In 1999, ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' introduced a feature called "The Time Team", in which a group of fans would watch the whole of ''Doctor Who'', in order, from the start [[note]] Some black and white episodes are missing from the archives but off-air audio recordings survive. It's not clear if these were included.[[/note]]. At a rate of one or two serials per month (or longer if there's no room for the feature in that issue), they wrapped up the classic series in December 2009 and then took a break before starting on Creator/ChristopherEccleston. Assuming one story per issue, it would take them around fifteen to twenty years to catch up.
** [[http://doctorwhosurvival.blogspot.com This blog]], "Survival", details one person's attempt to watch all 700-odd episodes in ''four months'' due to extenuating circumstances (imminent moving to New Zealand). It makes for quite a read while it lasts, although the commentary peters out early in the Fourth Doctor's career – when a sort of mid-flow ArchivePanic sets in and it becomes clear that stopping to type has to be sacrificed in order to actually watch all the damn episodes in time. [[spoiler:[[http://doctorwhosurvival.blogspot.com/2006_01_01_archive.html He makes it]].]]
** And then there's the ExpandedUniverse. To look upon the full extent of the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse is akin to [[GoMadFromTheRevelation looking into the Untempered Schism]].
*** Even ignoring the ExpandedUniverse, there's [[Series/{{Torchwood}} two]] [[Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures major]] spin-offs, plus ''Series/K9AndCompany'', which are all canon. And now ''AuidoPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'', which already has it's own entry above, is also canon.
** One of the shows done on MarkDoesStuff was ''Series/DoctorWho'', and Mark was understandably a bit daunted by it all. He started with the Eccleston era, with a Classic Serial at the end of each season. Starting in December 2010, it took him about four months to catch up, and then he reviewed new episodes as he aired. After that much concentrated fandom, he became somewhat obsessed.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' went through ''nearly 200'' movies of varying quality. For the most part, if the feature presentation wasn't long enough to fill the show's two-hour slot (about one and a half hours when ads are cut), they'd pad it out with shorter clips as well. To wit: if one wished to experience all the (available) episodes of this show, not including special features, it would take about 300 mind-numbing hours. ''That is more than 12 whole, uninterrupted days.''
* ''Series/TheColbertReport'' deliberately tempts fans by casually mentioning over the end credits that "every clip ever" is now available on the show's website. The Report runs half an hour, four days a week, and has been airing since late 2005. That's not so bad. But what's this - its parent ''[[Series/TheDailyShow Daily Show]]'' has a complete clip archive too? Half an hour, four days a week... since Jon Stewart took over in January 1999. Oh yes, and it has a Website/YouTube-esque 'Related Clips' feature. Abandon all productivity, ye who enter here.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has arcs and the occasional ContinuityNod, but it's still episodic enough that you can start in the middle and not suffer for it. However, if you ''do'' decide to do the homework, there are six different series adding up to a grand total of 727 episodes across thirty seasons, plus eleven movies. Good luck with that.
** The entirety of ''Star Trek'' (as of 2010) come to about 567 hours -- that's almost 24 days of solid watching, or about an hour and a half every day for a year.
* ''Series/TwentyFour'' can be one of the worst of these. Not only are there eight seasons x 24 episodes each = 196 episodes PLUS the movie, but watching them on DVD is extremely addictive. The main reason for the addiction is the real-time format of the shows, and the fact that EVERY episode ends on a cliffhanger, which is picked up at the very next minute of real time at the start of the next episode. There is no real conclusion until the end of the season, which can make it tempting to use up an entire weekend watching all 24 episodes of a season practically back to back. Rather spookily if you watched each Season over the course of three days, it would take you 24 days to watch the whole show. Skipping past all of the scenes filled with pointless interpersonal conflict easily cuts the runtime of each episode to below 30 minutes and makes it feasible to watch one or more ''seasons'' per day without loss of content. '''Warning:''' Watching ''24'' in this fashion may cause terrorists to invade your dreams.
* ''Series/GuidingLight'' ran for 57 years and has over 15,000 episodes, and that's not even counting the 16 years it ran on radio before switching to television. If you count both the radio and TV shows, ''Guiding Light'' is the longest single narrative story ''in human history.''
* Funnily enough, even Spanish-language "telenovelas" are prone to this... and unlike American soap operas, they eventually end.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' ran for ten full seasons, totalling over 200 episodes and making it the longest-running US-made scifi series ever broadcast. Then there's the extra TV-movies made. And the spinoff series. And the other spinoff series. And the books.
** Add to that the fact that though the series has many stand-alone episodes, SG-1 often learned from experiences, and if they had solved a similar problem in an earlier episode they would mention it or try it again. This adds a lot of continuity to the series, meaning you're never sure if the next episode is important to future episodes or not.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' has 750+ (and counting) episodes, which is about 254 hours of material. For ''Power Rangers'' watching for 12 straight hours a day, it would take you over 21 days. It's over 9 days of viewing if done continuously. It also has [[TheMovie two]] [[NonSerialMovie movies]].
** Though all series ''Lost Galaxy'' and after are stand alone and don't really require viewing of the previous series to get into the story. Those before, 303 episodes, are the only ones really required to watch from start to finish. Though each series (even the early ones) are still easy to jump in at the beginning of each one.
* ''Franchise/KamenRider''. Over 1000 episodes, nearly 50 movies, 80 chapters on the S.I.C Hero Saga stories (good luck finding back issues of ''Hobby Japan''), 20 episodes in TV specials/Hyper Battle videos, the ''SD Rider'' OAV featuring the Showa Riders, and close to 40 episodes of the [[Series/KamenRiderDenO Imagin Anime]] (more coming soon for the Imagin Anime, at that). Not to mention the ''Manga/KamenRiderSpirits'' manga, the occasional novel, and the numerous artbooks dedicated to the franchise on background info (production, story, merchandise). See you at the next [[MonsterOfTheWeek MOTW]] fight!
* Easily the winner of the Toku Shows Archive Panic Award is ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' with around 1831 episodes (start of ''Kyoryuger'') plus [[NonSerialMovie movies]]. Assuming the same 22 minute viewing time as American TV it would take 27 days, 22 hours+ to watch the 1831 episodes mentioned without any sort of breaks. And it is only getting worse with more being made every year.
** Unlike the early ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' series, each series can be watched independently though each clock in at around 50 episodes each (''Gorenger'' clocks in at over 80 and ''JAKQ'' at around 30.) Though it does improve viewing of ''Gokaiger'' if one is familiar with at least some of the series.
* ''{{Neighbours}}''. The 5-a-week Australian soap, broadcast its SIX THOUSANDTH episode in August 2010. At around 22 minutes per episode, that makes for some scary maths: 2200 hours, or around 91 days worth, of Aussie soapiness to get through. And that's without any breaks!
* Better still, British soap opera CoronationStreet has been running continuously since 1960 and has aired over 7,000 episodes, most of 30 minutes and some of 60 minutes. If the idea of watching the whole series over makes you panicky, imagine how its star, William Roache, feels -- he's been on the show since day one.
** He's currently in ''ActorExistenceLimbo'' awaiting trial on sexual assault charges.
*** Now acquitted of all charges, and since returned to the show.
* ''Series/TheAtheistExperience'' has the show's weekly archive from January 2004 available online. With around 370 archived episodes, each 90 minutes long, you're looking at around 550 hours (or 23 days) of viewing material.
* By the end of season 11, there will be 296 episodes of ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'', plus the movies and the original series (which contained 70 episodes). If you watched one episode a day, it would take about a year. And watching ''Franchise/{{Degrassi}}'' every day for a year is not recommended — that amount of teen angst is bad for your health.
* ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' had 357 episodes in its original run, plus a prequel TV movie, two [[ReunionShow reunion movies]] (and this without getting into the SpinOff ''KnotsLanding''.) Fortunately the 2012 revival series has set up a Facebook page with timeline so new viewers can at least get the gist of what is going on.
* ''SaturdayNightLive'': 745 regular 90-minute episodes and counting, 38 completed seasons (with a 39th coming soon), 54 special episodes (most of which are "Best Of" clip shows highlighting the best performances from a cast member or frequent host [in the cases of Tom Hanks, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, and Christopher Walken], and one of which was a live show that was performed onstage and not televised because of the Writers Guild strike of 2007-2008), and 16 movies based on ''SNL'' recurring characters (with ''The Blues Brothers'' and ''Wayne's World'' as the only ones that don't suck as bad as critics claim). Have fun combing through that mess!
* ''{{Eastenders}}''. '''''4598''''' episodes and counting. And let's not get started on the spin-offs. Have fun, newcomers!
* Sports fans don't normally bother to "catch up" on old games, what with the ForegoneConclusion and such. But suppose a new-to-the-game baseball fan thought it might be fun to watch ''just'' all the Major League games of a particular season. That's 162 games, around 3 hours per game: more than 20 solid days, an amount of time it takes decades for LongRunner fictional shows to accumulate. It ''can't even be done live'', because regular-season games are always scheduled simultaneously with other games. (A single evening typically sees more than twenty-four hours of Major League baseball.)
* ''{{Smallville}}'' ran for ten seasons, totalling 218 episodes.
* ''SesameStreet'' has been ''running since 1969'', with 43 seasons and no less than 4,327 episodes, AND it's still in production!
* Series/{{Teletubbies}} has 365 episodes.
* As far as fictional TV is concerned, American daytime soap operas easily trounce all other competition. They average about 250-260 new episodes a year, and many have run for decades. Seven of them (''Series/GuidingLight'', ''Series/AsTheWorldTurns'', ''Series/GeneralHospital'', ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'', ''Series/OneLifeToLive'', ''Series/AllMyChildren'', and ''Series/TheYoungAndTheRestless'') have all produced upwards of 10,000 episodes each, and plenty others have over 5,000 episodes to their names. Collectively, it's doubtful any other genre of fictional television will ever come close.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' is shaping up to become this, with 195 episodes across 9 seasons, another 23-episode season on the way, and talks of possibly ''even more'' seasons after that.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Many classical musicians produce hundreds of hours of music over their lifetime -- sample "Complete Works" sets include Mozart (170 [=CDs=]), Beethoven (85 [=CDs=]) and J.S. Bach (155 [=CDs=]).
* For fun, check out the discographies of Throbbing Gristle, Music/SkinnyPuppy and Cabaret Voltaire on Wikipedia.
** On the subject of Skinny Puppy, try looking for all of their side projects -- in addition to the original 30 or so albums, there's Download (10 albums), Ohgr (3 albums), The Tear Garden (8 albums), [=RevCo=] (10 albums), Cevin Key's solo work (3 albums), Doubting Thomas (4 albums), Hilt (6 albums), Cyberaktif (1 album), Ritalin or Rx (1 album)... that brings them up to 76 albums. With one in the works.
* Many artists on Zang Tuum Tumb Records' 80s heyday (FrankieGoesToHollywood, The Art of Noise, Propaganda, etc.) fall victim to this. ZTT was notorious at the time for releasing different edits of each band's singles across every format available at the time. ZTT also maintained two catalogue numbering series (Action and Incidental) that were applied haphazardly to a myriad of products, simultaneously giving the impression of a much larger catalogue and obscuring the myriad of remixes put out across formats. Many of these obscure singles are now being digitized and re-issued by the label under their Element Series banner, including several edits not heard before. Many of these edits have also been renamed for their inclusion on new releases, as well.
* The band Tangerine Dream has recorded over 100 albums and [=EPs=]. If you're a sucker for getting the back catalogue of any newly-discovered band, this one might bankrupt you. Panic ensues until you realize a ''lot'' of them are [=EPs=] with two to four tracks. So if you can find a music download site that sells by the track, you can grab up to ten of them for under 20 bucks.
* Music/{{Beck}}, in addition to his official studio albums, has several complete home recorded albums (on cassette), many radio sessions, b-sides, EPs, and compilation tracks that were not recorded on any of his studio albums, many recordings (including full cover albums) that were free downloads from his own website, and to top that all off, has a fair amount of tracks that were only performed live. This doesn't take into account his guest appearances or remixes for other artists, of which there are a huge amount. Beck has so many recordings that the website whiskeyclone.net was set up to document them.
* Music/PaulMcCartney has released approximately 30 ''solo studio pop/rock'' albums. Add in [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]] albums, live albums, and classical albums, and it's closer to 60. (We will try not to think about the albums with multiple editions.) Fortunately, there is also at least one good GreatestHitsAlbum (and there was a period when ''All The Best!'' and ''Music/{{Wings}}pan'' were both readily available). Unfortunately, you'll have to do a literal ArchiveTrawl to get many of his solo albums -- they can be found on iTunes more easily than in stores.
** The Beatles themselves probably qualify when you throw in all the different editions of their music. They only have thirteen "official" studio albums (if you count ''Magical Mystery Tour'' and ''Yellow Submarine'') plus the two ''Past Masters'' albums to comprise their core discography, but throw in the fact that most of these have ''at least'' a mono and a stereo version, which often differ substantially (in particular, the mono version of ''Sgt. Pepper's'' often differs [[http://www.norwegianwood.org/beatles/disko/uklp/pepper.htm radically]] from the stereo version, and is usually considered superior), and then all the supplemental material that has been released since (''Let It Be... Naked'', the ''Anthology'' releases, etc.), and it gets a bit more complicated. And if you want to track down everything each musician did in their solo careers and, often, in collaboration with each other after the band broke up, good luck.
* There's also Music/TheBeachBoys, who on top of 29 studio albums have the Pet Sounds and Smile Sessions box sets, many singles, plus various members' solo albums. And then there's a needless amount of Greatest Hits and other compilations to collect.
* Coming in a distant third has gotta be Chicago, with 30+ .
* Latin Jazz musician Cal Tjader released over 70 albums in his lifetime, across a period of around 30 years. Luckily, "where to start" is pretty well defined as only a few of these albums have appeared on CD and they're usually the most popular ones.
* Music/BobMarley and the Wailers. Hundreds of songs were recorded during the 60s and early 70s that were not released on album until the 90s. Whilst getting them on CD or digitally is manageable thanks to the compilations (a lot of which feature the same tracks and a few exclusives) acquiring the original 7" singles is a lifetime's work, not helped by the fact that Jamaican vinyl is not usually well looked after and can often have blank labels. And to make matters worse, due to the poorly managed copyright there are millions of unofficial CD compilations of poor sounding versions of material from the period, something which has caught out many a journalist/collector/casual fan. The official releases on CD don't collect all the band's work nor do they always present it in the correct order.
* Richard D. James has released 5 studio albums and several [=EPs=] under his most prominently known name (Music/AphexTwin), but has released two other albums and many other [=EPs=] under many different pseudonyms, some of which are just speculated to be him. Obtaining his entire discography can be an exercise in confusion and frustration, which only worsens when he also has older stuff leaked out on the net, old recordings of songs played on the radio, and remixes that were submitted for various contests or given to friends but have never seen the light of day on an official release.
** Even the artist himself suffers from ArchivePanic with his own works, with having over 100 hours of material that remain unreleased. James once stated in an interview that if anyone left a message on his answering machine, it would record over a song he had put on the cassette beforehand.
* Music/FrankZappa's discography is very large and confusing, especially since many of his albums sound very different. Knowing where to start is difficult to the point that some fansites have lists of albums they recommend as starting points. They also tend to advise new listeners not to be put off if they don't like a particular album, due to the aforementioned variety of musical styles. Zappa's live discography ''includes'' six two-CD volumes of concert performances and three volumes that consist entirely of ''guitar solos''. Whilst Zappa's discography is large, it can easily be divided into groups based on what style of music he was playing at the time: The Mothers of Invention, Experimental period, Jazz period, Pop-rock/Jazz-rock period, classically influenced period. It's usually quite easy to tell what comes from what period.
** Many Zappa fans have a cutoff point at around 1982's Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch for this exact reason. It must be said though, that it's pretty well known which the most accessible Zappa albums are (Freak Out, Hot Rats, Overnite Sensation and Apostrophe) so fans are usually advised to start with those.
* Factoring in live albums and [=EPs=], Music/{{Motorhead}}'s 31 album discography occupies well over a full gigabyte. In all, that's a whopping 21 studio albums, 5 [=EP=]s, 7 live albums, and 8 complication albums. Their studio discography ''alone'' consists of over 200 songs, excluding bonus tracks and rarities. Lemmy's in his mid-60s now and he ''just won't stop.''
* Those curious about famed hippie-band Music/TheGratefulDead and their legendary live performances may be a little intimidated by over [[http://www.archive.org/details/GratefulDead 6,000 complete concert recordings]] (spanning from the late-60's to the mid-90's) at the Internet Archive. This is in addition to their 13 studio albums and their almost 100 official live albums.
* Prolific noise-artist '''Merzbow''' will put most other artists to shame- in 20 years of making music, he's recorded about '''300 albums''', many of which are multiple discs long. One specific release he put out this decade is (by itself) 50 full (CD) discs long. And remember here, Merzbow is a noise-artist. His music is mostly composed of experiments with static and noise, toying with tape loops and all kinds of insane mastery. A download of all of his released material comes to 11.67 GB.
* "Wordcore" Group The Tournament Wraiths currently have over 25 albums, all of which are about 4 hours long a piece. Of course, being a group which simply records events of their lives, most of the albums consist of silence, random conversations, and in-jokes, but still. Some of their work can be found [[http://www.myspace.com/chrisandjoetalking here.]]
* The Mountain Goats' nearly twenty year career has spawned dozens of releases, including some infuriatingly rare cassette only releases, tour only [=EPs=], multiple versions of the same song and whole albums of unreleased material. All said and done, Mountain Goats have released 22 releases, most of which were recorded on frontman John Darnielle's boombox in his basement. The joys of Lo-Fi musicians!
* Legendary British alternative rock band Music/TheFall has 28 albums with no clear point of entry. What's worse is that all their "greatest hits" compilations are considered to be unreliable with the exception of one (''50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong'', and even that one has eclectic track choices and consists mostly of deep album cuts) and their definitive release is ''The Complete Peel Sessions'', a six disc box set of performances they did on British DJ John Peel's radio show from 1978 to 2004.
* El Paso's Music/TheMarsVolta are another brilliant example of this. A torrent of all their live bootlegs was over 50gigs in size. And even if you stick with just the studio albums, if you decide to delve into guitarist/mastermind Omar Rodriguez-Lopez's solo and spin-off albums (including At The Drive-In) then God help you.
* Jazz musician Music/MilesDavis has a very large discography of over 100 albums.
* Jazz experimentalist Sun Ra, who was active as a musician from 1934 until his death in 1993, released well over 100 albums, comprising over 1000 songs. Good luck if you would like to tackle ''that'' one.
** Also try finding some of the seriously limited editions pressed and printed by Ra and The Arkestra themselves. They used to doodle on the album covers [[OlderThanTheyThink before it was cool]]. These releases often had tracks available nowhere else.
* Music/SonicYouth made music consistently from the release of their first album in 1983 until their apparent dissolution in 2011. According to the Other Wiki, they have released 15 albums (16 if you count the album released under the name Ciccone Youth), 4 compilations, 8 [=EPs=], and 8 Sonic Youth Recordings (SYR), a series of noise experiments with other musicians (one of which happens to be the aforementioned Merzbow). Sonic Youth is an interesting case, because of the way their music evolved. So for example, although their MagnumOpus ''Daydream Nation'' has some of their most accessible songs ("Teen Age Riot", "Candle"), it also contains long drowning feedback not found on some of their previous albums, such as ''Evol'' or ''Sister''.
* It is also worth mentioning that the seminal grunge band Music/{{Melvins}} have released 19 albums, 7 live albums, 6 [=EPs=], and 8 compilations, as well as ''Chicken Switch'', the recent remix album of their work. And if you're really a completist, there's such oddities as a completely silent 7" single and a live album that was only released on 8-track (apparently just for the novelty of putting out an 8-track in the year 2000).
* Music/ToriAmos. While 11 studio albums may not seem much, they're often over 70 minutes. Also, she has over 30 official bootlegs, and lots and lots of b-sides and covers. Good luck.
* From 1962 to 2012, Music/BobDylan put out thirty-five studio albums.
* Music/{{Phish}} has about 15 studio albums. But like The Grateful Dead, they were known best for their great live albums. So throw in all the live albums and you have over 50 albums. Let us not forget the bootlegs too...
* Let's have some fun: try to listen to every Music/{{Buckethead}} album... then listen to all his albums under a different name... then check out his side projects' albums... then try to find some bootlegs of his jams or live only songs.
* Ali Project, a Japanese neo-classical band, got their start in the eighties. Not too long ago, right? Well, they tend to release singles rather frequently, totalling 29 as of July 2012. Next, their albums. 30 as of July 2012. Note that the tracklists are usually long, and over half of them are all new (meaning not containing songs from previous singles). Oh, and did I forget to mention Mikiya Katakura, the composer of the duo, does anime soundtracks? And then you forget that they perform at the Animelo summer concerts a lot... They also perform a "Gekko Soiree" -- a classic-style inspired concert with respective remakes of their songs -- almost each year. Surely, it is released as a studio album, too. Oh, and the DVD with the video of the concert goes along.
* Prolific songwriter Robert Pollard has over 1200 songs in his name registered with BMI. His sizable output stems from his work with a myriad of bands, most famously the beloved indie band Guided By Voices -- which he led for two decades and dozens of albums.
* Electronica artist Machinefabriek has about 80 releases credited to his name, most of which are [=EPs=] with a few scattered albums and singles. This becomes slightly more amusing when you know his first release was only in 2004.
* Music/KingCrimson have 13 studio albums, one or two [=EPs=]... and about a million live albums. They have recorded perhaps every concert they have other done, and put a new one up on their website which you can download for a price, so not too bad (until you see how many there are...) also their albums are rather hard to come by in shops. Said website also has everything Robert Fripp has ever done live as well.
* Music/NeilYoung has released 37 solo studio albums to date. That's not counting live albums, video albums, his work with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, and Nash, etc. Plus, in the last few years he's begun an extensive and ongoing ''Neil Young Archives'' series dedicated specifically to releasing even ''more'' stuff from the vaults.
* Music/PearlJam attempted to subvert the tendency of fans to bootleg live performances by creating the Official Bootlegs series, CD editions of those performances. This resulted in them setting records for the most albums to debut in the chart simultaneously; by the end of 2010, this series will amount to over ''300'' double disc albums.
* Steven Wilson, most famously of Music/PorcupineTree, has released huge amounts of material under various names, bands and collaborations; a [[http://www.voyage-pt.de/swdisco.pdf comprehensive list]] of his discography runs to 369 pages over twenty years. (Much of this is promos, 5.1 releases, samplers, etc., but there would be coming up to 100 original releases of any worth, which still makes a SW completist despair.)
** And the man has ''still'' had time to work on remixes of seven or eight other bands' classic albums! When does he ''sleep''?
* Music/EltonJohn has 30 studio albums. Add in live albums and the figure jumps up to 35. If you then include soundtracks on which he was the primary artist or primary composer, it increases to 42. And on top of that, he has enough non-LP singles and B-sides to fill several more.
** The title of his 1980 album ''21 at 33'' alludes to Elton [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin having released 21 official live and studio releases at the age of 33]]. At his ''eleventh'' year of recording. And his output severely tapered off since 1976. If this doesn't point his prolificness out, nothing will.
* Music/DavidBowie, according to TheOtherWiki, has 26 studio albums (24 solo, 2 as part of Tin Machine). Then add live albums and movie soundtracks...then one-off songs for soundtracks, duets, etc...he really gets around. It doesn't help that he's another artist prone to the NewSoundAlbum trope. (Compilations are plentiful, at least.) This doesn't even get into his live performance films/videos, a lengthy run of music videos, and a side career as an actor.
* Music/{{Prince}}. He has put out 23 physical albums in his 30 some year career. Add on that side projects (i.e. The Time, The New Power Generation, Madhouse, etc.), albums with tracks written by him, Internet only albums, vinyl only b-sides, remixes, and Compilations, that adds up to around 125 albums ([[http://princevault.com/index.php/Discography Source]]). If you think tracking down all those albums is going to be hard, it gets better. A majority of those albums [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes are not in print any more]]. And that's not including his Unreleased Material. A 34 Disc compilation of said material is circulating. If you are thinking of getting into collecting his live shows, Good Luck.
* The band Bull of Heaven goes to UpToEleven. Not only do they release many, many albums every year (including '''148''' in 2009 alone!), they are also responsible for some of the longest albums in existence (their latest, ''210: Like a Wall in Which an Insect Lives and Gnaws'', is '''5+ years long'''). It should be noted that much of this is not exactly music by most people's definition; the exceptionally long tracks are just arrangements of ultra-slowed-down sound effects and loops thereof. Much of it has never even been listened to by the creator, simply queued with software and released.
* Bill Laswell (originally bassist for Material) is prolific as a recording artist, collaborator, producer and remixer. Check out this [[http://www.silent-watcher.net/billlaswell/discography/alphabeticalindex.html complete discography]]...but don't plan on doing a WikiWalk through the links unless you won't be busy for a few months.
* [[Creator/LapfoxTrax Renard Queenston.]] They released '''26''' albums in 2010 ALONE. Good frickin' luck.
** They have 74 albums in total on their own record deal. They're also a cofounder of another record deal... and then this is for just the past five years.
* Backseat Goodbye. He has B-sides and covers and unreleased for download on his Purevolume, over ''one hundred'' songs on iTunes, ''more'' music on his website, and this is all from an indie pop-folk band who has only been active for ''six years.'' Good luck. And bring some electronic cash. Thankfully, he loves his fans and sporadically gives away ''free copies'' of his albums. ''The Good Years'', his most recent album, ''he gave away FREE to 100+ lucky people''. He is that productive.
* [[http://www.muslimgauze.net Muslimgauze]] was so prolific that there are 210 releases as of 2010... and he (yes, he) died in 1999 (when there were 114 releases out).
* Rapper Lil B created his own ArchivePanic in one swift move: by releasing a ''[[http://consequenceofsound.net/2011/02/download-lil-bs-676-song-mixtape/ 676-song mixtape.]]'' In 2012, he dropped an ''[[https://twitter.com/LILBTHEBASEDGOD/status/220199878813425666 855-song mixtape]]'' of freestyles.
* Country singer Music/JohnnyCash has released 55 studio albums in addition to live albums and compilations.
* As of 2012, the Canadian band Music/{{Rush}} has released 19 studio albums, 8 live albums (including 2 double- and 2 triple-CD sets), 7 live DVD's (3 of which were remastered from VHS), and an EP. Perhaps a dozen compilations of singles and videos have been available at different times as well.
* Music/TheRollingStones. As [[http://www.rollingstones.com/music their web page]] says: "92 singles, 29 studio albums, 10 live albums and more songs than you can count."
* The Funk Brothers. They were the studio band for nearly all of the Motown Records releases between 1959 and 1972, including nearly every #1 song from that time period from an American artist.
* The official solo discography of classically-trained, sometime {{Yes}} keyboardist RickWakeman includes "over 100 solo albums" as of 2012 (according to TheOtherWiki), most of which can be [[http://www.rwcc.com/discog_album.asp seen here]]. [[UpToEleven And that's not counting his gospel albums, DVDs, compilations, etc.]] Adding to the frustration is that the rights to many of his albums, including his groundbreaking, best-selling A&M albums in TheSeventies, are tied up in legal hassles, and [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes have been out of print for years, are notoriously hard to find, or have yet to see release on CD or online]]. A GreatestHitsAlbum covering the A&M era, called ''Recollections: The Very Best of Rick Wakeman'', has been recently released, but little else.
** Yes themselves qualify. Twenty studio albums (twenty-one if you count Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe), ten live albums, thirty-two compilations, and that's not even getting into all the side projects formed by the various band members. Good luck if you ever want to tackle that herculean task.
* Jandek has over 40 albums, not counting his live albums and [=DVDs=]. He puts them out through his own label, and neatly numbers them all for you, though confusingly starts with 0739.
* A unique example is Argentinian songwriter JuanMutant. What happens when you have access to [=CDbaby=], a mental health fund from the government and no job? You release all your back catalog on over 150 unique releases which are a [[ArchiveTrawl minefield to traverse]]. Don't Panic. Get Extreme File X first, it's his version of a greatest hits, all 97 tracks of it. Oh and have fun trying to fix the tracklist if you don't know his catalog.
** Any mentally unstable musician who has access to funds, time and [=CDbaby=] is capable of this. Chief Koofreh, for example.
* Go look up the discography of Music/{{Aerosmith}}. 15 studio albums, 5 live albums, 12 compilation albums, 2 boxsets, 70 singles, 6 reissues of singles, 7 music video VHS and DVD releases, and 36 music videos. In total, that's 153 releases by the group. Have fun!
* BlackMetal bands can sometimes fall under this trope, not so much for the releases of the bands themselves (although they can be hugely prolific - Music/{{Darkthrone}} has released sixteen albums and a rather large quantity of [=EPs=] and demo recordings, for example), but because the musicians in the scene often form solo projects or collaborate extensively with musicians from other bands, leading to numerous side projects that are often difficult to track down for people who want to hear everything the band members have recorded. It doesn't help, either, that the releases often tend to be pressed in extremely limited quantities, making it difficult to track down physical copies.
** U.S. black metal Njiqahdda are an example of a particularly productive black metal act. Since their founding in 2005, they've produced fourteen full-lengths (many of these double-disc sets), a "box set" which is basically another hour of music, and more than ''forty'' [=EPs=], splits, and demos. That's ''just'' as Njiqahdda, mind you - they also have more recordings released as Njiijn, Oaks of Bethel, and Funeral Eclipse. The discography of Funeral Eclipse isn't too big yet but Oaks of Bethel has seven full-lengths (again, some are double sets) and fifteen [=EPs=], while Njiijn has four albums and an EP. You can stream their discography [[http://eeerecordings.bandcamp.com here]].
** The Dutch musician Mories, who is the [[IAmTheBand sole musician]] behind such projects as Gnaw Their Tongues, Cloak of Altering, De Magia Veterum, Aderlating, and other projects, is another example of an absurdly productive metal musician. Gnaw Their Tongues alone has seven full-lengths and more than twenty [=EPs/=]splits (many of which are themselves as long as most full-length albums) since 2005. Most of the other projects aren't as prolific yet, but it's still a massive output for one man.
** Polish project Hellveto, the work of [[IAmTheBand a man going by the name of L.O.N.]], was, for awhile, close to the output pace of the two groups above, although he's slowed down somewhat - he didn't release anything in 2011, for example. Still, he has fifteen full-lengths released starting with the first in 2002. There are also a handful of [=EPs=] and splits, plus the several demos he recorded before his proper albums.
*** Hellveto changed its name to Neoheresy as of 2014.
* The output of Russian industrial/doom metal/ambient/electronica musician Senmuth, though, dwarfs most of the projects listed above. He has been releasing music since 2004 and has more than ''one hundred'' releases, most of which are full-lengths. And if that's not enough, many of these are multi-disc sets, with at least one, ''Ахет Мери Ра'' (''Akhet Mery Ra'', or roughly, ''The Horizon [That Is] Beloved of Ra''), being a ''four-disc'' set running roughly three and a half hours. All of his material is released for free on the internet, too (albeit only in mp3 format), so it's not entirely clear how he makes his money.
** Valery Androsov (the man behind Senmuth) has said in interviews that he works as a graphic designer and wants to keep the Senmuth project entirely free. A small number of albums may get a physical release (such as Weird), but they will also remain free on his website regardless.
* Music/{{Moby}} got this bad. As of 2013, he's built up fifteen studio albums, with various singles from each album, plus some non-album singles, which makes for an absurd amount of remixes and b-sides. That's not enough? Well, many of those studio albums come in deluxe editions that add a second disc, usually of an hour or so of ambient/new age workouts. And ''then'' he's recorded a few albums under the name Voodoo Child, consisting of old school rave music.
* Music/{{Ayumi Hamasaki}} has a discography of about 1000 songs if you count orchestral versions and remixes(not counting her 20+ concert releases). She just celebrated her 15th career anniversary in 2013. 15 original albums, over 20 remix albums(including 6 orchestral albums), over 50 singles, a couple [=EPs=] - you do the math. She also has over 100 music videos.
* Yoshida Tatsuya, mastermind behind Japanese zeuhl bands such as Koenji Hyakkei and Ruins, has an utterly gigantic discography when you count everything he's written, performed on, and contributed to. Ruins alone has dozens of releases, and Yoshida has nearly as many under his own name and as collaborations with others. A complete listing of his releases is [[http://www5e.biglobe.ne.jp/~ruins/eng/data3_eng.html here]].
* Yoshida's primary inspiration Magma has a reasonably sizeable discography as well (about twelve main studio albums and at least twice as many side releases including live and archival performances), but that's only under the name of Magma. When you factor in all the side projects the band members have been involved in, the number increases substantially. Dedicated listeners will at least need to track down recordings by Christian Vander, Offering, Jannick Top, Univeria Zekt, Weidorje, and Zao if they want to hear all the band members' zeuhl-related material.
* The British industrial group {{Zoviet France}} have a total of 22 studio albums, 6 live albums, and 2 EP's. That wouldnt be so bad if most of them werent limited, hand made editions that commend a premium in online auctions.
* Subverted with BadReligion. While their discography (which spans over thirty years) includes ''sixteen'' studio albums, most of them only clock in at just over a half hour, some of the early ones you might even mistake for EP's given their length, due to the band's fast-paced nature.
* Music/{{Devo}} have a bit of Archive Panic in their own right, just enough to drive [[FanCommunityNickname Spuds]] crazy. Nine studio albums between 1978-2010 doesn't seem ''too'' strenuous, but there's also the pre-record deal EP, the CD/two cassettes of easy listening music they put out, the soundtrack to their rare PC game, the live albums/[=DVDs=], the soundtrack contributions, the ''Hardcore Devo'' compilations (thankfully rereleased in 2013), the ''Recombo DNA'' compilation of demos, and a wealth of bootlegs, a scarce few of which have hard-to-find songs. ''Pioneers Who Got Scalped,'' a double-disc anthology, gathered up a few of these scattered tracks ''and'' works as a career retrospective in its own right, and is highly recommended for collectors.

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* TVTropes
** Which, [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/special/remix12.jpg apparently]], some people have tried to read in its entirety.
** Referenced [[http://xkcd.com/609/ here]] by ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}''.
** As of March 29, 2010, there are 17916 tropes on the wiki, and the number is growing very rapidly every day. Even if you just skim each one, it will take you a ''lot'' of time... especially considering that there's no page which lists just the tropes - the most you can hope for is either the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/index_report.php?groupname=Main complete list of articles]] (which is so long that it will likely ''break your browser'') or [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/index_report.php reading every single index]]. Have fun!...?...
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[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* ''TheFundayPawpetShow'''s episodes are only available for download that week...which is just as well when you consider there are over 480 episodes of four hours per episode. Yappy recently uploaded the entire archive (except for the 9/11 episode) onto the website. Have fun locking yourself in your room for the next 6 months!
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[[folder:Radio]]
* British radio-only soap ''Radio/TheArchers'' has recently surpassed ''Guiding Light'' in terms of volume and is showing absolutely no signs of stopping any time soon. SIXTEEN THOUSAND EPISODES.
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* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'': Both forum games combined equal over 900 pages of reading, with 20 posts on each page. Some of the longer posts (especially story posts) can take upwards of half an hour to read. Good luck.
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* TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} with its six editions, numerous sourcebooks, and many, many spinoffs...
* The Worlds of Darkness:
** The gamelines of the TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness range from 6 books (''TabletopGame/{{Orpheus}}'') to well over 100 (''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade''), with ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' and ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' on the higher end of that scale. All told, the [=oWOD=] clocks in at 400+ sourcebooks total.
** From the TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness, the minor gamelines are reasonable; it's the big four - the general "blue book" line, ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'', ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken'' and ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' - that induce panic, with ''Forsaken'', the shortest, at 20 and ''Requiem'', the longest, at 40+. The total number of [=nWOD=] sourcebooks comes in at about 150 books and counting.
* Creator/WhiteWolf's other major gameline, ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', clocks up 70+ books between the first and second editions.
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' is no slouch on this score, with over 300 supplements.
* If you thought the other games on this list were bad, you haven't seen the grandaddy of them all, ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.
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* Video Games might be the most subjective medium for this trope, since how long one spends on a game can vary from person to person. Factors include how challenging one finds the game (and which difficulty they play on), whether or not they are going for OneHundredPercentCompletion, and how long they spend [[SidetrackedByTheGoldSaucer on the minigames.]] A game that one person breezes through might take hours more of playtime for another, and that's just on one entry in a series.
* In terms of video games, the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' franchise is leaps and bounds ahead. Just go to their page and look at the list. Since 1981, it has accumulated enough sub-series, spin-offs, crossovers, and remakes that the game total is well in the triple digits. And it shows no signs of slowing.
* Mario's former rival ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' is no slouch either. Counting handheld version of his console games (which often play differently enough) he has around 70 games under his belt. And if you want to check out some of his non-gaming material, they can cause a panic all on their own.
* The ''Franchise/MegaMan'' franchise is another long runner with loads of entries, with seven subseries across two timelines. It doesn't help that the games are NintendoHard which can make even the short ones last longer.
* ''VideoGame/{{Contra}}''. No less than ''thirteen'' games which WILL last a long time because of their famous difficulty.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''. The upcoming ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsIII'' will actually be the eighth game in the series, which might not seem like a lot until you consider that these are not short games. The shortest will take between 12-15 hours, the others can take as much as 35-45+, depending on how much of a completionist you are. And the series has a KudzuPlot which makes it unwise to skip any installment.[[note]]It would also be unwise to skip the {{Updated Rerelease}}s of the game - the ''1.5'' and ''2.5 HD Remix'' respectively as Square calls it - as they tend to have content from the initially [[NoExportForYou Japan-only]] ''Final Mix'' version of the game, which is necessary to understand said kudzu plot fully.[[/note]]
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' has no less than 35 games. Even just counting the numbered titles, that's still 15 long lasting [=RPGs=]
* ''Franchise/MetalGearSolid'' is shaping up quickly to be this. With 5 main entries including both parts of the 5th, 2 handheld spin-offs, another spin off, and the two pre-solid games, you have some catching up to do as these aren't short games. The kudzu plot makes matters worse with the 4th game having a large amount of ContinuityLockout.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''. Not so much in sheer number of games (although including spinoffs that is a fairly long list), but in just how much plot and how many characters you'd need to catch up with if starting the series again. Anyone trying would have to play about ten games over about three or so different systems and then figure out how to catch/train/use over 700 different species of Pokemon. God help you with the time investment now needed to play competitively...
* The Super Sig World (SuperMarioWorld GameMod) series would probably be this for anyone who hasn't played it, since there are nearly thirty different installments in about three or four years. Already kind of long for a fan work, made worse by how they're separated on a bunch of different websites, all have about 99 levels in and take about 20 hours to complete if you're lucky.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series has 17 main games, all of which are long, plus 7 spin-off games. Add in the appearances in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' and ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul Calibur II]]'' and you'll be busy for awhile.
* Every {{MMORPG}} ever can and will cause this. Hope you have plenty of free time.
* And then there's DLC. ''VideoGame/RockBand'' has several thousand songs available for download, the equivalent of hundreds of games worth. And for ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'', none of its DLC has been available to purchase since March 31st 2014. That announcement sparked another panic to pick it all up before it was gone for good ([[CrackIsCheaper at an approximate cost of £250-odd]])...
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* The long-running web cartoon ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''. Heavy on in-jokes, updated nearly every week between 2002 and 2009. The Strong Bad Emails are a start, but those alone have over 200 episodes. Maybe the rather long seemingly indefinite sin hiatus since 2010 isn't a bad thing after all. [[http://hrwiki.org/wiki/All_Toons There is a way you can watch them all in order.]] But still, ''DAMN!'' Look at that list! Adding up all the non-"(N/A)" values, that is 22 hours, 11 minutes and 2 seconds of Flash animation to go through.
** Brace yourselves, in 2014 The Brothers Chap have announced that new content is coming. Better prepare for a long hard ArchiveBinge.
* After 100 episodes, the ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' {{machinima}} series [[ReTool started with a fresh scenario]] specifically to avert Archive Panic. This worked out well for new viewers, since only subscribers can even [[ArchiveBinge view all the old episodes at once]]... but now all the episodes have been uploaded to Youtube. Currently it's on its eleventh season, with each season consisting of around 20 episodes of anywhere from 3 to 15 minutes long. Each season's DVD has all of the episodes cut together into one "movie", lasting about an hour and a half to two hours, depending on the season.
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* ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures'' finished ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'' in 2009. Since the [[InteractiveComic reader/player]] starts at the beginning, they have no way of knowing that there are nearly 1900 pages ahead of them unless they go to the log and scroll down the list of pages.
** ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' (quoted at the top of the page) has approximately 6800 pages as of October 2013. Its wordcount alone bests some translations of ''WarAndPeace'' without taking into account the visuals and frequent several-minute cinematic flash animations (the more important of these have been as long as 15 minutes) or [[UnexpectedGameplayChange playable]] [[OutOfGenreExperience flash game]] [[SuddenVideogameMoment segments]] that can run anywhere from 15 minutes to several hours to completely explore. [[UpToEleven In addition,]] Hussie's sporadic but rampant update schedule and usual OneManArmy nature (since he does most of the work himself) means that by the time you catch up, he could have added any number of pages - he once claimed to be taking a break, and then updated eighty pages within the span of a week. It is worth noting that Homestuck actually has ''Save and Autosave buttons to return you to where you left off.'' It is also worth noting that, compared to nearly every other webcomic on this page, ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures'' is very new, only having started in 2007, yet has ranked up over 7,500 pages as of 2013. Did we mention AndrewHussie is a OneManArmy? To make matters worse, ''Homestuck'' starts very casually, and picks up speed after the first two Acts, which are easy enough to blow through rapidly. Thus, it is extremely easy to start reading in the evening or at night under the mistaken impression that it is easy to stop reading, and then look out the window and notice that the sun is rising. Most of that bulk of writing doesn't kick in until Act 5, whereupon to have any idea what's going on, you'll need to read about two thousand pages of dense content and sudden twists. What's even worse is that the comic is rife with foreshadowing and explanations which can be easily missed, so skimming often leads to having no clue what happened in already-confusing plot twists. Overall, [[http://readmspa.org/stats/ this website]] provides an interesting analysis of MS Paint Adventure's total wordcount: the total number of words including transcribed flashes is 715,611, longer than the King James Bible, and when the images and flashes are converted into a wordcount (basically, the number of words it would take to communicate the same information in words) it reaches a whole ''1,142,910 words'', or 105% of the entire ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series. Now ''that's'' an Archive Panic!
* ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'' has been publishing continuously since September 1995. It was weekdays-only for a while, but went to every day in the summer of 2000. The strip has had no break for 18 years, putting it over 6,000 comics in its archive.
** Bill Holbrook [[http://kevinandkell.com/2013/kk1123.html lampshaded it in 2013]], showing Rachel being exhausted by an archive binge.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' is a prime offender. A daily strip that hit ten years on June 2010, it's amazing new readers keep coming to it. Mr. Tayler has never, ever missed a strip, [[{{Determinator}} even when his server blew up.]] He even [[http://store.schlockmercenary.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=OE-SMM sells a fridge magnet warning about it]]. It's currently over 5000 strips long.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' is nearly as bad as ''Schlock'' on that score, consisting of over 5000 comics, all of which (including the filler) are important to the plot.
** The comic has run daily since August 25, 1997. Including filler and guest strips (many of which are actually part of the plot), that comes out to 5355 strips at the time of this editing.
*** ''Finally slowed down'' in early June of ''2012'', at least temporarily, to a less-than-daily schedule after a family health scare involving Pete's younger daughter and later Pete himself getting a horrible flu, which resulted in one week of pure filler followed by one week of no content (save for a guest sketch by his older daughter) and then the comic going onto MWF while he gets things back together, with plans to go to MTWTF rather than all seven days once things start to stabilize again.
* David Willis' epic webcomic verse, the ''WalkyVerse'', started in September 1997 with ''Roomies!'', which ran weekdays for 2 years. It quickly became ''It's Walky!'', which ran weekdays for 5 years, followed by ''Joyce and Walky!'' and ''Shortpacked!''. The latter has run every weekday since the beginning of 2005; the former runs three days a week, with only one of those strips for non-subscribers. If you want to read that archive, it's 4 years’ worth of reading and over $100 in "donations."
* ''Webcomic/UserFriendly'' has been daily since November 1997 and is now over 5000 pages long.
* Since switching to 5 updates a week, barring any mishaps (writers block or other emergencies), ''Webcomic/Collar'' will quickly approach 1000 with 752 comics as of this writing. Making it very easy for fans to fall behind.
* ''Webcomic/PvP'' started in 1998 and is currently five strips a week rather than seven, but it still has over 4200 strips.
* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' has a little bit of continuity, although it isn't necessary to read all 4000 or more previous comics to understand the current strips.
* ''[[http://www.superosity.com Superosity]]'' has been running daily since March 1999 and has over 3650 pages.
* ''Webcomic/TheMansionOfE'' has been updating daily since 2003. Over 3500 pages.
* ''ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'' debuted in 2004 and has updated daily for most of its history, though a fair number of those were filler strips. Despite a couple of extended hiatuses, it is currently (as of October 2013) over 3400 strips.
* ''Webcomic/TheDevilsPanties''. A comic a day with rare exceptions since October 2001. Over 3350 strips.
* ''Webcomic/CastlevaniaRPG'' has updated most weekdays since early 2005 (sporadically since 2003). The main storyline includes over 2000 comics, and with the backstories (one for each of the main characters except Princess), bonus story arcs, filler strips, and the related ''Darkmoon's Silly Webcomic'' (updating since 2000 and existing in the same continuity), all of which are referenced in the main storyline, the total archive includes over 4700 strips and counting.
* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' has updated almost daily since 2002 and has over 3000 strips. Writer David Morgan-Mar once boasted that he had overtaken ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' in number of strips and has stated a goal of publishing at least as many comics as ''Calvin & Hobbes'' creator Bill Watterson: 3,160. At least you can read them five at a time.
* ''[[http://www.funnyfarmcomics.com/ Funny Farm]]'' Over 3000 in the archive, perhaps 50 of which are filler. Have Fun.
* In order to compensate, Greg Dean has created a kind of Cliff Notes to ''Webcomic/RealLifeComics'', only featuring the important strips. Of course, you have to pay for it and you can only get it [[OfferVoidInNebraska if you live in the United States]], but whatever. Over 2800 pages.
* ''Webcomic/DieselSweeties'' has over 2800 strips to date.
* ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' has heavy continuity, and has updated nearly daily since 2002. Over 2700 pages.
* ''Webcomic/AndShineHeavenNow'' is just about to hit its seventh year of publication, with updates at about six times a week. Over 2650 comics.
* ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' currently has over 2,650 strips.
* ''Webcomic/PhilLikesTacos'' -- started in 2002, hasn't missed a day since 2005. Now over 3600 strips. [[http://www.fulltimeink.com/plt Good Luck!]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Achewood}}''. Debuting in October 2001 and featuring at least three new strips a week with relative frequency, as of June 2009 there are over 2,500 strips.
* ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie'' by Creator/DCSimpson, debuted in 1998 and ran for a decade. During its earlier years, it was updated daily. Almost 2500 pages before completing.
* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal''. Over 2300 comics. Though most of the earlier comics are single-panel and feature no continuity whatsoever, other than various running gags.
* ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' has almost 2300 comics and has been running since 2001.
* ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' Daily strips for six straight years.
* ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'' has been running since 2001, has over 2000 strips, and has heavy enough continuity that you can't merely skim read if you want to be able to understand what is going on.
* ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' has been running since March 1998, on a three-strip-per-week plan (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), plus a very occasional bonus strip (usually shown in the archive on the same page as a regular strip). Passed 2,000 strips in 2011 (although a few fans considered it more significant when it posted its 2,011th strip in 2011).
* ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'' not only has well over a thousand comics (now 2000), but each is extremely wordy and contains little variation in art throughout. One of the most rewarding to get through but wholly unnecessary due to the lack of common plot.
* ''Webcomic/{{Nukees}}'' has been running continually since January 1997 updating mostly 3 times a week With over 2000 comics. Good luck.
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' has over 2000 strips, and most are of decent length, and the story is continuous (mostly), making it quite addictive. It's difficult to get through quickly since they're almost always 4-paneled, vertical, and all too often wordy.
* ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' has over 2000 strips, and updates every weekday.
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' is a double-shot. Not only has it been updated three times a week for nearly a decade with over 1800 strips, Tycho has a blog post that explains what's going on in the strip.
* ''Webcomic/ScaryGoRound''. Six years of weekday strips as of 2008 or ten years of strips if you read all of ''{{Bobbins}}'' as well - and Scary-Go-Round essentially ''is'' Bobbins with a new title and a spruce-up. This is part of why John Allison started BadMachinery. While it is a sequel to ''ScaryGoRound'', you do not have to know anything to get into it. Over 1700 comics.
* ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'' has been updating daily for 4 years and has over 1600 strips. Also given the story format, is not likely that it will be over any time soon.
* ''{{Starslip}}'' ran from 2005 to 2012 and finished with just over 1600 strips.
* ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}'' has been around for over 12 years, publishing a full comic page three days a week for the entire time with over 1500 pages.
* ''Webcomic/{{Fans}}'' currently has over 1,500 strips.
* ''Webcomic/{{PHD}}'' has been published since 1997. Although at first it was published in college newspapers and now it runs three times a week, clicking on "first" and getting "originally published 10/27/1997" is scary. Over 1400 comics.
* ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'' has been running from 2002. Luckily, the author's archive page has a number of helpful links for new readers. Over 1400 pages.
* ''Webcomic/RedString'' ran from 2003 to 2013, a total of 52 chapters and over 1350 comics.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' averted this for a while -- it started out as a print comic before moving to the web, and Foglios eased new reader access considerably by including a "101 class" (which started from the beginning) and an "Advanced Class" (which started where the print series left off), and updating them concurrently. Then in June 2007, the 101 class caught up with the beginning of the Advanced Class, giving 101 readers and newcomers a couple years of panic-laden archive trawling to catch up on, promptly breaking the site for a few days. Over 1300 pages.
* ''Webcomic/{{Rhapsodies}} 1300''+ since 2004.
* ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' has heavy continuity, so [[ArchiveBinge archive binges]] are necessary for new readers. Even after running for over ten years and 1300+ comics, it goes pretty fast with all of the {{Filler Strip}}s that you can skip.
* ''Webcomic/SchoolSpirit'' started on June 12, 2004, and as of May 30, 2013 has 1300 strips.
* ''Webcomic/LeastICouldDo'' deserves a mention, having run since 2003 on a primarily daily basis.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has over 1800 not counting filler and newspaper style strips. It's over 100 chapters (though about a third of them have 10 or fewer strips). It's one of those things where once you get going you keep reading because you have to know what happens next.
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' has over 1200 pages as of October 2013. What makes it more manageable is the fact that it's divided into chapters averaging around 25-30 pages each.
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' exactaly 1227 comics, and to make matters worse, each strip has around a dozen panels, instead of just three. And this doesn’t include the [[ScheduleSlip filler.]]
* The online version of ''{{PS238}}'' (which lags behind the print version) has over 1100 strips as of October 2013.
* ''Webcomic/FauxPas'' is in its 200th week, with each week consisting of six three-panel comics.
* ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'' has been posting 3 comics a week, most of them 4 panels, since October 2002.
* ''Webcomic/{{Flipside}}'' has well over 1000 pages, counting both its incarnations. Luckily it's quite the easy read.
* ''Webcomic/TheCyantianChronicles:'' 1000+ updates for Akaelae alone, not to mention the additional strips for ''Genoworks Saga'', ''Campus Safari'', ''Gralen Cragg Hall'', ''No Angel'', and ''Sink or Swim. ''
* ''Webcomic/{{Juathuur}}'': 1100+ pages from 2005.
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' has over 1070 strips as of June 2012 and updates 3 times a week. Luckily, some great iPhone apps make it easy to catch up on all of them.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has over 900 online comics. (This is not including the "bonus comics" included in the print editions, or the prequel books.) While this may not seem like much, keep in mind these are full-page comics with 12 or more panels each, and it's probably one of the wordier comics out there. And except for [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness a few of the first 100 strips]], every single strip is part of an arc and will contain important plot points, so it’s unwise to skip any.
* ''Webcomic/CaptainSNES'' has 800 story strips. That seems small in comparison to the others, but they are very dialogue-heavy, and it's written in small letters.
* ''Webcomic/TheBMovieComic'' has quite an ArcFatigue (more than 450 pages for the second chapter, while the first one only had 85) and a quite instructive [[TheRant rant]] under most pages. Totals around 800 pages as of April 2013.
* Thankfully, ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' avoids this by organizing the strip into various story arcs, rather than an increasingly-colossal list of past installments.
* ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'' is relatively short, with only about 350 strips or so, but they're full-page images that simply cannot be skimmed.
* Averted by the "first comic created specifically for web distribution", ''[[http://www.zark.com/front/about.html Argon Zark]]''. It has been running since June 1995, still updates almost every year, and has a grand total of 77 strips.
* ''[[http://www.billvolk.com Volklore]]'' avoids this, in a sense, by running backwards, so that taking an ArchiveTrawl is actually moving forward in the story.
* ''Webcomic/{{Mezzacotta}}''. [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/archive.php?date=-9999999999999-01-01 Here's the first strip]]. Check out the date on the URL.
* ''Webcomic/TheKamics'' -- "I was told by a friend that he was intimidated by the number of comics in my archive... pshaw! There was just under 800 at the time!"
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* The [[http://www.michaelspornanimation.com/splog/ art blog]] of the late animator MichaelSporn was regularly updated with literally thousands of pieces of animation artwork, and it managed to reach 2,882 posts total.
* To date, AnimationResources has published 425 articles about animation and art since 2004, and it is still regularly updated to this day.
* Youtube LP'er SSoHPKC has over 8000 videos spanned over 3 years, with a lot of games that he has played on release date, and most Minecraft custom maps. If you don't know exactly what you're looking for in his videos, then you're not going to find it. He even has a second account, only with a hundred videos on there.
* LetsPlay/NintendoCapriSun has over 2300 videos spread out over three accounts with more added each day.
* Youtube LP'er LetsPlay/ZetaPlays has over 1600 videos, most of them singular videos of games that he only played for five minutes because they were too boring. Want to find a game that he played? Good luck.
* LetsPlay/{{Chuggaaconroy}} has a over 1300 videos in his solo projects.
* CODblackopsPS, a collection of recorded ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' clips, is an extreme example for a Website/YouTube channel with '''[[UpToEleven OVER 1,000,000 UPLOADS]]''' at its peak. Several videos there have since been deleted, and it's nearly impossible to see all in one sitting.
* ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' is a ''Literature/BattleRoyale''-based roleplay in which a group of high school students is kidnapped and forced to kill each other until [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne only one of them is still alive.]] It is currently in its fourth round, but the first three versions of the game are still on the forum - [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters good luck reading through the deaths of over 100 characters per game, including a grand total of ''274'' deaths by the end of v4]].
* [[http://dagobah.biz/flash/ Flash archives like this]] have wasted days and days of free time. It doesn't help that many of them are simple loops that one can play for hours upon end.
* [[ImageBoards The 4Chan Archives.]] Whenever a thread becomes considered "epic" on 4chan, it can be voted to go to the Archives. Almost every board has a section in said Archives. Each page has around ten threads on it, and page numbers vary from a few to the infamous /b/'s section, which, to say the least, is huge. Also note that Epic Fail Guy moments, memes, and various other categories get their own sections, and you've just taken out a good chunk of your free time trying to read them all. Oh, and there's always more coming in. Enjoy your lulzy prison...
** That's nothing. [[http://ascii.textfiles.com/archives/2083 Jason Scott was going to upload an archive]] of TEN MILLION 4chan threads, but apparently backed out.
** There are now sites dedicated to automatically archiving whole boards. Anything that gets posted to the majority of Popular boards are now forever archived.
* Not only is the ''WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum'' a large set of stories, it's ''really freakin' confusing'' for a newbie to try and track down them all - especially with the collapse of GeoCities taking out what seems like half of it. The people at the group's board tend to be helpful, though.
* The ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''. You're fine when you look at the homepage and see some stories, but then you go find the list of stories in chronological (in-universe) order, and you realize there's a ''huge'' amount of text there. The Phase stories alone are nearing the number of words of all seven ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books ''combined'', and s/he's only one of a couple dozen main characters.
* The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' had close to ten thousand individual whole-page character entries in its character archives. Add to that an in-universe Encyclopedia with nearly two hundred thousand entries (most at least three paragraphs long, and some as long as a full page), plus over a hundred campaign pages (each with their own archive), and you'd better be prepared to spend a ''lot'' of time if you want to read the whole thing.
* Like motivational posters? [[http://wiki.rpg.net/index.php/Motivational_Posters:Main_Page Here]] are most of the ones from RPG.net's forum threads. At the bottom of the page? Links to over a half a dozen ''other'' archives of different posters. Have fun.
* Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses. Even just catching up to the more popular series like WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic, WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment, and WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall is pretty intimidating by this point...then you consider that as the site goes on there's more and more crossovers and in-jokes between an ever-growing number of contributors, meaning that for everything to make sense you'll need to go all over the site trying to watch everything in chronological order. It's even worse if they happen to have stories that arc over dozens of reviews.
* ''LoadingReadyRun'' has being producing at least one video a week for over 7 years. Even at an average of only of 3 minutes per video, that's 18 hours of video to watch. Then there's all the bonus videos and spinoffs....it will take you a while to watch them all, fortunately continuity is only important within the commodoreHustle sub-series. ''LoadingReadyRun'' recently struck a deal to produce their shorts for ''Website/TheEscapist'', and from then on their video appeared there. There's only a few months worth of material there (so far), so starting with the stuff on ''Website/TheEscapist'' is a good idea.
* ''WebVideo/ClassicGameRoom'' has uploaded over '''1400''' videos of variable lenght since the debut of its Website/YouTube channel in late 2007, and new videos gets added pratically every days. And that's not counting the sister "CGR Undertow" channel.
* ''Franchise/{{Neopets}}'' has a self-maintained in side newspaper titled ''The Neopian Times''. While the Editorial and Comics are fairly short, there's also been roughly ten short stories, ten sections of longer stories, and ten articles about the site for twenty issues short of '''ten years solid''', and about 500 issues total. The comics section ''alone'' is [[UpToEleven longer than most of the long-running webcomics here]]. What's worse? A comic could die mid-arc, before the Neopets Team told people to send in the whole arc at once to prevent that.
* ''[[http://damnyouautocorrect.com Damn You Autocorrect]]'', which has only been in existence for ten months, has an archive of, at the time of writing, 3786 images. It adds upwards of 15 images daily. Ulch. Scratch that. Seven months later and it has almost 6000.
* LetsPlay/{{Raocow}} has over 3000 videos in several host websites, and he usually uploads two new videos every single day, each one of an average length of 15 minutes or so. You'll literally spend months just to watch his most emblematic series.
* The Wiki/SCPFoundation. There are over a ''thousand'' anomalous items documented, and more are written up every day (even if about half of them quickly get deleted). And once you make your way through the entire list? There's still the [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/foundation-tales Foundation Tales]] section (as well as [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/creepy-pasta the collection of general creepypasta stories]]). Make sure you have a comfortable chair... and can handle being afraid to sleep at night.
** Now up to over 2,000, to the point that they had to make Series II and III SCPs to make space for the new entries. In addition to the standard Foundation Tales, there are now entire alt-continuity hubs, most of which consist of nearly a dozen separate, but intrinsically connected, stories. Get a ''really'' comfy chair.
* The VlogBrothers have been making Website/YouTube videos since January 2007 for a rough total of ''980 videos'', a number that continues to rise at a rate of two per week. That's not even counting the numerous other channels that they have, including Hankgames, the Lizzie Bennet diaries, SciShow, WebVideo/CrashCourse, Truth or Fail, and Hank's Channel, almost all of which have referenced or [[ContinuityNod nodded to each other in various ways]] and played off of knowledge of events from previous videos, bringing the total number of videos to '''''2000'''''. While it is possible for new Nerdfighters to follow them without knowing exactly where these injokes came from, the urge to watch the 980 main-channel videos from the beginning can be too great to resist, leading to many a Nerdfighter wasting their summer. They do, however, try to ease this anxiety by providing [[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL747F0A378BC181C7&feature=plcp a playlist of twenty essential videos,]] including the one that shows the origin of the term 'Nerdfighter'.
* WebVideo/InternetKilledTelevision, a [[http://www.youtube.com/user/CTFxC vlog]] series made by Charles and Alli Trippy, where they put up a 10-20 minute video daily. They done this for over 3 years and has done over 1190 days. Then there is Charles [[http://www.youtube.com/user/charlestrippy main channel]] that is a skit channel with nearly 200 videos, plus a [[http://www.youtube.com/user/trippy channel]] where he uploads short [=iPhone=] clips that have about 250 videos. And lets not forget about Alli's [[http://www.youtube.com/user/alli channel]], that hosts their movie reviews, as well as drunk gaming, in which that they are drunk and play games, with about 60 videos so far. Oh, and Charles sister [[http://www.youtube.com/user/mel Mel]] also vlogs, but on a less consistence basis, and Alli's brother Justin has a [[http://www.youtube.com/user/PrinceYeti/videos vlog]], with a vid count of 127 and 101 respectively. That close to 2000 videos you have to plow through.
* Parodied by ''TheOnion'' in an "American Voices" interview asking people what they considered the biggest international news story in 2012. One respindant says "Ugh, I have no idea. I’ve been putting off reading this one article from Feb. 17, 2003 that I started, and I don’t want to skip ahead until I’ve finished it."
* ''Website/NotAlwaysRight'' currently has more than 1000 pages at ten stories a page. And when you're done with them, there are four spin-off sites (though none of them are nearly as long.)
* ''Roleplay/WarrensOfOricTheAwesome'' just hit it's 5000 posts mark - that's over 300 pages, with updates almost every 5 to 20 posts.
* The author of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' is on a regular schedule of posting seven-to-ten thousand word chapters at least twice a week, frequently thrice. A reader of the story broke it down into an average of 5406 words per update over the course of two and a half years. [[http://parahumans.wordpress.com/table-of-contents/#comment-43843 Worm is 1,535,255 words long as of the last chapter in the story.]] While the serial nature of the story makes it relatively easy to spread out an ArchiveBinge over weeks or months, that's still enough words to make a shelf of {{Doorstopper}}s.
* ''{{Smosh}}'' with not just the 200+ videos on their main channel, there's also the Ianh channel, which contains several episodes of Ian is Bored, Lunchtime with Smosh, and Smosh pit weekly, the Smosh games channel which has two videos everyday, plus three more every weekend, the El Smosh channel with spanish dubbed Smosh videos, The Shut up Cartoons channel, with several cartoons, and finally, the Watch us live and stuff channel with Anthony and his fiancee Kalel vlogging.
* WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}} reached over 600 videos in 2013. Most are thankfully just 10 minutes long, but they also do quite a few hours-long commentary on full games.
* VideoGamesAwesome has been recording and uploading full-length, unedited playthroughs of games since at least early 2011. That's only a few years, but each episode can last anywhere from three to five hours, and some games have more than ten episodes apiece. They also average four or five shows a week, so their archive is constantly expanding. Watching all their content from the very beginning requires serious dedication, and would probably take several months. Just glancing at [[http://ffsfan.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_Video_Games_Awesome_Episodes their list of episodes]] is overwhelming.
* [[Creator/TheKingOfHate Darksyde Phil]] is infamous for this. His [=DSPGaming=] channel has over '''20,000 videos''. [=TheKingOfHateVlogs=] has over 400 videos, most of which are over half an hour long. That's just two of them, before you get into his alternate channels, his streams, his older channels that are mostly inactive, his fan channels, his hatedom channels...
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}. The show started in 1996 with 30 episodes for season 1. The second season has 20 episodes, and the third season has 15 to bring the show up to the syndication-mandated 65 episodes. There was a hiatus betweeen 2000 and 2002. Then the show resumed production. Subsequent seasons had 10-20 episodes. The show hit it's 100th episode in the middle of Season 7 in 2007. It's already Season 17 and there are 205 episodes. And Season 18 and 19 is still in the works. Calculating, each episode is 24 minutes long. That makes the entire runtime 4920 minutes, or exactly ''82 hours'', at the moment. Put into a marathon, it will run '''''3 days and 10 hours nonstop'''''. And that's not counting the two hour-long specials and the Direct-to-DVD movies. And it's ''still'' in production.
** As for the books, well, assuming your library has every single Arthur and D.W. book ever written, you'll need to camp there for a few weeks.
* Some cartoons are so StrictlyFormula that they can be hard to get through. For instance many of the shorts from the pre-Television era were shown before movies or between features, but watched now on DVD can seem annoyingly repetitious after ten consecutive episodes in the space of one hour, each with the same basic plot.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', as of 2012, has run for 48 shorts, 530+ episodes ''and counting'', 24 completed seasons (with season 25 greenlit after FOX resolved its money issues with a pay cut in order to keep the show from getting canceled during the 23rd season), and 1 film. That makes over 173 hours, or ''one solid week without sleep'' just to watch them all. If you watched it for 5 hours a day, it would only take you a month to see every episode (yes, including the seasonally rotten current episodes). All that NegativeContinuity the show was critically derided for early on? A Godsend. Although there are subtle in-jokes for viewers that ''have'' watched for 20+ seasons, you do not need to ArchiveBinge in order to enjoy the show from any starting point. And it ''will'' go on forever. FOX can't stop it. Former fans who say the show has stopped being funny can't stop it. SethMacFarlane ''tried'' to stop it with his ''Flintstones'' remake, but he put that on hiatus after FOX announced that ''The Simpsons'' was going to be renewed for two more seasons. Only cockroaches, Twinkies, Keith Richards, and ''The Simpsons'' will survive [[TheEndoftheWorldAsWeKnowIt the nuclear holocaust]] (or as Bart put it in a chalkboard punishment gag, "The world may end in 2012, but this show won't").
** At one point, FOX mulled over making a Simpsons ''channel'', which would show nothing but this show.
** FXX is going to air a Simpsons marathon in the US this summer [[http://consumerist.com/2014/04/09/fxx-planning-to-air-marathon-of-all-552-episodes-of-the-simpsons-this-summer/]]. It will run for ''11 days nonstop'' and feature all 552 episodes. Be glad that they're leaving out the original shorts and the film.
** And oh, the video games. TheOtherWiki says that the first two games came out on the arcade and NES platform respectively in 1991. A quick count reveals that there are at least 26 games out there. And while I'm at the topic of other media, well, don't get me started on the comics and books as well- those crosses path with CrackIsCheaper on the grounds that you're dealing with monthly publications in print since 1993 (over two decades ago) where the comics are concerned, and the books have been rolling off presses since 1990.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has just 2 shorts, 219 episodes and 1 film, a much more manageable 81 hours' work.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' has been going for over 10 years now, with 200+ episodes, 5 movies, 13 video games, 4 shorts, and no end in sight.
* The Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon. ''Disney/BigHero6'' will be its 54th movie. It would take exactly one day just to watch all 19 of the Walt-era films (Snow White to Jungle Book) and 72 hours and 14 minutes, or three days without sleep, to watch all 53 features consecutively. Creator/{{Pixar}}'s output adds on another 14. And that's not counting the direct-to-video sequels and spin-off series, or other animated output (or output that partially features their animation, such as TheReluctantDragon and SongOfTheSouth) from Disney. Good luck.
** For the things that spun-off from the Disney and Pixar movies: there were 28 sequels made to the films that aren't part of the canon, not counting the ''Disney/WinnieThePooh'' and ''Franchise/DisneyFairies'' movies. There were also 13 spin-off series, including ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' and ''Anime/{{Stitch}}'', totaling 775 episodes. As big as the canon is, if you really want to be through, you'll be at it for awhile longer.
* Another just slightly less daunting challenge is to marathon all of the original [[ClassicDisneyShorts Disney theatrical cartoons]]. The original lineup combined amounts to 469 shorts total [[note]] This does not include shorts initially released as part of a bigger feature, such as the shorts in TheReluctantDragon, SaludosAmigos, TheThreeCaballeros and the 40's Disney package features that are part of the animated canon--which would add about 30 more shorts[[/note]] and that number shoots up to 562 when you include all of the silent Disney films (the Newman Laugh-O-Grams, the AliceComedies and OswaldTheLuckyRabbit)[[note]] although only around 50 of the 93 silent Disney films survive, are available or are known to exist[[/note]]--to watch all of them in chronological order would take around 66 hours and 30 minutes, or two and 3/4 days without sleep. And that's not counting post-Golden Age shorts, tv shows and spinoffs, and feature animation appearances of the characters.
* And that's a walk in the park compared to the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]]'' shorts, which altogether amount to over 1000 short subjects. Check out the [[LooneyTunesAndMerrieMelodiesFilmography Looney Tunes filmography page]] to see for yourself.
* Whereas a series like ''WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker'' has a much more manageable 198 shorts total. But that's just counting one series and not all of Walter Lantz' output. Mickey and Bugs have starred in about the same number of shorts as Woody.
* Speaking of Disney and Lantz, the OswaldTheLuckyRabbit series ran for 192 shorts, and even counting the shorts that are still missing, there's still many of them that exist in some form, and it would take a while to watch them all.
* FleischerStudios made 629 cartoon shorts and [[WesternAnimation/GulliversTravels two animated]] [[MrBugGoesToTown features]], from [[TheSilentAgeOfAnimation 1918]] up to their demise in [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1942]]. Even discounting all the missing OutOfTheInkwell shorts, just about every other cartoon short they've made still exists in some form, and they made quite a few series.
** PopeyeTheSailor ran for a massive 232 theatrical shorts (109 of which were made by Fleischer Studios, the rest by it's successor, FamousStudios), and that number gets even higher when you count all of the made-for-tv cartoons he starred in.
* TerryToons made some of the most prolific output of all the Golden Age studios. To start, they made 489 sound theatrical cartoons, which doesn't seem so insurmountable on it's own--but then add all 673 of their made-for-tv cartoons, and that number balloons to something that puts even the Looney Tunes filmography to shame--''1,162'' shorts.
* The VanBeurenStudios library consists of 190 sound cartoons, and even more silent ones (although it's not known how many of the latter still exist).
* The DCAnimatedUniverse, in its entirety, runs at about six full days. Even if you cut out the easier-to-ignore spinoffs, ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheZetaProject'', you're still left with four days.
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles''. The [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 1987 series?]] 193 episodes. The [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 2003 series?]] 156 episodes. Plus the ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'' movie, which crosses them over. The [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 2012 series]] is still young, but we'll see...
** And that's only the western animated series. There'a also the live action ''Series/NinjaTurtlesTheNextMutation'', the five theatrical movies, the [[NoExportForYou Japan-exclusive]] anime, the original comics, the [[RecursiveAdaptation comics based off the cartoons]], and the video games.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'', being the third-longest-running Nicktoon, has 132 episodes (and counting), twelve movies, eight video games, and no end in sight.
* ''The RenAndStimpy Show'' ran for five seasons and 94 episodes (100 if you count Adult Party Cartoon), and including the bumpers, it would take almost 23 hours, or almost an entire day without sleep, to watch the entire series.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' lasted nine seasons with 172 episodes, making it the longest running Nicktoon until ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''. Add in the three movies, two direct-to-DVD specials, and two spin offs with 59 more episodes total, and it makes for quite a marathon.
* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' has, since 1969; sixteen series, two theatrical movies, ten video games, and over thirty television specials and direct to video features. To put simply, since it debuted, there has not been more than a three year gap between any new material, whether a series or a direct-to-video movie.
* Since its debut, ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' has 218 episodes and it's still in production.
* Creator/{{Hasbro}}'s adaptations of their toylines have lead into panic for three of their biggest franchises:
** ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' has had 14 series and two [=OVAs=] totaling 678 episodes with a 15th series still going and a 16th on the way, 15 comic series totaling 789 issues, a 13 episode webseries, 3 animated films, 4 live action movies, 19 video games, 5 books, and a theme park ride.
** ''Franchise/GIJoe'' is more manageable: 6 series with 227 episodes, 10 comic series totaling 500 issues, one animated movie, 2 live action movies, and 8 games.
** ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'': G1 had 2 series at 91 episodes, two specials, a movie, and 2 comics with 274 issues. G2 and G3 had numerous comics and animations, plus 3 video games. G4 is still ongoing. All totals include upcoming material: a series guaranteed for 117 episodes, 3 comic series (2 ongoing) that total 35 issues as of May 2014, 2 films, 8 shorts, 2 gaming apps, 12 chapter books, and 2 supplemental books.
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* [[RealLife Human History]] is pretty long. Compounded by its sheer number of editors, updated continuously for over ten thousand years. Thankfully, though, there are many parts you can gloss over if you just want to focus on one storyline. Heck, there are some storylines you can get into part way through without too much problems. However, while many parts can function independently of each other there are still hundreds of thousands of stories to look at. And with the world's nations becoming increasingly more dependent on each other, glossing over parts can remove some much needed clarifiers.
** And while the CrisisCrossover UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne and its sequel UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo can be read on their own, to really get the full story you need to read all of the tie-ins. And then of course there's the next sequel, UsefulNotes/ColdWar, not to mention all the Spin-Offs... and how they all come back to play some sort of role in the epic SeriesFauxnale TheWarOnTerror.
* Of course, human history is nothing compared to the history of the ''universe''. 13,700,000,000 years, and still going strong.
** Yeah, but it's mostly filler.
* Human/Universal History isn't that bad because it's optional. One can go about their lives without having to know the minutiae. The History for a Specific Discipline is much worse because everyone is responding to someone.
* It's a leading cause of people giving up on their family history. Some people approach their family history just curious about their family name or recent generations only to find that the farther you go back the number of people and family names increase exponentially.
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