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[[caption-width-right:330:It also helps if you show all of them [[ScrewedByTheNetwork in the right order.]]]]

It probably has something to do with the fact that the writers live in the environment they have created for the characters 24/7, and the PreviouslyOn is not enough to bring the viewer back into that world. Perhaps it has to do with ExecutiveMeddling. It could be that the [[ActBreak act breaks]] are a little soft. Or maybe just the lack of constant commercial breaks makes the immersion much more complete. The fact remains that some series do not really work quite as well until you sit down for a marathon with the [=DVD=]s or video on demand.

The [[ComicBookTropes comic-book]] equivalent is WritingForTheTrade. Compare VindicatedByCable where a Film didn't sell at the Box Office but attains a following through repeats on television or a streaming service.

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[[folder:Media in general]]
* Here's some TechnologyMarchesOn as it relates to any sort of TV series, be it live-action or animated. TV shows are certainly ''cheaper'' and easier to store on [=DVD=]. [=VHS=] tapes were thick and had moving parts, plus sometimes only had an episode or two on them apiece (remember, you would have to fast-forward to the episode you wanted!). [[CrackIsCheaper Buying a series on [=VHS=] would run you well over $100 back in the 1990's]], and often fill up a shelf, if you could by a complete series at all. [=DVDs=] are cheaper to produce, less prone to mechanical failure, and a whole season can fit in a thin box.
* Many DVDs and Blu-Rays include an "extended version" of popular movies, allowing you to get something more out of a movie you already watched in the theaters/TV. It helps that extended movies that are adaptations of books are usually more faithful to the original than the theatrical version, since some parts have to be cut out to keep the length at ~2 hours.
* Thanks to the {{Media Watchdog}}s, most movies are "PG" on TV (at least in terms of language, [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar some other stuff gets by]]), so if you're not a fan of censorship, the DVD version is your friend.
* Series that are BetterOnDVD can become ''even better'' on Internet streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Instant Video. For a monthly fee equal to or less than the price of a single season on DVD, one can get unlimited access to countless series in their entirety. The downside is the licenses for those services to stream the shows can expire and sometimes may not be renewed, which essentially makes DVD the only legal way to see certain shows.
* The [[BritishBrevity shorter runs of British shows]] makes blowing through an entire [[SeparatedByACommonLanguage season, er, series]] in one sitting a much less daunting proposition than with American shows. This is why British shows were much more likely to turn up on home video in the VHS era on both sides of the pond than American shows.
* Comedies are arguably better to watch in the comfort of your own home. First off, since most comedies focus on dialogue and characters instead of things like special effects, there's not a whole lot to be gained from watching them on a massive screen with surround sound. Also, when watching a comedy on DVD, you can sit with friends, joke and laugh as loud and long as you want without risking annoying other theatergoers.
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[[folder:Anime]]
* Many anime in general benefit from marathon sittings, due to having ongoing plot threads between episodes. The trend toward the TwelveEpisodeAnime makes binge-watching these series more manageable than with longer series. Binge-watching a 24-episode series in a day is also perfectly doable.
* Ultra-popular long-running Shonen anime, such as ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', and ''Franchise/OnePiece'' sort of zig-zag this trope. On the one hand, it is ''far'' more satisfying to marathon and blow through a significant chunk of story-arc in a single day rather than just getting a tiny bit of story each week. On the other hand, ''because'' those shows air weekly and are usually not rerun (Japan never quite got the concept of reruns), episode beginnings are often bogged down with several minutes of "Previously On..." for people who may have missed episodes. The original manga chapters tend not to be quite as offensive in this regard, but even they will have a tendency to [[ContinuityNod reference earlier scenes]] and [[CallBack repeat information if the need arises]].
* ''VisualNovel/{{AIR}}'' probably counts, due to its plot being oddly impenetrable if not watched all at once.
* ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'', although only six episodes long, loses its magic if too much of a gap is left between each episode. This is mainly due to the fact you won't know what's going on, considering the random nature of the show. Well, [[MindScrew you won't know what's going on either way]], but if you don't watch them quickly its easy to forget [[SoCoolItsAwesome that it doesn't matter]].
** [[GainaxEnding What else do you expect]] from [[TropeNamer Gainax]]?
* Any series that makes use of InactionSequence also applies under the initial definition.
* Realizing that many series in their catalogue fall under this, {{Funimation}} has started giving some of their longer anime (''DBZ'', ''One Piece'', etc) a special feature, "Marathon Mode", that plays all the episodes on a disc in sequence while skipping the Ending credits, episode previews, and all but the initial Opening theme.
** There was a collection of old ''{{Robotech}}'' videotapes that did that too, presenting six episodes per tape as one extended story, but also cut out a few scenes of each episode.
** Creator/{{Geneon}}, when it was still Pioneer, also did this with their VHS tapes – their ''TenchiMuyo'' TV releases had only a single OP and ED ever played per tape.
** The VHS tapes of ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' from CentralParkMedia did this as well. This is why the next episode previews (and one postseason epilogue) were never dubbed.
* The fanbase of ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' is incredibly split when it comes to characters, so the anime as of recently has tried to give even-time to every character. Since the show airs one episode a week (and is subbed the day after it airs), it angers fans when there favorite character doesn't get the spotlight, but watching the show on DVD isn't nearly as infuriating due to the wait, and the backstory episodes add some pleasant flavor to the surprisingly complicated universe.
* It can be pretty damned difficult to follow ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' if you're only watching an episode every week. It's easier to follow if you're watching a marathon of the entire thing in order, along with reading up of some [[AllThereInTheManual explanatory material]].
* Most definitely the case for ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' in the UK; Jetix is on par with [[FourKidsEntertainment 4kids]] with [[{{Macekre}} needless editing]], and is also fond of switching the episode order around (Last part of the Naruto vs. Neji fight, followed by the beginning of the Zabuza arc, to name one example).
** Also of note is that the foreign dubs in general are based on the DVD version which cleans up the animation substantially, leading some to believe that the animation was changed for the dub.
** In the uncut [=DVDs=], the censorship on Lee's bottle of sake is removed, and the references to alcohol are restored.
* The Creator/{{Geneon}} ''[[Anime/SailorMoon Sailor Moon S and Sailor Moon SuperS]]'' [=DVDs=] are uncut and feature both the Japanese and English versions, which is great. Also for fans of the original Japanese background music, the DVD versions of the three movies keep the Japanese music intact as opposed to the Creator/DiC music used in the VHS release and Creator/{{Toonami}} airings.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'', due to having [[ContinuityLockout most of its plot squished into the last ten or so episodes]], makes a ''lot'' more sense if you watch all of R2 at once. The animation was also cleaned-up and improved overall.
* ''TheTatamiGalaxy'' has had very different reception from people who viewed it when airing and those who marathoned the whole thing in one go.
* ''DeadmanWonderland'' can be seen completely uncensored on and ONLY on DVD/Blu-Ray.
* ''GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' is very arc-heavy. The first series is divided between "Standalone" (one-shot) and "Complex" (arc) episodes. This allows viewers to see the whole "Laughing Man" arc from start to finish without interruption if they wish.
** The two [[CompilationMovie compilation movies]] of the series (''The Laughing Man'' and ''Individual Eleven'') serve this same purpose.
* While not specifically ''better'', ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' is shown in chronological order on DVD, which can help the series make more sense. The series was originally shown in a particular non-chronological sequence, and even on DVD one of the chronologically last episodes (episode 11/00, specifically) is used as a NonIndicativeFirstEpisode. The series arguably has much better pacing when viewed in its original order, and this is especially apparent at the end, where the intended last episode (chronologically occurring in the middle) is dramatic and world-changing, while the chronological last episode (originally shown in the middle) basically consists of everyone sitting around the club room on a typical day, which is quite disappointing as a season finale.
** However, add in TheMovie and "Someday in the Rain" becomes much more significant, as it shows Kyon's little slice of normality (and a subtle hint of a certain girl's affection for him), a status quo that is abruptly punctured by the events of ''Disappearance''. With that final piece in place, it is a perfectly constructed series when watched in any order.
** The second season's infamous [[GroundhogDayLoop "Endless Eight" arc]] is much less frustrating when you aren't forced to watch it one episode a week for two months, not to mention that on DVD you can skip some episodes since nothing is really missed if you only watch the first, second, and last parts.
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!'' makes ''infinitely'' more sense watched all at once. This goes for most other AnachronicOrder shows as well.
* If you're watching ''RideBack'' every week as it airs (or as {{Funimation}} adds the episodes to their video player) you will probably forget everything that happened the previous week by the time the next episode(s) come out.
* Since the episodes are only 5 minutes long, ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' is usually better watched one after another on DVD.
* ''Anime/ExcelSaga''. The crazy {{Parody}}[=/=]{{Deconstruction}} of anime in general is much easier (and more fun) to watch/understand in one go than if you were to try and watch it on TV one week at a time.
** Plus it's the only way to see the banned episode.
** Eh, this particular show is YMMV on this front. On the one hand, the meta-subplots make a whole lot more sense when the show is marathoned. But the more insane parts of the show don't exactly lend themselves to extended viewing.
** It also has a "joke explanation" subtitle track, which explains some of the incredibly complex Japanese puns that go straight over English viewers heads.
* Literally ''anything'' by Creator/StudioSHAFT, what with the UnreadablyFastText prolific in their shows (''MariaHolic'', ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'' and ''HidamariSketch'' are all egregious offenders). ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' counts as well, but for [[EnhancedOnDVD other]] reasons.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', due to having a heavy plot with tons of {{Shocking Swerve}}s, and LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters who are {{Heel Face Revolving Door}}s. If you missed even a single episode, you were likely to be absolutely lost.
* ''TigerAndBunny'' was already a fantastic show on broadcast, but is much more pleasurable on disc, not only because of the [[EnhancedOnDVD fixed off-model]] or the easier digestion of the plot... but because after a certain point in the series, the {{Cliffhanger}}s become ''sadistic''.
* ''HajimeNoIppo'' is far more satisfying when marathoned, with its character development and intense action. Multiple matches tend to last up to three episodes, but that is far more forgivable than [[DragonBallZ seeing characters do nothing but talk and power up for three episodes.]]
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': Brotherhood flows like an extra-long movie, and has plenty of cliffhangers. Because of this, it's far more satisfying to marathon the entire series.
* Manga/RosarioToVampire has the censor bats removed on DVD, something that was criticized as being obtrusive and distracting during its original broadcast.
* Subverted with ''{{VisualNovel/Clannad}}''. The series has a lot of complex foreshadowing and tight story arcs that are ideal for binge-watching, but the series of {{Wham Episode}}s in the second half of ''~After Story~'' makes it too emotionally overwhelming for some fans to process in one sitting.
* Many anime series on DVD have [[EnhancedOnDVD more polished animation and no censorship]] compared to the versions that air on TV.
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[[folder:Film]]
* In general, the introduction of DVD kicked off the release of movies to home video in widescreen. While there were a few widescreen VHS tapes released in the 90's, they were usually considered a specialty item that was often very difficult to find in stores (and even harder to find rental). There were also many widescreen laserdiscs (as they were the serious film collector's format), but it wasn't until the DVD format came out that widescreen home video started to grow in popularity, and even then it took the introduction of widescreen televisions to finally begin to kill off pan-&-scan (However, it is still common to find stores selling the "fullscreen" version of a film, especially if it was intended for children).
* ''[[Literature/TheRing The Ring Two]]'': While most "Unrated" versions of PG-13 horror movies are nothing but marketing hype, this one actually includes seven minutes of new footage, including extended suspense sequences, more character moments, and some new and alternate scare scenes. In addition, some existing scenes have had special effects redone or new music put in.
* Rob Zombie's ''[[Film/HalloweenII2009 Halloween II]]''. The theatrical version was reviled by critics and series fans and, while not an outright flop, disappointed at the box office. The Unrated Director's Cut released on DVD and Blu-ray, while still controversial, is a very different film with much more focus on character depth and development, extended suspense sequences, and a totally different ending. It's generally better-received, with some fans calling the Director's Cut one of the best movies in the franchise. Zombie and/or the studio certainly think so, as the Theatrical Cut hasn't even been made available on Blu-ray in the US.
* ''Film/{{Clue}}'' is a rare film with MultipleEndings. The DVD allows watching one of the three endings at random, or watching all three in successions, allowing the audience to better compare them, and notice the parallels (such as the repeated lines) between each of them. Certainly more practical than hunting for three movie theaters showing three different versions of the movie (although outside North America (and when the movie came out on VHS in 1986), Creator/{{Paramount}} released the movie with all three endings in a row)!
* ''[[TransformersFilmSeries Transformers]]'': Some people have found it to be easier to follow the action on a smaller screen because there was so much detail on the robots that would distract you from the important stuff.
* ''Film/AKnightsTale''. The commentary track with Brian Helgeland and Paul Bettany was hilarious. (No one told them Queen wasn't historically accurate!).
* ''ParanormalActivity'': Due to the concept of the film, it is arguably much scarier watching it home alone (preferably at night) than when watching it in a theatre.
* ''Film/TheFourthKind'' is probably scarier when watched home alone.
* The ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'' director's cut adds about 45 minutes of character development and political background/intrigue, which help to give some meaning and context to the battles and actions of the major characters. The theatrical cut is a rather shallow [[TheDungAges Dung Age]] Crusader movie, but the full cut weaves a story of political intrigue and love that greatly elevates the film.
* An interesting case of "Better On VHS" occurs with ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail''. Some of the voices on the DVD version were redubbed for whatever reason.
* RogerEbert once commented that ''MoulinRouge'' works much better on the small screen than the big screen, citing that the rapid cuts and visual overload dragged the film down in theaters.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy. The extended editions add about 45 minutes to each movie. It's mostly embellishment on the setting and characters, which would've slowed down the pacing in theatres, but ends up perfect for hardcore LOTR fans.
* The extended cut of ''Film/{{Big}}'' goes even further into elaborating why Josh really wanted to be "big".
* The ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' franchise is much better when viewed on DVD, especially because (via the ''Alien Quadrilogy'' and ''Alien Anthology'' sets) it allowed the production company to include multiple cuts of each film on their own dedicated disc. ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' featured the heretofore-unreleased theatrical cut and special edition (which added a half-hour worth of footage), while ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'' featured an assembly cut kitbashed from the original negatives that runs an hour longer than the theatrical version. The ''Anthology'' set also allowed viewers to access a massive database of additional information, interviews and deleted scenes from any of the discs in the set (via Blu-Ray technology).
* If you watched all the ''Film/HarryPotter'' films in theatres, but never rewatched the previous entries on DVD (or read the books, for that matter), you probably ended up being very confused. It's much easier to follow the storyline when there isn't a year or two between each installment, and by the end of the series you aren't struggling to remember stuff from a movie you last saw ten years ago.
* ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' held up well in theatres, but the extended DVD release weaves the "Tales of the Black Freighter" plot back into the narrative. Alas, many of the other subplots aren't returned because they simply weren't filmed.
* To some extent, this applies to ''TheEmpireStrikesBack''. While plenty of people loved the film when it was originally in theatres, there were also those who felt let down by the cliffhanger ending. After all, it was a two-hour adventure film which ended with ''nothing'' being resolved. This was very unusual at the time. It's easier to appreciate ''Empire'' when you don't have to wait three years for ''ReturnOfTheJedi'' and can see clearly how it fits into the overall story.
* The version of ''Film/HighlanderEndgame'' aired in theatres had some unfinished special effects and was missing several plot critical scenes. This was all fixed in the DVD and VHS releases.
* In some cases, details become more prominent on small screens, especially in HD. One example is ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence''. On the Blu Ray, it's much more obvious that [[spoiler: the creatures at the end are robots and not aliens. It's easier to see the bright lights and circuitry inside of them and there are flashing lights on their heads when they talk]]. This apparently wasn't too obvious for people at theatres.
* Many of Creator/QuentinTarantino's films work better when viewed at home due to their anachronistic order. The biggest example though is definitely the ''Film/KillBill'' movies, which almost require to be viewed back to back.
* ''Film/BackToTheFuture: Part II'' and ''III'' make more sense when they're watched back-to-back, as you catch elements of {{foreshadowing}} better than watching them months apart.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheWire'' does not hold your hand at all when it comes to referencing previous plot points and characters, so seeing them in rapid succession can really help you catch everything. The DVD menus also configured it so you don't have to watch the PreviouslyOn segments unless you want to.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'' has been referred to as arguably the best binge-watching series of all time, as the show is one continuous plot arc and nearly every episode ends on a cliffhanger. It also allowed people to catch a massive amount of {{Foreshadowing}} and symbolism that they hadn't caught beforehand.
* ''Series/PrisonBreak'', due to its fondness for XanatosSpeedChess plots.
* The general consensus on ''Series/{{Angel}}'' is that Season 4 qualifies, mostly due to the love triangle between the title character, Cordelia, and Angel's son who LikesOlderWomen. Much of this season isn't even essential to the plot, as Season 5 magically {{Reset Button}}s all of the past year's events.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Especially since the episodes were originally aired OutOfOrder. And had month-long spaces in between some. [[ScrewedByTheNetwork And weren't advertised]]. [[UpToEleven And in some cases weren't aired at all]].
* ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'': the audio commentaries often feature the actors and crew joking about how long the "Previously on..." segment at the start of the episodes is getting, especially in season two.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}''. Trust us, the twists and turns the plot takes are much easier when you know you can watch the next episode immediately.
* ''Series/TwentyFour'', because its real-time format allows for full-day marathons (though the shows are actually 48 minutes, giving you, at least, some time to use the bathroom – [[BottomlessBladder unlike the characters]]).
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' The four-season plot line (well, seasons 2-4, the miniseries, the last five episodes of season 1) play much better in marathon format.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''. The show is packed with {{Call Back}}s and {{Foreshadowing}}, mostly in one-liners that make little sense on their own, but are hilarious when viewed as a part of the show as a whole. Pretty much ''Lost'' if it were a comedy.
* ''Series/{{Oz}}'', due to being better able to notice the continuity.
* ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined''. All those cliffhangers will be much easier when you can watch the entire show on DVD. Not to mention dispensing with week-long breaks between setup episodes and payoff episodes, and that seven episodes exist in their full form only on DVD, having been truncated for airing.
* Its quasi prequel ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaBloodAndChrome'' was initially released online in a series of short webisodes. The whole thing flows much better as a 2 hour whole film.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': Things will move very fast, though; it was written to be watched over ''years'', with each season generally taking place over a year. The [[ArcFatigue telepath arc]] in Season 5 is also much more bearable.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': While executives sometimes recognize this fact when rerunning it and ''start'' by showing it in order, they inevitably lose patience before the run is complete, or perhaps simply assume that they'll fail to attract new viewers over time this way.
* ''Series/VeronicaMars'', especially season three, if only because the [[ProductPlacement Aerie Girls]] and obnoxious CW teases where nowhere to be found.
* ''Series/StargateUniverse'' was very poorly received by both fans and critics during it's original run. It was widely considered to blame for [[FranchiseKiller ending the]] [[Franchise/{{Stargate}} Stargate franchise]]. It was heavily arc driven with a notably more subdued and slower pace (especially in the beginning), which wasn't helped by each season being split in two, airing 10 episodes, and then waiting 6 months to air the remaining 10. Watching the seasons on DVD helps compensate for the slower episodes and some of the original fans have come around to seeing the series in a much better light than the {{franchise killer}} it was viewed as before.
* With ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', it goes both ways. While watching it on DVD allows the slower bits to move much faster (as you do not have to wait weeks for a plot point to be resolved) and generally does improve later volumes, it also makes a lot of plot holes and aborted arcs more apparent, especially during the second and third volumes.
* ''Series/BandOfBrothers'', and by extension, ''ThePacific''. In fact, both were specifically filmed with the DVD release in mind.
* Oddly enough, ''Series/TheWestWing''. There's a lot of [[ContinuityNod subtle references to previous episodes]] in the first few years that are easy to miss when watching the show on air. Moreover, the enormous amounts of [[ViewersAreGeniuses acronyms, abbreviations and slang]] they use when referring to the political situation in Washington at any given moment, combined with [[MotorMouth the sheer speed at which the characters talk a lot of the time]], make the ability to turn on subtitles often ''vital'' to understanding what the hell is going on. The ability to cram a few Google study sessions on the more esoteric areas of the American government systems in the middle of an episode with the pause button is useful too.
* Unfortunately, ''Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip'' is Worse on DVD. Since the show deals with many ongoing plot lines at once (especially during the last 5 episodes), there is much exposition and recapping during every episode. This was done to refresh the viewers' mind (and attract new ones) when the series aired weekly, but is really annoying when watching several episodes back to back.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': While most stories were fully self-contained, the classic series occasionally had a lot of {{Call Back}}s and {{Continuity Nod}}s. Old story elements, enemies and allies could be brought back again several years later and since reruns were rare (or, in the case of several black-and-white episodes, [[LostEpisode impossible]]) you couldn't possibly keep track of everything unless you'd been watching since the beginning and had an exceptional memory (don't forget the series ran continuously for [[LongRunner 26 years]]). Watching them on DVD allows you to keep better track of the continuity and be able to appreciate the details and references to previous stories more. In particular, it makes the many continuity-heavy stories of TheEighties, widely criticized at the time for their ContinuityLockout status, much more enjoyable. On the other hand, the serial format and (typically) slow pace of the classic stories translates poorly to DVD marathoning, as it creates a lot of pacing issues with repetitive "companion in peril" cliffhangers at the end of each episode.
* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'', partly because shows by TimMinear and JossWhedon already tend to do this anyway, partly because it's a dense, fast-paced MythArc-heavy show with steady plot and character arc progression from one episode to the next, and partly because watching the episodes more than once means you catch [[FridgeBrilliance more of the little things]].
* ''Series/{{Carnivale}}''. The story (especially in season one) is much more coherent and the whole thing looks amazing.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', weirdly enough for an American sitcom. It's very [[ContinuityNod self-referential]], but in a subtle way that is much more easily picked up on if you watch several episodes in a row. This mostly applies to the later seasons that succumbed to SeasonalRot, and, oddly enough, CerebusSyndrome.
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dead_Zone_(TV_series) The Dead Zone]]'', due to its arc-heavy storyline.
* The second series of ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', if you're not American, is better on DVD for the simple reason that the episode ''[[ThreeDimensionalEpisode Chuck Vs. The Third Dimension]]'' wasn't aired in 3D in countries that didn't have the Superbowl event. The DVD release contains the 3D version and a pair of glasses to view it with, so you can finally see Yvonne Strahovski's negligee popping out of the screen as the gods intended.
** Quite the opposite in Britain - the 3D version was aired on TV, and the DVD release didn't contain the glasses.
** For those annoyed by the constant will-they-won't-they, not having to wait a week between Chuck and Sarah mishearing/mis-seeing/suddenly having an old flame pop in allows the episodes to be viewed as one whole story as opposed to 'how will Chuck and Sarah break up this week?'
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', especially seasons 3, 4, and 5, when there were meaningful arcs. Season 5 lets you see that every single episode, no matter how much it seemed like filler at first, leads toward something important in the big SeasonFinale.
** Although the 'previously on' segments do become annoying due to the same clips being repeated several times e.g. Buffy finding out from the monk about where Dawn came from.
** Fortunately, the season sets available in retail stores in America have 'previously' for only one episode, "When She Was Bad".
* ''Series/{{Alias}}''. Nearly every episode ended with a cliffhanger, which is made far easier to endure when the next episode is only the push of a button away.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'''s full-season DVD's (from seasons one to five) are an inversion, as all episodes are the full, uncut 90-minute version (as opposed to the hour-or-less versions that air in syndication, On-Demand, Hulu, and Netflix). Any ''SNL'' fan who remembers this era through the NostalgiaFilter will be shaken to realize that even during a good era of ''SNL'', there were a lot of sketches that haven't aged very well or weren't good in the first place.
** The "Best of" clip show episodes are zigzagged. Some best-ofs will have full sketches, while others have a mix of full sketches and a FullyAutomaticClipShow (particularly in the "Best Of [Former Cast Member]" sketches, where they show the subject's best celebrity impressions and/or recurring characters).
* ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'', as each season is only eight episodes long, is feasibly possible to watch in its entirety in a day or two. The [[MindScrew last two episodes]] are much easier to understand when one still remembers what happened in the first season. Also, the emotional impact of the final episode is intense when you've just spent two days non-stop with this character.
* ''Series/{{Bliss}}'' At least compared to the American TV edit on Oxygen, if you wanted to see the nudity and other adult content anyways.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''. Some of Rita Repulsa's schemes (Super Putty, for instance) go from one episode to another, [[TheUntwist without a "Part I"]].
* A lot of shows cancelled after just a season or so feel this way, such as ''Series/{{Jericho}}'' and ''FlashForward2009'', feel a lot better on DVD leading some to be frustrated at the end of the series. Watching one episode after another commercial-free makes the story feel much tighter.
* Watching ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' on DVD can feel awfully repetitive during the [[StrictlyFormula procedural heavy first half]] of the show's first season, but once the long term plot developments really kick into gear, it's much more preferable to watch this show non-stop (especially after season two).
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', while an episodic sitcom, has a lot of {{Running Gag}}s, {{Brick Joke}}s, {{Call Back}}s and {{Continuity Nod}}s, as well as occasional hints to the identity of the future mother. Watching it in close succession will help you catch a lot more of the jokes.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'', despite making extensive use of "Previously on..." for every single episode, fits this trope due to pacing issues later in the series. For seasons that did not receive near-universal acclaim, a primary factor in determining whether a fan enjoyed it can often be whether the individual watched it week-to-week (thus exacerbating a slow start) or all at once (practically eliminating such problems).
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'' gets even better when watching in a marathon because of story arcs, subtle character development and [[ContinuityNod continuity nods]].
* The creators of ''Series/GameOfThrones'' have specifically said that they are making the show to be watched 'like an 80-hour movie'.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' flows better on DVD overall as you can get through things like Rachel and Ross's "will they or won't they" romance much quicker without having to wait til next week to see what happens next. Plus many of the episodes on DVD are longer than the TV versions(the producers started deliberately making the episodes too long for TV so they could include it on home video releases), in some cases you see entire subplots that were cut from the TV airings (I.E. One episode on the Blu-Ray set has the original unaired subplot of Chandler and Monica getting questioned by airport security due to Chandler making jokes about bombs, which was cut due to 9/11)
* Similarly to other mythology-heavy shows already mentioned, ''Series/TheXFiles'' is easier to follow when you can watch episodes consecutively. Of course, how much of it makes sense is up for debate...
* As with the ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' example above, going through the entire run of ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' on DVD reveals a lot of material that didn't work, especially in the final season without Creator/JohnCleese.
* ''Series/OrphanBlack'' is yet another show that benefits from binge-watching, since each episode picks up basically exactly where the previous one left off and there is strong continuity between episodes. The show gives "Previously" segments that help with continuity somewhat, but it's really even better when you can just watch them all in one go.
* ''Series/YoungIndianaJones'', much like most of George Lucas's work, has been victim to furious re-editing for its DVD release. However, in this case, this is actually considered a good thing. The episodes, originally aired in AnachronicOrder with episodes between his childhood and teen years alternating back and forth, were placed in a much more chronological order as two-hour movies, and the much disliked FramingDevice of a possibly-senile 90-year-old Indy telling the stories to anybody who'd listen was gone. The only real complaints were that some of the linking footage to put the episodes together was pretty poor and one episode, “Transylvania, 1918,” which the FramingDevice implied was a fictional “ghost story” told at Halloween, was then presented as fact, turning it into a BizarroEpisode.
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* Like movies and television, video game series released on an episodic schedule (such as the ''VideoGame/HalfLife2 Episodes'' series, and Telltale's ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'', ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople'' and ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'' games) can feel more cohesive when individual episodes are played back-to-back instead of having to wait anywhere between a month and [[ScheduleSlip five years (and counting)]] for a new entry in the series.
* The CliffHanger of ''{{Halo 2}}'' is a lot less frustrating when the ''Master Chief Collection'' allows gamers to play ''{{Halo 3}}'' right after.
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* There are several advantages to watching ''BrokenSaints'' on DVD rather than online. 1) It's easier to pause, rewind, and fast-forward (although the inability to pause in the middle of a chapter was part of the creator's design for the series) and 2) [[DVDBonusContent A voice-over track!]]
* This applies to {{Literature}} as well. An example is Jim Zoetewey's SuperHero WebSerialNovel ''LegionOfNothing''. Many readers specifically skip the story for a few weeks at a time, because they enjoy doing an ArchiveBinge all at once and reading through several episodes at once.
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''. On their own, each episode is generally five minutes long and you need to wait an entire week for the next five minutes of story. On DVD, they're all edited together so each season runs as a feature length CompilationMovie. It's notable that although the show is released episodically, each season is written more or less like a movie to begin with, which occasionally means a sequence that seems to drag on forever in the episodes ends up having much better pacing when the season is taken as a whole.
** {{WebAnimation/RWBY}} was made by the same company and fits this trope for similar reasons. Some fans have eschewed watching new episodes entirely, saying; "Well, it's a good series, but I'll just buy the DVD when it comes out."
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* As a general phenomenon, many fans of arc-based webcomics will wait until a storyline is finished so they can absorb it in one sitting (such as an ArchiveBinge) instead of having to wait for each individual comic to come out. This is especially helpful to fans if the comic [[ScheduleSlip is not known for its timely updating]] or simply has very long arcs. Many web artists realize this, which is why they tend to put continuity references in links below the comic rather than in the comic itself, so those archive binges don't become "Previously On..." every 20 seconds.
* ''Webcomic/{{Collar 6}}''. While not exactly on DVD, the strips are so short that waiting can get a bit frustrating, but reading them in a marathon can be a lot of fun.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is even better in the print collections, starting around strip 150, when they moved more into ongoing stories and away from one-off gags.
** Each book also includes multiple bonus strips, as well as creator notes at the beginning of each chapter, which function similar to a DVD commentary. Certain art mistakes are also corrected, and the earliest strips had their jagged borders removed, after Rich Burlew decided they were ugly.
* ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' is very much this, due to Fred Gallagher's notoriously inconsistent updating schedule, the often confusing plot, and its LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters.
** He also tends to include extra strips, sketches, and commentary in the printed books.
** Even on a completely consistent week, he's only likely to get three pages up. And those pages might be a one-off gag or a Shirt Guy Dom day. The printed editions have all the story relevant pages up at the front, then have different section for SGD and one-off strips.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has such long arcs (they were in Castle Heterodyne for [[WebcomicTime four years]]) that it can be easy to forget fairly important plot points when it only updates three times a week. An ArchiveBinge makes the plot feel much more cohesive.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' (which unlike most webcomics updates ''every weekday'') directly invoked this trope back in 2007 upon the conclusion of the "Oceans Unmoving" Arc, a major departure from formula that contained almost none of the main characters and took over a year real-time to finish (this time included a "Where Are They" interlude with the main characters). Fans were extremely upset and essentially forced creator Pete Abrams to write a mea culpa where he simultaneously apologized for the arc but still stood by it, arguing that [[WritingForTheTrade he thought it would work much better as a graphic novel]].
** And the strip really ''is'' better in print, due to Pete's habit of including extra stories made exclusively for the books (most don't even appear on the website!) that often feature characters who are fan-favourites but can't be in the main comic.
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* ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'': When watched one after the other in order, the Spacecataz shorts at the beginning of every episode of season 3 form a coherent story.
** Not surprising. They were bits of a failed pilot for another show.
** Also, you begin to notice patterns, such as a long run of episodes titled [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming 'Super (noun)', or 'The (noun)ing']]. One was even named 'The'.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'': While the original episodes were only 4 minutes long and had very little plot between them, the DVD releases just strung the episodes together, sans the in-between title sequences and end credits. The whole series flowed like two hour-long movies.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' is also notably better on DVD, since being able to choose the episode you watch plays into the show's anachronic presentation. Alternately, you can figure out and watch the chronological order of the various arcs, making some call-backs and call-forwards much clearer.
* The [=DVD=] versions of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' and ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' include a lot of scenes that have been rejected by FOX and Cartoon Network censors. This is especially true of ''Family Guy'', which, unlike the other shows on FOX, isn't initially written to conform with broadcast censorship standards. It's only after five to six rewrites (maybe more) that a typical ''FamilyGuy'' episode is considered suitable for broadcast. This, however, does not stop SethMacFarlane from making an alternate cut that either goes to CartoonNetwork before ending up on DVD or just goes straight to DVD. On top of that, episodes that rarely air or have been banned (i.e., "Fore Father," "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein," "Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q.," "Turban Cowboy," and "Partial Terms of Endearment") get to be shown on DVD for those who either like the episode or have a BileFascination for it.
** The DVD sales and Creator/AdultSwim fandom were actually enough to get ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' [[UnCancelled revived]] (much to the joy {[[SeasonalRot or utter]] [[JumpTheShark disdain]]} of the show's fanbase). That alone just goes to show you how powerful this trope can be.
** The Netflix version of ''FamilyGuy'' is a mixed bag. While a large percentage of episodes shown are the "edited for first-run FOX broadcast" version (even the early episodes, like "Brian in Love" and "Road to Rhode Island" are the edited versions), all of the season ten episodes are the "uncut, uncensored DVD" versions, which means you get to hear Peter curse a blue streak when he falls down the stairs in "The Blind Side," all the middle fingers flipped off in defiance aren't blurred, you get to see how bloody Wilford Brimley blasting teen girls at the Kids' Choice Award really is in "Quagmire and Meg," and you get to see parts that were cut for time rather than content.
* Individual episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' seem too short on their own. When watched all-together, the jokes layer on top of each other, the epic stuff gets more epic, and the "aren't we pathetic" stuff gets time to breathe.
** Additionally, watching on DVD allows viewers to have a better chance of catching the {{Brick Joke}}s, and the creator commentary fleshes out several details that fell through the cracks of the show's "show-don't-tell" storytelling.
* ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' on DVD is uncensored and extended for the most part. Censorship is generally kept in only when it's the basis for a joke (such as Princess Clara not realizing that Foxxy Love is flipping her off until she does it in return). Due to the heavy amount of censorship for offensive, disgusting, and outright insane content they could not air on ComedyCentral, the DVD set is the only way to experience the series for what it truly was: with all of the mind-raping, childhood-molesting, emotion-murdering, and animal-raping that was too hot for basic cable. Not only that, many scenes and lines were added that were cut for time or content (mostly content), and played the "real" version of some other watered down scenes. They left nothing out, not even the mutilated penises, fat jokes, nudity (both {{fanservice}}-y and otherwise) or the incestuous romance plots.
* Averted with the ''Series/DoctorWho'' animated series "The Infinite Quest". Designed to be consumed by audiences in 8-minute segments over a matter of weeks, the show fuses together into a roughly 45-minute filmette which, mainly due to having the characters summarize the plot every 8 minutes, has serious pacing issues.
* Oddly enough, ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''. Taken individually, the episodes seem to rely too much on BreathlessNonSequitur, but when watched in sequence, enough patterns start to emerge that the non sequiturs become season-long {{Running Gag}}s and {{Brick Joke}}s.
** From the same production team, ''WesternAnimation/TitanMaximum''. The series premiere is a half-hour special, but the next 9 episodes (the entire first season) are only half that (with commercials and credits); theoretically, it could be spliced together and watched as a movie.
* A few scenes from ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' involving such violent scenes as guns being fired and power cords being broken or ripped ([[DontTryThisAtHome wouldn't want to give kids ideas that this is okay to do without showing the realistic consequences]]), which were cut from the show's cable reruns, are reinstated on the show's [=DVD=] sets. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for other DisneyAfternoon shows that got [=DVD=] releases.
* The ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' [=DVD=]s are rather nicely made, and unedited as well (though some cartoon shorts run with scenes that are missing, not because they were cut from TV, but because they were lost to time or never made). Given that ''every'' American channel has aired, edited, and stopped airing the Warner Brothers cartoons from the mid-1960s to the early 2000s (including Cartoon Network -- though Cartoon Network ''has'' brought the shorts back when ''TheLooneyTunesShow'' premiered), DVD is probably the only way anyone can see the shorts uncut and uncensored (ditto the ''Popeye'' cartoons and the MGM shorts, except for ''Tom and Jerry''. See below)
** Subversion: the ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' [=DVDs=] sadly ''are'' edited to remove blackface gags and do feature Mammy Two-Shoes either cut from scenes or with a voice that doesn't sound like a stereotypical SassyBlackWoman. If you're a classic cartoon purist, then it's not BetterOnDVD (unless you count the fact that you can now watch it without that irritating Cartoon Network station ID bug at the bottom of the screen). But there is some good news: WarnerBros actually reversed this trend when it was discovered that the original DVD releases (advertised as being for collectors) contained the edits and redubbed Mammy voice. WB quickly set up an exchange system wherein consumers (if they so wished) could swap out the discs for ones with the uncut shorts. There are still a couple missing episodes from the DVD's though that had too many blackface gags; these are supposedly going to appear on another disc set according to Warner.
*** Better On Laserdisc : The Laserdisc "Tom & Jerry" box sets have all of the original cartoons intact and uncut.
* ''WesternAnimation/RoughnecksStarshipTroopersChronicles'' takes place during seven separate campaigns consisting of five episodes each (save for a few stand-alone episodes). On DVD the episodes for each campaign are edited so that they run together like full length films.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'': The later seasons episode have a lot of RunningGag and CallBack humor, so it really helps to see the earlier episodes beforehand.
** Really, any show made by 70/30 Productions (''{{Sealab 2021}}'', ''FriskyDingo'').
*** Especially Season 2 of ''Sealab'', which has a DVDCommentary track on all episodes that turns into a totally unrelated story the creators tell over the span of many episodes.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is already a great series on TV, but watching it on DVD, with the episodes back to back (instead of [[ScheduleSlip months separated at times]]) really lets the viewer catch the nuances of character development over the course of the seasons.
** The individual seasons of the sequel series, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', are like extended movies. Watching a season in one or two sittings is preferable to the painful wait between single episodes. This is especially the case for Season 2, which is considered the SophomoreSlump of the series.
* Koch outdid themselves on the ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'' DVD set. It actually has the series assembled in continuity order (which wasn't done when the series was on the air), which actually shows off the primitive MythArc the show had going. The addition of the [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome soundtrack]] and booklet with [[AllThereInTheManual notes about the characters and technology]] also helps.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Not only are they shown on DVD uncut with most of the scenes that were thought to be lost when the show was EditedForSyndication, but the extras have a glut of deleted scenes (some of which, if added, would have either made the episode funnier or would have filled a much-noticed plot hole in the story).[[note]]"Most of" being the operative word, because several episodes are not as originally broadcast - "Marge Gets a Job" replaces Mrs. Krabappel's line about Bart faking Tourette's Syndrome with a line about Bart faking rabies (a change made after the first broadcast because of complaints received). "New Kids on the Blecch" also has a line change. In the scene where Mr. Burns is whipping Smithers as Smithers is driving a rickshaw, Mr. Burns's line in the premiere episode was "You call yourself a Chinaman?" In all reruns and on DVD, the line is now, "You call yourself Chinese?".[[/note]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Sym-Bionic Titan}}'' certainly fits this trope to a ''T''. Unless you [=DVRed=] several episodes or have an exceptional memory, you're going to be hard pressed to follow the show's ContinuityPorn. If the series ever makes it to DVD, it'll make a lot more sense.
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' is a relatively short (26 episodes) series with a very tight continuity and an ever-expanding (if at times very slow) plot. Some Transformers fans claim it holds up much better when viewed in just a couple of sittings, while others say they have given up on it when it originally aired on TV purely because of this. The fact that it has ''many'' multi-episode stories has to be a factor.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' has a story so plot-heavy it's prone to ContinuityLockOut. Some episodes don't really ''end'' as much as they just ''stop'', only to pick up right in the same place at the beginning of next episode. This is much easier to follow on DVD.
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