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How to Do a Series Marathon Without Going Cray

Because we know you'll be spending a lot of time with your laptop or TV this summer.



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So it's finally your summer break, and you're ready to hibernate with all the episodes you had to give up during hell week month. Hold up, though—there is an art to marathon-ing TV shows. You have to be in the right frame of mind to fully enjoy it. You have to be mentally and emotionally prepared for some episodes. You need provisions.

I just came from a two-week marathon of Veronica Mars (who's the idiot who didn't do it before the movie came out? This Marshmallow!), and here are some things I picked up along the way.

  1. Find a comprehensive, spoiler-lite episode guide. I didn't follow it, but found Vulture’s day-by-day viewing guide incredibly useful. Because there are some episodes you need to see back to back, and some episodes you can skip.

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  2. Do the buddy system. You actually don't need to go to each other's place—you can just spaz with each other online. Capslocking with a friend is so much more fun than dealing with your feels alone.

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  3. Stock up on junk food and healthy eats. You can only consume so many bags of chips. Change things up by snacking on apples dipped in peanut butter or a bowl of corn topped with cheese. Or the Doctor's favorite: fish fingers and custard.

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  4. Make sure you're not missing any episodes. Because that's the one big advantage of this kind of delayed gratification—cliffhangers? Pfft, what cliffhangers?

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  5. Restrain yourself. It's tempting to Google if Mary ends up with Francis or Sebastian on Reign. Don't. Delayed gratification, remember?

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  6. Check in. I find that logging on to tvtag, which used to be getglue, is a good way to check my progress and revisit favorite scenes. You'll also see what like-minded friends and fans around the world have to say! 

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  7. Change positions and stretch every episode. So that your bones don't pop alarmingly when you come out of the haze.

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  8. Don't forget to take a shower and get some sleep. I know it's hard to hit pause and drag yourself out of bed. Just think of it this way: you'll have time to review the details of Sherlock’s case and guess who did it while you're stuck in real life. 

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  9. Take a break. It's easy to take a show for granted when it’s all you watch day and night. Unplugging is the best solution, but you can also give your system a reboot by watching a half-hour sitcom every five episodes or so. Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Modern Family, and The Big Bang Theory are some of the best.

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  10. Instead of a full-pledged marathon, go for sprints. Five episodes of this show, five episodes of that show, and so on. If you get lost along the way, well, that’s what recaps are for!

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  11. When you're done and life has no meaning anymore, come find us @candymagdotcom. We got your back.

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