The Emotional Stages of Starting a New Netflix Show


Given the choice, most of us would choose Netflix over food. But luckily, we don’t have to choose. Netflix invented the subtle art of binge-watching, ushering in the phenomenon of watching an entire season of a drama or comedy in a single day, no breaks necessary.

The binge-watch is a powerful thing. It can take over your life with a single click, and there’s no known cure. We’ve all experienced it at some point, and no one is immune.

Addiction to Netflix starts slow, but builds and builds until you have no choice but to succumb to its heady power.

1. Skepticism

At first you question all the hype. Is this show really that good? Maybe everyone is just making a big fuss out of nothing. After all, it doesn’t seem that great in the promos. But then again, everyone must be talking about it for a reason. What the hell? I don’t have anything to do tonight — I’ll give it a go.

2. Excitement

Ooooh, I like this. This, this is fun. That character is adorable, I hope she gets everything she wants. Oh but look, her boyfriend is cheating on her. That sucks. I can’t wait for the next episode!

3. Sleeplessness

Just one more won’t hurt! It’s Thursday night, I can afford to be a little sleepy on a Friday at work, no biggie. All I have to do is not touch anything and the auto-play will kick in and it won’t even be my fault, really—OOH IT’S STARTING. Wait, is that the sun rising?

4. When Like Turns Into Love

I officially love this show! It’s so well-written and the characters are complex and likeable, even though this plotline is so tired. But whatever, I feel like I AM Amanda, do you know what I mean? Like, she’s so me. She’s my spirit animal! And Chad? How cute is he? He reminds me of my second boyfriend in sophomore year that I broke up with too soon. I wonder if he’s still single…

5. Addiction

I couldn’t stop now even if I wanted to. I dream about the show, I think about it when I’m with other people, and nothing means anything to me anymore. Can I call out sick all this week and watch this show until the seventh season?

6. Giddiness

EVERYTHING IS PERFECT RIGHT NOW. Chad and Amanda are dating and look! They’re so happy! I bet I’ll find a boyfriend just like that one of these days!

7. Grief

……..why did Amanda cheat on Chad with Larry…….this is base betrayal. I will never speak to her again.

8. Acceptance

Okay, so Amanda was so not good enough for Chad. Larry is only a guest star so he’ll be gone soon, and then Amanda will cry her eyes out, Chad will forgive her, and everything will go back to normal. I pray.

9. Ignoring All Social Events

No, I can’t come over for dinner tomorrow night. Why? Uh, I have sooo much laundry to do and I have to be at work early the next day. And I can’t go out this weekend, either. Or next weekend. And I can’t make it to that vacation that we’ve been planning for months. I have a show to watch.

10. Earache

I hate wearing these earbuds every night just so my roommates won’t wake up when the opening credits play every 42 minutes until 4 a.m. That’s their problem, not mine.

11. Exhaustion

If I go to work with eyes as red as these, my boss might single me out for some random drug testing. Another sick day, perhaps?

12. Loyalty

This is officially my favorite show ever. Even though it’s over, I can watch it again and again whenever I want. Just so long as I never delete my Netflix account. But let’s face it: I’d rather pay for Netflix than have running water in my apartment.

Lisa Lo Paro
Lisa is a freelance writer and bibliophile living on the outskirts of New York City. She likes 2 a.m. with a good book, takes cream in her coffee and heavily filters her photos. Check out her blog The Most Happy, her Instagram, and Twitter.

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