Here's How Long it Takes to Binge-Watch More Than 50 Popular TV Shows

Bryce Dallas Howard stars in an episode of Black Mirror.
Bryce Dallas Howard stars in an episode of Black Mirror.
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Recent circumstances may have left you staying home with a lot of time on your hands. One popular way to fill that time is by bingeing an absurd amount of television. But just how much time will you need to invest if you want to watch all of Game of Thrones in a single sitting? Stacker put together a list of exactly how long it will take for you to binge your favorite TV shows—or the ones everyone has been telling you to watch for years now.

If you’re looking to waste a little—or a lot—of time while social distancing, see just how long it will take you to watch an entire series below. 

  • General Hospital—11,398 hours (474 days, 22 hours)
  • Days of Our Lives—11,281 hours (470 days, 1 hour)
  • Saturday Night Live—1308 hours (54 days, 12 hours)
  • Pokémon—513 hours (21 days, 9 hours)
  • Law and Order: Special Victims Unit—460 hours (19 days, 4 hours)
  • NCIS—379 hours (15 days, 19 hours)
  • Grey's Anatomy—343 hours (14 days, 7 hours)
  • The Simpsons—334 hours (13 days, 22 hours)
  • Criminal Minds—317 hours (13 days, 5 hours)
  • The X-Files—218 hours (9 days, 2 hours)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation—178 hours (7 days, 10 hours)
  • House—176 hours (7 days, 8 hours)
  • The Vampire Diaries—171 hours (7 days, 3 hours)
  • Dragon Ball Z—170 hours (7 days, 2 hours)
  • Family Guy—165 hours (6 days, 21 hours)
  • The West Wing—154 hours (6 days, 10 hours)
  • Gilmore Girls—153 hours (6 days, 9 hours)
  • South Park—152 hours (6 days, 8 hours)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer—144 hours (6 days)
  • The Big Bang Theory—139 hours (5 days, 19 hours)
  • Cheers—138 hours (5 days, 18 hours)
  • The Walking Dead—131 hours (5 days, 11 hours)
  • M*A*S*H—129 hours (5 days, 9 hours)
  • King of the Hill—127 hours (5 days, 7 hours)
  • Gossip Girl—121 hours (5 days, 1 hour)
  • Lost—121 hours (5 days, 1 hour)
  • Friends—121 hours (5 days, 1 hour)
  • SpongeBob SquarePants—120 hours (5 days)
  • Shameless—110 hours (4 days, 14 hours)
  • Sons of Anarchy—105 hours (4 days, 9 hours)
  • How I Met Your Mother—104 hours (4 days, 8 hours)
  • That 70s Show—102 hours (4 days, 6 hours)
  • The Office—99 hours (4 days, 3 hours)
  • Dexter—96 hours (4 days)
  • Mad Men—92 hours (3 days, 20 hours)
  • Orange Is the New Black—91 hours (3 days, 19 hours)
  • Seinfeld—90 hours (3 days, 18 hours)
  • The Sopranos—86 hours (3 days, 14 hours)
  • Fresh Prince of Bel-Air—74 hours (3 days, 2 hours)
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia—71 hours (2 days, 23 hours)
  • Adventure Time—70 hours (2 days, 22 hours)
  • Game of Thrones—70 hours (2 days, 22 hours)
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine—65 hours (2 days, 17 hours)
  • Parks and Recreation—63 hours (2 days, 15 hours)
  • Breaking Bad—62 hours (2 days, 14 hours)
  • Futurama—62 hours (2 days, 14 hours)
  • The Wire—60 hours (2 days, 12 hours)
  • Downton Abbey—56 hours (2 days, 8 hours)
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender—30 hours (1 day, 6 hours)
  • Black Mirror—21 hours
  • Stranger Things—20 hours
  • Rick and Morty—15 hours

[h/t Stacker]

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10 Fascinating Facts About Samuel L. Jackson


If you watch enough movies, you’re bound to spot Samuel L. Jackson. The 71-year-old star (he'll turn 72 on December 21, 2020) is one of the most prolific actors in Hollywood, appearing in Oscar-winning films like Pulp Fiction (1994) as well as blockbuster franchises like Jurassic Park, Star Wars, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. From his background as an activist to the origin of his R-rated catchphrase, here are some things you should know about the Oscar-nominated actor.

1. Swearing helped Samuel L. Jackson manage his stutter.

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Before he was one of Hollywood's most accomplished actors, Samuel L. Jackson had trouble speaking in front of others. He was bullied for his stutter as a child, and he avoided talking in school for nearly a year because of it. He eventually took the initiative to treat the issue on his own by researching breathing techniques at the library. He also came up with a unique anchor word: motherf***er. The expletive that helped him manage his speech impediment would also become his professional calling card later in life.

2. Samuel L. Jackson was an usher at Martin Luther King, Jr.’s funeral.

The assassination of Martin Luther King on April 4, 1968 thrust a young Jackson into the Civil Rights Movement. Jackson, who was a sophomore at Morehouse College at the time, flew from Atlanta to Memphis a few days later to march in support of a garbage workers' strike. Back in Atlanta, he agreed to be an usher at MLK’s funeral when he heard they needed volunteers. In 2018, he wrote about the experience for The Hollywood Reporter, saying, “I remember seeing people like Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier. People that I thought I'd never see, let alone have a relationship with later on in life. The funeral was pretty much a blur.” He later staged a lock-in at his college that got him suspended.

3. Samuel L. Jackson almost became a marine biologist.

Jackson attended college in the 1960s with the intention of becoming a marine biologist. After he held the lock-in at Morehouse, he saw a performance by the Negro Ensemble Company that inspired him to pursue acting. When his suspension ended, he switched his major to drama and joined the theater group that inspired him.

4. Samuel L. Jackson was a stand-in on The Cosby Show.

Before he made it big in Hollywood, Jackson worked as a stand-in for Bill Cosby during tapings of the sitcom. "I was the right height, and I was the right skin tone," Jackson told Vulture in 2012 about the gig. "We did the blocking, while they did the camera choreography because it was a three-camera show. For two to three years, they would put his crazy sweaters on me."

5. Samuel L. Jackson's famous Jurassic Park line was inspired by another film.

Not long before he found a permanent place on Hollywood's A-list, Jackson played a small part in Jurassic Park (1993). John “Ray” Arnold wasn’t the star of the film, but he did say one of its more memorable lines: “Hold onto your butts.” Jurassic Park screenwriter David Koepp recently revealed that he borrowed the line from director Robert Zemeckis, who uttered it before watching reshoots of his film Death Becomes Her (1992).

6. Samuel L. Jackson asked for a purple lightsaber in the Star Wars prequels.

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Jackson is such a big Star Wars fan that he immediately accepted the role of Jedi Mace Windu when George Lucas offered it to him. He did, however, make one request regarding the part: He wanted a purple lightsaber. Traditionally, lightsabers come in green for Jedi and red for Sith, but Lucas reluctantly agreed to make an exception for Mace Windu in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002). Jackson recounted the origins of his unique weapon on The Graham Norton Show: “We had this big arena, this fight scene with all these Jedi and they’re fighting or whatever. And I was like, well s***, I want to be able to find myself in this big ol’ scene. So I said to George, ‘You think maybe I can get a purple lightsaber?’”

7. Samuel L. Jackson is the highest grossing actor of all time.

Samuel L. Jackson has appeared in more than 150 movies, including blockbuster franchises like Star Wars and several of the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including The Avengers series. So it’s not surprising that the actor has earned the distinction of being Hollywood’s highest-grossing actor. The combined box office earnings of all his films—which includes Avengers: Endgame, the biggest money-maker of all time—add up to more than $13 billion worldwide.

8. Samuel L. Jackson has his own wig consultant.

Jackson is bald in real life, but he has sported many iconic hairstyles over the course of his movie career. His ‘dos have become such a big part of his on-screen personas that he employs his own personal hair stylist and wig consultant. Robert L. Stevenson has used Jackson’s head as a canvas on dozens of films.

9. Samuel L. Jackson appears in Kill Bill Vol. 2.

After first collaborating with director Quentin Tarantino on Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown (1997), Jackson made a brief cameo in his Kill Bill series. The next time you watch Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004), pay close attention to Rufus the wedding piano player—he’s played by a familiar face.

10. You can hear Samuel L. Jackson on Amazon’s Alexa.

Jackson is known for his distinctive voice and colorful vocabulary. In 2019, the actor lent his vocal talents to Amazon’s Alexa. The Samuel L. Jackson Alexa option has many of the same capabilities as regular Alexa, including playing music, setting your alarm clock, and singing “Happy Birthday.” You can even let the feature use swear words for a more authentic experience.