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]

Blue Apron’s Memorial Day Sale Will Save You $60 On Your First Three Boxes

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Scott Eisen/Getty Images

If you’ve gone through all the recipes you had bookmarked on your phone and are now on a first-name basis with the folks at the local pizzeria, it might be time to introduce a new wrinkle into your weekly dinner menu. But instead of buying loads of groceries and cookbooks to make your own meal, you can just subscribe to a service like Blue Apron, which will deliver all the ingredients and instructions you need for a unique dinner.

And if you start your subscription before May 26, you can save $20 on each of your first three weekly boxes from the company. That means that whatever plan you choose—two or four meals a week, vegetarian or the Signature plan—you’ll save $60 in total.

With the company’s Signature plan, you’ll get your choice of meat, fish, and Beyond foods, along with options for diabetes-friendly and Weight Watchers-approved dishes. The vegetarian plan loses the meat, but still allows you to choose from a variety of dishes like General Tso's tofu and black bean flautas.

To get your $60 off, head to the Blue Apron website and click “Redeem Offer” at the top of the page to sign up.

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25 Classic TV Series Audiences Most Want to See Make a Comeback


There’s definitely no shortage of new television shows to watch these days, but the recent slew of series revivals offers nostalgists the unique opportunity to catch up with their favorite fictional characters without streaming reruns on a loop.

So which TV shows are viewers most eager to see return to screens? To find out, UK-based digital retailer OnBuy analyzed Google search data for a variety of classic series—paired with terms like reunion, new series, and new season—and ranked them in order of average monthly search volume.

Reunion specials or spin-off series have already been announced for some of the shows on the list, so fans could be looking for the latest update on production status or premiere date. For the nearly 90,000 people googling for information about the highly anticipated Friends reunion, which tops the list, we have great news: Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, and the rest of the gang will reportedly film it this summer. Game of Thrones came in a not-so-close second, with an average monthly search volume of almost 34,000; there’s been quite a bit of talk surrounding HBO’s alleged four prequel shows for George R.R. Martin’s series, but it looks like the earliest we’ll get to see one is 2022.

Other series on the list have already made comebacks, but some of them left a few loose ends untied or open to interpretation—Gilmore Girls and Twin Peaks, for example—giving audiences a reason to hope there might be yet another season on the way.

And then, of course, there are plenty of perpetually popular shows that still haven’t been (and might never be) rebooted. Steve Carell has said in the past that a revival of The Office, fifth on the list, is a bad idea, and creator Greg Daniels thinks it’s highly unlikely.

See the top 25 list below, and pass the time while you’re waiting for your favorite show to return to TV with these 50 great series to binge-watch.

  1. Friends // 88,390
  1. Game of Thrones // 33,880
  1. Dallas // 24,760
  1. Criminal Minds // 13,620
  1. The Office // 5210
  1. Orange Is the New Black // 3750
  1. Breaking Bad // 3430
  1. Seinfeld // 3120
  1. Gilmore Girls // 2700
  1. Roseanne // 2310
  1. One Tree Hill // 2110
  1. Veep // 1990
  1. Modern Family // 1980
  1. Twin Peaks // 1810
  1. House of Cards // 1710
  1. Gossip Girl // 1360
  1. Cheers // 710
  1. Happy Days // 670
  1. Frasier // 560
  1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer // 530
  1. Mad Men // 510
  1. ER // 360
  1. The Big Bang Theory // 320
  1. How I Met Your Mother // 310
  1. The Wire // 300

[h/t OnBuy]