Do you like when they show marathons of your favorite shows?

United States
September 7, 2009 11:37am CST
I enjoy marathons every now and then if I like the show, but sometimes they are too long. I can watch episode after episode of certain sitcoms, game shows, etc that I like, but after a few hours it just seems like overkill. I realize some people might not watch the whole thing or be busy during some of the marathon and the channel wants to air the marathon for ratings or whatever, but sometimes they have like a 9-hour or 24-hour marathon, and I think that's a bit excessive. I would think 3-4 hours would be more than enough. What are your opinions regarding marathons? Do you like them? Do you think sometimes they are TOO long? What do you think is the ideal timeframe for a tv marathon?
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@erikmama (12929)
• United States
7 Sep 09
I do like to watch marathons, but they are too long most of the time. i usually wear myself out on the show after a few hours of these marathins. I am nost sure I have ever made it to the end of one with the exception of UFC.
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• United States
7 Sep 09
Yeah I get bored and irritated after so long and have to turn off the television or at least switch the channel. I can relate!
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• United States
7 Sep 09
I can't say that I watch them, or have time to sit and watch one right after the other. I started to watch the "House" marathon, but gave up after the 3rd one.
• United States
9 Sep 09
Yes, sometimes it gets monotonous and some shows are better in smaller doses.
@sizzle3000 (3040)
• United States
7 Sep 09
I have to say that I do like when they run marathons on my favorite tv shows. There are so many from the 70's that I like. My husband love when they have a Star Trek athon. He likes the next generation but my favorite one is the old shows with Captian Kirk. My daughter loves Buffy and Angel so if they would ever hold a marathon on one or both of these shows she would definately be glued to the television. My dad loves all in the family so if that would ever come on my dad would be watching it but my mom would not. This is one show that she never learned to like. I think it has something to do with the theme sound. The high pich of Edith bunkers voice. To get to the point I would definately watch marathons on television shows gone by.
• United States
7 Sep 09
Yeah I guess for the shows they don't run as much anymore (such as the original Star Trek or Welcome Back Potter, for example), but those shows that are easily available and often shown almost daily such as Scrubs and the Simpsons, for example, I don't think they need to have 24-hour marathons as we can see them almost anytime already.
@ladyhope (377)
• Canada
8 Sep 09
It is funny that you mention Star trek as there was a Star trek marathon on today. i only got to see a few episodes, but my moms been glued to the TV. Its her birthday and instead of going to a restaurant as planned, she had us all over for a barbecue so that she could keep watching. Her reasoning: "Its my birthday, isn't it?"
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• United States
9 Sep 09
LOL That IS funny! I hope she enjoyed the marathon. ... Did she record it as well?
@AmbiePam (50146)
• United States
7 Sep 09
I really do like television marathons, but unfortunately they are always on cable it seems like. I would love to watch a marathon of The Big Bang Theory, but of course CBS doesn't have the kind of scheduling during the daytime hours. This being Labor Day the marathons are all over the place. For instance, I like that Dirty Jobs is having a marathon, but they do something that bugs me when they have a marathon. After about five episodes in, they start over again airing those same five episodes. I don't want to see the same five episodes three time during the stupid marathon! Although I personally can't sit through an entire Dirty Jobs marathon anyway.
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• United States
7 Sep 09
I know what you mean. If it's a marathon of that show, they ought to at least air DIFFERENT episodes!
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@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
7 Sep 09
To be really honest, marathons of the same show really do drive be nuts, but there was one time that I was quite thankful for them. My husband and I both really enjoyed watching Pitchmen on the Discovery Channel. When they showed the marathon of the show, we set our DVR to record all of the episodes. We didn't sit in front of the television all day and watch every single episode, but we have them all so we can watch them whenever we like. I guess my attention span just isn't long enough to watch a television marathon.
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• United States
7 Sep 09
Yeah that's a good idea. You can have the whole series recorded to watch one or two episodes at a time.
• Regina, Saskatchewan
7 Sep 09
Frankly, marathons annoy me as they are all reruns and I get so bored with reruns. LOL So I tend to watch a marathon of a show I've not seen much before and then I love them, cause I get to see all the shows back to back! LOL So they could go on forever as far as I'm concerned in that case.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
7 Sep 09
They are fine but i am not one to sit that long & watch hours of anything. I have really not watched much tv all summer. Happy days to u.
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@horsesrule (1960)
• United States
8 Sep 09
I love it when they have marathons of my favorite shows. Sure, I can't sit there and watch every episode but when its a day long marathon, I get to come back to it whenever I can. It's great! Sometimes I have my own personal marathon and put on a DVD from a season of one of my favorite TV shows and watch episode after episode after.... LOL
• Australia
8 Sep 09
Haha yes i o this too. Im always throwing in the dvds and end up watching almost an entire season some days lol wow kinda sad. Oh well its fun.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
1 Nov 09
If it's a show I like such as Bones, Roseanne, Law and Order, CSI...then yes, I like it. I don't get anything else accomplished but I like to see them. Since we don't have cable anymore we watch most of our tv on the computers...I can watch as much or as little as I want and I can do other things while I'm watching it. [b]!!Happy Turkey Day!! ~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS**[/b]
• India
29 Sep 09
Hello my friend Bethany1202 Ji, WEll, I think you are vividly talking about 'Law of marginal Utility' in economics, where a saturation point comes when nothing works. There is particular behaviour when everything ceases. We say that we have reached satisfactory stage. Or a change is required. In my case, I do not want to view any repitition. At times channel keep broadcasting same news even after 24 hrs with a tag 'Emergency'. I do not like such things. i can never concentrate more tahn one hr at the maximum at a stretch. May God bless you and have a great time.
• United States
28 Sep 09
I like marathons of certain shows but have never just sat and watched a marathon. For the I like them because I know I can watch some now and some later. I think no matter how much I liked a show I just couldn't sit and stare at it for hours!
@AKMEDIA2 (328)
• United States
25 Sep 09
I love marathon shows as it allows me to catch up on a lot of episodes I've missed. I haven't actually sat through a marathon series for awhile now. I used to sit through the USA marathon of Charmed, Cartoon Network's Naruto marathon, and Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations. I love tv marathons as they give some sense of continuity.
• United States
11 Sep 09
I love marathons. But it has to be on a show that I really love. I watched the Golden Girls marathon on labor day, but Hallmark kept repeating the episodes and I didn't like that. I have also watched the twilight zone marathons to.
• United States
11 Sep 09
i do if its a show that they dont do it all the time with.. i mean i love roseanne and house but they have had marathons like every week it seems and then the same episodes each time and it drives me nuts
@killersss (639)
• India
10 Sep 09
yes i do like it. i watch shin chan i love this cartoon :) and they sometimes show the marathon of this cartoon and i just watch all the episodes without any problem, i just love it. and the other one is the tom and jerry, this is another one which i like to watch the marathon of.
• United States
9 Sep 09
I like marathons sometimes, but I don't think I have ever sat down and watched a full marathon. The could go on forever. But, when they are all day it is nice you can catch them at any hour and not have to schedule it, unless there is a specific episode you want to see. Sometimes they are nice because if there is nothing else on, but you still want to veg and watch tv you can at least depend on your favorite show being on if they are having a marathon.
• United States
9 Sep 09
Sometimes, but then I always sit there and watch a lot of them. Most of the time they show the ones I haven't seen so its nice to catch up the lost episodes. some of the time I just turn it on and keep it as background noise until I hear something interesting and then I'll plant myself and root.
@kitty42 (3912)
• United States
8 Sep 09
Hello Bethany1202 Two marathons I actually look forward too, Honeymooners and twilight zone no mater how may times I have watched this I never seem to get enough, especially the Honeymooners I don't like the fact its start so late past few years I feel asleep on it the new year will not feel right without Ralph/Norton/Alice/Trixie , guess you can tell I am hooked this show never gets boring to me, look forward to the marathon this year and every year after.
• Philippines
8 Sep 09
i also enjoy watching marathons its good coz sometime when you miss just one episode it feels like you miss the whole season so just to refresh your memory
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
8 Sep 09
I enjoy the Law and Order marathons on USA otherwise I get bored too easily with marathon tv shows. More than 4 episodes and I'm ready to walk away.
• United States
8 Sep 09
If I missed an episode ,I like them. But if I saw all the episodes the first time,then I stay away.An exception? When along loved show returns like Taxi or Barney Miller. I would watch that marathon.