TV bingeing is the new addiction and has created cheaters in all of us. From the long distance cheaters to the sleepless and serial cheaters, I just want to say I. GET. YOU. I’m not here to judge, as I’m just as guilty. My husband is an early riser and gets to bed early. I, on the other hand stay up late. Evenings are the only time I have to myself where I can relax and unwind. So yes, I’m sorry not sorry to be spending my evenings with the likes of Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), Matt Smith (The Crown), Kyle Chandler (Bloodline), Wagner Moura (Narcos), David Harbour (Stranger Things) and Kevin Spacey (House of Cards).
“Netflix Cheating” is defined as watching a TV show ahead of your significant other. According to a recent Netflix survey, over a third (37%) of Canadian streaming couples are watching behind each other’s backs while 46% of global viewers have owned up to watching ahead of their partner.
Though my husband is not a serial binger, he did go through the entire first season of a Canadian show called Dark Matter in record time. As he often catches the show here and there, whenever he finds the time (often weekends) and I’m often out, our paths rarely crossed to watch together. Being the serial binger that I am, I’ve caught up now and we’re hoping to be able to watch season 2 together on Netflix soon.
Believe it or not, even our 13-year-old son has cheated. We all started watching Trollhunters together and because it was during the holidays, we were doing pretty good, watching as a clan. However, there came a point where our darling son went ahead and finished the entire season without us! So even though my “teen” thinks he’s so grown up, he knows a good show when he sees it (though he would be too “cool” to admit as much).
However, this story doesn’t end all in doom and gloom. You see, we did successfully watch all the episodes of A Series of Unfortunate Events together, without anyone skipping ahead (though it was over the holidays and we watched over consecutive nights). But, we didn’t cheat!
If you’re in the market for a new show to watch (other than the ones I’ve already mentioned), consider these cheat-worthy contenders, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, One Day at a Time and Ultimate Beastmaster (Netflix’s first reality competition series produced by Sylvester Stallone).
So, it’s your turn to spill it. What kind of cheater are you?
Disclosure: As a member of Netflix Canada’s Stream Team, I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with Netflix. As always, all opinions are my own.
About Wendy Morelli
Wendy loves her 2 kids and her iPhone, not necessarily always in that order. She is an app obsessed mom who loves everything tech and is (unfortunately) old enough to remember the brick Motorola cell phone and the Commodore computer. Her love for technology stems back to the 10+ years of working for technology based companies. Wendy's alter ego, "AppHipMom" has been featured in Canadian Family, iVillage, Women in Biz, EverythingMom, BlogHer and Savvy Mom.