With technological advances, the television industry has changed the way we watch tv. It has never been more exciting watching television. Streaming has allowed viewers to not only watch from their tvs but also from their computer, laptop, gaming console, smart phone or tablet. You know you’re in 2016 when a pal asks what shows you’re bingeing on.
Netflix recently released their list of ‘hooked” episodes – “the key episode that kept 70% of viewers watching until the end of the first season”. And I was not shocked to see many of my favourites on the list and interesting enough, the hooked episode for Canadian viewers was much the same as that of their global counterparts. The exceptions being Gilmore Girls and The Good Wife, where Canadian viewers caught on sooner than the rest of the world.
For me personally, Stranger Things had me after the first 30 seconds. The sci-fi thriller casts 5 relatively unknown tweens (who absolutely steal the show) who’s lives are thrown upside-down when one of their own disappears without a trace. Set in a small 1980’s town, the series transported me back to my childhood — rotary phones, walkie talkies, pay phones, Corey Hart and all. The series was a delightful smorgasbord of Stephen King, ET, Stand by Me and The Goonies. With its many retro references and homage to the eighties, Stranger Things could have easily been a hot mess, yet it was anything but. What’s even better is that this is a great series to watch together with older tweens and teens. Season 2 has been confirmed, I can’t wait to see what happens next!
So, when when did your favourite shows have you hooked?
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.