A 25-year-old Brooklynite made his borough proud this week when he set the Guinness World Record for the longest binge-watching marathon, having managed to consume 94 hours of television straight. This man is a hero and potentially my soulmate, and we should all aspire to follow in his legendary footsteps.
Variety reports that Alejandro “AJ” Fragoso managed to spend five days watching back-to-back episodes of television shows, including some of my personal favorites (Bob's Burgers, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Game of Thrones) and some others, like Battlestar Galactica and Twilight Zone. Fragoso began the binge on Friday and set the record just after 5 a.m. this morning.
Fragoso's binge is admirable, but it's also corporately sponsored—he and two others vied for the record at a sponsored event for a multimedia software company. And though only Fragoso managed to persevere, I am certain I nearly topped his record the weekend I discovered all 7 seasons of 30 Rock were on Netflix. In fact, though Fragoso suffered some adverse health affects during this binge—"I learned that binge-watching TV for abnormally long durations can actually be quite physically taxing," he told Variety—there's no reason the rest of us aren't slovenly enough to make it through a full week of sleepless bingeing.
You can watch all of Sex & The City on HBO, for instance; there are six Ken Burns documentaries on Netflix, including 14 hours of The Roosevelts; Amazon Prime's streaming all of Veronica Mars, and Hulu's got Seinfeld, The OC and Community. And if that's not enough for you, ne'er forget that there is an entire website dedicated to streaming every episode of The Simpsons, so you can live in Springfield until your eyes bleed.
And sure, binge-watching isn't great for your health—Fragoso had some health hiccups like "involuntary open-eyed micronaps" and "acute hallucinations" after his binge—but considering what the world is like right now, we might as well go out with a bang/4000 hours of Parenthood.