Originally Posted by -RMC-
The shield is the perfect marathon show. Each episode is exciting and they always leave you on the edge of your seat, it is a really addicting show.
I never watched the Shield, but this is very true that some shows are well-suited -- or even better-suited -- for marathons. I spent the recent hiatus catching up on the first four seasons of Mad Men
, for example. Now I'm doing the same with Friday Night Lights
. Both lend themselves for viewing in multiple-episode chunks because they each feature long story arcs and/or callbacks to past moments.
In fact, I'd say any show whose episodes often start with "previously on _______" will make for good marathon viewing. I'll have to follow some of the suggestions in here.
By the way, if you ever want a fun mini-marathon, watch the seven-episode set of the 2003 WSOP main event. It's pretty interesting to see how much both the play and the coverage has changed. Part nostalgia, part comedy. e.g. there is a scene where Norman Chad is commenting on a hand as if it's live. Meanwhile, you can see Chad sitting on the rail in the background. I guess no one knew what he looked like at the time, so the illusion that this was real-time coverage would stay intact for most viewers in 2003.