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There are more ways to enjoy ‘Orange Is the New Black’ than binge-watching

There is a way to enjoy “Orange Is the New Black” without getting stuck in a binging cycle. (Netflix)

Some folks are binge watching all 13 new episodes of “Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix). Other “Orange” lovers are anti-binging. They ask: How can you savor the complex flavors of one episode if you’ve already moved to the next one … and the next? Plus, binging can make you queasy.

And really, binge watching is so 2011! Let’s move on to exciting new viewing techniques:

Cringe watch: You recoil while viewing but keep coming back for more (see: Schadenfreude). Qualifying shows: Anything with “Housewives,” “Amish” or “Kardashians” in the title.

Fringe watch: Find a show that hardly anyone in D.C. watches but you. This gives you awesome comments for water cooler conversations: “Can you believe how much weight that tractor pulled down the track on ‘National Tractor Pulling’ (6:30 p.m. Tuesdays on RFD-TV)?”

Stingy watch: Just tune in for a teeny bit. So you can say, “I caught three minutes of ‘Mistresses’ (10 p.m. Mondays on ABC) and I sure did laugh when that mistress said, ‘Rain on my slutty parade.’ Then I had to go fold laundry.” A stingy watcher will seem totally up on the latest TV without falling behind on household chores.


Marc Silver has been watching TV since the days when people wrapped aluminum foil around TV antennae to improve reception.



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