Binge racers. No, it's not Vin Diesel on cheat day — it's a new breed of Netflix fanatics that will watch an entire series of new TV in less than 24 hours. There are more than eight million of them around the world, Netflix says, including one top-ranked couch potato from Australia.
As part of the lead-up to Stranger Things season two, which drops in Australia in the next couple of weeks, Netflix has released a bunch of data on its most popular shows, as well as the parts of Australia most responsible for binge watching entire series quickly after they launch.
Because Netflix traditionally dumps an entire series of each of its original TV shows online at once, it opens the floodgates for the most committed fans to marathon a full season within a day. Stranger Things, for example, is 10 episodes of around an hour in length — and sitting down to watch it is really just like watching one 10-hour movie.
It's not the shows you'd really expect, though, that are the most popularly binged. Australia is ranked 8th around the world for how many binge racers we have per capita, but our top shows were the new Gilmore Girls and The Defenders — neither of which were critically acclaimed masterpieces, showing we may be committed to watching established shows even if they're kinda trash.
Here's an interesting, potentially worrying fact: one person in Australia has binge-raced 13 shows this year alone, and is ranked 12th around the world from Netflix's members when it comes to binge racing. Think it's someone that probably hasn't left the house in a while? Well, Netflix isn't sure, but it's got some good spin on that: "Know that for these super fans, the speed of watching is an achievement to be proud of and brag about. TV is their passion, and binge racing is their sport."
Here's the offending order of states and territories most responsible for binge racing:
- Australian Capital Territory
- Other AU
- South Australia
- Western Australia
- New South Wales
And here are the 20 titles most popularly binged:
- Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
- Marvel's The Defenders
- Santa Clarita Diet
- The Seven Deadly Sins
- The Ranch
- Fuller House
- White Gold
- Friends from College
- F is for Family
- Stranger Things
- Grace and Frankie
- Orange Is the New Black
- Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
- You Me Her
- Chewing Gum
- Anne with an E
And if you ever needed a guide on how to binge race a TV show on Netflix, here you go: