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How long it takes to binge 'The Office,' 'Game of Thrones,' and 50 other famous TV shows

  • Dragon Ball Z

    - Time it takes to binge: 7 days, 2 hours

    A cornerstone of Japanese anime, and a bonafide cultural phenomenon, “Dragon Ball Z” dates back to 1984. The complicated, multi-character story has spanned several animated series, as well as film-length “episodes” and various TV specials. Fans can watch all of the canon episodes in a little over a week of constant viewing, but including every non-cannon sequel would certainly add several days of viewing time.

  • The Walking Dead

    - Time it takes to binge: 5 days, 11 hours

    Andrew Kirkman began publishing “The Walking Dead” comic books in 2003, and seven years later, in 2010, AMC brought the zombie thriller to the small screen. Currently in its 10th season, “The Walking Dead” has been renewed for the 11th season and has inspired two other post-apocalyptic spin-offs, “Fear the Walking Dead” and a yet-untitled offshoot. Fans of gore, suspense, and good storytelling could currently immerse themselves in Kirkman’s creepy world for five-and-a-half days.

  • How I Met Your Mother

    - Time it takes to binge: 4 days, 8 hours

    “How I Met Your Mother” spent nine seasons in a primetime slot on CBS. Over the course of 200 episodes, Ted Mosby told his children the winding story of how, exactly, he met their mother, dated other women along the way, and navigated New York City with his four best friends. In 2017, Deadline announced that a possible sequel called “How I Met Your Father” could be in the works.

  • Pokémon

    - Time it takes to binge: 21 days, 9 hours

    The Pokémon franchise has its roots in a 1980s Japanese gaming magazine called Game Freak. On April 1, 1997, the card game turned videogame turned cartoon, made its debut in the United States. There have been several different anime series over the years, as well as a handful of feature-length films, and in the time it would take you to watch every chapter of the Pokémon story, you could sail across the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Family Guy

    - Time it takes to binge: 6 days, 21 hours

    Another adult cartoon, this time from the brain of comedic genius Seth MacFarlane, “Family Guy” follows dimwitted but lovable Peter Griffin; his wife, Lois; his three children; and their talking dog, Brian, through their daily lives and fantastic escapades. Originally intended to be a series of shorts for MADtv, “Family Guy” ended up running on Fox as a standalone series in 1998. The cartoon has been canceled twice, once by Fox and once by Cartoon Network, but fans rallied behind the series and brought it back to life. The 18th season of “Family Guy” premiered on Fox in the fall of 2019.

  • Breaking Bad

    - Time it takes to binge: 2 days, 14 hours

    A television phenomenon, “Breaking Bad” followed a soft-spoken chemistry teacher’s transition into a drug kingpin. Ranked third on Rolling Stone’s “100 greatest TV Shows of All Time” list, the show was passed on by three major networks before finding a home on AMC. More than 10 million people watched the show’s 2013 finale. Since then, a spin-off show, “Better Call Saul,” has been keeping audiences’ appetites fed, and the 2019 film “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” garnered a lot of buzz among devotees.

  • Grey’s Anatomy

    - Time it takes to binge: 14 days, 7 hours

    “Grey’s Anatomy” has aired on ABC since 2005, for a total of 15 seasons, 342 episodes (and counting), and two spin-offs. Shonda Rhimes’ first series, the medical drama has had a huge cast of characters over the years. However, in 2017 Rhimes told E! News the show won’t go on without lead actress Ellen Pompeo. “Ellen and I have a pact that I’m going to do the show as long as she’s going to do the show…If she wants to stop, we’re stopping,” Rhimes said.

  • Avatar: The Last Airbender

    - Time it takes to binge: 1 days, 6 hours

    In an alternate universe, where the world is divided into four elemental nations—the water tribes, the earth kingdom, the fire nation, and the air nomads—war has broken out, and only one person, a master of all the elements, can save humankind from imminent decimation. That’s the story of Nickelodeon’s hit cartoon “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” Show creator Michael DiMartino left “Family Guy” to work on “Avatar,” which lasted for three seasons for a total of 61 episodes.

  • The Simpsons

    - Time it takes to binge: 13 days, 22 hours

    The original adult cartoon, “The Simpsons” made its debut in 1989. The family first appeared on TV in shorts that accompanied “The Tracey Ullman Show” in 1987, but it wasn’t until they got their own show that they became cultural icons. Now in its 32nd season, “The Simpsons” is the longest-running primetime comedy series in television history, but recent reports indicate the show might be coming to an end sooner than we think.

  • Friends

    - Time it takes to binge: 5 days, 1 hours

    Perhaps the most quintessential show of the 1990s, “Friends” celebrated its 25th anniversary in September 2019. During its 10-season run, the show charted the growth of Joey, Ross, Chandler, Rachel, Monica, and Phoebe as the 20-somethings took on New York City and responsible adulthood. Insanely popular during its heyday, the show has garnered recent criticisms for some of its out-of-date jokes and storylines, but fans still regularly press the stars and creators for a reboot. For the record: it seems we’ll never get one.

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