There is so much good,聽original content聽on television these days, especially with聽Netflix and Hulu adding their聽new scripted series into the mix. When you鈥檙e looking for a new show to get into, just about everyone has a suggestion. Sometimes you take someone up on it, watch an episode and find that you just weren鈥檛 that into it. You find yourself wonder just why everyone is going on and on about the聽Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt聽or Game of Thrones or any other cult TV show. Before you start brushing off shows that you鈥檝e only seen聽one episode of聽as no good, this study says to sit聽tight and watch episode two (and three, four, five 鈥 maybe all the way to eight).


A聽new study聽by Netflix聽looked at viewing聽data for more than two dozen highest-rated TV shows to find which specific episodes in a series turned a viewer from casual audience into full-on addict. What they found was that most people do not get 鈥渉ooked鈥 until after the first episode 鈥 some by episode two (i.e. Breaking Bad and聽Sons of Anarchy) and others by as late as episode eight (i.e. How I Met Your Mother聽and Arrow). What this basically proves is that network TV鈥檚聽original pilot model, which often determined whether a series lived or died based on the success of their pilot episode,聽is actually garbage.

As a lot of money and time are sunk into creating quality television, 鈥渟eries pilot is arguably the most important point in the life of the show,鈥 Netflix chief content officer聽Ted Sarandos told Variety. But since no one is ever hooked after just watching the pilot episode of a series, Ted says, 鈥淭his gives us confidence that giving our members all episodes at once is more aligned with how fans are made.鈥 Did you hear that? Looks like there will be more binge-watching in the future!

Here鈥檚 the full list of shows Netflix analyzed, with the episode number it took for 70 percent聽of viewers to keep watching (all series are the first seasons):

* Denotes series that are聽not currently available in all Netflix territories.

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