Holiday weekend: Holing up with ‘Homeland’

After nine-days on the road, six days of tent camping in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, and 2,600 miles, we were pretty darn excited to wash clothes and hole up with second season of “Homeland” over the long weekend. (More on the camping trip soon. It was fantastic but we are pooped!)

For some odd reason Showtime gave away the entire second season of “Homeland” on their free weekend, and we DVR’d it all for a later date.

Our plan had been to watch “Homeland” July 4 but we actually got sucked into 10 hours of “Revolution” about the Revolutionary War on the History 2 channel. They kept showing each major battle in one-hour segments, and we just kept on watching. I am a sucker for a history documentary. (We were washing and folding clothes and unpacking suitcases the whole time.)

We ended up hitting “Homeland” in three and four-hour segments after the kids went to bed.  It is the perfect show for binge watching because you want to know immediately what happens. It would be so hard to wait a week in between episodes.

My parents have been binge watching “Downton Abbey” the second season. They rush you off the phone if you call while they are watching.

We tried binge watching the new episodes of “Arrested Development” but they just got too repetitive and we never finished.

Whether it’s raining every single day like Atlanta or is 120 degrees like Phoenix, binge watching can be fun.  Have you binge watched a series? If so, which one?

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iRun

July 8th, 2013
11:50 am

We’ve been binge watching Supernatural (OMG Sam is so cute once he starts looking grown up, around Season 3 or 4) since May. It’s been on since 2005 so it’s hard to binge watch it all in a weekend. But we had a couple days where we’d watch 4-5 episodes. We try not to do that too much because we feel all sluggish and fat after doing that. We try to only watch one a day.

jmb

July 8th, 2013
12:31 pm

I’ve had so much company this past week that I would love nothing more than to do a good binge watch. The perk (not) of living on the water :) I can’t even count the calls and texts I’ve recieved that say “what are you doing for the holiday”. It gets quite complicated at times on figuring out who gets to come or not and quite honestly, it gets kinda old having to entertain folks all the time. Now I have to catch up on all the housework and laundry but next weekend is going to be guest free and I may actually catch up on some shows.

Mayhem

July 8th, 2013
12:43 pm

After we got home from the lake yesterday, we lazed on the couch and watched several DVR recordings of “Behind the Music”.

I love that show. I wish they’d start it up again. So much information!!

FCM

July 8th, 2013
1:27 pm

I watched America: The story of US on the 4th of July. Regular History Channel. 2 hour segements It was very good, easy to get hooked on watching it.

A few years ago I caught the HBO John and Abigal Adams series. Also very interesting and easy to get caught up in. Except that time I managed to clean my den too. This year not so much.

Mark Burnett’s The Bible is in my DVR. I finished the last 2 installments of that this weekend (2 hours each segment). Very nicely done. Rainy days were good for something I guess.

I have the second half of The Following to finish before the kids return from their trip.

FCM

July 8th, 2013
1:55 pm

Duck Dynasty returns 8/14. DVR is already set. We tend to binge watch the 30 min stuff on the weekends over breakfast during school year.

A

July 8th, 2013
2:42 pm

We are too cheap to pay for HBO so we have binge watched every one of their great series through Netflix: The Sopranos, The Wire, Six Feet Under, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage, Game of Thrones, you name it. We also binged on Homeland season 1 and can’t wait to get season 2!

FCM

July 8th, 2013
3:05 pm

@ A I don’t have HBO either…it was a freebie of some sort for awhile…maybe the first x months I had Dish?

April

July 8th, 2013
3:26 pm

My daughter and I binged on Arrested Development the day it was released. We loved it. We had seen all the original episodes and read a lot about the new season leading up to it. So, we were prepared for the format that was used to tell the story. Most of the episodes are happening simultaneously from the perspectives of different characters.

irisheyes

July 8th, 2013
3:54 pm

I got the free two week subscription to hulu+ so I could binge on Castle. Never watched it before, but I caught it one Sunday evening when there was nothing else on, and I’m hooked. I’ve been watching Season 5 after the kids go to bed.

Uh, irisheyes......

July 8th, 2013
3:59 pm

…Castle is on everyday at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm on TNT…

motherjanegoose

July 8th, 2013
5:01 pm

Not big on TV nor movies.

@jmb…we had an above ground pool when I was a girl. At the time, this was a novelty. We had people show up, in our yard, in their swimsuits. REALLY? We also lived on the farm and had people who wanted to spend their vacation with us.

We are*** thinking*** of buying a small beach condo, if we can swing it, in a few years. Just looking now. In the event we have folks who hint about using it, I have decided that I will point them to the rental office and tell them we will give them $100.00 ( in cash) after they have rented it. They can book through the office. UNLESS it is close family or when no one is there. We have NEVER been lucky enough to have ANYONE offer us a vacation for free at their property. If someone did do this for us, I would probably give them a few plane tickets from my FF account. I cannot imagine why people think they can get perks for free without reciprocating. Everyone has SOMETHING to barter and I would be GLAD to appreciate a gift like a lake or vacation visit with something in return!

BlondeHoney

July 8th, 2013
5:51 pm

A, you must have ordered the DVD’s because I haven’t seen any HBO series available on Netflix for streaming. I did binge watch Arrested Development, all 4 seasons, loved every second.

irisheyes

July 8th, 2013
5:53 pm

@ Uh, thanks for the info (that I knew). However, I have four kids, so I can’t really sit down at that time to watch. (They like to eat and then evenings are baths, their primetime shows, etc.) Plus, I wanted to catch up on the last season before season six started. I’d love if Netflix would pick it up, so I could watch the previous seasons when I want.

A

July 8th, 2013
7:45 pm

Yep, HBO shows are only on disc through Netflix unfortunately. We also binged on season 4 of Arrested Development on streaming. I hear their new series, Orange is the New Black, is supposed to be good. Made by the same people who produced Weeds, another binge-worthy show!

Uh,motherjane......

July 8th, 2013
8:04 pm

…you may want to carefully re-consider the decision to buy a beach place – while many enjoy it and use it as “a place to attract the grandchildren” you also have to factor in the upkeep and the “go there all the time” aspect of ownership.

While paying $100K – $200K for the place may seem like a good investment, you are pretty much tied into going there most of the time when you want to “get away”, while going to different places may be the same cost, and not as monotonous (sp)…however, if you live there full time, that is another story.

You have said on this site many times how much you enjoy going different places…just food for thought…

motherjanegoose

July 8th, 2013
8:37 pm

comment gone…really?

DB

July 8th, 2013
9:04 pm

@MJG: It’s a good time to buy now, the housing prices in vacation-dense home areas are still pretty depressed. :-) As much as you enjoy the beach, it sounds like a win-win. Our aunt & uncle lived in a duplex at the beach — he rented out the other side whenever he felt like a little extra income, and when he didn’t feel like it, it was a huge family gathering house — it was wonderful! When we would visit, we would buy a bushel of crabs, and we’d all sit out at the picnic table in his rose garden (yes, a rose garden on the beach, he worked on it continuously, it was glorious!), eat crabs, drink beer or wine, and watch the moonlight on the surf. Heaven . . .

DB

July 8th, 2013
9:14 pm

Oh, and as to the topic — I got sucked into Netflix’s show “House of Cards” with Kevin Spacey. My son said it is hilarious, from an insider-Washington perspective of each hand washing the other . . . It’s based on an older British miniseries called “House of Cards”, which I also had to watch after I finished this one. Can’t wait for them to make the second season of the American one!! The scenes of Kevin Spacey playing a US Congressman from South Carolina and having to deal with a problem about the Gaffney Big Peach is priceless!!

And for Diana Gabaldon “Outlander” fans — did you know they are casting the miniseries now? They have a good possibility for Jamie — at least, Diana Gabaldon thinks so . . .

HB

July 8th, 2013
9:38 pm

jmb, I’ve lived near the beach and often loved having guests, but please do say no when you want to. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with gently turning down friends’ requests to come and visit. You don’t have to entertain folks all the time — just say no!

“What are you doing for the holiday?”

“We’ve had so many guests recently, we’re looking forward to a quiet holiday of having the house to ourselves. What do you have planned?”

Mayhem

July 9th, 2013
8:54 am

MJG – Years ago, we were on a family trip in PCB, and we suggested to my parents, buy a condo, since we had been there numerous times. They said no, that it would be boring, the only place we would ever go. Fast forward 10 years, and guess how many times we have been to PCB, and stayed in the exact same condo!! LOL. Matter of fact, we are headed there Saturday, to stay in the same condo we have stayed in at least 5 times. Not just the same complex, but the same Condo. Everytime we go, we laugh at my parents. Didn’t want to buy a condo in PCB huh????? LOL….

jarvis

July 9th, 2013
10:21 am

Mayhem, They did right by note buying 10 years ago though. Can get the same place for a bit less today I imagine.

jmb

July 9th, 2013
10:30 am

HB – We’ve definately curbed the guests over the years but there’s a lot of them that will just drop in so to speak. More than often it’s family that wants to come from out of town and it gets a little tougher saying no to those. Luckily when summer is over the phone and doorbell quit ringing at least and that time of year is always welcome in our house. MJG – I’ve seriously thought about just renting it out for a holiday week and taking off somewhere. Maybe we can barter sometime :)

motherjanegoose

July 9th, 2013
10:30 am

I tried to post this yesterday but it did not make it. We have stayed at the same complex 6 times and love it. We know the area. I have clients there too. I have plenty of chances to get out and about but would love to have a place to go to a few times each year. I prefer spring and fall. We would rent out to northerners in the winter and others during the summer. The place has a good record for it. The unit we looked at last September, was sold by the time we went back in April. To a couple from Ohio. They are our age and never visit the place before they bought it. They knew someone who had a condo in the complex and everyone pretty much loves it there. Not sure if we can pull it off but both of ours will be off the payroll in 18 months and that would cover the payment. Not to mention our mortgage almost being payed.

Uh,motherjane…do you own vacation property?

motherjanegoose

July 9th, 2013
10:33 am

@jmb…haha…I am not much for the lake but that might change. I love the beach :). I took my daughter with me to Clearwater Beach FL, a few weeks ago. We went to Sand Key and she did not like the critters in the water. This made me laugh as we swam in the creek, with cows, when we lived on the farm. The fish swam right by us.

motherjanegoose

July 9th, 2013
10:35 am

@jarvis…very true…interest and pricing may be lower but it could be mostly paid for now and you could rent it out for a bit more. Am I missing something…maybe.

jmb

July 9th, 2013
11:25 am

MJG – You don’t have to get IN the water. We have a pontoon to throw in with it :) My aunt comes and spends a week every year and just loves to see the view when she wakes up. Most of the time she’s sitting on the deck reading a book and watching the boats go by. We have rip-rap for a sea wall and the waves hitting it sound like the ocean when the lake is busy so you have that ocean sound most of the time. And on the condo, a co-worker of mine just bought a one in Daytona last weekend. He said the prices were the best he’s seen them but still quite costly. If buying one there don’t forget to check on the insurance. That can run as much as the condo itself.

motherjanegoose

July 9th, 2013
11:42 am

@jmb…yes I have all the numbers! Thanks!

K's Mom

July 9th, 2013
1:02 pm

Friday Night Lights is my most favorite TV series of all time. It is beautifully written and the characters are believable and wonderfully nuanced. I aspire to have the marriage that Coach and Mrs. Taylor have. My husband bought me the entire series for my birthday almost 2 years ago. I can watch 5 or 6 episodes in a sitting if I have the time.

I also watched all 14 seasons of Dallas when I was on bedrest for 7 months during my first pregnancy. It was so cheesy and campy that it was extremely entertaining. I was a kid when it originally aired and it was so fun to watch during a very boring and extremely stressful period.

missnadine

July 9th, 2013
1:35 pm

I watched seasons 1-3 of Gigolos on Showtime :)

FCM

July 9th, 2013
1:45 pm

ok they had a Walton Wedding mararthon on a couple of weeks ago. I admit I wound up watching.

mystery poster

July 9th, 2013
2:20 pm

@K’s Mom
We just started watching Friday Night Lights this past weekend. The whole time it was on, I paid attention to its glowing reviews but for some reason never got into it. We watched a bunch of episodes when it was raining, and have been watching 1 or 2 in the evenings since then. You’re right, it’s a great show (and I don’t even like football).

I was so excited about the return of Arrested Development. I started watching the show when it was on TV after the Simpsons on Sunday nights, and instantly loved it. However, I must admit to being terribly disappointed with the new season. I haven’t been able to get through it. My kids don’t share my disappointment, they both thought it was good.

I have also enjoyed House of Cards. Started watching it on recommendation from my son. Great show. I had to laugh at the line, “as mayor, I’d say it looks like a peach.” We drive by that peach everytime we go back home, and have made that same observation since my kids were young. (for those who aren’t in on the joke, google “peachoid” and look at the images). I watched a couple episodes of the British one, but didn’t find it quite as appealing.

We also have just started watching the old My Name is Earl shows. That was a funny show! Not sure you’d want your young kids to watch it, though.

K's Mom

July 9th, 2013
2:32 pm

@Mystery Poster, FNL is the best football show that had almost nothing to do with football, ever.

mystery poster

July 9th, 2013
2:37 pm

@K’s mom
Agreed.