The clever people at Netflix have been working out when it is we get hooked onto a series and a binge watching addiction begins.

Whether you are reliving the Gilmore Girls, scaring the crap out of yourself with Stranger Things, or gripped by House of Cards, these are the 10 signs you have a Netflix series addiction and quite possibly need to attend some kind of group support.

1 You turn down all social invites
Staying in is the new going out for you.  You’ve worn out the no baby sitter excuse and have moved onto the “We’re quarantined due to D&V“.  If any one questions you, you start giving graphic details of kids vomiting to shut them up.  Short of a personal screening of Brad Pitt’s latest offering with the man himself for company, you are not removing yourself from the sofa for anyone.

Screenshot of Netflix series Orange is the New Black

2 Your friends are showing concern about your welfare
Since you’ve gone AWOL on nights out and haven’t updated your facebook status for over a week you start to receive text messages asking if you are OK.  When they turn up at your house to stage an intervention you know you’ve got it really bad.

3 You can’t talk about anything else
Every conversation starts with “Did you see…?”  The person that replies yes instantly becomes your new BFF.  When you become irrationally annoyed because your best friend wants to talk about her new baby instead of House of Cards it’s probably time to get some help.

Screen shot from Netflix Series House Of cards

4 You are walking round like a zombie – and it’s not because of the children
Even though you know the smalls will be up at the arse end of dawn you can’t help but squeeze one more episode in before you call it a night.  Or two.

5 You wonder if watching ahead without your partner is akin to cheating on them
But you do it anyway.

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6 You get genuinely annoyed when you can’t get out of plans
Grandma’s 90th birthday, your best friends wedding,   Don’t they know Carrie’s just been blown up.

Scrrenshot of Netflix series Homelands with Clare Danes


7 You have your PJ’s at 6pm on a Friday night
No little black dress for you.  It’s all about the yoga pants and hoodie combo.

8 You get a crush
You become slightly obsessed with the lead actor. You’ve googled him, IMDB’d him and wiki’d him.  You know random facts about him and if you were a teenager you would totally be drawing hearts with his name and your name in them and have posters of him all over your bedroom wall.

screen shot from Netflix original Stranger Things

Although the fact that Winnona Ryder still looks the same as she did 20 years ago is making me feel very old!

9 You threaten to kill anyone who has spoiler knowledge
If someone even so much as hints at the ending they are dead to you.  That includes unfriending them on facebook and plotting the 10 best ways to exact your revenge.  All spoiler alerts must be accompanied by loud klaxons and fingers in your ears whilst you shout “LALALALALALALALA”.  Close your eyes too in case you can lip read!

10 You have a period of mourning when it ends
It’s over.  The series has ended, leaving a gaping whole in your life.  Life as you know it will never be the same.  Thus the period of mourning and heartbreak begins.  Although they say the only way to get over it is to get into another!
Screen shot of Loarelli from Gilmore Girls

I could actually pee myself with excitement over the Gilmore Girls comeback.
And these are the episodes where we all get hooked…
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27 Comments on 10 Signs You’re Addicted to a Netflix Series

  1. absolutely prabulous
    October 5, 2016 at 9:09 pm (3 months ago)

    Well I’m proud to say I’ve only watched one of those series, Stranger Things. Netflix only became legal in Malta at the start of this year but we only started using it in the summer so I think we can safely say we’re addiction-free in this household. Kind of. Oh sod it, numbers 4 and 5 from your list. #FridayFrolics
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    October 5, 2016 at 8:42 am (3 months ago)

    Stranger Things – half way through
    OITNB – binge watched in 48 hours
    House of Cards – hooked, binge watched in 24 hours
    Gilmore Girls – total guilty pleasure
    Guilty as charged…

  3. Julie From Superficial Gallery
    October 2, 2016 at 10:34 pm (4 months ago)

    GUILTY! And it’s all I talk about on social media, demanding that my friend watch what I’m watching because I know what’s best for them.

  4. Muma on the Edge
    October 2, 2016 at 7:01 pm (4 months ago)

    Love this and can relate to all of your points – accept I don’t do it on Netflix! Maybe I should.
    We have loved Prison break, and in fact were so into 24 we started watching it all over again from season 1 this year. A-mazing!
    When it ends it’s like saying goodbye to best friends!! Haha.
    big love, L

  5. Pat - White camellias
    October 1, 2016 at 10:15 pm (4 months ago)

    I love ‘House of cards’ and am waiting impatiently for the new series. I definitely know I’m addicted when I keep saying just one more. #fridayflolics

  6. jeremy@thirstydaddy
    October 1, 2016 at 4:54 pm (4 months ago)

    I think I may be one of the last people to not have Netflix. If the first season of Daredevil doesn’t come out on blu ray soon I may have to bite the bullet #fridayfrolics
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  7. Clare Bailey @Bailey's Blog
    October 1, 2016 at 1:02 pm (4 months ago)

    Gulp – I’ve been found out! Hooked on ‘Living Dead’ and now I dream about zombies as well as being one of them.
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  8. Twicemicrowaved tea
    September 30, 2016 at 11:35 pm (4 months ago)

    Haha this is so true, especially the bit about entering a period of mourning. We got addicted to House of Cards and would be up all hours cramming in the episodes. When we’d finished it we were totally lost. It really was as if something was missing from our lives! The upside was we had about an extra 3 hours each night! #fridayfrolics

  9. Twin Pickle
    September 30, 2016 at 9:55 pm (4 months ago)

    I had the major mourning period after Californication, Breaking Bad, and more recently The Walking Dead. The new series came on this week and I am struggling to function. My house is a mess and I’m barely eating… I just need to watch it!! #FridayFrolics
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  10. Alison (MadHouseMum)
    September 30, 2016 at 8:14 pm (4 months ago)

    Yup…but seriously…you can’t watch ahead of your partner…that’s like having an affair. Seriously. Alison x #FridayFrolics
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  11. Turning Up in Devon
    September 30, 2016 at 6:21 pm (4 months ago)

    Amen to that! Along with the many temptations of netflix I have been binge watching Poldark #4 totes obsessed! and #5 isn’t even a consideration and defo #8 getting a crush on the dishy doctor!! Will be absolutely bereft when it ends but intend to console myself with watching all of Orange is the new black hopefully with #9 no spoilers!!! #fridayfrolics

  12. kristin mccarthy
    September 30, 2016 at 1:27 pm (4 months ago)

    This is a real thing- I think I watched eight hours of Making A Murderer in a single Day. I could not not think of ANYTHING else.


  13. Emma
    September 30, 2016 at 12:20 pm (4 months ago)

    Hahaha, yes to all of these. I get addicted to some right trashy tv on Netflix though. This annoys Mr C who likes to watch proper drama on Netflix. I on the otherhand love Pretty Little Liars and I have a crush on Harvey from Suits. Sigh. #FridayFrolics
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  14. Lisa Pomerantz
    September 30, 2016 at 10:22 am (4 months ago)

    Okay, so first, I must admit to the problem which YOU pointed out so succinctly. Oy vey. Is it really cheating to go ahead? I’ll watch again! Oh no. Great post and so damned true, it hurts! #FridayFrolics Thanks Claire!
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  15. justsayingmum
    September 30, 2016 at 7:33 am (4 months ago)

    Just brilliant! And oh my word that feeling when it finishes – bereft! You’re right – just start the next one! Oh I’m hooked too lovely – who needs a social life?! #FridayFrolics

  16. Mummy Muckups (Anna)
    September 29, 2016 at 10:50 pm (4 months ago)

    So…ummmm…we don’t…we don’t have Netflix!! Think we may be the only people left! Mind you, I certainly understand these with my normal series loves; especially the mourning period. #FridayFrolics
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    • Life Love and Dirty Dishes
      October 4, 2016 at 7:38 pm (3 months ago)

      We are quite new to Netflix, but t’s like the kids, now we have it I wouldn’t be without it 😉

  17. Sarah
    September 29, 2016 at 10:27 pm (4 months ago)

    I’ve ploughed through so much now! All of Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries. As you can tell, I’m very high brow 😀

  18. Hannah
    September 26, 2016 at 8:02 pm (4 months ago)

    I know I’m addicted when it gets past 1am and I’m still watching a show…Currently I’ve been watching Star Trek Voyager and somehow found myself on Season 5. My friend has just started watching Gilmore Girls and I’ve decided I might have to start watching it again – this isn’t good!

    • Life Love and Dirty Dishes
      September 26, 2016 at 10:13 pm (4 months ago)

      I Love Gilmore Girls. There’s a new 4 part series coming out soon. Eeeeek!


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