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Looking forward to binging on some TV? Give these shows a look

  • George Wendt, right, who portrays Norm Peterson sheds a tear on the set of the popular NBC series, "Cheers," as John Ratzenberger, portraying Cliff Calvin, looks away during a scene while taping the final episode in Los Angeles, Calif., on April 1, 1993.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    George Wendt, right, who portrays Norm Peterson sheds a tear on the set of the popular NBC series, "Cheers," as John Ratzenberger, portraying Cliff Calvin, looks away during a scene while taping the final episode in Los Angeles, Calif., on April 1, 1993. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • This image released by BBC America shows Tatiana Maslany in a scene from "Orphan Black." Maslany was nominated for a Golden Globe for best actress in a drama for her role in the series on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.  The 71st annual Golden Globes will air on Sunday, Jan. 12. (AP Photo/BBC America, Steve Wilkie)

    This image released by BBC America shows Tatiana Maslany in a scene from "Orphan Black." Maslany was nominated for a Golden Globe for best actress in a drama for her role in the series on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. The 71st annual Golden Globes will air on Sunday, Jan. 12. (AP Photo/BBC America, Steve Wilkie)

  • This image released by Netflix shows Robin Wright as Clair Underwood, left, and Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood in a scene from "House of Cards." The second season of the popular original series premieres on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 on Netflix. (AP Photo/Netflix, Nathaniel E. Bell)

    This image released by Netflix shows Robin Wright as Clair Underwood, left, and Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood in a scene from "House of Cards." The second season of the popular original series premieres on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 on Netflix. (AP Photo/Netflix, Nathaniel E. Bell)

  • George Wendt, right, who portrays Norm Peterson sheds a tear on the set of the popular NBC series, "Cheers," as John Ratzenberger, portraying Cliff Calvin, looks away during a scene while taping the final episode in Los Angeles, Calif., on April 1, 1993.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
  • This image released by BBC America shows Tatiana Maslany in a scene from "Orphan Black." Maslany was nominated for a Golden Globe for best actress in a drama for her role in the series on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.  The 71st annual Golden Globes will air on Sunday, Jan. 12. (AP Photo/BBC America, Steve Wilkie)
  • This image released by Netflix shows Robin Wright as Clair Underwood, left, and Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood in a scene from "House of Cards." The second season of the popular original series premieres on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 on Netflix. (AP Photo/Netflix, Nathaniel E. Bell)

Remember when everyone watched the same TV shows on the same nights at the same time – and then came into work the next morning to talk about it? It wasn’t actually that long ago when people set their calendars by Seinfeld on Thursday nights or The West Wing on Wednesdays.

But these days, with seemingly limitless options for TV viewing – regular cable, high-priced cable, cable on-demand, Netflix, Hulu and more – we can watch whatever we want, whenever we want. Not only that, we’re encouraged to watch not just one episode but a few. In fact, sometimes we can watch an entire season all at once.

Spring really does appear to be coming to New Hampshire, and we wouldn’t necessarily advise you to spend it on the couch in front of the TV or iPad. But if you happen to have a spare evening or two, here’s some advice on binge TV watching from some in-house experts.

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Oh, I’ve binged. I’ve done hard time with the women of Orange is the New Black. I’ve sat in the Oval Office as Francis Underwood methodically – and ruthlessly – built his House of Cards. I even endured the pain of being stranded on an island with the crew of Lost. Those tortuous final four seasons were, well, time lost. …

Binge TV: Try ‘House of Cards’

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I avoided House of Cards for more than a year. As a Netflix subscriber, I was skeptical after watching the show’s logo pop up on my TV screen week after tiresome week. Too much hype, I decided. Yes, I could watch all the episodes in one sitting. But why bother? Netflix’s much-heralded foray into original programming wouldn’t leave me alone, …

Binge TV: Try ‘Orphan Black’

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I love stories about tough young women in heavy black eyeliner with a grudge against the world. I really love vaguely possible science fiction. I really, really love conspiracy theories. Orphan Black had all that and more, and I knew I’d end up obsessed, so I tried to ignore it. Until one rainy Saturday I had a cold and was …

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