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A few weeks ago some friends of mine were hipping me to this new show on Netflix called “Narcos,” which is basically a serialized docudrama about Pablo Escobar’s reign as Colombia’s top drug kingpin during the 1980s. My friends weren’t just suggesting I should watch it – they were imploring that I get into it as heavily as they did, practically clocking off their favorite, oh-no-they-didn’t moments to each other.
I did watch a couple of episodes of “Narcos,” and I thought it was a’ight. I have yet to revisit it again. I also haven’t run into my friends again lately, perhaps out of fear they’re gonna bring up the show to me and grill me on what I’ve loved most about it. But seeing them practically salivate over a television show reminded me how much discussing and watching television – and lots of it – has become a major thing for people these days. Both cable and streaming video services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon appear to drop new scripted shows every waking moment, many of them actually worth your time. And, of course, since these streaming services offer up whole seasons of shows all at once, people can spend their weekends holed up inside, binge-watching one season after another and eventually talking about it with friends.KEEP READING
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