The 2018-2019 TV season is just 25 days away. With summer wrapping up, students returning to school, fall activities slowly starting to commence, and that seasonal routine about to change, trying to catch up on a returning TV show or starting a new one, can be a challenge. Especially when it has numerous seasons. Luckily, times have changed. Thanks to technology, like TV itself, has changed throughout the years, so have the options on how to begin and catch up on watching stuff, without falling behind. Due to the number of options people are given, many tend to question which are the best ones? From a computer to just a remote, here are the seven best ways to get ready for the Fall TV season.
What was once foreign, has become the hottest thing of the generation. Now more then ever, people are logging onto Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, to catch up old television shows and start some new ones. This is also another way to escape those commercials and watch an episode of something without an interruption.
If your looking to catch old episodes of a show or won't be around at the time it's on at, DVR is the way to go. With DVR, all you have to do is find out when what you want to watch is on it and press record. With certain cable companies such as Direct TV, customers can record up to five shows at once. Who wouldn't want to record an episode of something they are interested in watching while something they want to watch without commercial interruptions is on?
3. Rent the seasons on DVD
While people might look at you weird for doing this, if you don't have DVR or are looking to save money and not use a streaming service, renting seasons of what it is your trying to watch from your local library, is not a bad idea. Yes, it's easier to turn on the TV and try to find that show you want to binge before the new season comes out however, keep in mind, not every network shows or has the rights to show repeats of what it is one might be trying to binge. This goes for Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime as well. Luckily, many libraries do carry seasons of television shows on DVD. You just need to travel and look.
4. Watch reruns!
One of the many great thing about cable is being given this opportunity. Between all the channels that are offered, there are many networks that carry repeats of shows throughout time. Some of them such as TBS, FX, FXX, Paramount Network, Freeform, The CW, Nick at Nite, My TV, among others, carry reruns of sitcoms, drama's, police procedurals, and other genres, all throughout the day and some if not, all of the evenings. So be prepared to flip to those channels and see Ross, Joey, Chandler, Rachel, Phoebe, Monica, or Jerry, Elaine, Kramer, and George. Let's not forget The Griffins or Sheldon, Leonard, Raj, Howard, Penny, and Amy, as 'Family Guy' and 'The Big Bang Theory' are highly syndicated like 'Friends' and 'Seinfeld'. Also, if you plan to pay for a streaming service just to see these four favorites, save your money. Thanks to syndication, you can catch them on more than one network.
Other than watching, to get a better understanding of a show and it's characters, reading is the best way to learn more about them. Yes, you can learn a lot about characters and set in an episode or two however, because each episode only runs for a certain amount of time, you won't learn as much about them as you would in an article or wiki page.
6. Watch clips
Although no matter how hard you research, sometimes you can't always see an entire episode of something. Thankfully, websites such as Youtube and the network it's on, do contain them. Keep in mind, this might not be helpful in the long run but for a short period of time, it can help.
7. See if it's on on demand
Usually, you can find all seasons of a production on on demand. The most recent one will be free however, all the others will likely cost you. This also comes in handy when what your trying to begin or catch up on isn't syndicated, not carried on a streaming service, or when you can't leave the house to see if your local library has the current and past seasons on DVD.