Beach reading recommendations are a summer tradition: With vacations offering extra leisure time, everyone wants to know what books will help them pass the hours. But many pop culture fans now devour television with the same kind of intensity: They buy box sets,
or download whole seasons, treating TV series like
as if they were meant to be watched in five-hour stretches.
, who began her career in
and returns to TV this fall in
pinpointed the phenomenon recently. "In my experience as a viewer of television, I've started watching TV in bulk," she told reporters recently. "I watch television like I read a novel."