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, Netflix or download whole seasons, treating TV series like “The Wire” and “Breaking Bad” as if they were meant to be watched in five-hour stretches.
Claire Danes, who began her career in “My So-Called Life” and returns to TV this fall in “Homeland,” 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.”