I've come to a conclusion--not a shocking conclusion as some would call it, but a conclusion nonetheless. I would rather watch a complete season of a TV series (or the whole series) on DVD or Netflix, rather than watch the standard TV network offering of one show a week for 24 or 26 weeks a year.
Most people would cite the lack of commercials when claiming that this is obvious. They wouldn't be wrong....exactly. I hate commercials just as much as the next guy, and I am aware that they just aren't there when I am watching a series on DVD. However, I don't think that is the main reason.
The main reason, I believe, is a combination of convenience (as I can watch them at my leisure) and confidence that I will see them all. Those seem like small things, but they aren't. They are huge.
I have watched a number of complete series, and a much larger number of TV seasons. I was lucky that my local library had the first season of Game of Thrones to watch. I have seen all the seasons of Dexter, Warehouse 13 and Being Erica all on DVD, all in the comfort of my own home. I watched all of Alias, Hogan's Heroes, Buffy, and The Outer Limits.
I generally prefer the library as I do not want to become a collector. I have talked to some people and they suggested "acquiring" these things from the internet and storing them on a massive hard drive. While that would be convenient, I haven't reached that line yet, so crossing it seems premature.
If I were to become a collector, I am not sure which series I would absolutely have to own. I have a great love of Science Fiction, but does that mean I should stick to that genre? There have been so many great SF series over the years (though not as many lately) that I am not even sure where to start. Most people take a Star Trek series. It's a fine choice, but I think of myself as somewhat removed from that. I would appreciate a vast Dr. Who collection or Red Dwarf more. I would love a complete Twilight Zone, or Godzilla movie collection. Maybe I am too esoteric for my own good.
I started this blog trying to extol the virtues of watching an entire season of a series on DVD and ended up talking about collecting science fiction DVD's. I guess we'll call that par for the course.