The popularity of binge-watching has had a huge impact on the way today's television series are written. Rather than ensuring the episodic narratives are compelling enough on their own, writers focus on the overarching story. This allows the series to unfold slowly rather than highlighting the key premises early on. Though some shows still thrive with the weekly-release model, others are better enjoyed when binge-watched.
Normal People, Hulu's adaptation of Sally Rooney's novel of the same name, stars Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones as Connell Waldron and Marianne Sheridan. Over the course of the series, the pair navigates a complicated romantic relationship from adolescence through to young adulthood. With just twelve short episodes, Normal People is the perfect binge-watch.
Normal People's episodes slowly develop a larger narrative that poignantly discusses the pain of first loves, lost time, and miscommunication. Thus, the episodes are best enjoyed together, rather than watched in individual sittings.