Here's How Long These Shows Would Take To Binge-Watch

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Are you searching for a binge-watching challenge? A series that can't simply be conquered through one supremely anti-social weekend? A show that requires true devotion?
You can prove your commitment to TV through any of the following series. Spanning for seasons and straddling decades, these shows have seen us through many cultural progressions and changes. They've weathered networks with high demands, audiences' fickle attention spans, and creative atrophy.
The best part? Most of them are still going on. It's never too late to jump on the bandwagon, especially one that's been gaining new viewers for years. Here are the longest shows worth watching, in order of episodes — and necessary commitment.
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Show: The Simpsons (1989-present)

Seasons: 28

Episodes: 615

Approximate Time Commitment: 9.5 days

By now, The Simpsons is such a fixture of American culture that it could pull a Nostradamus and predict Donald Trump's presidency. If you're not ready to commit to the longest-running scripted prime-time show ever, then at least pick out the cultural centerpieces.
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Show: Law and Order: SVU (1999-present)

Seasons: 20

Episodes: 405

Approximate Time Commitment: 12 days

SVU's opening drum beats signal that we're entering into a world of sick crime, tough cops, and episodes that wrap up neatly after one hour. While this episodic drama may be too gruesome and formulaic for a normal binge-watching regimen, it's perfect for sick days spent on the couch.
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Show: Family Guy (1999-present)

Seasons: 15

Episodes: 287

Approximate Time Commitment: 4.5 days

The Griffin family is funny, but even funnier are the show's notorious cutaway shots, each a brainchild of creator Seth MacFarlane's wild imagination. This twisted cartoon always manages to make an irreverent statement on current events.
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Show: Grey's Anatomy (2005-present)

Seasons: 13

Episodes: 284

Approximate Time Commitment: 8.5 days

Is this a network show or a soap opera? By now, the lines in ShondaLand have been so blurred that we can't decide. Either way, Grey's Anatomy tracks the lives of a hospital crew that is way sexier and more exciting than any of our medical emergencies to date.
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Show: Supernatural (2005-present)

Seasons: 12

Episodes: 257

Approximate Time Commitment: 8 days

Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) were raised by their father to hunt down and fight the supernatural menaces of the world. And since there are unlimited monsters, that means there are endless places to go as the brothers battle Boogeymen and their own complicated psyches.
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Show: Bones (2005-2017)

Seasons: 12

Episodes: 246

Approximate Time Commitment: 7.5 days

A forensic anthropologist, Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel) can read clues from the bones of decayed and burnt bodies. She's an essential asset to D.C. law enforcement in this long-running crime procedural, which centers on specific crimes and the partnership between Breenan and Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz).
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Show: The X-Files (1995-present)

Seasons: 10

Episodes: 208

Approximate Time Commitment: 6.5 days

Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) is the only conspiracy theorist hired for his wild imaginings. He and his partner, the skeptical Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), are on a mission to find the truth about aliens, monsters, and different realms — after all, the truth is out there. Another product of reboot fever, The X-Files will be returning to TV for further investigations into the supernatural.
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Show: The West Wing (2006-2013)

Seasons: 7

Episodes: 156

Approximate Time Commitment: 4.5 days

Instead of living in our current political climate, feel free to seek refuge inside the alternate reality of The West Wing, the NBC drama set inside the White House. President Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen) solves national crises and quells D.C. drama, all while speaking at creator Aaron Sorkin's rapid-fire speed.
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Show: The Good Wife (2009-2016)

Seasons: 7

Episodes: 156

Approximate Time Commitment: 4.5 days

Following her husband loses his job as the Cook County State's Attorney in the wake of a humiliating sex and corruption scandal, Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) returns to her job as a litigator to support her family. The show features one-off procedural cases, in addition to story arcs that stretch over multiple seasons.
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Show: Gilmore Girls (2000-2007)

Seasons: 7

Episodes: 153

Approximate Time Commitment: 4.5 days

When Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) is 16, she runs away from home and gives birth to her daughter, best friend, and partner in crime, Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel). When the show opens at the start of Rory's freshman year, she and Lorelai finally get back in touch with Emily Gilmore, Lorelai's estranged mother. And so the scene is set for years of intricate family dynamics, quippy dialogue, and Lorelai's severe, almost problematic, addiction to Luke's coffee.
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Show: 30 Rock (2006-2013)

Seasons: 7

Episodes: 138

Approximate Time Commitment: 2 days

TV writer Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) just wants to survive the work day, and maybe even write a good episode of her sketch show. But with coworkers as neurotic, dramatic, and self-centered as the cast of 30 Rock, that's no easy feat. Plus, with six seasons of over-the-top personalities and antics, 30 Rock is a treasure trove of GIF material.
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Show: Parks and Recreation (2009-2015)

Seasons: 7

Episodes: 125

Approximate Time Commitment: 2 days

You'll wish you could spend more than two days with Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) and her coworkers in an Indiana Parks and Recreation department.
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