Online only - 08 November 2016
There is a fine art to study-break-TV. The line between effective respite and becoming-one-with- your-couch levels of procrastination is thin indeed. Luckily for you, I spend 60% of my life jumping back and forth over that line like a skipping rope champion. Here are my tips for what to watch and downright avoid while you study, whether you’re finishing up with exams, taking summer subjects, or just downright love TV.
# – May be available via illegal means but I wouldn’t know anything about such things.
N – The one and only, the prefix to ‘and chill’, the home of awesome documentaries but somehow not Hocus Pocus (??) = Netflix.
S – Stan. Move on after your free trial and never look back.
P – Presto. Get in and mine the gold before it goes under.
10play – Tenplay. Quick note: the service is pretty bad given the ads cut into about 3mins of viewing time and there are heaps of them.
ABC iView – for us culture vultures.
SBS On Demand – also good for culture vultures and they have heaps of foreign-made stuff, but ads :(
OR – Overall rating
AR – Addictiveness rating
Below are some ideas for safe-ish things to watch. Just like Jerry’s fried chicken on UberEats, one shouldn’t demonise TV but consume it responsibly. I watch a documentary most nights as my evening study break, so if you think that’s terrible and how do I waste that much time and do I have any friends, maybe ignore this entire article.
Do Not Watch
Its important to get these out of your mind before if you tentatively dangle a toe in, otherwise prepare for snapping back to reality as the sun rises and you’ve finished all of your UberEats Pidapipo.*
Avoid if humanly possible:
*True story, kids. All two litres.
Christie–Anna Ozorio is a second year JD student