How long does it take to binge-watch various long-running cartoons?

Binge-watching TV shows has become a popular viewing trend, thanks to Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming video services. That said, “catching up on” a long-running show sounds very time-consuming, especially if one’s trying to watch a show from the very first episode.

Which led me to wonder how long it’d take to binge-watch some popular long-running cartoons. Below are my criteria:

  • For shows with several spin-offs/successors set in the same universe, I’ve included the original series plus follow-up shows as appropriate.
  • I’m not including one-shot specials, movies, or TV-movies. Given the sheer number of such for “Scooby-Doo,” the DC Animated Universe, etc., that’d make things even more complicated.
  • Viewing times are without commercials (as seen on DVD/streaming video).
  • I used the website Bingeclock for calculating estimated times for some of the shows below. For other shows Bingeclock doesn’t cover (or where it seemed a bit off), I used my own estimates (assuming a half-hour TV show’s about 22 minutes without commercials).
  • I give three estimates below: four hours a day; eight hours a day; and a whopping 16 hours a day (which assumes literally nothing else is done in a day besides sleeping).
  • Episode counts are as of this writing.

Arthur

  • Number of episodes: 243
  • Total view time: 3 days, 17 hours, 28 minutes
  • 4 hours/day: 31 days
  • 8 hours/day: 16 days
  • 16 hours/day: 8 days

The DC Animated Universe (DCAU)

The Batman/Superman movie: World's FinestShows that make up the DC Animated Universe (DCAU):

  • “Batman: The Animated Series” (85 episodes)
  • “Superman: The Animated Series” (54 episodes)
  • “The New Batman Adventures” (24 episodes)
  • “Batman Beyond” (52 episodes)
  • “Static Shock” (52 episodes)
  • “The Zeta Project” (26 episodes)
  • “Justice League” (52 episodes)
  • “Justice League Unlimited” (39 episodes)

Adding all of the above together gives us the following:

  • Number of episodes (total): 384
  • Total view time: 5.9 days
  • 4 hours/day: 35.2 days
  • 8 hours/day: 17.6 days
  • 16 hours/day: 8.8 days

Family Guy

  • Number of episodes: 329
  • Total view time: 5 days, 1 hour
  • 4 hours/day: 42 days
  • 8 hours/day: 21 days
  • 16 hours/day: 11 days

The Flintstones

The Flintstones carListing all of the various “Flintstones” spin-off TV series:

  • “The Flintstones” (166 episodes)
  • “The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show” (16 episodes)
  • “The Flintstone Comedy Hour” (18 episodes, edited down to the half-hour “Flintstone Comedy Show” for syndication)
  • “The New Fred and Barney Show” (17 episodes)
  • “The Flintstone Comedy Show” (aka “Flintstone Frolics”) (18 episodes; originally 90 minutes)
  • “The Flintstone Kids” (34 episodes)
  • “Cave Kids” (8 episodes)

Adding the above together gives me the following:

  • Number of episodes: 277
  • Total view time: 4.8 days
  • 4 hours/day: 28.7 days
  • 8 hours/day: 14.4 days
  • 16 hours/day: 7.2 days

Futurama

  • Number of episodes: 140
  • Total view time: 1 day, 21 hours, 28 minutes
  • 4 hours/day: 16 days
  • 8 hours/day: 8 days
  • 16 hours/day: 4 days

King of the Hill

  • Number of episodes: 259
  • Total view time: 3 days, 21 hours, 30 minutes
  • 4 hours/day: 32 days
  • 8 hours/day: 16 days
  • 16 hours/day: 8 days

Scooby-Doo

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #64
Art by Dave Alvarez.

The various spin-offs include:

  • “Scooby-Doo Where Are You?” (25 episodes, excluding ones from the 1978 revival, syndicated as part of “The Scooby-Doo Show”)
  • “The New Scooby-Doo Movies” (24 episodes)
  • “The Scooby-Doo Show” (40 episodes)
  • “Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo” (first season) (16 episodes)
  • “Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo” (remaining seasons) (33 episodes)
  • “The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show”/”The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries” (26 episodes)
  • “The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo” (13 episodes)
  • “A Pup Named Scooby-Doo” (27 episodes)
  • “What’s New Scooby-Doo” (42 episodes)
  • “Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue” (26 episodes)
  • “Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated” (52 episodes)
  • “Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!” (52 episodes)
  • “Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?” (13 episodes produced)

Adding the above together (including unaired-as-of-this-writing “Guess Who?” episodes)

  • Number of episodes: 389 episodes
  • Total view time: 6.3 days
  • 4 hours/day: 37.8 days
  • 8 hours/day: 18.9 days
  • 16 hours/day: 9.4 days

The Simpsons

  • Number of episodes: 662
  • Total view time: 10.1 days
  • 4 hours/day: 60.9 days
  • 8 hours/day: 30.3 days
  • 16 hours/day: 15.2 days

South Park

  • Number of episodes: 297
  • Total view time: 4 days, 15 hours, 6 minutes
  • 4 hours/day: 38 days
  • 8 hours/day: 19 days
  • 16 hours/day: 10 days

SpongeBob SquarePants

  • Number of episodes: 245
  • Total view time: 3 days, 16 hours, 22 minutes
  • 4 hours/day: 31 days
  • 8 hours/day: 16 days
  • 16 hours/day: 8 days

Conclusion

As the above shows, many popular cartoons are very long-running ones. Watching their entire runs would take a large amount of time to watch, even if binge-viewing.

By far, “The Simpsons” takes up the most time out of all of these shows. Even if one did literally nothing else but sleep, it’d still take over two weeks to watch every episode. And yet, that’s still apparently not enough episodes for Fox, as the show’s been renewed.

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