Intern Season

We've been extremely fortunate with our last three batches of interns. Stacy Conradt and Andréa Fernandes joined the staff and quickly became reader favorites. When Jason Plautz isn't dominating the League of Publications with Sports Illustrated's softball team, he contributes weekly articles and quizzes. And current interns Matt Soniak and Allison Keene will graduate into regular roles next month (unless another knowledge/trivia magazine/blog poaches them). As I said the last time we went intern hunting, this is certainly a big-shoes-to-fill situation.

All our previous interns worked from their various homes and dorm rooms. And that's been fine. But if you do live within commuting distance from Brooklyn, we'll set you up with your own desk/spot on the couch in our Mid-Atlantic Headquarters a few days a week. Interns will brainstorm, research and write up flossy articles, lists and quizzes. On some days, you'll be given a topic in the morning and asked to write a story for that afternoon. Plus the occasional task, like image searching or caption contest vote-counting.

If you'd like to join the team, send an email to We'll send you the application and all the details on Monday, May 4th.

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Netflix's Most-Binged Shows of 2017, Ranked

Netflix might know your TV habits better than you do. Recently, the entertainment company's normally tight-lipped number-crunchers looked at user data collected between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017 to see which series people were powering through and which ones they were digesting more slowly. By analyzing members’ average daily viewing habits, they were able to determine which programs were more likely to be “binged” (or watched for more than two hours per day) and which were more often “savored” (or watched for less than two hours per day) by viewers.

They found that the highest number of Netflix bingers glutted themselves on the true crime parody American Vandal, followed by the Brazilian sci-fi series 3%, and the drama-mystery 13 Reasons Why. Other shows that had viewers glued to the couch in 2017 included Anne with an E, the Canadian series based on L. M. Montgomery's 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, and the live-action Archie comics-inspired Riverdale.

In contrast, TV shows that viewers enjoyed more slowly included the Emmy-winning drama The Crown, followed by Big Mouth, Neo Yokio, A Series of Unfortunate Events, GLOW, Friends from College, and Ozark.

There's a dark side to this data, though: While the company isn't around to judge your sweatpants and the chip crumbs stuck to your couch, Netflix is privy to even your most embarrassing viewing habits. The company recently used this info to publicly call out a small group of users who turned their binges into full-fledged benders:

Oh, and if you're the one person in Antarctica binging Shameless, the streaming giant just outed you, too.

Netflix broke down their full findings in the infographic below and, Big Brother vibes aside, the data is pretty fascinating. It even includes survey data on which shows prompted viewers to “Netflix cheat” on their significant others and which shows were enjoyed by the entire family.

Netflix infographic "The Year in Bingeing"


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