New Yorker Sets World Record for Binge Watching

'I would not recommend it'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2016 5:50 PM CDT
New Yorker Sets World Record for Binge Watching
Molly Ennis and Alejandro Fagoso three days into their record-setting bout of TV watching.   (Video)

Binged a full season of True Detective? Amateur. Took in all 62 episodes of Breaking Bad in one sitting? Not impressed. That's because 25-year-old Brooklyn resident Alejandro Fragoso just set the Guinness World Record for binge-watching when he wrapped up a full 94 hours of TV-watching, CNBC reports. "It's just the most agony you've ever been in times 100," Fragoso tells Tech Insider, which has a video chronicling the record attempt. Fragoso started his binge Friday along with two friends—as well as Guinness record keepers and a doctor in case of emergency, according to WPIX. Their playlist included Adventure Time, Game of Thrones, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Bob's Burgers, and Battlestar Galactica. The rules were simple: No breaking eye contact with the screen, no prolonged conversation, and a five-minute break every hour.

One of Fragoso's accomplices dropped out quickly; another—Molly Ennis—was disqualified in hour 60. Fragoso was napping during one of his breaks when his phone went off. Ennis looked at the phone to push it toward him, breaking the first rule of official binge watching. By the time Fragoso set the record Tuesday at hour 94, he was suffering from acute hallucinations, involuntary "micro-naps," and a raised heart rate. "I would not recommend it," he tells WPIX. In addition to cementing his place as a world-champion TV watcher, Fragoso won $2,000. He broke the record of 92 hours set by four Austrians just last month. (This 96-year-old woman woman set the world record for oldest adoptive parent.)

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