DVR Stockpiling: What's Piled Up On Your DVR?

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June 23rd, 2012

I watch a ton of TV and with the exception of live sports, almost all of it via DVR. I knocked a lot of stuff out over the previous September-May TV season including every new episode of The Good Wife, Homeland, Mad Men, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, New Girl, Modern Family and 30 Rock. But lest you think I’m TV show snob, I also knocked out all the new episodes of Bones, House, Law & Order: SVU, NCIS, NCIS: LA and Hawaii Five-0 (I  might have been drunk while watching Five-0). Further, I plowed through pretty much every original Law & Order which amounts to over 400 hours-worth of TV viewing that through my DVR viewing habits I knocked down to around 200.  And that doesn’t count my daily Monday-Friday dose of Around The Horn, PTI on ESPN and Intentional Talk on MLB Network.

But a lot of stuff piles up on my DVR.  As you can see just from the sliver above I’ve got 9 episodes of Archer, 23 episodes of Castle and 17 episodes of Grimm (along with some stuff I stored around Matt Cain’s perfect game). But there’s a lot you can’t see ranging from 22 episodes of Parks & Recreation, 11 episodes of The Middle, 6 episodes of Common Law. I even still have the final six episodes of Men of a Certain Age which I’m saving like a fine wine.

Though I have plenty of storage space (currently I have 3TB allocated) there are definitely periods of “DVR Bulimia” where I binge on a ton of stuff and then purge it off my DVR. For example I knocked out the entire first season of New Girl over a few days in late May and saved the second season of Louie up for a marathon over the Christmas holidays.  We’ll have some period this summer where we’re socked in with fog and I’ll blow through all the Parks & Recreation and Archer episodes.

Sometimes though there’s a big purging without any binging. My guess is that’s what will happen with season two of The Killing.

There are a lot of shows I like just fine but am happy to wait to see them some other time. If not for this blog, I’d probably let everything pile up because I’d much rather watch 2-3 episodes of Game of Thrones at a time than wait for them to be doled out a week at a time. But I also hate spoilers.  The DVR stockpile does give me an idea of which shows I like more (certainly Game of Thrones among them) and I’d have to cop to liking Suits and White Collar (no DVR stockpile) more than Royal Pains (8 episodes piled up).

What’s piled up on your DVR?


  • capslocke

    Stockpiling the whole second season of The Killing, every episode ever of Falling Skies, the first season of Touch, and the first season of Don’t Trust The B—- in Apt. 23.

  • xwiseguyx

    I dumped Burn Notice after I was 18 episodes behind. Currently catching up on In Plain Site which I have 15 eps to go yet… 2 Chelsea’s and 5 How To Be A Gentleman I”m saving for when I’m drunk to see if they are funnier…

  • Moose

    All the seasons I have missed of Breaking Bad.

    The Original Mission Impossible TV series. I watch them and then delete them, but they do pile up quite quickly on the DVR.

  • Mary

    I never stockpile TV shows. I watch the episodes usually the day after I record them. My DVR usually consists of movies that I record off Showtime and other cable channels.

  • LF

    1.5 seasons of the Big C
    all of Grimm & Smash and about 5 episode each of Community and 30 Rock.
    Lots of random stuff that looked interesting at some point but for the life of me I can’t remember why (it will probably stay there until fall).

  • pete5125

    I have a series 2 TIVO w/DVD recorder
    The oldest is
    Seaquest2032 3 episodes
    Smallville I have all Justice League apperances starting with Aquaman, Flash, Cyborg, on up
    The Office have the last 3 seasons(had the complete series but moved it to the PC)
    Park’s and Rec
    How I met your Mother
    2 and 1/2 Men
    Ned and Stacy(tvguide reruns)
    The Middle
    Criminal Minds
    Big Bang
    2Broke Girls
    Grounded For Life
    That 70s Show
    Stargate Universe
    Rescue Me
    Rules of engagement
    How to be a gentleman
    Its always sunny in Philadelphia

  • miles silverberg

    My DVR is 80% Jeopardy episodes. Not just the new ones but the older reruns on GSN as well. I delete them once I watch them, but there’s a real backlog of the GSN reruns.

    I also started saving WKRP in Cincinnati off AntennaTV, since only season 1 is on DVD, and Hill Street Blues off Nuvo, since only Seasons 1-3 were released either on disc or digitally.

    Other than these, it’s mostly individual movies or events/specials.

  • Chris

    I don’t have a DVR.

  • LJ

    There are a few shows I like to stockpile to watch in a 1-2 day marathon (premium cable shows like GoT, shameless, dexter, etc.; walking dead). Most everything else I watch within a week or 2 after recording. I do have a growing backlog of Mythbusters episodes that I haven’t watched yet. The other thing I keep around is when AMC shows movies I like with story notes. I still have Enter the Dragon and Top Gun on my DVR because the movies are even better with the little jokes and factoids.

  • Sammie

    I have the entire last season of New Girl and Happy Endings because those are my favorite shows, I’ve watched all the episodes but I just like having them around to watch again if I have time, I’ll save them till this season comes out on DVD. Same thing is true with about 10/15 episodes of Raising Hope.

    My sad DVR pile is Chuck. Loyal fan for four seasons but the fifth season was really hard to get through for me, I still have like 8 episodes saved I need to get to.

  • jake

    Does anyone have any recommendations for DVR expanders? There used to be one that had 2tb of memory but they stopped manufacturing. I currently have directv

  • John

    A majority of Franklin and Bash’s first season and last season’s Weeds was rotting away for awhile, most of this season’s Justified I’ve been saving for a rainy day. I also usually stockpile a majority of NBC’s Thursday comedies (sans Community which I try to keep up on a week to week basis).

  • Txmole

    The only thing I have left from the regular season is the second half of the season of Revenge. I have either watched everything else or deleted it. I agree with you on Suits and White Collar. I usually watch them fairly quickly but let Royal Pains and Burn Notice accumulate. I recorded Common Law but decided I didn’t want to add a new show and deleted all the recorded episodes without watching.

  • Monkey Man

    I’m stockpiling On the reruns of Home Movies Reruns on Saturdays on Adult Swim
    Actually I have episodes from 2004

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