1. No one wants to talk about the show, but that’s literally all you want to do in life right now.
2. Spoilers. Spoilers Everywhere. They weren’t a huge problem before you started watching, because you didn’t know any character names, but now you do, and everything is a spoiler. Everything. *cries in heap as far away from Internet as possible*
3. You’re scared to even mention that you’re watching the show to other people, for fear that they will pull the “OMG have you gotten to the part where __ happens?” dick move.
4. Or you’ll get that well-meaning person that accidentally spoils it by saying, “OMG I was sooooo sad when __ died. I cried for days.”
5. And then you get the fun experience of assuming that any time something minorly not-great happens to your favorite character, that’s the moment when they’re going to die. Oh, they missed the bus. This must be it. They decide to walk home, and then get hit by a car. Cool.
6. If the show you’re binging on is still currently airing well past its expiration date, people look at you like you’re crazy for still tolerating that show.
You: “I stayed up way too late watching Grey’s Anatomy last night.”
Them: “You’re still watching that???”
You: “No! I’m only on season 2.”
7. Then they look at you like you’ve lived under a rock for the past ten years, because how on Earth are you just now watching Grey’s???
8. When someone asks what your favorite show is, you feel a little weird saying Alias, considering it went off the air 9 years ago.
9. Oh, that actor that you’re totally obsessed with? They’re ten years older now with three kids, so your fantasies about casually running into them in Trader Joes and falling madly in love are far less likely now than if you had loved them when the show was airing.
10. When something huge happens on the show, very few people are still interested in freaking out about Charlie’s “Not Penny’s boat” revelation, because they flipped out about that 8 years ago.
11. You’re constantly recalling old celebrity gossip while watching, which makes you a bit paranoid. Hmmm didn’t this actor go to jail at one point and have to leave the show? When did that happen? OMG are they going to be written out before they get back together with __? THEY CAN’T. NOOOOO.”
12. You want to recommend the show to everyone! It’s so good! Share the brilliance! …… But everyone’s already seen The Sopranos. You’re the only one that hasn’t seen it.
13. Everyone and their mother is going to claim that they told you that show was good ages ago, and will want you to concede full credit to them.
14. When you know a show was unexpectedly cancelled and ended on a major cliffhanger, you have a mini-crisis trying to decide if you should just stop watching when things are mostly wrapped up, or if you should stick it out and feel the heartbreak of the unresolved ending. (LOOKING AT YOU, FOX. RIP Firefly.)
15. You finally start understanding certain references that have made their way into pop culture, and want to use them all the time, but if you throw “Wait for it” into conversation, people are just going to think you need to move on from that show that ended a year ago, even though it’s a totally new experience for you.