One Episode Per Week
If you wanted to watch your favorite show, you had to plan your entire day around that show. You had one hour, likely in the evening, to plop yourself in front of the couch and hope your television set worked. The worst part? They usually only aired one new episode per week. That meant that for every cliffhanger, you had to wait an entire week to watch the next episode. People didn’t have the luxury of binge-watching shows or taking their time. They had to be on the time of the network. Something was satisfying and rewarding about waiting for a show to air, though. It made it a lot more enjoyable. If you wanted to watch a movie, you had to head to a store like Blockbuster and pay to watch your favorite movie. And you had to make sure you returned it within a certain time frame, much like renting a library book (Interesting Engineering).