• We’re all spending plenty of time at home these days because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, which means many of us are looking to catch up on old shows we might have missed.
  • Before you start any show, there’s a brilliant free app that you absolutely must consult first.

Imagine never having subscribed to HBO before, and somehow never having heard of Game of Thrones. Then one day you escape from the rock you’ve been living under and everything changes. Maybe HBO Max launches on May 27th and the allure of all those popular shows in one place gets you to subscribe. You’re scrolling through all the movies and shows available to stream in the app when you happen upon an intriguing show you’re unfamiliar with. You watch the trailer and it blows your mind, obviously, so you settle in and start streaming season 1.

Needless to say, you’re instantly hooked. The plot is incredible, the writing is fantastic, the character development is outstanding, and the acting is superb. You know you have some serious binge-watching to do because you can’t wait to see what happens next. You’re sheltering in place thanks to the novel coronavirus outbreak, so you’ve got plenty of time on your hands to binge season after season — and that’s exactly what you do. Then, after weeks of enthralling television that’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before, you finally arrive at season 8. And just like that… trainwreck.

You are absolutely gutted. Devastated. How could such a mind-blowing show get so terrible so quickly?! Had you known how bad it was going to be when it ended, you probably wouldn’t have invested all that time, energy, and emotion into the show to begin with. You know, perhaps if you had seen a chart like this one:

Image source: TV Chart

The graph above was created by a free app called TV Chart. Created by developer Benjamin Mizrahi, the web app is simple but incredibly useful. Type in the name of any series and TV Chart will, as the name suggests, create a chart. The points plotted on the chart represent the IMDb rating for each episode from start to finish. Had you known about TV Chart before you started binge-watching Game of Thrones, you would have seen that the final season is an absolute travesty and you might have saved yourself the heartache.

On the flip side of the coin, imagine the same thing happened with The Office. The penultimate season gets so bad that you very well might consider bailing, but a quick glance at TV Chart and you’ll see that it’s definitely worth sticking it out.

Image source: TV Chart

TV Chart is a terrific tool and it’s totally free, so you’d be crazy not to bookmark it right now and use it next time you consider diving into any show that’s been around for a while.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.