…Or how I learnt to start fretting about my entertainment backlog

Today I decided to enumerate my entertainment backlog. And then estimate how long it’s going to take me to get through it. And then candidly share this deeply personal list with the world. I enjoy American Teen Drama. I’m mid thirties. Is that so wrong?


Stuff that needs to be finished/caught up with

  • Boardwalk Empire (S2-S5) (~50 hours)
  • Dr Who (Time of the Doctor onwards) (~5 hours)
  • Gossip Girl (Final 6 eps ~ 5 hours)
  • Pretty Little Liars (S3, S4, S5 ~ 40 hours)

Stuff that needs to be started

  • The Walking Dead (All of it – 50 hours)
  • The Wire (all of it – 50 hours)

Ongoing shows I’m up to date with that will impact at some point in the future

  • BB USA
  • Game Of Thrones
  • Vampire Diaries
  • The Originals
  • Big Bang Theory
  • True Detective
  • Homeland
  • Person of Interest
  • Curb your Enthusiasm (It’s still possible!)
  • The Bridge (S3 hopefully will arrive…)


I’m not even going to begin to list this, but suffice to say, there’s around 250 I have to watch on my PVR. That is ~400 hours

Computer Games

These are all games I currently own, I am not going to add anything new to the list. I promise. And I’m not going to list open ended games (sports etc) apart from one – Gran Turismo 5.


Midway through:

  • Deus Ex (Second playthrough, 15 years after 1st. At least 15 more hours)
  • Mass Effect 2 (completed, but have lair of shadow broker to do – 3 hours)
  • Half Life 2 Episode 1
  • Dishonored
  • Assassins Creed
  • The Witcher
  • Dragon Age
  • Crysis
  • Doom 3
  • Portal 2


  • Deus Ex Human Revolution
  • Mass Effect 3
  • XCom Enemy Unknown
  • Assassins Creed 2
  • The Witcher 2
  • Batman Arkham Asylum
  • Batman Arkham whatever the second one is
  • Bioshock
  • Bioshock 2
  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Oblivion
  • Skyrim


Midway through

  • Last of Us
  • Gran Turismo 5


  • Uncharted 1
  • Uncharted 2
  • Uncharted 3
  • GTA 5
  • Battlefield 3
  • COD MW2
  • COD MW3
  • COD Black Ops 2
  • COD World at War


Midway through

  • GTA San Andreas


  • Let’s not even go there


There are other games I have, but only one I feel like playing


  • Jet Set Radio

I’ve probably missed quite a few, but all things considered, I’m going to average it out at 25 hours per game. That is 1000 hours. I’m a completist, so I think there’s more there…ulp.

Anyway so that is 200 hours of TV to catch up on, 400 hours of films and by my estimate at least 1000 hours of games.

That is 1600 hours. If one devotes a maximum of 2 hours per day on backlog, that is 800 days worth. Call it 2 years.

Oh my.

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