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We've all binged on shows without planning to – but which have you walked away from because they weren't floating your boat, and why?

We all recognise the feeling of achievement when we reach the last episode – or "season finale" as it's more melodramatically known – of a longform TV drama, especially an imported American behemoth that runs to 22 episodes.

But nobody talks about that grubby feeling of failure when you bail out, mid-season. There are no festivities, just guilt, as you symbolically un-click the "series link" on your PVR and hope nobody notices. The best you can hope for when discovered around the water cooler or Twitter hashtag is the residual cool of saying, "Yeah, I started watching it, but …" (This guarantees the riposte, "Ah, but it started to really get good after that episode.")

I'm not by temperament a quitter. The completist in me prevents me from walking out of films, »

- Andrew Collins

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