Instead of relying only on your friends or your torch, a new tool will tell you which series you should indulge in and what you should give up
Let's face it, in the last few months we've all spent more watching TV shows than outdoors, and we've learned more than ever that not all series that start off promising also continue to be good after the first episode and certainly not after multiple seasons. So before you start the next blind binge on Netflix, or trust your friends word that “it's getting better towards the end of the season,” an Israeli developer has created a cool tool that will let you know what you're about to get into.
You can understand if the series is improving or deteriorating over time
Benjamin Mizrahi, 23, a software developer by profession, developed a tool called TV Chart With a simple but well executed concept. Instead of having to keep watching the series to see if it gets better, or even know in advance whether you should watch it, Mizrahi lets you search for the series name (in English, of course), and get a simple graph for understanding that shows you the sympathy curve for the series.
“I got the idea for the site as I watched the last season of Game of Thrones, and like many I was disappointed with the lack of writing,” says Mizrahi. Talking to GeekTim. “I thought it would be interesting to measure audience disappointment empirically, so I wrote a script that collects the viewer ratings data in each episode's IMDB and shows them in the graph.”
The client side, namely the site, Benjamin built in React, while the server side is written in Node.js. Mizrahi suggests that the fact that IMBD does not have an official API forced it to collect the information from various sources and store it themselves, but it allows it to send the data it collected quickly.
For example, you can see how series like “Breaking Bad” maintain high average ratings throughout its episodes, and series like “Bujac Horsman” only get better over time. In contrast, in the case of series like “The Game of Thrones” and “House of Cards,” the graph of the past few seasons seems like a beautifully flattened curve that seems more like the best-case scenario of the Corona crisis.
Mizrahi said more than 100,000 users have entered the site so far, and many users have already suggested improvements to the site soon: Separation by color of each season, average rating, standard deviation and list of the most popular series. Aside from finding their next binge, Benjamin claims some users are looking for series they actually saw and are trying to guess which episode is the best or worst episode of their favorite series.
But nevertheless, don't forget that these are user ratings, which means quite a bit
Since these are IMDB skier ratings, you are pretty much here for the wisdom of the masses, its advantages and disadvantages. Because if you've ever talked to anyone on the Internet about TV shows, chances are his opinion has been pretty stingy here or there. Not many are going to rate every episode and episode in a similar fashion from 1 to 10. If movies are rated by tens and hundreds of thousands of users, when it comes to users' fanatic series it's pretty hype-dependent. In the rather disappointing finale episodes of series such as “Dexter”, “The Game of Thrones” and “House of Cards”, you can see that the number of ratings has risen significantly towards and especially in the finale episodes, probably by angry fans who came to vent their disappointment. So, you know, take all this information with limited liability.