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“Netflix and Cheat”? Streaming Infidelity Is Apparently a Thing™

February 14, 2017 51 Comments

For many couples, curling up on the couch together and binge-watching a show ranks pretty highly on the Best Parts Of Being A Couple Meter. You know the deal: You settle on which show to watch… you make a pact not to watch episodes without the other… you have this whole shared experience together…


It starts off innocently enough. One of you falls asleep, and Netflix, that wicked seductress she is, asks:

Are you still watching?

And you can’t resist. You look over at your partner, passed out cold, snoring, blissfully unaware that you’re watching House of Cards without them. They’ll never know, you tell yourself. They won’t get mad. Oh, but they will.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Netflix has released a report on the streaming infidelity phenomenon, also known as “Netflix cheating”. (FYI: It still applies if you’re watching on Hulu or some other platform – there’s no getting around this one.)

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These statistics are kind of shocking. I am particularly shocked by the percentage of people who think that skipping ahead and watching the next episode of Orange Is The New Black is worse than diddling the nanny, but I digress. Also, would anyone else be super into an episode of, say, Dr. Phil or The Jerry Springer Show where the guests have had “verbal arguments” with each other over Netflix cheating? Anyone? Is this thing on?

My husband, Mr. Seeking Ambition, and I do not have particularly similar tastes in television – this has made the binge-watching pact difficult for us beyond Jeopardy!. However, I am very proud to say that this Trekkie experienced every episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise with my man by my side, and I never skipped ahead ONCE. More importantly, he never threw up his hands and said “To hell with this!” (I’m the nerd in this relationship, so I was probably definitely enjoying the shared experience more than he was!)

That, people, is love.

Commander Riker, Star Trek Valentines, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Will Riker

This one’s for you, babe.

And if you DO get busted for Netflix cheating, they have some advice for you:


I don’t know about you, but I’m going to be yodeling ♫ HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO BINGE WITHOUT YOUUUUU ♫ for at least the next three to four days.


Time to fess up: Have you ever Netflix cheated? Either way, what shows are you binge-watching right now? I need some recommendations!


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    robin masshole mommy

    February 14, 2017

    The struggle is real! My hubby has to go away for TWO WEEKS every spring and how’s a girl supposed to wait THAT long to watch her shows? I mean, really….

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      February 14, 2017

      Girl – you totally get a free pass. With that kind of travel, who could be expected to wait?!

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    February 14, 2017

    Omg this is actually so funny and true haha love the way you write and loved this post!!

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      February 14, 2017

      How sweet are you?! You just made my month! I’m so happy you got a laugh 🙂

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    February 14, 2017

    This is hilarious! I had to stay home sick from work for two days and it was a STRUGGLE to find a show to watch on my own —- because I wouldn’t dare watch “our shows” alone!

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here

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      February 14, 2017

      I absolutely know that struggle! My husband travels a ton for work and there were definitely times when we were deep in the middle of a binge together when all I wanted was to progress on to the next episode. Be strong! 🙂

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    Sonya Kolodziejska

    February 14, 2017

    I did not know that Netflix cheating was a thing! But being on my own, i guess i get to watch what i want and when i want 🙂 It’s cute that couple watch things together though.

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      February 14, 2017

      Getting to watch what you want is definitely a bonus! That’s one reason my husband and I have separate Netflix profiles… so whatever he watches on his free time doesn’t muck up my suggestions 😉

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    February 14, 2017

    Great research and such a funny way of looking at things. Think it’s so hard not to continue watching when you are enjoying a show

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      February 14, 2017

      It’s super tough! And Netflix/Hulu/etc. doesn’t make it any easier when they’re all… “Do you want to keep watching?” and they auto-play the next episode. It’s hard to resist!

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    February 14, 2017

    I am a binge watcher and I usually watch during the day and my husband who is at home too does not like to watch TV during the day and doesn’t care if I do so I am way ahead of him on most shows. We do watch as a family and a couple different things and this is always fun but I admit I am unfaithful frequently.

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      February 14, 2017

      It’s awesome that your husband doesn’t mind! It’s not Netflix cheating if they don’t get mad 🙂

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    Janel Berchielli (@JanelB)

    February 14, 2017

    I’ve been able to hold it together and not cheat. Luckily there are shows my hubby isn’t interested that I am able to watch until he is able to watch “our shows” together.

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      February 14, 2017

      You are so good! It’s hard to have restraint!

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    February 14, 2017

    Haha, I heard this on the news! I can understand why it would be irritating. I wait for my husband and watch and I think he does the same?? Maybe?? If not, he has good fake reactions to shows!

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      February 14, 2017

      That’s the key – having a good fake reaction! 🙂

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    February 14, 2017

    that chart is hilarious! I’m not overly concerned. If we do watch a show together and I fall asleep and he keeps watching, it just means he has to rewatch it! Though the nanny thing is kind sad.

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    February 14, 2017

    This is so funny, I haven’t watched a show without my hubby once, but we have each fallen asleep and the other kept watching that’s for sure

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    AJ Money Matters

    February 14, 2017

    I did not even know that binge cheating was a thing! I’ve definitely done it with my partner but I tell him to catch up when he has time, so it never becomes a big deal.

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    February 14, 2017

    This cracks me up. I don’t have this issue personally, since my husband doesn’t like TV shows. He will get down on a movie, but hates hour long shows and series…

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    February 14, 2017

    OMG I get so mad at my hubby when he does this on shows we are super into. Usually I let him finish the episode and I will rewatch on my own, but it’s another story if he goes to the next episode.

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    February 14, 2017

    You lucky you and your husband have the same taste in TV shows. My husband and I have tried to watch the same shows but never works out. I trend to watch TV in the bedroom and he watches it in the living room LOL.

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    Elizabeth O.

    February 15, 2017

    I find this so funny but it’s all so true! It feels bad when your partner has watched an episode or a full season of a series that you guys enjoy watching together. The infographic proves it!

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    February 15, 2017

    Oh my gosh, I love this! I am sooooo guilty of netflix cheating! I used to do it all the time and then pretend I hadn’t watched it and I would have to sit through the episode again with my husband and pretend that I didn’t know what was coming up. It was so awful. lol

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    February 15, 2017

    I never thought of that as cheating but I guess I do that all the time. I’m curious to see whether other people consider that cheating.

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    February 15, 2017

    Ahhh, this is too funny and too real. We both love to stream our favorite shows; in fact, it has been our favorite past time. I and am sure he is too, is guilty of this!!

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    February 15, 2017

    This is hilarious because this is a big thing with my husband. You would have thought I had cheated on him for real. But I am a stay at home wife and sometimes I get bored. Going to have to send this to him for a laugh.

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    Allison Rebecca

    February 15, 2017

    This is hilarious! I am going out of town next week and just told my hubby he better not watch our show without me!

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    February 15, 2017

    Yes, it’s definitely a thing! Don’t watch without your partner lol.

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    February 15, 2017

    haha I almost choked at diddling the nanny! pahaha, my husband and I wouldn’t dare, it’s a divorce-able offense :p

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    Author Brandi Kennedy

    February 15, 2017

    The whole idea of this is so funny to me, but maybe that’s because when I was partnered with someone, we had very different tastes in TV so it wasn’t an issue for us.

    Then again, we had a family thing going for a while where me, my daughters, and my former mother-in-law were all watching our way through Gilmore Girls together on Netflix. The former MIL hadn’t seen any of it, so I was really loving sharing that show with her (as well as with my daughters, of course) – so when I found out that she’d been catching rerun episodes on her cable without waiting for us all to Netflix together, I pretty much lost interest in the family screening all together. So I guess “cheating” really is pretty bad … but NOT worse than “diddling the nanny.”

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    February 15, 2017

    This is hilariously adorable!!!! Who knew so many couples Netflix cheated?? My hubby and I only watch a handful of shows together, and we remain strong in not skipping ahead! Woohoo!! Hahaha

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    Emma white

    February 15, 2017

    I didnt know this was even a thing! Im single so i get to watch what i want and when i want to without having to worry about any of this lol

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    February 15, 2017

    Oh my gosh, this is hilarious and SO true! There is no way I am going pause and wait if my binge-watching partner falls asleep haha!

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    February 15, 2017

    This is too funny. I recently heard of this and I never thought of it as a bad thing until my hubby accused of me of watching “The Crown” without him!!! LOL I was so surprised. Not seeing the numbers I realize a lot of people to “cheat” Great post ..I’ll have to share!

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    February 15, 2017

    Haha this is brilliant! I’ve totally done that with the Walking Dead and it didn’t go down well with my other half… x

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    February 15, 2017

    So funny!
    I always watch TV with my boyfriend,fortunately we love the same shows!

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    Misty Nelson

    February 15, 2017

    Lol! I know this struggle. It’s so hard when you’re supposed to wait for the other person. I’m totally guilty, I’ve “cheated” when my hubby was too busy working to jump back into our favorite show. Sigh! Relationship woes

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    February 15, 2017

    I think I have only Netflix cheated once a long time ago. This is such a funny topic and I can totally see how it happens and why people get mad.

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    February 15, 2017

    Haha I love your style of writing! This is a hilarious post, you’re great!

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    February 16, 2017

    Haha! This is so interesting! Wuite shocking for sure! 🙂

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    February 16, 2017

    Oh , the struggle is real. Hahaha you are so hilarious. How enjoyable was this post, and the infographics, so telling! Loved it!

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    Krystal // The Krystal Diaries

    February 16, 2017

    This is too funny. I do this all the time. My husband and I started House of Cards and then he kind of just stopped watching it but I kept watching it. I wasn’t going to wait for him, I was way too into it lol.

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    February 16, 2017

    Superhubby and I don’t watch too many shows together but I think I almost cheated with him on Sherlock because he kept putting it off and I really wanted to see it.

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    Dawn McAlexander

    February 16, 2017

    I am guilty here. Yes, I admit that I cheated on my husband. I watched Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. without him and got ahead of him. I feel so ashamed.

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    wildish jess

    February 16, 2017

    This is so crazy! My husband was just sitting here watching a video about Netflix cheating and telling me about it. I started laughing then opened this post seconds after and was like no way! lol

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    Yona Williams

    February 17, 2017

    This is so funny that I am reading this right now. I was riding in the car with my brother, and he was talking to his girlfriend…and I swear they were discussing this very thing. I think he watched too many episodes without her.

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    February 17, 2017

    We always start on episodes together and one of us always surpasses the other. We totally are guilty and even though we try to catch up – it just doesn’t happen! Tag me – I’m guilty!

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    nadine cathleen (@karateandcaviar)

    February 18, 2017

    I started binge watching Vikings. I stopped after the 2nd season more or less as I found the 3rd quite boring. Last weekend I binge watched season 4 of the Vikings and loved it!

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    Donah Davila

    February 22, 2017

    Lol… this is funny and the hubby really do mind we do watch the same shows at different times because of our work schedules but there are time we are able to watch together.

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    Kendel | Little Misadventures

    July 10, 2017

    I’ve cheated….but does it really count if you go back and rewatch it with them?! I don’t think so…I’ve been binge watching House of Cards, Designated Survivor, and Younger. You know, to shake things up 😉

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