If you have a couple of TV shows that you watch regularly, then you may have a difficult time making sure that you do not miss a single episode that airs on TV. You may be more lucky if the episodes are available on sites such as Hulu as well, as it provides you with enough flexibility to watch the show whenever you feel like it.
Sometimes, you may even want to know if episodes are still airing or if the current season of a show is at its end. This is especially true if you want to follow US TV shows but do not live in the United States.
Cliffhanger is a free application for Android that keeps track of TV shows for you. It concentrates on US shows only, making it unusable if you want to track local shows in another country. But if you are into US shows, you can take advantage of it to keep track of past, present and even future shows.
Cliffhanger opens up in Discovery mode. This mode displays popular TV shows to you, past and present, that you can subscribe to. Just tap on a show you are interested to display a small overlay menu. Here you get a short plot synopsis and the option to subscribe to it so that it is tracked from that moment on by the application.
Not all TV shows are listed here for obvious reasons. Use the plus icon on the top right to add shows by entering their name, or part of it, in the search form that opens up.
Tracked TV shows are displayed under upcoming and recent if they air right now. You get the short plot summary again, with options to display a bigger preview by tapping on the show's name on the screen. Here you also find the date, time and channel it is aired on.
The checkmark next to the show's title marks it as watched, while the plus icon on the lower right enables you to add it to your calendar on the phone.
You will get notifications as well by default when shows air which you can disable in the apps' options. The settings provide you with a couple of additional options.
You can switch from a 12h time format to a 24h format, change the time upcoming shows are displayed by the application, hide TV shows that you already have from the discovery menu, or enable a show countdown.
That is not all though as you can also tap on the Cliffhanger title on top to display a list of all shows that you follow right now. Each show is displayed with its name and the number of seasons. A tap on a show displays a tabbed page that provides you with information about the show.
Here you can again read the plot synopsis, browse the cast or every single episode that has aired in the past. What may be interesting here is that this does include specials that have aired.
If you watch a lot of TV you may find Cliffhanger extremely useful. One thing that it lacks in my opinion is information about streaming options. It would be really nice if you could get those information as well so that you get options to stream the show online, which is especially important if it does not air anymore.
The only other thing that I'd like is an option to display other TV shows by actors.
The application itself is easy to use and leaves little to be desired in terms of functionality otherwise. All in all a great application if you like to keep in the loop when it comes to your favorite TV shows.
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