Television shows remain on the expensive side compared to streaming packages, with something like Parks and Recreation costing as much as $35 at the time of writing. Remember though, buying your favorite show does guard against it getting yanked from your streaming platforms, and gives you lifetime access to it. If you're thinking about buying a show you'll probably rewatch, maybe it's worth the investment. If not, perhaps you're better off paying for a subscription. Just consider that if it's a show like Mad Men—7 seasons of long, dense episodes—it will probably take you longer than a month to finish it, which means another month paying for the service streaming it.