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Brooklyn man breaks binge-watching Guinness World Record

He’s the hero New York City millennials deserve.

Alejandro “AJ” Fragoso, a 25-year old iOS developer who lives in Brooklyn, broke one of the most prestigious, honorable Guinness World Records in the book last week — by binge-watching 94 hours of television shows.

“I was a little doubtful at first,” Fragoso, who didn't miss any work time because he has unlimited vacation days, told the Daily News. “I am a night owl traditionally... I have worked long shifts before when projects enter crunch time, so I have experience staying up for long periods-just not for 94 hours straight.”

The marathon began on April 8 and lasted until 5 a.m. on the 12th.

In other words, Fragoso did what most people do on weekends but extended the activity for two extra days — and got paid $2,000.

“Working” with multimedia software company CyberLink to promote their product PowerDVD 16, he was cooped up in a Midtown apartment he found on Airbnb for the duration of the feat.

The pretty, pretty, pretty impressive record of 92-straight hours (set just last month by at an event sponsored by LG) was broken by Fragoso who watched episodes of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Game of Thrones,” “Twilight Zone,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Bob’s Burgers” and “Adventure Time,” all streamed via Netflix.

Fred and Carrie on "Portlandia" know all about binge-watching "Battlestar Galactica."

When Fragoso first fired up the remote, his friend Molly was trying to break the record with him. But 60 hours in, she was disqualified after breaking eye contact with the television screen.

To power through, he relied on caffeine, smoking and a diet of healthy foods such as nuts, protein bars, sushi and chicken.

“Towards the end I had some coffee, especially once the judge from Guinness World Records arrived,” Fragoso said. “I mostly relied on cigarettes as a stimulant when needed.”

Making the feat somewhat easier, Fragoso earned five minutes of “rest” for every hour of television he watched.

There was a lot of Netflix, but no chill.

“During rest breaks we were free to do whatever we want,” he said. “As tempting as masturbation might have been to some, I opted to use the time for power naps, bathroom breaks, showering, and cigarettes.”

To help stay awake, Fragoso said he would switch up shows whenever he was having the most trouble keeping his eyes open.

The biggest challenge was getting through a specifically ironic episode of “The Twilight Zone” fittingly titled “Perchance to Dream.”

“(It’s) about a guy who hasn't slept for four days because if he falls asleep, he dies, but if he stays awake he'll die eventually anyway. Really struck hard at home at the time,” Fragoso said.

In order to make sure he wasn’t staring at the screen too hard, CyberLink had a team of medical experts on hand to help anyone injured during the physically-grueling task.

“My heart rate was elevated and I was hallucinating at parts,” he said. “There are also periods I don't fully remember”

nparco@nydailynews.com

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