I saw the a few previews for Flashpoint on CBS when it first started airing (not sure if it had already premiered or not when I saw the previews). And I thought it looked like it might be interesting.
My family watches all (most really) of the cop shows (CSI, CSI:NY, NCIS, The Mentalist, Criminal Minds and a few others) so we thought we might try watching Flashpoint and my dad set it to record. At the time I usually had something to do on Fridays, or just played on the computer so I never really saw any episodes.
One time I just got bored or something (maybe the Internet went out idk) and came into the living room while my dad was watching Flashpoint.
The episode was Never Kissed A Girl, and I thought it was pretty cool. Although I wasn't really sure what exactly what was going on since I came in twenty minutes into the show. Afterwords it showed the preview for Planets Aligned and mentioned a girl being kidnapped for eight years. I thought that sounded like a really cool premise and wanted to know what was going to happen so I asked my dad to record it (I didn't realize it was the same show we had just watched).
So of course the next week came and we watched Planets Aligned. I LOVED it!! I'd seen all kinds of shows with kidnappings and such, but never really got into them, but this episode of Flashpoint just had me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't believe that someone would have been kidnapped for eight years and then in one day she was back with her family.
It really made me try to think of how I would have acted in her position. I'd never really had a show make me think like that before so I decided that Flashpoint was definitely a keeper (I still didn't actually realize that this was the same show as the week before and that this was the show I had seen previews for)
Then a few weeks went by and I couldn't find Flashpoint on TV anywhere so I sort of gave up thinking it must have been canceled.
When January came and I saw my dad watching Eagle Two I realized it was the same show and begged him to start it over for me. So we watched that episode and again it had me thinking about how it would feel to be in the characters' position and what I would have done. It wasn't until Backwards Day aired that I really started getting into it. (I fell 'in love' with the character of Sam during his negotiating with Sarah in the ep.) After that I didn't really like Haunting The Barn the first time it aired (I have NO idea why, seeing as I love the episode now). I think a repeat of Who's George aired next (or maybe it was before) and then I saw the preview for Between Heartbeats and it showed Jules shot and Sam crying I HAD to watch it. (As I already mentioned I had fallen in love with Sam's character and I'm the type that loves to see my favorite characters express their emotions esp. sad ones). So it was then that I realized I had probably missed a bunch of episodes (I figured even whole seasons) so I had to look it up and see if I could buy a DVD set to catch up. That's when I discovered this was the same show as Never Kissed A Girl and I had seen the previews for it. Also when I found the CTV forums and my obsession started. So there you have it.
And when I actually saw Between Heartbeats that just fueled the fire. I'm pretty sure I watched it at least twice that night and then at least four times that Saturday, and again on Sunday a few times. Sometimes I watched just the part with Jules getting shot and then the ending at the hospital. Obsession much? I think Between Heartbeats is one of the episodes I've watched the most times, and I'm not even a Jam fan. Also recently after that I purchased season 1 (well the first nine episodes, 'iTunes season 1') and ended up buying a used iPod touch just so I could watch them (didn't realize I could have just watched them on my computer), I also wrote down the episode order so I could make sure to watch it correctly (iTunes has/had the order completely messed up).
There you go, that's my story. Since then I haven't missed an episode, and I've seen them all at least three or four times. With the exception of Just A Man (only seen that twice).