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Message Posted On Thursday, March 22nd 2012 at 4:29 pm
Why is it that almost every tv series that I ever followed from Great Britian consists of seasons that contain only 3 to 7 episodes.

I guess that I am too used to American tv series seasons containing anywhere from 18-24 episodes. Of course there are a few exceptions but I find that not to be true in Britian, there seems to be no exceptions. Can anyone explain why there are so few. Just as a season starts to get good , it's all over.
I have watched a few from astralia and they seem to contain a little bit more. from 13-18 episodes per season. They are quite enjoyable too. But I just can't get used to the British tv series. I watch them , like them but it is very hard to say that I can relax to them because they are so few to a season.
Well if any one has a logical reason why I would love to try to get a better understanding . Thanks
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Message Posted On Thursday, March 22nd 2012 at 7:00 pm
From what I can gather from various answers online is basically, TV series in England have one writer that writes the entire series so logically it's easier to only write 6 episodes than it would be to write 22.

Also budget, American television has a much larger budget than its overseas counterparts. Less money, less episodes.

I just searched the question "Why does British TV have such short seasons"

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Message Posted On Friday, March 23rd 2012 at 8:13 pm
Well I guess that sounds very logical and reasonable.
That being said , I would imagine the astralian budgets to be even a little smaller but I would like to say that they make really good use of what they are given to play with. I said before that I watched a few Australian series and they are really well made. Sea Patrol I really enjoyed alond with wild boys and now the straits. Hollywood should really look into making alot with few, like they do in those shows.
After episode 9 ended I am kind of left here hanging t'ill next week , can't wait soi see the series final episode. I really hope it will get renewed for another season.
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Message Posted On Saturday, March 24th 2012 at 12:01 am
UK shows often have more than one season per show each year. Seasons of just 6 to 10 episodes tend to do better in the ratings as viewers don't get bored. Also it gives the schedules much more variety rather than just having the same show on for over half the year.

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Message Posted On Monday, April 16th 2012 at 4:38 am
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Message Posted On Tuesday, May 8th 2012 at 4:52 am
I think that most important of all stuf is that Britain serials are really good ones I am inpresed with Sherlock and Primeval and some others like Senctuary etc....

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Message Posted On Thursday, June 7th 2012 at 4:48 pm
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Message Posted On Friday, June 8th 2012 at 12:23 am
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Message Posted On Tuesday, June 19th 2012 at 1:24 am
Realty I do not watch English Tv show. Because I have not time which i like own show. Means those show which has me interested that time not free.

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Message Posted On Tuesday, July 3rd 2012 at 7:57 pm
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I like to watch the comedy English series such as Mr. Bean. I like this series very much.

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Message Posted On Wednesday, July 18th 2012 at 2:39 am
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