The debate "The episodic format of many American shows is getting lame" was started by
August 1, 2016, 10:05 am.
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Nemiroff posted 3 arguments to the agreers part.
Nemiroff, charlieholmes, harshita, Rajat and 1 visitor agree.
5 visitors disagree.
of course they have an underlying story that spans the season or the whole show. it doesn't eliminate the story. but it does limit it's can limit it's depth trying to break it into bite sized completely contained segments.
the big season story usually gets like 2 minutes of development at the end of each episode, which is nice, but could be nicer. I mean how awesome are those shows when they do a 2 parter which lets them dig just a little deeper?
Arrow did a somewhat good job at removing this. It had serious character build up, but it still had fight scenes. Deathstroke was built up and didn't go away up until the season ended.
This doesn't completely limit story. All of these shows have underlying storylines and show great character development through them.
the black list, all the csi and law and orders, any super hero show, and just about every show does this format which severely limits the depths of the potential stories these shows can tell.
not the 30 minute episode format, but the fact that each episode has to have its villain and it's own resolution as opposed to an ongoing adventure. game of thrones can be seen as an exception to that rule where not every episode has a complete ending.