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10th Feb '16 6:20:57 AM RAMChYLD
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* ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsAndCousins'' - Only six episodes per season. Currently there's only two seasons. Fans are hoping that this means that there will be more seasons in a year.
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* ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsAndCousins'' (Creator/{{Netflix}}) - Only six episodes per season. Currently there's only two seasons. Fans are hoping that this means that there will be more seasons in a year.
6th Feb '16 12:41:19 AM RAMChYLD
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* ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsAndCousins'' - Only six episodes per season. Currently there's only two seasons. Fans are hoping that this means that there will be more seasons in a year.
30th Jan '16 8:16:25 AM nombretomado
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On the opposite token, the reason American shows tend to be so long is boiled down to simply Money. Most American TV series are produced barely breaking even, and some will even operate at a loss. The magic word for any show to make a profit is "{{syndication}}"; the real money comes when a show makes it into reruns, which can last indefinitely and don't have the overhead costs of actually producing the show. However, the minimum episode number for syndication tends to be extremely high, often "88". Most networks are shy about airing reruns of a series unless they hit 100+ episodes, so they don't end up rerunning the episodes too often (and risk annoying viewers, who would tune out, resulting in fewer people watching the commercials). It's not unheard of for a low-rated and/or critically savaged series to get [[OnlyBarelyRenewed inexplicably renewed for a fourth or even fifth season]] simply to reach this 88-episode threshold (''Series/TilDeath'' is held up as a shining example, as the creator readily admitted he sold the show to the network for an absolute pittance to reach this. Similarly, ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', which misfired at its start and didn't recover fast enough, reportedly only got a fourth season for the same reason.) Because of this, the standard contract for a production company (and often for the actors) when a new show is bought by a network is seven years/seasons, regardless of whether or not that many episodes end up being ordered.
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On the opposite token, the reason American shows tend to be so long is boiled down to simply Money. Most American TV series are produced barely breaking even, and some will even operate at a loss. The magic word for any show to make a profit is "{{syndication}}"; "UsefulNotes/{{syndication}}"; the real money comes when a show makes it into reruns, which can last indefinitely and don't have the overhead costs of actually producing the show. However, the minimum episode number for syndication tends to be extremely high, often "88". Most networks are shy about airing reruns of a series unless they hit 100+ episodes, so they don't end up rerunning the episodes too often (and risk annoying viewers, who would tune out, resulting in fewer people watching the commercials). It's not unheard of for a low-rated and/or critically savaged series to get [[OnlyBarelyRenewed inexplicably renewed for a fourth or even fifth season]] simply to reach this 88-episode threshold (''Series/TilDeath'' is held up as a shining example, as the creator readily admitted he sold the show to the network for an absolute pittance to reach this. Similarly, ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', which misfired at its start and didn't recover fast enough, reportedly only got a fourth season for the same reason.) Because of this, the standard contract for a production company (and often for the actors) when a new show is bought by a network is seven years/seasons, regardless of whether or not that many episodes end up being ordered.
15th Jan '16 5:35:59 AM Anddrix
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For children's series, the magic number is instead [[SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon 65]], or three such seasons[[note]]though many such cartoons are technically just one extremely long season[[/note]] this is done because it is believed that since [[FleetingDemographicRule kids will age out of the target demographic so quickly, episodes will stay "fresh" longer since the audience turnaround is faster]]. Also, [[ViewersAreMorons they assume kids either won't remember or won't care that they'd seen an episode before.]]
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For children's series, the magic number is instead [[SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon 65]], or three such seasons[[note]]though many such cartoons are technically just one extremely long season[[/note]] this is done because it is believed that since [[FleetingDemographicRule kids will age out of the target demographic so quickly, episodes will stay "fresh" longer since the audience turnaround is faster]]. Also, [[ViewersAreMorons they assume kids either won't remember or won't care that they'd seen an episode before.]] before.
12th Jan '16 2:10:20 PM HowlingSnail
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* ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' lasted from 1988 to 1998, totaling 136 episodes. While the length of the seasons (or "series", as they're called in the UK) varied, series 9 lasted for 19 episodes, which is roughly the length of a typical American season (although the American version's seasons lasted as long as 39 episodes). * A partial exception is ''Series/DoctorWho'', the first six seasons of which (in the mid to late 1960s) had up to 45 episodes of around 24 minutes each; this was reduced to 25 (later 26) per season from the seventh season on due to concern about the regular cast's endurance, and subsequently whittled away by budget restrictions, eventually settling at 14 half-hour episodes per season by the time the show came to an indefinite hiatus in 1989. However, each episode was part of a larger serial, and there were generally fewer than ten serials in a season, with the average being around six or seven and only four in the latter years.
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* ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' lasted from 1988 to 1998, totaling totalling 136 episodes. While the length of the seasons (or "series", as they're called in the UK) varied, series 9 lasted for 19 episodes, which is roughly the length of a typical American season (although the American version's seasons lasted as long as 39 episodes). * A partial exception is ''Series/DoctorWho'', the first six seasons of which (in the mid to late 1960s) had up to 45 episodes of around 24 minutes each; this was reduced to 25 (later 26) per season from the seventh season on due to concern about the regular cast's endurance, and subsequently whittled away by budget restrictions, eventually settling at 14 half-hour 25-minute episodes per season by the time the show came to an indefinite hiatus in 1989. However, each episode was part of a larger serial, and there were generally fewer than ten serials in a season, with the average being around six or seven and only four in the latter years.

*** 13 (or 14 if you count the Christmas specials) nearly-hour-long episodes per year is actually pretty close to the standard season length for American hourlongs originating on cable (usually 13 to 16 depending on the network).
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*** 13 (or 14 if you count the Christmas specials) nearly-hour-long episodes per year is actually pretty close to the standard season length for American hourlongs hour-longs originating on cable (usually 13 to 16 depending on the network).
1st Jan '16 3:08:21 PM Ezclee4050
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* ''Series/NathanForYou'' -- Two seasons of 8 episodes thus far. Nathan Fielder has said that the complex process of planning and executing the show's schemes limits the number of episodes they can do.
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* ''Series/NathanForYou'' -- Two Three seasons of 8 episodes thus far. Nathan Fielder has said that the complex process of planning and executing the show's schemes limits the number of episodes they can do.
12th Dec '15 11:29:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Sirens}}'' the ChannelFour comedy focused around a group of ambulance-men lasted a total of 6 episodes.had
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* ''Series/{{Sirens}}'' ''Series/SirensUK'' the ChannelFour comedy focused around a group of ambulance-men lasted a total of 6 episodes.had
1st Dec '15 2:47:36 AM ahaigh9877
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* ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' was a very influential 'Alternative Comedy' series, and retains a cult following. Only twelve episodes (two seasons) were ever made. The majority of the actors and writers went on to create ''Filthy Rich & Catflap'', which lasted only six episodes. ''Series/{{Bottom}}'', also with Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson, did rather better, three seasons and a total of 18 episodes (as well as five stage shows). WordOfGod says ''TheYoungOnes'' was only ever meant to have 12 episodes in two seasons, like ''Series/FawltyTowers'' * ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' is actually 4 different six-episode series (set at different periods of history but including IdenticalGrandson characters), each one launched with no expectations of making another. In fact, each series was picked up a year after its predecessor had ended. * ''Series/TheGoodLife'' was a big enough deal during its run that the Queen herself attended a taping. There are 30 episodes (4 series of 7 episodes apiece, one Christmas special, and the Royal Command Performance).
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* ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' was a very influential 'Alternative Comedy' series, and retains a cult following. Only twelve episodes (two seasons) were ever made. The majority of the actors and writers went on to create ''Filthy ''Filthy, Rich & Catflap'', which lasted only six episodes. ''Series/{{Bottom}}'', also with Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson, did rather better, three seasons and a total of 18 episodes (as well as five stage shows). WordOfGod says ''TheYoungOnes'' was only ever meant to have 12 episodes in two seasons, like ''Series/FawltyTowers'' * ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' is actually 4 four different six-episode series (set at different periods of history but including IdenticalGrandson characters), each one launched with no expectations of making another. In fact, each series was picked up a year after its predecessor had ended. * ''Series/TheGoodLife'' was a big enough deal during its run that the Queen herself attended a taping. There are 30 episodes (4 (four series of 7 seven episodes apiece, one Christmas special, and the Royal Command Performance).
20th Nov '15 11:04:47 AM catriona176
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added wikitags to the Inbetweeners Movie 1 and 2
* ''Series/TheInbetweeners'' is unusually short even for an examples on this page. 18 episodes - three series with each six episodes - though the series has been followed up by [[TheMovie two feature-length films]] - one from 2011 and a sequel which was released in August 2014.
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* ''Series/TheInbetweeners'' is unusually short even for an examples on this page. 18 episodes - three series with each six episodes - though the series has been followed up by [[TheMovie two feature-length films]] - [[Film/TheInbetweeners one from 2011 2011]] and [[Film/TheInbetweeners2 a sequel sequel]] which was released in August 2014.
20th Nov '15 11:02:31 AM catriona176
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changed the release of Inbetweeners Movie 2 from future to past tense
* ''Series/TheInbetweeners'' is unusually short even for an examples on this page. 18 episodes - three series with each six episodes - though the series has been followed up by [[TheMovie two feature-length films]] - one from 2011 and a sequel which is coming out in August this year.
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* ''Series/TheInbetweeners'' is unusually short even for an examples on this page. 18 episodes - three series with each six episodes - though the series has been followed up by [[TheMovie two feature-length films]] - one from 2011 and a sequel which is coming out was released in August this year.2014.
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