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19th Feb '17 2:06:22 PM MisterApple
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* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'''s first three series each consist of three 90-minute episodes. Creator/StevenMoffat and Creator/MarkGatiss comment on this trope on the Series 2 DVD commentary, stating that they would love to do more a season, but the time and logistical constraints involved in filming a series of feature-length productions in a relatively short span prevent this. Made worse by the fact that the show catapulted Creator/BenedictCumberbatch and Creator/MartinFreeman to the A-List; in fact Peter Jackson had to rearrange the filming of ''The Hobbit'' so Freeman could fly back to film ''Sherloc''. Similarly, Moffatt has to juggle Sherlock around his commitments to ''Series/DoctorWho'', for which he is also serving as Head Writer and Showrunner.

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* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'''s first three series each consist of three 90-minute episodes. Creator/StevenMoffat and Creator/MarkGatiss comment on this trope on the Series 2 DVD commentary, stating that they would love to do more a season, but the time and logistical constraints involved in filming a series of feature-length productions in a relatively short span prevent this. Made worse by the fact that the show catapulted Creator/BenedictCumberbatch and Creator/MartinFreeman to the A-List; in fact Peter Jackson had to rearrange the filming of ''The Hobbit'' so Freeman could fly back to film ''Sherloc''.''Sherlock''. Similarly, Moffatt has to juggle Sherlock around his commitments to ''Series/DoctorWho'', for which he is also serving as Head Writer and Showrunner.
25th Jan '17 4:29:58 AM TroperDoper
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** The 2005 revival series, in contrast, has 13 45-minute episodes per season, plus a Christmas special 60-75 minutes in length. These generally run to an hour and an hour and a half in foreign syndication, due to the addition of advertisements (which are not shown on Creator/TheBBC). Between December 2008 and January 2010, in lieu of airing a regular-length season, the show aired 5 extended-length specials (two of which were Christmas specials and two of which constituted a two-part story). Officially, the BBC considers these specials to be a continuation of Season 4, which already had 13 regular episodes, resulting in an unusually long 18-episode season aired over the course of about 18 months.
*** 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 hour-longs originating on cable (usually 13 to 16 depending on the network).
** Beginning in 2012, the show's seventh series will be split across two years, with six episodes airing the first, including the Christmas special, and eight in 2013 (incidentally, the show's 50th birthday).

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** The 2005 revival series, in contrast, has 13 45-minute episodes per season, plus a Christmas special 60-75 minutes in length. These generally run to an hour and an hour and a half in foreign syndication, due to the addition of advertisements (which are not shown on Creator/TheBBC). Between December 2008 and January 2010, in lieu of airing a regular-length season, the show aired 5 extended-length specials (two of which were Christmas specials and two of which constituted a two-part story). They weren't intended as a season in their own right, but was actually meant as a farewell parade for the Tenth Doctor. Officially, the BBC considers these specials to be a continuation of Season 4, which already had 13 regular episodes, resulting in an unusually long 18-episode season aired over the course of about 18 months.
*** 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 hour-longs originating on cable (usually 13 to 16 depending on the network).
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** Beginning in 2012, the show's seventh series will be was split across two years, with six episodes airing the first, including the Christmas special, and eight in 2013 (incidentally, the show's 50th birthday).birthday).
** In 2014, the number of episodes per season was reduced to 12 plus a Christmas special. This is somewhat fitting considering this change was initiated at the beginning of the ''12th'' Doctor's era.
6th Jan '17 11:12:04 AM Malachi108
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* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'''s first three series each consist of three 90-minute episodes. Creator/StevenMoffat and Creator/MarkGatiss comment on this trope on the Series 2 DVD commentary, stating that they would love to do more a season, but the time and logistical constraints involved in filming a series of feature-length productions in a relatively short span prevent this (made worse by the fact that the show catapulted Creator/BenedictCumberbatch and Creator/MartinFreeman to the A-List; in fact Peter Jackson had to rearrange the filming of ''The Hobbit'' so Freeman could fly back to film ''Sherlock.'' Similarly, Moffatt has to juggle Sherlock around his commitments to ''Series/DoctorWho'', for which he is also serving as Head Writer and Showrunner.

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* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'''s first three series each consist of three 90-minute episodes. Creator/StevenMoffat and Creator/MarkGatiss comment on this trope on the Series 2 DVD commentary, stating that they would love to do more a season, but the time and logistical constraints involved in filming a series of feature-length productions in a relatively short span prevent this (made this. Made worse by the fact that the show catapulted Creator/BenedictCumberbatch and Creator/MartinFreeman to the A-List; in fact Peter Jackson had to rearrange the filming of ''The Hobbit'' so Freeman could fly back to film ''Sherlock.'' ''Sherloc''. Similarly, Moffatt has to juggle Sherlock around his commitments to ''Series/DoctorWho'', for which he is also serving as Head Writer and Showrunner.
26th Dec '16 8:28:22 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' wound up its plot after two seasons of eight episodes each. Its follow-on series ''AshesToAshes'' mustered three seasons, or twenty-four episodes total: about the same as ''one'' US season. The whole lot together made forty episodes in five years.

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* ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' wound up its plot after two seasons of eight episodes each. Its follow-on series ''AshesToAshes'' ''Series/AshesToAshes'' mustered three seasons, or twenty-four episodes total: about the same as ''one'' US season. The whole lot together made forty episodes in five years.
26th Dec '16 12:22:48 PM Xtifr
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20th Dec '16 11:29:09 AM Xtifr
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* Back when Tachyon TV was the cult-telly version of NewsBiscuit, it had a spoof article about the TransatlanticEquivalent of ''Series/TwentyFour'': It was called ''4'', and was about a British special agent who was having the longest mid-afternoon of his life.

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* Back when Tachyon TV was the cult-telly version of NewsBiscuit, Website/NewsBiscuit, it had a spoof article about the TransatlanticEquivalent of ''Series/TwentyFour'': It was called ''4'', and was about a British special agent who was having the longest mid-afternoon of his life.
6th Dec '16 11:52:08 PM RAMChYLD
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* ''Series/BadRobots'' only had six episodes per season, and only two seasons has aired so far, the last one airing in 2015.
21st Nov '16 3:07:16 PM arseyman
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** WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine, also created by Britt Allcroft, has still been going since 1984, with over 400 episodes and ten feature-length specials.
15th Nov '16 1:21:17 PM AndrewRodland
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** Season 7 has been announced with seven episodes, and Season 8 is also expected to be shorter than ten.
3rd Nov '16 9:52:28 AM MarcoPolo250
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* ''Series/{{Sleepy Hollow}}''-- The first season will be 13 episodes, and the show has already been renewed for a 13-episode second season. This is likely due in some part to the show's somewhat spooky nature, meaning it works well around the Halloween season in the fall, but not so much during the spring.

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* ''Series/{{Sleepy Hollow}}''-- The first season will be ran for 13 episodes, and the show has already been was soon renewed for a 13-episode second season. This is likely due in some part to the show's somewhat spooky nature, meaning it works well around the Halloween season in the fall, but not so much during the spring.



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