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11th Dec '17 1:35:33 AM lakingsif
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* ''Series/BlackMirror'' only had three episodes in each of its two series, with a Christmas special and an upcoming third season. It was not a serialized format however, but a trilogy of drama short films in completely independent worlds.

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* ''Series/BlackMirror'' only had three episodes in each of its first two series, with a Christmas special and an upcoming third season.special. It was not a serialized format however, but a trilogy of drama short films in completely independent worlds. When the Americans acquired it, they doubled the series output to six, which still counts, but did put out series 3 and 4 in consecutive years, rather than waiting a few.
9th Dec '17 4:11:08 AM jormis29
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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 ''Series/FilthyRichAndCatflap'', 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 ''The Young Ones'' was only ever meant to have 12 episodes in two seasons, like ''Series/FawltyTowers''

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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 ''Series/FilthyRichAndCatflap'', which lasted only six episodes. ''Series/{{Bottom}}'', also with Rik Mayall Creator/RikMayall and Adrian Edmondson, Creator/AdrianEdmondson, did rather better, three seasons and a total of 18 episodes (as well as five stage shows). WordOfGod says ''The Young Ones'' was only ever meant to have 12 episodes in two seasons, like ''Series/FawltyTowers''
3rd Dec '17 1:09:39 PM nombretomado
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* On ''Series/{{Community}}'', the ShowWithinAShow ''[[Series/DowntonAbbey Cougarton Abbey]]'' (the fictional TransAtlanticEquivalent of ''CougarTown'') ran for only six episodes before [[KillEmAll having all the characters kill themselves]]. Then [[JustForFun/InspectorSpacetime inverted with]] an AffectionateParody of ''Series/DoctorWho''.

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* On ''Series/{{Community}}'', the ShowWithinAShow ''[[Series/DowntonAbbey Cougarton Abbey]]'' (the fictional TransAtlanticEquivalent of ''CougarTown'') ''Series/CougarTown'') ran for only six episodes before [[KillEmAll having all the characters kill themselves]]. Then [[JustForFun/InspectorSpacetime inverted with]] an AffectionateParody of ''Series/DoctorWho''.
14th Nov '17 3:48:25 AM Digifiend
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British Brevity doesn't apply to every series. {{Soap Opera}}s, talk shows, kids' programs and other daytime TV can run for far more than 24 episodes a season, in the UK as elsewhere. Britain's LongRunners include ''Series/CoronationStreet'' and ''Series/{{Eastenders}}''; ''Series/CoronationStreet'' alone shows 260 episodes a ''year''. This trope, like the 24-episode US standard it contrasts with, applies mainly to scripted series in prime time and nighttime slots.

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British Brevity doesn't apply to every series. {{Soap Opera}}s, talk shows, kids' programs and other daytime TV can run for far more than 24 episodes a season, in the UK as elsewhere. Britain's LongRunners include ''Series/CoronationStreet'' and ''Series/{{Eastenders}}''; ''Series/CoronationStreet'' alone shows 260 312 episodes a ''year''. This trope, like the 24-episode US standard it contrasts with, applies mainly to scripted series in prime time and nighttime slots.
9th Nov '17 2:54:53 PM TargetOnMyBack
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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 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 had to juggle Sherlock around his commitments to ''Series/DoctorWho'', for which he is was also serving as Head Writer and Showrunner.
4th Nov '17 10:44:23 AM Gideoncrawle
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* ''Series/RedDwarf'' so far consists of six 6-episode series (broadcast 1988-1993), followed by two 8-episode series (broadcast 1997 & 1999), then a 3-episode special (broadcast 2009), then another three 6-episode series (broadcast 2012 & 2016-2017). This makes for an uncommonly mighty total of 73 episodes now, but spread over almost 30 years.

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* ''Series/RedDwarf'' so far consists of six 6-episode series (broadcast 1988-1993), followed by two 8-episode series (broadcast 1997 (1997 & 1999), then a 3-episode special (broadcast 2009), (2009), then another three 6-episode series (broadcast 2012 (2012 & 2016-2017). This makes for an uncommonly mighty total of 73 episodes now, episodes, but spread over almost 30 years.
19th Oct '17 5:04:35 AM TroperDoper
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** Starting in 2018, the show will shorten its season lengths to 10 episodes but with a longer run time.
12th Oct '17 3:21:20 PM Malady
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* A few British children's TV shows (particularly fairly [[LongRunner long runners]]) may be an inversion of this trope since they want longer series to keep children entertained. BBC kids' series GrangeHill aired 601 episodes over 31 years, and BykerGrove consisted of 344 episodes over 18 years (both having 20 episodes per year with short early seasons). Meanwhile, ITV's Children'sWard clocked up an impressive 143 episodes over 11 years (13 eps per year) for its' run.

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* A few British children's TV shows (particularly fairly [[LongRunner long runners]]) may be an inversion of this trope since they want longer series to keep children entertained. BBC kids' series GrangeHill aired 601 episodes over 31 years, and BykerGrove Series/BykerGrove consisted of 344 episodes over 18 years (both having 20 episodes per year with short early seasons). Meanwhile, ITV's Children'sWard clocked up an impressive 143 episodes over 11 years (13 eps per year) for its' run.
22nd Sep '17 8:32:20 AM mack
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** It also happens to be a mild American example, with the show having a 13 episodes per season cap.

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** It The show itself also happens to be a mild American example, with the show having example as it has a 13 episodes per season cap.
22nd Sep '17 8:32:02 AM mack
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* ''Series/TheGoodPlace'' is a mild American example, with the show having a 13 episodes per season cap.
** It also uses the trope as a joke. When British socialite Tahani attempts to bond with American JerkWithAHeartOfGold Eleanor, Tahani introduces her to ''Dierdre and Margaret'', a favourite British sitcom which happens to be ironically similar to their situation. Tahani advises Eleanor that it ran for 16 years on the BBC, and in that time produced a whopping '''almost''' 30 episodes.
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* ''Series/TheGoodPlace'' is a mild American example, with the show having a 13 episodes per season cap.
** It also
uses the trope as to make a joke. When British socialite Tahani attempts to bond with American JerkWithAHeartOfGold Eleanor, Tahani introduces her to ''Dierdre and Margaret'', a favourite British sitcom which happens to be ironically similar to their situation. Tahani advises Eleanor that it ran for 16 years on the BBC, and in that time produced a whopping '''almost''' 30 episodes.
----** It also happens to be a mild American example, with the show having a 13 episodes per season cap.
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