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6th Nov '15 4:37:08 PM nombretomado
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Fear of [[LostInMediasRes being dropped into the middle of a plotline they'll never understand without information that's already been given]], or fear of investing their time in a series they'll [[EndingFatigue have to get through hundreds of episodes to get a satisfying ending from]] ([[TheChrisCarterEffect assuming it'll actually have one]]), can keep even the most interested hanger-on from tuning in, a risk that can keep a series with borderline {{ratings}} from reaching its full potential. Less common now in the days of DVD and Internet file sharing (and [[ComicBooks trade paperbacks]]), where back episodes are available to anyone with the time, money and/or bandwidth. Many networks are also making back episodes of their more popular shows available for viewing online. CommitmentAnxiety can occur as a result of ContinuityLockout and {{Continuity Snarl}}s within the work; even with the ease of availability of this material, if the writers make the continuity too impenetrable or convoluted, it can cause people to give up in frustration.
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Fear of [[LostInMediasRes being dropped into the middle of a plotline they'll never understand without information that's already been given]], or fear of investing their time in a series they'll [[EndingFatigue have to get through hundreds of episodes to get a satisfying ending from]] ([[TheChrisCarterEffect assuming it'll actually have one]]), can keep even the most interested hanger-on from tuning in, a risk that can keep a series with borderline {{ratings}} UsefulNotes/{{ratings}} from reaching its full potential. Less common now in the days of DVD and Internet file sharing (and [[ComicBooks trade paperbacks]]), where back episodes are available to anyone with the time, money and/or bandwidth. Many networks are also making back episodes of their more popular shows available for viewing online. CommitmentAnxiety can occur as a result of ContinuityLockout and {{Continuity Snarl}}s within the work; even with the ease of availability of this material, if the writers make the continuity too impenetrable or convoluted, it can cause people to give up in frustration.
11th Oct '15 3:19:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/FlashForward'', which avoided this by inserting a special episode just before it came back from its mid-season hiatus. That's ''one whole hour'' for just thirteen episodes.
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* ''Series/FlashForward'', ''Series/FlashForward2009'', which avoided this by inserting a special episode just before it came back from its mid-season hiatus. That's ''one whole hour'' for just thirteen episodes.
4th Oct '15 7:50:57 PM cosmo359
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\n* ''Series/NightAndDay'' may well have suffered from this. Unusual for soap in that it demanded not only that viewers turn on each week, but that they pay reasonably close attention, especially in order to follow the central plot surrounding Jane Harper's disappearance. Character motivations and plot points are often glossed over or otherwise obscure - sometimes seemingly for stylistic reasons, and other times as a result of the condensed night-time omnibus, which would often by necessity do away with scenes from the daytime version that provided helpful, if not crucial, context.
16th Sep '15 7:57:25 AM Silverblade2
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BB has 5 seasons.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'', given its six seasons long and deals with really dark themes.
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* ''Series/BreakingBad'', given its six five seasons long and deals with really dark themes.
29th Jun '15 11:26:08 AM nombretomado
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* Ron Moore has cited fear of this syndrome as being behind the {{Breather Episode}}s on the new ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}''.
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* Ron Moore has cited fear of this syndrome as being behind the {{Breather Episode}}s on the new ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}''.Galactica|2003}}''.
27th Apr '15 4:25:30 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'' was doomed after two seasons by its interesting but "narratively inhospitable" (to new viewers) tight story arc.
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* ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'' ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' was doomed after two seasons by its interesting but "narratively inhospitable" (to new viewers) tight story arc.
6th May '14 10:50:25 PM Gooberpatrol66
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Fear of [[LostInMediasRes being dropped into the middle of a plotline they'll never understand without information that's already been given]], or fear of investing their time in a series they'll [[EndingFatigue have to get through hundreds of episodes to get a satisfying ending from]] ([[TheChrisCarterEffect assuming it'll actually have one]]), can keep even the most interested hanger-on from tuning in, a risk that can keep a series with borderline {{ratings}} from reaching its full potential. Less common now in the days of DVD and Internet file sharing (and [[ComicBooks trade paperbacks]]), where back episodes are available to anyone with the time and money and/or bandwidth. Many networks are also making back episodes of their more popular shows available for viewing online. CommitmentAnxiety can occur as a result of ContinuityLockout and {{Continuity Snarl}}s within the work; even with the ease of availability of this material, if the writers make the continuity too impenetrable or convoluted, it can cause people to give up in frustration.
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Fear of [[LostInMediasRes being dropped into the middle of a plotline they'll never understand without information that's already been given]], or fear of investing their time in a series they'll [[EndingFatigue have to get through hundreds of episodes to get a satisfying ending from]] ([[TheChrisCarterEffect assuming it'll actually have one]]), can keep even the most interested hanger-on from tuning in, a risk that can keep a series with borderline {{ratings}} from reaching its full potential. Less common now in the days of DVD and Internet file sharing (and [[ComicBooks trade paperbacks]]), where back episodes are available to anyone with the time and time, money and/or bandwidth. Many networks are also making back episodes of their more popular shows available for viewing online. CommitmentAnxiety can occur as a result of ContinuityLockout and {{Continuity Snarl}}s within the work; even with the ease of availability of this material, if the writers make the continuity too impenetrable or convoluted, it can cause people to give up in frustration.
22nd Apr '14 3:26:45 PM LongLiveHumour
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** ''{{Naruto}}'' is a funny instance. Sure, the series pre-timeskip is about 200 episodes long... but barely over half of them are actually canon. This is an example where it's faster to just read the manga to get caught up on the main plot. And there's a good reason many fans referred to the second half of the first series as the {{Filler}} Hell.
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** ''{{Naruto}}'' ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is a funny instance. Sure, the series pre-timeskip is about 200 episodes long... but barely over half of them are actually canon. This is an example where it's faster to just read the manga to get caught up on the main plot. And there's a good reason many fans referred to the second half of the first series as the {{Filler}} Hell.
2nd Apr '14 6:24:52 AM igordebraga
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%% * ''Series/TwinPeaks'' %% * ''Series/{{Lost}}'' %% * ''Series/TheXFiles''
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%% * ''Series/TwinPeaks'' %% ''Series/TwinPeaks'', as it's the usual DavidLynch insanity [[PutneySwopePanic spread across various episodes to improve the anxiety]]. * ''Series/{{Lost}}'' %% ''Series/{{Lost}}'', with many {{Foreshadowing}} elements, and an [[KudzuPlot ever-complicating plot]]. * ''Series/TheXFiles''''Series/TheXFiles''. The series is [[LongRunner nine seasons long plus two movies]], and the "arc episodes" are spread along MonsterOfTheWeek ones.

* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': A complex plot and LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters means that you've at least got to read some summaries of the earlier seasons if you start watching the show at a later date. It's based on ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', so reading the books also works - though each book ranges from 800-1000 pages long. %% * ''Series/{{Heroes}}''
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': A complex plot and LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters means that you've at least got to read some summaries of the earlier seasons if you start watching the show at a later date. It's based on ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', so reading the books also works - though [[DoorStopper each book ranges from 800-1000 pages long. %% long.]] * ''Series/{{Heroes}}''''Series/{{Heroes}}'', with its LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters and an infamous SeasonalRot reputation.

%% * ''Series/BreakingBad''
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%% * ''Series/BreakingBad'' ''Series/BreakingBad'', given its six seasons long and deals with really dark themes.
25th Mar '14 4:26:29 PM NCZ
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* The prospect of watching ''{{Series/Doctor Who}}'' in its entirety is terrifying if you're a completist. (This is mostly an irrational phobia, though. The pre-1989 show very rarely did long-term plot arcs, and they lasted a season at most. Even the post-2005 show tends to wrap up all its arcs and start completely new ones whenever there's a change of showrunner.)
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* The prospect of watching ''{{Series/Doctor Who}}'' in its entirety is terrifying if you're a completist. [[note]]And if you gained consciousness at some point after 1964, it's also [[MissingEpisode impossible.]][[/note]] (This is mostly an irrational phobia, though. The pre-1989 show very rarely did long-term plot arcs, and they lasted a season at most. Even the post-2005 show tends to wrap up all its arcs and start completely new ones whenever there's a change of showrunner.)
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