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24th Jun '16 5:40:05 PM nombretomado
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|| '''[[ResetButton Fluid]]''' ||StatusQuoIsGod on the series level, even possibly including NegativeContinuity || Most [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation Golden Age]] and [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfAnimation Dark Age]] WesternAnimation plus more recent works that follow those formats (e.g. ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', ''TinyToonAdventures''), most traditional {{SitCom}}s, ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' in its early seasons||

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|| '''[[ResetButton Fluid]]''' ||StatusQuoIsGod on the series level, even possibly including NegativeContinuity || Most [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation Golden Age]] and [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfAnimation Dark Age]] WesternAnimation plus more recent works that follow those formats (e.g. ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', ''TinyToonAdventures''), ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''), most traditional {{SitCom}}s, ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' in its early seasons||
14th May '16 11:24:25 PM nombretomado
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Put another way, you can watch any episode of ''GilligansIsland'' and be equally entertained, without worrying that you've missed important plot points (it's not like they'll [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption ever get off the island]] or [[JustEatGilligan something]]). While that's also mostly true with ''Stargate SG-1'', seeing more episodes in order lets you see character development over time and several subplots rise and get resolved, letting you get more enjoyment over time. A slightly-less fluid series, like ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' or ''MadMen'', needs to be seen with all the seasons in order if one wants to fully "get" it. Further toward the abrupt end, you can start with the beginning of any particular season of ''Anime/SailorMoon'', but you will be left scratching your head if you start in the middle of a season.

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Put another way, you can watch any episode of ''GilligansIsland'' ''Series/GilligansIsland'' and be equally entertained, without worrying that you've missed important plot points (it's not like they'll [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption ever get off the island]] or [[JustEatGilligan something]]). While that's also mostly true with ''Stargate SG-1'', seeing more episodes in order lets you see character development over time and several subplots rise and get resolved, letting you get more enjoyment over time. A slightly-less fluid series, like ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' or ''MadMen'', ''Series/MadMen'', needs to be seen with all the seasons in order if one wants to fully "get" it. Further toward the abrupt end, you can start with the beginning of any particular season of ''Anime/SailorMoon'', but you will be left scratching your head if you start in the middle of a season.



|| ||Self-contained season-[[StoryArc arcs]], with some overarching plots || ''Series/TwentyFour'', ''MadMen'', ''GameOfThrones'', ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', ''Series/{{Damages}}'', ''[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]]'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'', ''Series/{{Skins}}'' (seasons with the same cast), most [[TeenDrama Teen Dramas]] and [[PrimeTimeSoap Prime Time Soaps]] ||

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|| ||Self-contained season-[[StoryArc arcs]], with some overarching plots || ''Series/TwentyFour'', ''MadMen'', ''Series/MadMen'', ''GameOfThrones'', ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', ''Series/{{Damages}}'', ''[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]]'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'', ''Series/{{Skins}}'' (seasons with the same cast), most [[TeenDrama Teen Dramas]] and [[PrimeTimeSoap Prime Time Soaps]] ||
6th Feb '16 12:24:08 PM MarkLungo
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|| '''[[ResetButton Fluid]]''' ||StatusQuoIsGod on the series level, even possibly including NegativeContinuity || Most [[GoldenAgeOfAnimation Golden Age]] and [[DarkAgeOfAnimation Dark Age]] WesternAnimation plus more recent works that follow those formats (e.g. ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', ''TinyToonAdventures''), most traditional {{SitCom}}s, ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' in its early seasons||

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|| '''[[ResetButton Fluid]]''' ||StatusQuoIsGod on the series level, even possibly including NegativeContinuity || Most [[GoldenAgeOfAnimation [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation Golden Age]] and [[DarkAgeOfAnimation [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfAnimation Dark Age]] WesternAnimation plus more recent works that follow those formats (e.g. ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', ''TinyToonAdventures''), most traditional {{SitCom}}s, ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' in its early seasons||



27th Dec '15 2:34:09 PM nombretomado
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To quantify this, the ''Sliding Scale of Season Transition Fluidity'' (SeasonFluidity for short) puts episodic series on one end, and series with self contained seasons on the other. For example, ''GilligansIsland'' is [[StatusQuoIsGod unchanging]] from season to season. Toward the opposite extreme, seasons in ''Anime/SailorMoon'' and ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' are basically separate shows with an identical cast (and some shows don't even have that commonality between seasons - see ''{{Skins}}'', below). In the middle, a show like ''Series/StargateSG1'' has no distinct seasons, but is threaded together by multiple subplots while staying episodic.

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To quantify this, the ''Sliding Scale of Season Transition Fluidity'' (SeasonFluidity for short) puts episodic series on one end, and series with self contained seasons on the other. For example, ''GilligansIsland'' is [[StatusQuoIsGod unchanging]] from season to season. Toward the opposite extreme, seasons in ''Anime/SailorMoon'' and ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' are basically separate shows with an identical cast (and some shows don't even have that commonality between seasons - see ''{{Skins}}'', ''Series/{{Skins}}'', below). In the middle, a show like ''Series/StargateSG1'' has no distinct seasons, but is threaded together by multiple subplots while staying episodic.



The far Abrupt end would feature shows that do a complete series reboot with each season, in both plot ''and'' cast, to the point where [[SeriesFranchise they really are completely different shows joined under the same name]]. An example of that would be ''{{Skins}}'', which starts with a completely new group of characters (save an occasional AscendedExtra or two) and storylines every two seasons, as the old characters graduate from [[UsefulNotes/BritishEducationSystem Roundview College]] and leave Bristol. Other than the setting and the general focus on [[EverybodyHasLotsOfSex sex,]] [[EverybodyMustGetStoned drugs]] [[APartyAlsoKnownAsAnOrgy and parties]], each new "generation" (as these two-season sets are known) is completely distinct from the others, and many ''Skins'' fans see them as entirely separate works. Lots of fans of the show start with a later generation and then watch the older ones, and are no worse for the wear.

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The far Abrupt end would feature shows that do a complete series reboot with each season, in both plot ''and'' cast, to the point where [[SeriesFranchise they really are completely different shows joined under the same name]]. An example of that would be ''{{Skins}}'', ''Series/{{Skins}}'', which starts with a completely new group of characters (save an occasional AscendedExtra or two) and storylines every two seasons, as the old characters graduate from [[UsefulNotes/BritishEducationSystem Roundview College]] and leave Bristol. Other than the setting and the general focus on [[EverybodyHasLotsOfSex sex,]] [[EverybodyMustGetStoned drugs]] [[APartyAlsoKnownAsAnOrgy and parties]], each new "generation" (as these two-season sets are known) is completely distinct from the others, and many ''Skins'' fans see them as entirely separate works. Lots of fans of the show start with a later generation and then watch the older ones, and are no worse for the wear.



|| ||Self-contained season-[[StoryArc arcs]], with some overarching plots || ''Series/TwentyFour'', ''MadMen'', ''GameOfThrones'', ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', ''Series/{{Damages}}'', ''[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]]'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'', ''{{Skins}}'' (seasons with the same cast), most [[TeenDrama Teen Dramas]] and [[PrimeTimeSoap Prime Time Soaps]] ||

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|| ||Self-contained season-[[StoryArc arcs]], with some overarching plots || ''Series/TwentyFour'', ''MadMen'', ''GameOfThrones'', ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', ''Series/{{Damages}}'', ''[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]]'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'', ''{{Skins}}'' ''Series/{{Skins}}'' (seasons with the same cast), most [[TeenDrama Teen Dramas]] and [[PrimeTimeSoap Prime Time Soaps]] ||



|| '''[[SeriesFranchise Abrupt]]''' ||Complete series reboot each season || ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory'', ''{{Skins}}'' (every two seasons), ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' (third season onward), ''SuperSentai'' ||

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|| '''[[SeriesFranchise Abrupt]]''' ||Complete series reboot each season || ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory'', ''{{Skins}}'' ''Series/{{Skins}}'' (every two seasons), ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' (third season onward), ''SuperSentai'' ||
16th Nov '15 8:46:58 AM FF32
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|| ||Highly-distinct seasons, purely self-contained || ''Series/{{Lexx}}'', ''{{Blackadder}}'' ||

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|| ||Highly-distinct seasons, purely self-contained || ''Series/{{Lexx}}'', ''{{Blackadder}}'' ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' ||
16th Nov '15 8:45:00 AM FF32
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To quantify this, the ''Sliding Scale of Season Transition Fluidity'' (SeasonFluidity for short) puts episodic series on one end, and series with self contained seasons on the other. For example, ''GilligansIsland'' is [[StatusQuoIsGod unchanging]] from season to season. Toward the opposite extreme, seasons in ''Anime/SailorMoon'' and ''{{Blackadder}}'' are basically separate shows with an identical cast (and some shows don't even have that commonality between seasons - see ''{{Skins}}'', below). In the middle, a show like ''Series/StargateSG1'' has no distinct seasons, but is threaded together by multiple subplots while staying episodic.

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To quantify this, the ''Sliding Scale of Season Transition Fluidity'' (SeasonFluidity for short) puts episodic series on one end, and series with self contained seasons on the other. For example, ''GilligansIsland'' is [[StatusQuoIsGod unchanging]] from season to season. Toward the opposite extreme, seasons in ''Anime/SailorMoon'' and ''{{Blackadder}}'' ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' are basically separate shows with an identical cast (and some shows don't even have that commonality between seasons - see ''{{Skins}}'', below). In the middle, a show like ''Series/StargateSG1'' has no distinct seasons, but is threaded together by multiple subplots while staying episodic.
5th Jul '15 9:21:07 PM nombretomado
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|| ||Highly-distinct seasons with ArcWelding || ''Anime/SailorMoon'', ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', ''PowerRangers'', ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' ([[Anime/DigimonAdventure first]] [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 two seasons]]), ''BoyMeetsWorld'' ||
|| ||Highly-distinct seasons, purely self-contained || ''{{Lexx}}'', ''{{Blackadder}}'' ||

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|| ||Highly-distinct seasons with ArcWelding || ''Anime/SailorMoon'', ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', ''PowerRangers'', ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' ([[Anime/DigimonAdventure first]] [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 two seasons]]), ''BoyMeetsWorld'' ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' ||
|| ||Highly-distinct seasons, purely self-contained || ''{{Lexx}}'', ''Series/{{Lexx}}'', ''{{Blackadder}}'' ||
21st May '15 12:15:06 AM Erda
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|| '''[[SeriesFranchise Abrupt]]''' ||Complete series reboot each season || ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory'',''{{Skins}}'' (every two seasons), ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' (third season onward), ''SuperSentai'' ||

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|| '''[[SeriesFranchise Abrupt]]''' ||Complete series reboot each season || ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory'',''{{Skins}}'' ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory'', ''{{Skins}}'' (every two seasons), ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' (third season onward), ''SuperSentai'' ||
21st May '15 12:14:22 AM Erda
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The far Abrupt end would feature shows that do a complete series reboot with each season, in both plot ''and'' cast, to the point where [[SeriesFranchise they really are completely different shows joined under the same name]]. An example of that would be ''{{Skins}}'', which starts with a completely new group of characters (save an occasional AscendedExtra or two) and storylines every two seasons, as the old characters graduate from [[UsefulNotes/BritishEducationSystem Roundview College]] and leave Bristol. Other than the setting and the general focus on [[EverybodyHasLotsOfSex sex,]] [[EverybodyMustGetStoned drugs]] [[APartyAlsoKnownAsAnOrgy and parties]], each new "generation" (as these two-season sets are known) is completely distinct from the others, and many ''Skins'' fans see them as entirely separate works.

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The far Abrupt end would feature shows that do a complete series reboot with each season, in both plot ''and'' cast, to the point where [[SeriesFranchise they really are completely different shows joined under the same name]]. An example of that would be ''{{Skins}}'', which starts with a completely new group of characters (save an occasional AscendedExtra or two) and storylines every two seasons, as the old characters graduate from [[UsefulNotes/BritishEducationSystem Roundview College]] and leave Bristol. Other than the setting and the general focus on [[EverybodyHasLotsOfSex sex,]] [[EverybodyMustGetStoned drugs]] [[APartyAlsoKnownAsAnOrgy and parties]], each new "generation" (as these two-season sets are known) is completely distinct from the others, and many ''Skins'' fans see them as entirely separate works.
works. Lots of fans of the show start with a later generation and then watch the older ones, and are no worse for the wear.
21st May '15 12:12:20 AM Erda
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|| ||Self-contained season-[[StoryArc arcs]], with some overarching plots || ''Series/TwentyFour'', ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', ''Series/{{Damages}}'', ''[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]]'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'', ''MadMen'', ''GameOfThrones'', ''{{Skins}}'' (seasons with the same cast), most [[TeenDrama Teen Dramas]] and [[PrimeTimeSoap Prime Time Soaps]] ||

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|| ||Self-contained season-[[StoryArc arcs]], with some overarching plots || ''Series/TwentyFour'', ''MadMen'', ''GameOfThrones'', ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', ''Series/{{Damages}}'', ''[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]]'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'', ''MadMen'', ''GameOfThrones'', ''{{Skins}}'' (seasons with the same cast), most [[TeenDrama Teen Dramas]] and [[PrimeTimeSoap Prime Time Soaps]] ||
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