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18th May '17 6:41:41 PM WillKeaton
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|| '''[[RotatingArcs Dammed]]''' ||Multiple [[HalfArcSeason smaller arcs]] not directly tied to seasons || ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' (later seasons), ''Series/{{Glee}}'', ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', ''Series/StargateSG1'' (except for [[PostScriptSeason seasons 8 & 9]]), most [[SoapOpera Soap Operas]] ||

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|| '''[[RotatingArcs Dammed]]''' ||Multiple || Multiple [[HalfArcSeason smaller arcs]] not directly tied to seasons || ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' (later seasons), ''Series/{{Glee}}'', ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', ''Series/StargateSG1'' (except for [[PostScriptSeason seasons 8 & 9]]), most [[SoapOpera Soap Operas]] ||



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

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|| '''[[SeriesFranchise Abrupt]]''' ||Complete || Complete series reboot each season || ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory'', ''Series/{{Skins}}'' (every two seasons), ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' (third season onward), ''SuperSentai'' ||
18th May '17 6:40:57 PM WillKeaton
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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}}'', ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''), most traditional {{SitCom}}s, ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' in its early seasons ||
|| ||All stand-alone episodes, no arcs, but with some degree of continuity (e.g. dead characters stay dead)|| ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', early seasons of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', and most other shows that follow the AdventureTowns or MonsterOfTheWeek format. Most adult animated comedies, including ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', and ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' in its later seasons. Most modern {{Sit Com}}s. ||
|| ||Usually stand-alone, but occasionally has arcs || ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' and its various spin-offs, ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley'' and other standard {{Brit Com}}s, ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', the Classic series of ''Series/DoctorWho''. Typical abruptness limit for WesternAnimation and {{SitCom}}s. ||
|| ||Series-long MythArc || ''Series/BabylonFive'', the Revival series of ''Series/DoctorWho'', most anime and NoughtiesDramaSeries ||

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|| '''[[ResetButton Fluid]]''' ||StatusQuoIsGod || 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}}'', ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''), most traditional {{SitCom}}s, ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' in its early seasons ||
|| ||All || All stand-alone episodes, no arcs, but with some degree of continuity (e.g. dead characters stay dead)|| ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', early seasons of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', and most other shows that follow the AdventureTowns or MonsterOfTheWeek format. Most adult animated comedies, including ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', and ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' in its later seasons. Most modern {{Sit Com}}s. ||
|| ||Usually || Usually stand-alone, but occasionally has arcs || ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' and its various spin-offs, ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley'' and other standard {{Brit Com}}s, ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', the Classic series of ''Series/DoctorWho''. Typical abruptness limit for WesternAnimation and {{SitCom}}s. ||
|| ||Series-long || Series-long MythArc || ''Series/BabylonFive'', the Revival series of ''Series/DoctorWho'', most anime and NoughtiesDramaSeries ||



|| ||Self-contained season-[[StoryArc arcs]], with some overarching plots || ''Series/TwentyFour'', ''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]] ||
|| ||Highly-distinct seasons with ArcWelding || ''Anime/SailorMoon'', ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', ''PowerRangers'', ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' ([[Anime/DigimonAdventure first]] [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 two seasons]]), ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' ||
|| ||Highly-distinct seasons, purely self-contained || ''Series/{{Lexx}}'', ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' ||

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|| ||Self-contained || Self-contained season-[[StoryArc arcs]], with some overarching plots || ''Series/TwentyFour'', ''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]] ||
|| ||Highly-distinct || Highly-distinct seasons with ArcWelding || ''Anime/SailorMoon'', ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', ''PowerRangers'', ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' ([[Anime/DigimonAdventure first]] [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 two seasons]]), ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' ||
|| ||Highly-distinct || Highly-distinct seasons, purely self-contained || ''Series/{{Lexx}}'', ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' ||
18th May '17 6:40:22 PM WillKeaton
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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}}'', ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''), most traditional {{SitCom}}s, ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' in its early seasons||
|| ||All stand-alone episodes, no arcs, but with some degree of continuity (e.g. dead characters stay dead)|| ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', early seasons of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', and most other shows that follow the AdventureTowns or MonsterOfTheWeek format. Most adult animated comedies, including ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', and ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' in its later seasons. Most modern {{Sit Com}}s.||

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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}}'', ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''), most traditional {{SitCom}}s, ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' in its early seasons||
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|| ||All stand-alone episodes, no arcs, but with some degree of continuity (e.g. dead characters stay dead)|| ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', early seasons of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', and most other shows that follow the AdventureTowns or MonsterOfTheWeek format. Most adult animated comedies, including ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', and ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' in its later seasons. Most modern {{Sit Com}}s. ||
20th Apr '17 10:23:49 AM CosmicFerret
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|| ||Usually stand-alone, but occasionally has arcs || ''LawAndOrder'' and its various spin-offs, ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley'' and other standard {{Brit Com}}s, ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', the Classic series of ''Series/DoctorWho''. Typical abruptness limit for WesternAnimation and {{SitCom}}s. ||

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|| ||Usually stand-alone, but occasionally has arcs || ''LawAndOrder'' ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' and its various spin-offs, ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley'' and other standard {{Brit Com}}s, ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', the Classic series of ''Series/DoctorWho''. Typical abruptness limit for WesternAnimation and {{SitCom}}s. ||
24th Mar '17 9:29:01 PM AthenaBlue
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-> ''By the way, I've noticed something interesting: the five seasons of [[Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries this show]] so far seem to correspond closely to the first five seasons of the new series of ''Series/DoctorWho''. The first three series had almost no continuous story arc and consisted almost entirely of oneshot stories. Season 4 was the first you could notice a story arc without [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E8FathersDay squinting at every poster in the background]] (i.e. Retro appearing at the end of a story). Now we're in Season 5, and things are starting to come to a head quickly. Doctor Who had the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens Pando]][[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang rica]], and you seem to have Socrates's tail. The aliens in [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6633809/1/Prelude-to-a-Season "Prelude to a Season"]], [[Recap/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeriesS5E4DarkLaughterPart1 the fortune teller]], [[Recap/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeriesS5E7POV the glowing sphere thing]], [[Recap/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeriesS5TVM1Nocturnals and the smoke]] all said [[ArcWords someone is returning]]. At this rate the whole "converging lines" thing will become a huge serialized story in Season 6, and then Season 7 will be unconnected oneshots and people will come BackFromTheDead [[UnexplainedRecovery for no reason.]] [[{{Troll}} *trollface*]]''

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-> ''By the way, I've noticed something interesting: the five seasons of [[Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries this show]] so far seem to correspond closely to the first five seasons of the new series of ''Series/DoctorWho''. The first three series had almost no continuous story arc and consisted almost entirely of oneshot stories. Season 4 was the first you could notice a story arc without [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E8FathersDay squinting at every poster in the background]] (i.e. Retro appearing at the end of a story). Now we're in Season 5, and things are starting to come to a head quickly. Doctor Who ''Doctor Who'' had the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens Pando]][[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang rica]], and you seem to have Socrates's tail. The aliens in [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6633809/1/Prelude-to-a-Season "Prelude to a Season"]], [[Recap/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeriesS5E4DarkLaughterPart1 the fortune teller]], [[Recap/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeriesS5E7POV the glowing sphere thing]], [[Recap/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeriesS5TVM1Nocturnals and the smoke]] all said [[ArcWords someone is returning]]. At this rate the whole "converging lines" thing will become a huge serialized story in Season 6, and then Season 7 will be unconnected oneshots and people will come BackFromTheDead [[UnexplainedRecovery for no reason.]] [[{{Troll}} *trollface*]]''
28th Oct '16 1:40:08 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 ''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.

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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'' ''Series/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 ''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.
16th Jul '16 3:40:30 PM nombretomado
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|| ||Usually stand-alone, but occasionally has arcs || ''LawAndOrder'' and its various spin-offs, ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley'' and other standard {{Brit Com}}s, ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', ''AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', the Classic series of ''Series/DoctorWho''. Typical abruptness limit for WesternAnimation and {{SitCom}}s. ||

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|| ||Usually stand-alone, but occasionally has arcs || ''LawAndOrder'' and its various spin-offs, ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley'' and other standard {{Brit Com}}s, ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', ''AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', the Classic series of ''Series/DoctorWho''. Typical abruptness limit for WesternAnimation and {{SitCom}}s. ||
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||



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