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These shows are all the rage in their era. They typically have a one-word-title. Like "Show". They are heavily character-driven. Each episode reveals only a little more of the overall plot. In many respects, they harken back to the style of old Television Serials like the old Doctor Who... but Darker and Edgier, Hotter and Sexier, and usually with a generous helping of Mind Screw. Expect a lot of flashbacks and/or plot-twists, with most characters being connected in a way which they don't initially realize.


Not all of them are TV shows; some are movies. Many are made by J. J. Abrams, Tim Kring, or their ilk. Lost is probably the Trope Codifier, though other shows of its ilk came before, including The X-Files, Babylon 5 and Abrams' own Alias. There are many, many, many more. These shows often either are Short-Runners or, on the opposite end, instead, are Long-Runners. Either way, the creator usually makes little effort to actually bother to ever resolve the show's central plot.

See also Ontological Mystery.



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