Considering the chaos all around me these days in New York City, this topic might be a little frivolous. Or rather, it may on its surface appear to be frivolous. However, considering my long days and nights a little frivolity is in order. Most assuredly, some moments of levity are needed to seen within the fabric of our lives. Levity. Frivolity. Banality. No. No banality. I draw the line there.
Either way, let’s get to it.
Let’s talk television. I love television. And, in particular I love it when my brain can just chill for a bit and go into some fantastical world. I’ve been re-watching Harry Potter lately. It’s taking me a bit of time to just get through the second one. There are dishes to be washed and shoes to be put away.
In terms of television series, the United States is quite unique. First, our soap operas go in for decades. Well, some were finally put out to pasture. In Latin American countries, soap operas are typically less than a year. We like elongated dramas for whatever reason. Well, there’s a whole cultural psychological background I could give you but let me stick to the surface here. Remember, frivolity.
Some of our television series have gone on for more than 10 or 15 seasons. Think about the actors on those shows. How do they stay in character for so long? Imagine dedicating a whole decade of your life to be Ross. Shake my head. I believe the average length may be closer to seven seasons. Even at that length some story lines get prolonged or repeated to the point of being irrelevant and stale. Except for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. That should have stayed on longer.
Here’s the deal. Often a first seadon serms fresh and promising. Thus it gets a second season. Then that second season comes and it lost a bit of zest. It goes through a sophomore slump. Yet, people hang on vased on the promise of the first season. Then, sometimes the show comes roaring back that third season. And, we feel great. At that point, the show should just end. Go out on top. Make clean, crisp, and tight storylines. If it doesn’t come roaring back that third season, definitely let it go. Who needs two years of disappointment? Well, I suppose we have all gone through it with two years of covid.
Either, three seasons should be enough.