Um…can’t think of a religious sounding title for this post…

Today, I watched Blackadder: Back and Forth, so now I’ve seen the entire series. I highly recommend the whole thing, except fot the above movie. It might have been funny on its own, but it was a real let down, esprecially when the last thing I watched was the last episode of Blackadder Goes Forth.

Those brits sure know how to make a TV series. Doctor Who, The Office, Red Dwarf, Monty Python, and of course, Faulty Towers: all great shows. I think, especially with the sit coms mentioned, the reason British TV works so well is because of the short seasons.

In the states, our shows go on for 24 episodes a season, and tend to go on much longer than they ever should. Faulty Towers is considered one of the greatest sit-coms ever made, the greatest English-language farce according to Richard Curtis, co-writer of Blackadder, and it only lasted 12 episodes. The Office? Another 12 episodes. Blackadder? Exactly 24 episodes, or one American television season. These shows quit while they were ahead. Red Dwarf? It lasted 52 episodes, and many would say that it peaked back in season 5, after 30 episodes.

My point? We should focus on quality instead of quantity.


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