TV or Film? If someone were to ask me this question a few years ago, my answer would have definitely have been film. But over the past few years, I have picked up an obsessive binge-watching habit that has changed my answer.
Below are 5 reasons why I prefer TV shows over films:
1. Shorter – When watching a TV show you are committing to shorter intervals of content, this is very helpful when you have a short attention span. If you stop after an episode the break is not as abrupt as pausing a film. And it feels like a short film every week.
2. Long form storytelling – There are multiple storylines to engage with due to the long form storytelling allowing you to see character development growth over a long period of time and thus a better emotional experience. Read my post Top 10 TV Characters to see which character arcs I have enjoyed the most.
3. Creative risks – In regards to content production, TV producers can take risks as opposed to film which often needs to cater to a worldwide market and be fit into a genre. On a TV show if they try something new in an episode and it goes badly they can always go back to the original style. One that comes to mind is Pretty Little Liars episode ‘Shadow Play’ (pictured above) which was filmed in Old Hollywood Film Noir style and received poor ratings (although I quite enjoyed the episode).
4. Trial run– Look at it this way, when you watch a pilot episode you either enjoy it or you don’t. If you aren’t hooked then you have spent less time watching an episode than you would have watching a bad film. But if you do enjoy it you have plenty of content to engage with.
5. Multi-tasking – Even when you’re busy, you can have an episode on in the background to stay entertained. Usually, when I am writing out my lecture notes I have a comedy show on as they don’t require that much attention. Just as I’m typing up this post I’m watching an episode of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
I do appreciate and enjoy films, but I am the type of person who likes to delve deep and be heavily invested in the content I engage with and TV shows satisfy that need. What’s your view?