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Are TV Shows Surpassing Movies?

Television shows such as Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and Game of Thrones are skyrocketing in popularity. It leaves many wondering where that puts traditional movies at. While the TV show industry is definitely gaining momentum, cinematic films remain in high demand. In fact, I've compiled a list of reasons why I prefer movies over television.


Perhaps the most important, and obvious, aspect of all is the advantage of time. In a movie, the content is condensed down to about two hours of film. While the average TV show runs about 45 minutes per episode, viewers should beware of how much time is truly invested in these shows. Considering that most TV shows have about 16 or more episodes in one season alone, this equates to quite the time investment. In fact, nydailynews.com states the average American spends over 34 hours a week watching television. That's almost a full-time job!


Although both movies and TV utilize advertisements, the formatting for them is vastly different. Movies use advertisements before the film begins. On the other hand, TV shows love to break into a commercial at the peak of a dramatic moment. An hour-long TV show integrates about 15 minutes of commercials. Now that's irritating!


As TV show addicts know, there is nothing more irritating than a grand season finale that leaves you hanging. In fact, after every show, viewers are likely to experience anxiety pertaining to, "what happens next?!" Writers and producers do this on purpose to hook the audience into watching more of the show. It's nice when movies wrap everything up in a specified time frame.


Big name actors such as Christian Bale, Joaquin Phoenix, Jennifer Lawrence, and Angelina Jolie normally star in movies, not TV shows. When I want an action-packed film starring Liam Neeson or Daniel Craig, I know I can count on my local movie store.

The Silver Screen

Most of all, nothing beats the experience of a night out at the local movie theatre. For me, this is the number one reason why I prefer movies to TV. Perhaps it's the tradition of grabbing a bag of popcorn and relaxing with some entertainment. Maybe it's the fact that I'm enjoying my time with family or friends. There's something about the movie theatre that's engrained in American culture. For that reason alone, TV will not ever surpass movies.