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Movies or TV Shows: What Be Thy Preference?

Television was a big part of my life growing up. If I had nothing better to do then I watched TV. But recent years have seen me focus more on other experiences and that has made television viewing a non-activity in my life. I prefer going to the movies now and even enjoy that experience more. Television viewing at home is limited to streaming movies and maybe news channels but not so much watching TV and the never-ending series, show, seasons and episodes. And I believe it is for the better that I prefer movies over TV shows.

The atmosphere

Watching movies at the cinemas is a nice outing to indulge in every once in a while. Enjoying the movie with a packed hall has its own fun aspects to add to the experience. Watching movies at the drive-in is ever more unique an experience – you are with a crowd at the movies but in the privacy of your car – like watching a movie in your home but in the outdoors and with a larger screen! Meanwhile watching a TV show is usually at home and that doesn't make for a very interesting change in scenario, does it?

The format

I prefer movies because they are short and sweet and usually when one gets done, the next part, be it a prequel or sequel, comes out next year or later. There is no yearning to have to watch multiple episodes together on television or recorded, as is usually the case with television shows anyways. You can also watch 3D versions at the movies which thankfully has not been invented for home television viewing.

The advantages

You can watch multiple movies over a period of time and find something to suit everyone's taste and preference. You can move from comedy one day to horror the other to drama the next but with TV shows the genre pretty much stays the same. Also walking away from a 2-hour movie is easier than trying to detach yourself from a show that airs at specific times during the day.

The time commitment

TV shows definitely require greater time commitment. Once you get hooked to a show you want to watch every episode every week. If it is a show airing reruns then the tendency to watch the episodes as they are aired together is strong.

Movies Vs. TV Shows

I love movies. I think they are way better than TV shows. Although this is just my opinion, I have many, many reasons why I think this.

    1. Movies are much more exciting. The effects and acting are normally better in movies. Movies tend to have a much bigger plot and a better story line. TV can sometimes stray from their original plot because they run out of things to do.

  1. TV shows leave you hanging and go on forever. Some TV shows have 6-10 seasons and that is just too many. I usually lose interest in TV shows after the 2-3 season. I think that they are too dragged on.
  2. You can go see movies in theaters. I feel that going to a theater is so much fun. It’s actually kind of a bonding experience. All these strangers come together to share an interest in a movie.
  3. TV shows can get cancelled. Sometimes, TV shows lose viewers and money that they need to keep going, therefore they get cancelled. It’s awful to be so interested in something and then it just disappear.
  4. I hate waiting to find out when something is going to happen. In a movie, you know you will find out by the end, with TV shows, it could be months before you know something. That is just unappealing to me.

If Movies Are Major, TV Shows Are Minor

If there is a single hobby that I enjoy doing alone or with a company, it is to watch a good movie or a TV show. Yes, it is true that my loves for movies are greater than the TV shows. By this, I am not hating the TV shows, but simply preferring movies over TV shows. There are some TV shows like "Game of Thrones" that I consider to be better than some movies. Generally speaking however, I find movies to be much more well-made and meaningful compared to TV shows. Here are some reasons why I prefer movies over TV shows.

First, movies tend to have stability compared to TV shows. By this, I am talking about TV shows ending prematurely because of its low ratings. TV shows are cancelled too often, and it seems like many good ones are getting cancelled without an ending. I find nothing more frustrating than to invest myself in a show only to find myself clueless of the ending because they've cancelled it. Movies may start with a low budget, and sometimes will have a bad conclusion. Yet, they will still provide you an ending; unless it's a sequel based movie of course. Is it just me? Or are the TV networks cancelling some of their best shows?!

Secondly, the amount of censorship and restrictions that the TV shows get, when it comes to producers expressing their ideas into the screen. I know that mainstream TV shows are watched by everyone, including children. However, when things become too vague, it tends to take me out of the whole scenery. I believe this is why TV shows in cable networks such as HBO and ShowTime are succeeding more these days compared to their competitors. Yes, there is some sex marketing involved in it, but when it comes down to drama; things need to be more open and tolerable. Sex, violence, and profanity is not necessary to make a show great, but should never be restricted to make a show great.

Next, the quality of the cinematography itself is much better in movies. This may be due to the budget differences that TV shows and the movies get. Yet, it is just so amazing when you get to see these unbelievable creatures and environments come to life in movies. It also helps that peoples' favorite actors are in movies more than TV shows as well. The overall quality of production is just much better in the movies than TV shows.

Finally, the system of how TV shows work! I know that some people enjoy waiting for their favorite shows, and for the next seasons to come. For me, it is just frustrating. I personally cannot wait to see what happens next, and the way these shows tend to drag their story around just adds to the annoyance.

I am aware that TV shows are getting better these days, and there are fantastic shows out there to watch. What I want to say is that movies are still somewhat more privileged to make better contents compared to most shows.

For these reasons, I love the movies more than the TV shows!

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.

Best Science Fiction TV Shows to Watch This Fall

Calling all Comic Con and sci-fi enthusiasts! The fall season is cranking up with a fresh crop of science fiction television shows. Whether your interest lies in mind control, human flight, or teleportation, there is something on TV for you. Some of these shows have already enjoyed moderate success. Others are tempting new viewers with a fresh approach to some dated themes. See what primetime TV has to offer in the way of science fiction:


Still hanging on for another season is the infamous, "Heroes"-a show that helped put actress Hayden Panettiere on the map (despite her numerous childhood roles.) The rather colorful and elaborate story began in 2006, and experienced a huge surge in popularity, and also-a slight dip in ratings. "Heroes" follows a group of seemingly ordinary people with amazing superpowers. But sometimes their powers are used for evil…


Eliza Dushku heads up this sci-fi program about a group of people (called "Dolls" or "Actives") whose personalities have been wiped clean for the purpose re-programming them for certain duties. While they're not serving their masters (The Handlers), they remain in a laboratory called the Dollhouse. Check out this Fox network show for some innovative new storylines that combine dramatic themes with sci-fi technology.


Also joining the Fox family this fall is a series which focuses on "fringe science"-that is, a field of study that explores non-traditional scientific theories such as voodoo, strange diseases, and even telekinesis. Like many sci-fi television shows, this program has an official setting, with the main stars assuming FBI agent roles (Mark Valley and Kirk Acevedo). With slight comparisons to the X-Files being drawn, this show will be a hit with those who enjoy certain aspects of the paranormal.


Putting a comedic spin on psychic abilities is "Psych" the USA network dramedy starring James Roday and Dulé Hill. If you haven't been privy to this show's clever premise, you might be surprised to note that no real psychic ability is present on the program. In fact, the show's star is merely a very astute detective who's faking his psychic powers to solve crimes (and keep his job.)

The Ghost Whisperer

Entering its fifth season is "The Ghost Whisperer" centered on Melinda, the sensitive (pun intended) antique shop owner who can communicate with the dead. Starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, this show has elicited both screams and tears with its creative story lines and competent cast. If you were a fan of The Sixth Sense, you have probably been watching this show since it debuted in 2005.



TV Shows for Kids: The Magic School Bus

The Magic School Bus is an animated children's television series. Each episode fills a 30 minute television block. The show was created by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degan. Some of the actors and actresses whose voices appear on The Magic School Bus are Lily Tomlin, Danny Tamberelli, Daniel DeSanto, Tara Meyer, Maia Filar, and Stuart Stone.

The Magic School Bus first aired on the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) on September 11, 1994. A total of 52 different episodes of The Magic School Bus have been produced. The show came from the book series of the same name. The Magic School Bus series has also been turned into movies and CD-ROMs. After airing on PBS for several years, the show was dropped. It aired on the Fox network after that until 2002. The show currently airs on both TLC and Discovery Kids and remains fairly popular among children.

The Magic School Bus follows the crazy field trip adventures that a science class goes on trying to discover and investigate things. The class is taught by Ms. Frizzle. She has red hair, bright clothes, and a pet lizard named Liz. All of the students in her class seem to think that she is absolutely crazy, but they love the fun adventures she takes them on.

Some of the other major characters in The Magic School Bus are:
Arnold – Arnold has light red hair and wears glasses. He is the negative student in the class who does not enjoy the field trips they go on. He does, however, enjoy studying rocks and volcanoes.
Carlos – Carlos is one of the most likeable characters on the show. He is constantly making crazy inventions and telling bad jokes.

Dorothy Ann – Dorothy Ann has blonde hair and is the book worm of the group. She always carries her book bag with her and pulls out a book to research whatever the group is learning about.

Phoebe – Phoebe has light brown hair and is one of the more sensitive and caring students. She tries to help any animals or people who need help on any of the class adventures she goes on.
Ralphie – Ralphie is the jock of the group and the chubby kid. His crazy daydreams often get him thinking about some pretty funny situations.

Although many of The Magic School Bus episodes are ten years old, they are still some of the most popular things to watch for young kids today. The Magic School Bus offers kids the chance to learn some science while sitting in front of the television.

5 Worst TV Show Premieres in Fall 2009!

First let me state that I am a little bias on television shows. I think that TV high command has got the average person all wrong. I am a typical semi-middle class American who works a lot of hours trying to make ends meet and when I come home from a hard day at work, I have to admit I enjoy watching television. I am the type of person that enjoys drama shows such as House and Grey's Anatomy, along with Law and Order. I have added to my lineup Mercy, which is a new nursing show drama – however there will never be another ER in my eyes.

This article however is supposed to be on the worst TV show premieres for 2009, so here goes. Remember this is my opinion but I think it counts for something.

First on the list would be Modern Family and I know most of you are wondering why. Well here let me tell you my thoughts. I enjoy comedies like everyone else but Modern Family is a slap stick humor attempt that doesn't appeal to me. The whole gay couple with a baby, father is married to young Hispanic woman with chubby stepson and sister is going through this child rearing tag team thing with her husband, just isn't my cup of tea. I like to laugh and have enjoyed sitcoms like Friends, Becker, Seinfield, Gary Unmarried, etc. The list is plentiful to say the least but Modern Family is trying to stab into comedy by playing this mixed up dysfunctional family thing and adding commentaries from the participants, which are not necessary. I really think that the hierarchy that presides over television should give Americans a little credit for being smarter than that. I for instance enjoy being taken away into a show with detail given to the story line and one that requires some brain waves to be functioning. Seinfield for instance was a show about nothing but presented comedy with attention to detail and you felt like you had been in that situation at some point. So does Gary Unmarried, my ex is the male form of his. I hope you are understanding what I am saying. Modern Family is just stick and doesn't relate to me and I can't imagine many others for that matter.

Number two on my list would be Brothers it is another stick show but this time you have a fiery wheel-chaired brother who fights with his bigger brother "the football guy" who has come back home. A father who is a little forgetful and a mother who supposedly is the glue. Who writes their dialogue anyway. I will simply say its not Everybody Loves Raymond which again related to me on some level and was another fighting family but with a better cast and storyline.

Third would be Accidentally on Purpose which is another bad comedy based on the premise that there is a place somewhere known as Cougar Town USA. This whole cougar thing is not appealing. Yes maybe in Sex In The City format but not at every turn. Cougar Town with Courtney Cox is a deceit show because it has the whole Sex In The City format along with a little of Desperate Housewives thrown in but Accidentally On Purpose is not going to make it much longer.

Fourth is Community which again is another comedy that has fallen short. Mainly all I think about is the networks can't seem to get the whole comedy thing and what is funny and what is not. I will say this though it reminds me of all the other comedies that have been tossed out there like Kath and Kim that are supposed to make us chuckle and yet make me flip the channel.

My fifth show isn't going to be a popular choice probably but I will say it anyway, Jay Leno. Okay I know what your thinking and your right Jay is what Jay is and we all have seen him ride the tide before. However this time is different than when he took over the Tonight Show. Everyone was okay with accepting that as a sign of the times and a passing of the torch. However this is just another tonight show at a different time slot and I for one liked him where he was at. I watched him after the news after my other shows and even if I didn't finish the whole tonight show I caught his monologue. Conan is not Jay and never will be. His form of comedy is distasteful to me. Jay is much better at delivering comedy with a punch but he now cuts into my nightly rituals like watching the shows I have already committed to, doing laundry and washing dishes. I don't have time to sit down and relax with him like I once did and he is giving me content better left for later after the kids are in bed and I have settled down to relax. All I can say is I miss where he was after my news had gone off he was comforting to see each night and now he is just another click that I have to make on my remote.

Enough said for now. I guess my opinion is just that MINE!

Why I Prefer Movies Over TV Shows

We all watch movies, whether it's through an online streaming service, on the big-screen, or at home in your living room. We also all have seen our highly watched TV shows. But why are we more accustomed to the TV shows that we wait a week, even a month for? Why do we like the suspenseful build-up over a year? Today I am going to assess why I prefer a great movie over an amazing TV show any day.

Picture it, you're in line at the grocery, you don't have DVR, and you're favorite show is on. What are you going to do? It's a season, so they won't replay the episode, and it won't come out on Netflix for a while. TV shows consequences. Now picture this, you're at home watching the latest Iron Man movie when your mom asks you to go out to get the groceries. If it was a TV show, you would have to get up and wait for the episode to come back on some time in the future, but since it is a movie, you can easily pause the dvd and come back to it later (Obviously if you were in a theater this wouldn't be happening).

Alright so you got that a TV show, especially one that is new, isn't usually friendly to your time schedule (unless you plan your schedule around that tv show). But a movie, ahh, a movie is all for your schedule. You can watch it whenever you feel like it, unlike a tv show that has a designated time.

When you watch a movie you get all that buildup that you would over 6 months with a tv show in around two (and a half) hours. You know what's happening; you never miss an episode so you know who's who and how they are connected to the main character. You feel like you're connected to the movie, now I will stay that with a series you can feel way more connected to the show and the characters. With the tv show, you could say that you feel like you are a part of the antagonist's life, one of their (close) friends. With a movie its way more short, it's like reading a book (and I love reading books). You know what it's going to be about, what the situation is, and who the main character is. If you wanted books that were made more like tv shows, than you would need to be referred to comic books, not novels.

Movies are pushing factors for (romantic) dates, family (bonding) time, inspiration (for a specific group of people), doing well (when offered as a reward), and much more. Movies are for the average person who's looking for something interesting and amusing, while not taking up days of their time.