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Will and Grace Fanatic
08-05-2003, 10:36 PM
I was reading about the Americanized version of "Coupling" and they mentioned the original only had 22 episodes in 3 seasons. When 22 episodes is the average amount of episodes American sitcoms do in one season. Is there a reason British shows have so few episodes a season?
08-07-2003, 05:30 AM
British shows tend to be written by just one person, or two. Not a whole team like American sitcoms. They can't necessarily manage a whole run of 22 episodes on their own. Also a British TV channel is generally very unwilling to allocate that amount of time to a home grown show. Buying a foreign one is much cheaper!
08-23-2003, 01:52 PM
There are other reasons which come into play -
- UK television stations don't have the astronomic financial resources that many US stations have (remember, the BBC is funded by the licence fee, not advertisement revenue), so committing to a long run of a new show would present too big a financial risk to gamble on.
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