What do you prefer TV series or movies?

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#1 warmblur
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I'm definitely a TV series guy what about you?

Me personally I feel TV shows are more well written especially these days and also I have a hard time sitting through a whole movie but if it was the 80's I would definitely go with movies.

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#2 Ezekiel43
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Movies. More tightly focused. A TV show can have a lot of not so good episodes and filler or may be more convoluted, with so many plot twists and plot armor for liked characters that it becomes unbelievable. I'm aiming for 365 movies a year. I still like TV shows, though.

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#3  Edited By uninspiredcup
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Tv shows for sure.

As long as it's not Star Trek: Discovery.

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#4 MirkoS77
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More of a movie buff, but a really well done TV show (like Breaking Bad) I find far more satisfying.

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#5 johnd13
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Both

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#6 madrocketeer  Online
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Eh... I've pretty much stopped watching TV since, well, 2014 - except to watch sports. I also don't watch many movies; I still buy DVDs, but they often sit around for months before I finally get around to watching them. These days, I find most of my entertainment from video games and YouTube.

So between the two... ...probably movies, because at least I still watch them at all.

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Movies overall in general simply because they are easier to digest and are less of a time commitment then tv series. I do very much enjoy a good tv series as well though.

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It depends on the story they are trying to tell. Some stories work better as TV shows. Book adaptations tend to work better over a series of episodes rather than trying to cram 900 pages into two hours of film. His Dark Materials season 1 is based on The Golden Compass and was a much more faithful adaptation than the crappy movie version. The Outsider on HBO is an adaptation of a Steven King novel and 6 out of 10 eps in so far it's very, very good.

But TV shows can be overbloated. US television tends to try to cram as 22-26 episodes into a season and at an hour long each, that tends to create a lot of "problem/monster of the week" filler. I like BBC series/mini-series with 6-8 episodes per season (or maybe even the entire series).

Now we have shows on streaming services. They tend to lean more towards tight, well crafted stories over a shorter number of episodes.

But that doesn't mean that TV shows are better than movies. Think of the last really good movie you saw and ask yourself if it would be better of they stretched it out over 10 or more hours? 1917 works as a movie, not a TV series.

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TV shows. I've been re-watching a lot of stuff lately. I just like having noise on when doing something. There are those instances when something pivotal is happening and I'm glued to the screen, even if I've seen it a million times. Movies I find are one-and-done. I don't like to sit for a long time watching something. A TV show will be 20-40 minutes , or an hour at most if it's HBO or something. I don't re-watch movies unless it's been a long time and my memory of it is poor.

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#10 comp_atkins
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@Archangel3371 said:

Movies overall in general simply because they are easier to digest and are less of a time commitment then tv series. I do very much enjoy a good tv series as well though.

same.

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#11 Speeny
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It's probably movies for me. I find them to be more satisfying and you can pull a better conclusion from them after they've ended. Even though you could say the same exact thing about movies, I've found that personally I can waste a lot of time and feel bad about it when watching TV series. When you're watching 45 and sometimes even more minutes an episode, time flies really fast.

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#12 Speeny
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To add, I've never actually finished a live action TV series that I've started...so there's that. :P

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#13 KungfuKitten
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I would normally say movies but I think it's changing to series. It's easier for me to watch one of those.

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#14 pyro1245
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I prefer TV shows

...at least I did when I watched them.....