Stories are meant to be told and then the viewer moves on. Movies complete the tale in one setting. Yes there are exceptions like Lord of the Rings, Matrix and the Bourne series to name a few modern examples. For the most part a movie gives you the world, characters, plot and conclusion all in one. The modern TV serial one has to wait sometimes years to know why something happened in episode fourteen of season two.
Tv series use commercial breaks to heighten tension drama or suspense. With premium cable channels they hook you to the point where right when things get good it’s the end of the episode. It’s nice to look forward to the next instalment, but in his hyper connected world one has to go out of their way to avoid spoilers. If you miss just one episode you have to stay away from almost all forms of social media.
With movies there’s the ad campaigns that occur with larger realises that can and many times do give away plot points. Many films have been ruined for my by just seeing a scene in the trailer. I then know the entire time that it’s not over until X happens.
A big difference between the two is the amount of time invested. No one knows how long most TV series are going to last. Some have clear defined stories that have to be told but can and are stretched out to make more money. With a movie you know when setting down how long the story will take There’s a run time that you can check before hand. You don’t have to worry about a particular cast member getting written out for either legal reasons, contract disputes or dislike from other fans.
Many great shows have good pilots and premises. It seems that many have a beginning middle and end but then don’t have the episode by episode details worked out, which leads to stale instalments and sometimes entire season. Sometimes they have great a great first but then fall off due to writers and show runner disputes, changing production companies or sometimes time slots. .
I understand the deeper connection to characters that can be in TV series vs movies. People can really come to care for the cast or particular character. You can grow and really create a deep bond, which then comes to an end. Once can see a great film with larger than life characters but once it’s over that’s it. You don’t invest time into a series and have it either cancelled without a conclusion, suffer through a bad season or two, or worst yet having it fall off and become less of a show. There are many series that get endings/finales that are such a let down after a huge build up is that years after fans are still divided.
I’m not knocking TV series and there a a few that I’ve enjoyed and currently watch but I don’t put too much into them because like any other work of fiction it has to end eventually.