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This is called a recap sequence, as opposed to having a cold open like many TV sitcoms. I would argue there are a few reasons for doing this. Television shows are complicated. They are particularly complicated nowadays. Think of the complexity of shows like Lost, Battlestar Galactica, Fringe - unless a user is completely avid and is watching the episodes on ...


TL;DR: Many reasons including different time zones around the world, scheduling difficulties, promises to broadcast on one station first, to generate word-of-mouth interest. Long Answer **There are a few reasons for this. Firstly, at this Metro article discusses, British shows are often scheduled at fairly late notice whilst American shows have their ...

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