Through Netflix & Amazon streaming, I have recently "discovered" a bunch of really good British sitcoms that I never knew existed.
Although I think some of these comedies are as good or better than anything on U.S. television, my only complaint is that there aren't enough of them. I get hooked on them and then watch all the episodes available in a day or two, while it would take weeks to watch all the episodes of a typical successful American sitcom.
- the British version of The Office only had 14 total episodes. The U.S. version of The Office currently has almost 200.
- The show Coupling lasted for only 4 seasons and 28 episodes, while Friends ran for 10 seasons and over 200 episodes. (I know this isn't the same show, but thought they were comparable)
- The IT Crowd, which I also found hilarious, sadly ran for only 24 episodes.
Now one of the benefits of these shows producing fewer episodes is that the writers don't seem to run out of ideas and there are no "Jump the Shark" plotlines. But surely there are more good stories to be told about these characters, aren't there?
Can someone from across the pond explain why these really good and (I'm assuming) very successful shows have so few episodes & seasons?