On January 4, 2015, I will be shutting down the server that hosts The TV IV website. It has been a very long time since I've been able to put any decent amount of time into the site, and ad revenue is plummeting. I think it is time to shut it down or hand it off to someone who can keep it going properly. If you are interested in taking over the site's code and data, contact administrators at --CygnusTMtalk


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A serialized program is one in which each episode picks up where the previous one left off. They are characterized by cliffhangers, extended story arcs, and often complicated character histories. Serialized shows encourage a loyal viewership, but they can also frustrate casual viewers, and make it difficult to start watching a show in the middle of its run.

Soap operas are the most common serialized shows, but other formats can be serialized as well. Action/adventure shows (Lost, Alias, and 24), science fiction (Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica), and even some comedies (Soap and Arrested Development) have elements of serialization.