Movies vs Series: What’s better?

June 1st, 2015 by Pearson

In the world of televised entertainment, there are two kinds of fictional pleasures: cinema blockbusters and small screen shows. We love and enjoy them both, but which is better?

Famous Stars
Some time ago you could have argued that movies feature bigger names in the entertainment industry. Certainly, many favourites appeared exclusively on the big screen. However, highly acclaimed actors now perform or guest-star in various popular TV series, including Hollywood heavies, such as Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson (True Detective).

Of course, series regulars have also jumped into movies, including Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Jennifer Aniston (Friends). With impeccable acting from both kinds of screen stars, you’re likely to stick with whoever’s skills – or looks – impress you most.

Intense Emotions
The short length of movies forces directors to infuse them with as many emotional highs and lows as the genre can stand. While thrilling to experience, not everyone enjoys two or three hours of heart pumping action. Alternatively, TV shows provide the best of both worlds. They offer all the romance, comedy, horror or adventure you find in films, but in short, snackable bursts.

Fulfilling Plots
Ever felt disappointed at the way a movie ended, while willing the black screen to tell you the rest of the story? When it comes to feature films, you may never know how a plot really concluded or what eventually happened in the characters’ lives. Some may argue that this is the beauty of cinema. It allows your imagination to complete the tale in whatever way pleases you most. When this simply doesn’t cut it, you have series.

Small screen dramas span varying lengths from just one season to ten, ending storylines when needed or providing us with an extended narrative. In this way, plots are allowed to naturally run their course, constantly maintaining our attention with exciting twists.

Even though television shows allow you to tune in every week and watch moments unfold, serials aren’t the exclusive domain of the small screen. The phenomenal success of the Harry Potter, Twilight and Hunger Games movies are a prime example. Whether this is attributed to the book followings or the fact that they’re continuing storylines is a matter of opinion.

At the end of the day, your tastes are subjective. Both forms of entertainment have pros and cons. The better one for you is whichever satisfies your attention span the best.