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    series vs. serial vs. show vs. program vs. installment

    More often than not, I come upon these words and phrases connected with TV. I searched dictionaries, but I'm not sure that I understand the difference between them. Could you please tell me if my understanding of them is correct?


    • TV series -- a part of a longer "movie" broadcast regularly on television; AmE?,
    • serial -- the same as series? BrE?,
    • TV show -- quiz shows, talk shows, morning shows, reality TV shows etc. but not TV series/serials,
    • program -- anything on TV including TV series/serials, TV shows, the news, weather forecast an so on,
    • installment -- the same as TV series and TV show (I'm particularly unsure of this one).
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    Re: series vs. serial vs. show vs. program vs. installment

    Quote Originally Posted by CarloSsS View Post
    More often than not, I come upon these words and phrases connected with TV. I searched dictionaries, but I'm not sure that I understand the difference between them. Could you please tell me if my understanding of them is correct?


    • TV series -- a part of a longer "movie" broadcast regularly on television; AmE?,
    • serial -- the same as series? BrE?,
    • TV show -- quiz shows, talk shows, morning shows, reality TV shows etc. but not TV series/serials,
    • program -- anything on TV including TV series/serials, TV shows, the news, weather forecast an so on,
    • installment -- the same as TV series and TV show (I'm particularly unsure of this one).
    A TV series is a regular, often weekly, broadcast of a programme on the same subject. It could be a fictional drama with the same cast playing the same characters acting out a different story each week. It could also be a factual documentary series on a particular subject. Equally it could be a game show etcetera. A serial is a story broken up into weekly episodes. An instalment is one episode in a continuing story.

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    Re: series vs. serial vs. show vs. program vs. installment

    And an "episode" is a single show in a series. For example, I love the TV show (TV series, TV program, all okay) Big Bang Theory. Although I laugh every time I see it, there are a few episodes that I particularly enjoy.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: series vs. serial vs. show vs. program vs. installment

    Is there any difference between a "TV show" and a "TV series"? Both seem the same to me. Also, if I understand it correctly, an "installment" is the same as an "episode", correct? For example:

    Sky One is to introduce a new science fiction TV show.
    is the same as:
    Sky One is to introduce a new science fiction TV show.

    A new installment of Friends is to be aired on Monday.
    is the same as:
    A new episode of Friends is to be aired on Monday.
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    Re: series vs. serial vs. show vs. program vs. installment

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    And an "episode" is a single show in a series. For example, I love the TV show (TV series, TV program, all okay) Big Bang Theory. Although I laugh every time I see it, there are a few episodes that I particularly enjoy.
    Me too, Barb.

    (...and here's Uranus.)

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    Re: series vs. serial vs. show vs. program vs. installment

    Quote Originally Posted by CarloSsS View Post
    Is there any difference between a "TV show" and a "TV series"? Both seem the same to me. Also, if I understand it correctly, an "installment" is the same as an "episode", correct? For example:

    Sky One is to introduce a new science fiction TV show.
    is the same as:
    Sky One is to introduce a new science fiction TV show.

    A new installment of Friends is to be aired on Monday.
    is the same as:
    A new episode of Friends is to be aired on Monday.
    I watch a lot of TV, but I don't recall seeing the word "installment" used as a subsitute for "episode". I'm not saying it's incorrect, however I don't think it's common to use it that way. I would personally say:

    The last episode of House M.D. aired on May 21, 2012.

    Installment is however very common in the context of films: The last installment of the Godfather trilogy came out in 1990.

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    Re: series vs. serial vs. show vs. program vs. installment

    I agree- I have never used "installment" to mean "episode" in a regular TV series.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: series vs. serial vs. show vs. program vs. installment

    Is there any difference between a "TV show" and a "TV series"? Both seem the same to me.

    Sky One is to introduce a new science fiction TV show.
    is the same as:
    Sky One is to introduce a new science fiction TV series.
    Please note that I'm not a teacher.

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    Re: series vs. serial vs. show vs. program vs. installment

    Quote Originally Posted by CarloSsS View Post
    Is there any difference between a "TV show" and a "TV series"? Both seem the same to me.

    Sky One is to introduce a new science fiction TV show.
    is the same as:
    Sky One is to introduce a new science fiction TV series.
    No difference IMO.

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    #10

    Re: series vs. serial vs. show vs. program vs. installment

    A 'TV show' could be a one-off production. It doesn't have to be a series.

    'I have to get home soon; there's a TV show on that I forgot to record.'

    Rover

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