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Midweek Mouth-off: TV vs. Movies as the superior entertainment medium

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Well, you’re on this site, so you obviously love movies. But today we want to know which you prefer more as an entertainment medium? Film or television? Now that may be Sophie’s Choice for you, or as impossible a comparison as apples and bricks…

This said, traditionally Film has been considered the “superior” medium, with (typically) bigger budgets that are obvious at first glance. Even movie stars are regarded as higher up the prestige scale than actors on the small screen. These days, though, with more cinematic, plot-driven and expensive-looking shows like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, that line is blurring.

Personally, what do you find more consistently satisfying at the moment – TV series or cinema?

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Critical Hit as an organisation.

Last Updated: October 16, 2013

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  1. DarthofZA

    October 16, 2013 at 10:51

    For me it is still cinema. I will say that the margin has got smaller and smaller in the last few years, but it is still a fairly large margin. TV series, for the most part, are where I go to veg. I still consistently go to movies to be entertained.

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  2. John Fuller

    October 16, 2013 at 10:55

    TV series!

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  3. Skyblue

    October 16, 2013 at 11:04

    I think television has a huge advantage being able to flesh out characters properly and you see them evolve whereas movies don’t have the same opportunity due to time limitations. If you had asked me this question before Soprano’s, Breaking Bad, The Shield, Luther, Game of Thrones, Sons of Anarchy, Downton Abbey or The Wire I would have answered movies immediately but I think the gap is very close atm (with regards to top movie and television IP only which does NOT include The Walking Dead ;-p).
    There is still mostly garbage on television but that’s true for cinema as well.

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      October 16, 2013 at 11:06

      Story telling on the little screen has improved a lot over the last decade.

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  4. Alien Emperor Trevor

    October 16, 2013 at 11:05

    I like my movies, but I prefer TV series. I enjoy seeing characters & plots develop over time – and you don’t really get much of that in movies because of time constraints. You start to identify more with TV characters because you view them regularly & you feel more involved. But when it comes to explosions & spectacles, movies win hands down.

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  5. Admiral Chief Ninja

    October 16, 2013 at 11:16

    Both, when watched at home, ppl irritate me

    SIT DOWN AND SHUT YOUR PIE HOLE, MEATBAG!!!

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  6. James Francis

    October 16, 2013 at 12:35

    They are completely different experiences to me, so I don’t really compare the two.

    But if anyone wants an interesting perspective on this, here is a 45-minute speech Kevin Spacey gave on the topic…

    http://www.theguardian.com/media/video/2013/aug/23/kevin-spacey-mactaggart-lecture-video

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    • DarthofZA

      October 16, 2013 at 15:09

      Everyone should watch this! Excellent listen. Thanks.

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