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    Why Do TV Series End By Choice?

    Over the past few years, some of my favourite TV shows (particularly animated ones and those with deep story) have come to an end – by complete choice. Especially animated ones like Regular Show, Gravity Falls, Over the Garden Wall, etc. I’ve been thinking about this for a while but especially as the approaching end of my absolute favourite animated series, Adventure Time, nears ever closer. Whilst this angers dedicated audiences, many others, just as loving of a show, are happy and in support of studios’ choice. This topic has a lot to it and fascinates me. For example; Why do shows end by choice even though their rankings or following is not decreasing at all? How SHOULD a show end? How do producers bring justice to a show before it disappears from our screens? Most of all, I believe audiences who look deeper, like ourselves, as well as the regular every-day audience should understand the multitude of factors that bring a show to an end. There’s a multitude of answers and questions regarding this broader topic and I would love to see people’s opinions and comments on it!

    • I really like this question that you ask: Why do shows end by choice even though their rankings or following is not decreasing at all? My sense is that if someone is set on telling a truly compelling story, that storyteller would want to be able to determine when and how the story ends, not leave the story's telling time up to something as arbitrary as whether or not the series will be continued or cancelled. – JamesBKelley 2 years ago
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    • Absolutely, I agree. I have such high respect for shows that end to complete the story etc rather than dragging it out for profit. Even though AT is my favourite show and I’ll be very sad to see it go, I’m glad they’re bringing it to an end due to story ☺️ I wish more audiences could understand these things – inkski 2 years ago
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    • I suggest you take a look at how Babylon 5 was planned out: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babylon_5#Writing (for many references). J. Michael Straczynski had the whole story planned in advance, but always kept "failsafes" in place. And then there was the whole mess with it being renewed at the last minute for a fifth season. Also, sometimes you can't plan for everything. I an actor wants to/has to leave, there is only so much you can do. Especially if it is the main character or one of the main characters. – tanaod 2 years ago
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    Awesome article. Really shows what adaption can really mean from the perspective of producers and audiences alike, and just how complicated the art of adaption really is. I hope more people can begin to understand that too! ☺️

    The Art of Adaption

    I absolutely love the manner in which Steven Universe deals with gender and sexuality. Nether is glorified or overstated to seem significat or ‘different’ within the show’s world and characters reactions to such topics. It’s normalised and honest and truly beautiful. There’s no characters with big traits or arhtypes that are so heavily dependent on their gender or sexuality. There’s no: they are strong ‘as a woman’ or ‘as a man’ or ‘as a boy, child, etc.’ And all of this is so so beneficial to audiences of all ages because we too adopt these perspectives on the topic of gender and sexuality. Oh, and can I just say the show’s very very clever work around on current cartoon restrictions about these topics is just so smart and awesome 😂👌

    Steven Universe: The Rise of Popularity in Internet Fandoms

    I can agree! I really had to watch quite a few eps but really wanted to give it a chance. I had fallen in love with adventure time, especially for its character depth, so I was not so quickly latched on to Steven Universe but I REALLY am now ☺️

    Steven Universe: The Rise of Popularity in Internet Fandoms

    It’s so sad that so many outside people (those who do not watch much animation or those who do not care as much for it) have inherent assumptions like this. So those of us who do watch and care about animation, regardless of our age, it’s so beautiful to see shows that do deliberately create content for all audiences. Shows like Adventure Time and Steven Universe who deal with such deep concepts without more mature audiences having to conceptualise the show itself. These topics are deliberately woven in there. Listening to podcasts like The Steven Universe Podcast, interviews of production crews, and the like really reveal to us how much particular crews of particular shows care about what they produce. And as an audience it’s so beautiful to hear that from them.

    The Double-Edged Stigma Faced By Western Animation