Ha ha. Well it is certainly convenient that I got hooked on what turned
into the longest running American sci-fi show ever
Supernatural isn't sci-fi, more...dark urban fantasy or horror/noir. Btw --
it's based on a Bill Paxton movie that was a lot darker. Can't remember the
name of it.
Prior to Buffy I didn't know such a thing as fandom or fanfic existed,
but then I only looked on the internet because I was obsessed in the first
I knew and I didn't, if that makes sense? I was into comics, and would
notice it popping up on the letters page or discussed in comic stores. Or I
noticed it with Star Wars and Star Trek, but I never really was involved
with it. Even Buffy, I knew it was there, but wasn't involved until the
sixth season. Someone at a party I'd attended directed me to a web site,
which in turn directed me to a fan discussion board. And I think I went
nuts, because, whoa, here were like-minded folks who felt the same way I
And loved what I wrote about it...
I think the interaction is about 90% of the fun.
I probably wouldn't watch if there was no strong male character,
I wonder if that's ingrained in us? (shrugs). I think I require both on
some level. Although, I have watched and read and enjoyed female centric
novels/tv shows and male centric novels/tv shows.
Also wonder to the degree sexual orientation plays a role? I'm
heterosexual, so tend to like to have both male and female in it. May not
matter. Depends on why you read/watch something I guess.
Or maybe it just is?
Of the American shows I think only Stargate and Bones lasted more than
6 seasons. And they both definitely deteriorated by the end, but I stuck
with them because I like to complete sets of things so I would have felt it
wrong to just give up.
The longest running American television series is most likely the Simpsons.
Sitcoms run longer than dramas.
NCIS is going on 14 years, I think.
ER ended at about 11
Grey's Anatomy is at 14 or close
MASH was about 11 years, it lasted longer than the Korean War which it
Star Trek...is weird, and a little like Doctor Who. It's been around since
the 1960s, but keeps being rebooted into various configurations.
Daytime soap operas? General Hospital celebrated it's 53rd anniversary this
year. It started at the same time as Doctor Who, with no breaks.
The procedurals/episodic ensemble series often last longer than the
serialized series. It's easy to trade out characters, etc. Law and Order
went on for about 11 or more years, because of that.