Empirical Experiments, Film. There is a relation between series length and amount of plot-relevant dialogue per time unit, averaged over the entire series. The latter falls of exponentially with increasing number of episodes in a show. Or in simple terms: long-running shows are needlessy stretched. Conversely, it has shown itself that simple shows are potentially never-ending. As Wikipedia article authors propound, the “open-ended nature of the narrative, with stories spanning several episodes” is a key ingedrient to a soap opera.—Considering that, Bleach (360+), Pokémon (730+), etc., and even the WWE eps, follow such a soapy pattern, since the core pattern has been, and continues to be the same all along. Posted 2012-04-07 02:04 / link