I think what strikes me the most about British TV–what ultimately is the most defining to me–is the way in which a series can be ended simply because the writer/creator feels he or she has no story left to tell. That’s so anti everything I know about TV. American TV is so commercialized, so focused on ratings and audience and money, that it blows my mind how artistic British TV seems sometimes. The creators and writers in Britain seems almost auteurish in comparison to American TV. While I might have not always loved the shows we watched, I could always appreciate how many more risks British TV seems to be willing to take than American TV.
I definitely took more away from this class than I ever expected to. I didn’t realize how many differences there really were and how much of the television world was completely undiscovered (by me) until now.