Are you a TV person or a movie person?

Buffy_lWhat makes some people TV fanatics and other folks movie hounds? It’s a question I’ve been thinking about a lot recently, after a colleague came back from Sundance and described how fun it’d been to hang out with EW’s movie department and hear them speak as passionately about film as she and I do about television. I know most anyone reading EW appreciates both, but if you’re like me, you still know which way your scale tips. So which direction is it? And why?

I think I’m a TV person because I love the satisfaction I get when I watch a character respond to something exactly as she should. You know what I mean? It could be that I’ve remembered something she said on the topic three seasons earlier, or that I’ve simply grown to know her well enough that I, like the show’s writers, can predict her reaction. In short, even though I love the emotional extremes and grand spectacles you can experience on the big screen in two hours, I wouldn’t trade them for how I felt watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s (pictured) series finale after investing about 70 times that. Not every TV show is that fulfilling, of course, but the possibility is what keeps me tuning in.

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  • Catherine

    I think I am both as I love TV and also love rewatching my favorite mnovies (all for the wrong reason of course…). However, I agree with you, there is a “special bond” created while watching a tv shows on few years that I do not feel with movies (and they are exceptions like Lord of the rings). Just watching the Friends or the Buffy final was like letting your friends go! But there is nothing like watching a really good movie! I think I can’t make up my mind on this one!!

  • Danna

    What a fantastic question! I’ve always considered myself a movie buff and a tv lover, but this is how I see it: I can patiently wait over 12 months to see a movie (The Nines, Blue Car), but it KILLS me to wait 3 months for my show to come back on.

  • Leslie

    Well, lately, I’ve been more a TV person because there’s more character development on a series than there can be in a movie, and I find that interesting to watch. Not to mention the richness and also quirkiness there to be found on TV right now, as opposed to the cut and dry stereotypes in too many movies. Granted, I also enjoy a singular stellar performance in a film (just saw Julie Christie in “Away From Her” – wow!), so yeah. I go through phases. And as far as junk goes, I’d rather watch ANTM or Survivor than see Deuce Bigolo anyday.

  • Leslie

    Well, lately, I’ve been more a TV person because there’s more character development on a series than there can be in a movie, and I find that interesting to watch. Not to mention the richness and also quirkiness there to be found on TV right now, as opposed to the cut and dry stereotypes in too many movies. Granted, I also enjoy a singular stellar performance in a film (just saw Julie Christie in “Away From Her” – wow!), so yeah. I go through phases. And as far as junk goes, I’d rather watch ANTM or Survivor than see Deuce Bigolo anyday. So right now, it’s TV.

  • snarky

    I love both TV and Movies,but my DVD collection tells all – one shelf of movies, THREE shelves of TV shows on DVD.
    Also, I can only think of one movie that made a good TV show – MASH, but lots of TV shows that made decent movies – Hopefully, the upcoming SATC movie will prove me right.

  • Leslie

    Well, lately, I’ve been more a TV person because there’s more character development on a series than there can be in a movie, and I find that interesting to watch. Not to mention the richness and also quirkiness there to be found on TV right now, as opposed to the cut and dry stereotypes in too many movies. Granted, I also enjoy a singular stellar performance in a film (just saw Julie Christie in “Away From Her” – wow!), so yeah. I go through phases. And as far as junk goes, I’d rather watch ANTM or Survivor than see Deuce Bigolo anyday. So right now, it’s TV.

  • Melissa

    I am definitely a TV person…I think it is because you really get to know the characters and sometimes it seems as if they are almost real people…And you can connect and relate much more to them…Many times me and my friends will have discussions about characters on a show and it will get heated and passionate and then all of a sudden we all start laughing once we realize what we are arguing about and we will say to each other wow we act like they are our friends or something…lol

  • Jill

    Definitely TV. With really great shows I like being able to watch many episodes year after year instead of a movie being over in 2 hours.

  • Cara

    I like TV because of the longer format. The arcs are longer, the twists come faster (out of necessity, thank you, sweeps months), the characters can develop over years and years, organically, like real people. Also, there’s the fact that when a movie’s bad, it’s just BAD–in TV, there’s room for recovery, for ups and downs. Just because there’s a bad season doesn’t mean the next season can be better. It feels more like life.

  • Brad

    I’ve always been on the TV side. I find it easy to become emotionally invested in the characters that come into your living once a week. Buffy, Angel, Lost — they are all shows I found myself caring for the characters as if they were real.

  • KG

    TV person most definitely. I get invested w/ the characters and their stories, and with movies it’s over after 90-120 minutes. In TV there is more development and you have something to look forward to each week.

  • Rachel K

    I’m with you Mandi. I think you described it perfectly!

  • El

    Put me in the TV camp as well. As far as a complex story with character growth, the only thing that beats TV is a book. I get kind of angry when people look down on TV but are perfectly accepting of movies and music. TV can take you places that a 2 hour movie could only dream of. This is, of course, assuming it’s done well. There are plenty of stinkers in every category.

  • Red

    That’s like asking which is your favorite child. Both have their pros and cons. i just can’t pick!

  • Melissa

    Definitely TV. Definitely shows that are still on the air. I need to feel like there’s no end in sight for my relationship with the characters. Movie characters are guaranteed to leave me in a couple of hours, so why bother investing in them in the first place? I need the promise of continuity. That’s why I can’t deal when my favorite TV shows are cancelled (V Mars) or in danger thereof (FNL). Perhaps this signals some deep-rooted attachment issues. And it probably also explains why I truly believe that still out there, in the Obama press corps, Rory Gilmore is dutifully covering the campaign. That’s why she hasn’t been at Friday night dinners, you guys! She’s working, right??

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