We are living in what’s being called the Golden Age of Television. Between terrestrial television, cable, and streaming services, there are so many opportunities for television shows to find an audience. There was a time when film was considered the preferred medium for serious storytelling, but thanks to streaming services like Netflix and channels like HBO, shows have stepped up their game. With shorter runs and A-list stars, they can really pack a profound emotional punch. So as television is changing, it begs the question if some movies would have been better as TV shows to begin with.
With each streaming service competing with their own blue-chip series, the power of taking the time to completely tell a story is becoming clear. Movies like Fargo, Watchmen, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Golden Compass, and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events have all found success as television series. Are there other worlds that we could use a little more time in? This list collects some of the best - and worst - films that deserve more than a paltry two-hour runtime. These are movies with binge-worthy appeal or a story that needs more than a few hours to truly delve into the complex nature of the universe. Television lets storylines build, relationships refine, and the overall drama breathe and settle. Here’s a list of films that could have used a few more hours, or at least some longer legs.
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