Dramatic television can be broken down into three different sub-categories. First are dramas that are considered anthologies. An anthology is a series that has episodes that tells stories that do not continue the following week. The cast of characters in an anthology are different each episode, as well. In 1955, “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” premiered as a half hour mystery and suspense series and today is recognized as the most successful television anthology, however, the series only lasted seven years. Don Kaye, a writer for MSN Entertainment suggests the reason anthologies have not been very successful is because “Presenting a different story with a different cast each week didn't let audiences settle into the consistency of character and setting found in a continuing series”.(Kaye) Other examples of an anthology would be “The Twilight Zone” and “Masterpiece Theatre”. Generally, the only constant in an anthology is a host who introduces and ...
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