The best shows are specific enough that there’s unlimited narrative possibilities to explore but take deal with such a vast canvas that you believe that you can’t imagine it ever ending. Even from the first episode you think that the characters and the world will just expand and expand.
I’d say the second-best shows are the ones so ballsy that their premise, while fresh and exciting, feels like it couldn’t possibly sustain six more episodes, never mind an entire season.
It’s watching shows like that that I catch myself thinking, “How can they possibly make this last?” I hate thinking that. It’s cynical. It presupposes that just because I can’t see the bigger picture, the show’s creative team can’t, either.
So I revise. I think, “I HOPE they can make this last.”