Non-USA cliffhanger serials

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In summary, cliffhanger serial films were popular in the USA, but there were few foreign examples and it is uncertain if they followed the same format. However, the BBC's Doctor Who utilized a similar concept on television with episodes ending in cliffhangers and a special sound effect to signal them. This may have been influenced by earlier cinema serials.
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Cliffhanger serial films were once popular in the USA. Was this genre popular in other countries?

The current Wikipedia page lists very few foreign serial films ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_film_serials ). Of those it lists, I don't know how many are in the cliffhanger format.
 
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I am not aware of any such film series outside the USA. But the BBC's Doctor Who, prior to its reboot in 2005, followed the same sort of idea only on television rather than in cinemas. Stories were typically of four to eight half-hour episodes, shown with one episode per week, with each episode except the last in a story ending in a cliffhanger. They even had a special sound-effect they used to signal the cliffhanger at the end of each episode. Next week, they'd usually start with the previous episode's scene in which the cliffhanger occurred (ie a little earlier than the cutoff point).

Based on following your link, it sounds like the Doctor Who cliffhanger paradigm may have been influenced by those earlier cinema serials.
 

1. What are Non-USA cliffhanger serials?

Non-USA cliffhanger serials are television shows or films that are produced outside of the United States and follow a storytelling structure where each episode ends with a suspenseful or unresolved ending, also known as a "cliffhanger". These types of serials are popular in many countries, particularly in Europe and Asia.

2. How are Non-USA cliffhanger serials different from traditional TV shows?

Non-USA cliffhanger serials differ from traditional TV shows in that they have a continuous storyline that spans multiple episodes, rather than having a self-contained plot in each episode. They also tend to have shorter seasons and higher production values compared to traditional TV shows.

3. What are some examples of Non-USA cliffhanger serials?

Some popular Non-USA cliffhanger serials include Money Heist (Spain), Dark (Germany), Skam (Norway), and Narcos (Colombia). These shows have gained international success and have been adapted for American audiences.

4. Why are Non-USA cliffhanger serials becoming more popular?

Non-USA cliffhanger serials have become more popular in recent years due to the rise of streaming services, such as Netflix, which have made these shows more accessible to a global audience. They also offer a unique and binge-worthy viewing experience compared to traditional TV shows.

5. Are Non-USA cliffhanger serials only available in their original language?

No, many Non-USA cliffhanger serials have been dubbed or have subtitles available in multiple languages. This allows for a wider audience to enjoy these shows and appreciate the cultural differences in storytelling and production styles.

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