A couple months ago I finished watching the second "season" of Crackle's SuperMansion. It was only 10 episodes whereas the first season was 13. It reminded me that a number of shows I watch only have 10 episodes as a "season" anymore: Game of Thrones, Archer, and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It's something that would have been unheard of back in the 50s or 60s. Back then a season could be 40-50 episodes long! And I guess this year GoT is only like 7 episodes. It's pretty lame when you consider the year is 52 weeks. That's only 13% of the year! That means 87% of the year you have no new Game of Thrones. For 10 episode seasons it's a whopping 19% of the year with new episodes. That's 81% of the year with nothing. That really sucks. Standard network shows with like 22 episodes have new episodes 42% of the year, which is fairly close to half the year. That's a lot better than 13%, wouldn't you say?
This Comic Book Resources article argues that shorter seasons are good because you can have more narrative focus and spend more per episode. I suppose in some ways that's true, but shows like Always Sunny and Archer don't really need "narrative focus." it's pretty annoying when a show's on for two months and then it's gone for 10. Or like how you can binge all of a season of House of Cards or Daredevil or Stranger Things in a day or two and then you have to wait a year for it to come back around. In that lengthy absence sometimes the heart does not grow fonder as the Bard said; sometimes even a short hiatus for a show prompts me to lose interest.