television program (USA), television programme (in most
Commonwealth countries and Ireland), or television show (USA/UK)
is a segment of content broadcast on television. It may be a one-off
broadcast or part of a periodically recurring television series.
A television series that is intended to be broadcast a finite
number of episodes is usually called a miniseries or serial (although
the latter term also has other meanings). A short run lasting less than
a year is known in North America as a season and in the United
Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland as a series.
This season or series usually consists of 6-26
installments in the USA, but in the UK there is no defined length. U.S.
industry practice tends to favor longer seasons than those of some other
A single instance of a program is called an
episode, although particularly in the USA this is sometimes also called
a "show" or "program", and in Great Britain and Ireland a "programme". A
one-off broadcast may, again particularly in the USA and USA-influenced
countries, be called a "special", or particularly in the UK a "special
A television movie or in the UK a television film
("made-for-TV" movie) is a film that is initially broadcast on
television rather than being released in cinemas or direct-to-video,
although many successful television movies are later released on DVD.