OK, pendantic it is, then...
Originally Posted by keenan
Some have been shown twice a year, others may not be aired for over 2 years or more, a prime example would be the most recent series of "The Thick Of It", the first episode of Series 4 just aired in the UK the other day, the last episode of Series 3 aired way back in Dec of 2009 while the last episode of Series 2 aired in Nov 2005. In the US, if a show doesn't return within a 12 month time span it is almost certainly been cancelled
Season 4 Sept '02 - Dec '02
Season 5 Mar '04 - Jun '04
Season 6 Mar 06 - Jun -07 (with a nearly year long break in the middle of the season)
Season 4 Jul '10 - Oct '10
Season 5 Mar '12 - Jun '12
3-2-1 CONTACT (PBS Series)
Season 1 - Jan ''80 - Feb '80
Season 2 - Oct '83 - Nov '83
( ran 5 more seasons after that)
Had an unusually short break from April '05 to July '05 between seasons 1 & 2. Had a 4 month break in the middle of season 2.
Had a 13 month break between seasons 3 & 4.
Had slightly longer than 12 month break between seasons 3 & 4, and again between 4 & 5.
I'll grant you that it was cancelled between season 5 (2003) and Season 6 (2010). But they are still referred to as season 5 and 6, with official production #'s using the same continuous format as previous seasons. Season 6 is not referred to as a new series.
Let's just be honest that, as they are currently used, the difference between the UK and American terms 'Series' and 'Season' as regards TV broadcasts is the same difference as using 'torch' instead of 'flashlight', 'boot' instead of 'trunk', 'pram' instead of 'baby carriage', and 'football' instead of 'soccer'. It shouldn't really bother anyone that they are used interchangeably.