With the advent of streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and others, studio producers and directors have opted to move away from episodic design.

Instead, series are now produced more like 12-hour movies with intermissions, with a greater emphasis on continuity of story and building drama and tension rather than snapshot arcs.

Actors and critics alike have debated about whether this contributes to the social environment of the shows. Some have argued that this invites people to watch shows together rather than on his or her own. It creates a more genuine circumstance to interact than what episodic formats previously encouraged.

Students are encouraged by both the experts and the Church to think carefully about their viewing habits when planning out their activities.