American tv companies, driven no doubt by the smell of the filthy lucre, seem blind to the adage that 'more is less'. Just look at 'Fawlty Towers' or 'The Office' - couple of series of 6 episodes and maybe an Xmas special and then drop it. You have to remember that in the US the programmes only exist to get you to watch the adverts.
Bit of a sweeping statement that isn't it? Sure there is some dross out there but I don't think the quality of American shows has ever been higher than it is right now. And it isn't just now either;
MASH ran 11 years and 256 episodes
Frasier 264 / 11
West Wing 156 / 7
And probably the greatest example - Simpsons, 632 episodes over 29 years and counting.
I know they have massive teams of writers and they work them damn hard in the states but give me just one season of any of those and you can keep your Watty Flowers!