‘Stranger Things 4′ and Its Very Long Episodes Mean That the Duffer Bros. Have Very Good Timing

The first part of “Stranger Things 4” drops today and with it comes a mega-sized mid-season finale: Episode 7 clocks in at 1 hour, 38 minutes long.

But wait, there’s more — much more.

The two-episode second part of the season premieres July 1 with a penultimate episode that runs another 1 hour, 38 minutes and a finale that is nearly two-and-a-half hours long.The “Stranger Things” S4 finale will likely become the longest episode of American television in history.

In industry parlance, these “supersized” episodes have become more commonplace, but they stretch back to the 1983 series finale of “M*A*S*H.” It was 2 1/2 hours long, although that was considered to be a TV movie — and one that contained a number of very expensive commercials.

The Long Night” episode from Season 8 of “Game of Thrones” ran 82 minutes and the 2016 “Gilmore Girls” revival offered four installments of 90 minutes each.A traditional comedy occupies 30 minutes of total TV

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