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What is the hypernym for movie and TV series?
I read that medium might be possible, but it doesn't sound that good.

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You need to be more specific about what you're asking about. Are movie and series the same thing here? Would examples be Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Pirates of the Caribbean? Or do you by "movies" mean films such as The Polar Express, where "series" refers to a television series, like The Big Bang Theory? Also, you might want to check out our companion site for English Language Learners, where this may have been a better fit. –  J.R. Sep 15 '13 at 11:04
    
@I edited my question. I hope it's clearer now. –  Davlog Sep 15 '13 at 11:16
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It is clearer now, and as a result, I think you'll get better answers now, too. Thanks for clarifying. –  J.R. Sep 15 '13 at 11:20
    
Movies vs series is an industrial segregation. Movies that form a series are called sequels. A prequel is a member of a sequel. –  Blessed Geek Sep 15 '13 at 12:28
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Film industry? Broadcasting media? The world of entertainment? Show business/showbiz? Light entertainment? –  Mari-Lou A Sep 15 '13 at 16:51

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How about a show? Is it too broad?

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I have never seen an answer made up with two questions! –  user51029 Sep 15 '13 at 11:22
    
Hmm... could you call Harry Potter a show? –  Davlog Sep 15 '13 at 11:23
    
@Davlog - to be fair, this answer was posted before you made your edit, so it wasn't entirely clear what you are asking about. Moreover, there are some local dialects that commonly use the word show as a synonym for "movie." NOAD defines show as a public entertainment, in particular, a play or other stage performance, esp. a musical, or a program on television or radio. That definition wouldn't preclude show from your list of candidates. –  J.R. Sep 15 '13 at 11:41
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Dear Astuto, the reason why I sometimes pose my "answers" in a humble rethorical interrogative fashion is that I am non-native speaker/learner, so I wish to leave space for my proposal to be debated and corrected if necessary –  Pam Sep 15 '13 at 13:04
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Pam, that is fine, but all answers on this site are subject to debate and correction. No need to specifically mark them up as such. An answer must be presented as an answer, and not as a question in its own right. –  RegDwigнt Sep 15 '13 at 17:23

Extending on Pam's answer, Show is considered the lowest common hypernym for TV program and Movie.

This can be backed up with reference to the WordNet lexical database. See several papers including:

The definition of the show synset in question (show.n.03) is:

'a social event involving a public performance or entertainment'

Which is quiet far from the base words, but according to the lexigraphers that constructed (/and continue to construct) WordNet, as good as we can get.


For interest of others, one can make such queries against wornet in python via NLTK:

from nltk.corpus import wordnet as wn
wn.synset("television_program.n.01").lowest_common_hypernyms(wn.synset("movie.n.01"))

#Or equivalently (because NLTK integrates Morphy):
wn.synsets("TV_show",wn.NOUN)[0].lowest_common_hypernyms(wn.synsets("movie",wn.NOUN)[0])

Its also possible to query WordNet online, though I don't know of a good way to get lowest common hypernym:


The short of the matter is, if we are willing to trust WordNet as an authoritative source (which thousands of peer reviewed publications have), then we can be confidant that Show is the lowest common hypernym.

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I would go with media, since it's a plural for medium.

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Since there are so many media - movies, TV series, newspapers, magazines, radio, etc. - it would be hard to find a single word that covers just two of them, –  David Garner Jul 24 at 6:36

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