Was shocked to see the Absolutely Fabulous listing show up on my DVR and it's only up to episode 52? This thing has been running since the early nineties, become very famous and that's all because of 50 something episodes? I know British shows run diferently as far as seasons and number of episodes, but 52 shows over 20 years. Am I mistaken and there is more, just a different numbering system. Also watching Mad Men, they show several episodes every Sunday morning. In one of the more recent ones they mentioned a show being picked up for 39 episodes. That would be unheard of today, but did shows really run 39 episodes back in the early 60s? We're so used to seeing an entire series be 10-20 episodes if we're lucky today. Understandably the production values, location shooting and special effects greatly affect schedules. Just curious if anybody knows the episode counts of some of the more popular shows, past and present.