At the moment, I'm developing a series for television. I looked at many of my favourite series and realized, the ones that interest me the most, have a definite ending in store, that the audience already knows when they are watching. It doesn't matter if the series actually reaches this goal, but it always creates a certain drive towards the ending. And you can always use dramatic irony to a great effect. For example: - The Incredible Hulk (David Banner is cured from the Hulk) - Smallville (Clark Kent becomes Superman) - Life on Mars (Sam returns to "Earth") - Dead Zone (the Apocalypse) The question is, how can you create such an ending? If you haven't got a prequel to an existing myth on your hands, you have to establish an idea in the minds of the audience how it could turn out. Look at the seven basic plots for this: 1) In The Incredible Hulk and in Life on Mars, we see the heroes thrown into new situations they have to deal with. They want to return home, so it's a voyage and return story. 2) On Dead Zone, Johnny wants to prevent the Apocalypse he has seen in his visions, so it's an escape story. You could also invent a chase, as in the new Battlestar Galactica. Those are basically quests. 3) You could create a monster over the course of one season or more, the hero has to overcome. Then you've got an overcoming the Monster story. Which is also the Hulk. 4) If your hero has to develop from nothing to greatness, you probably got a rags to riches story. 5) If your hero is cast under some dark spell he has to overcome, you've got a rebirth story. Which is also the Hulk. 6) If your character himself is the monster that has to be defeated, it's a tragedy. Also the Hulk. 7) If your characters have to realize their own shortcomings, it's a comedy. In all cases, as with any story (ignoring mystery plots), it's obvious for everyone what HAS to happen. The surprise lies in the HOW it happens. That might be the solution, but maybe someone else has more insights into the matter how to develop arcs for a whole series. It's only my first one.