Saga vs Series - What's the difference?

saga | series |

As nouns the difference between saga and series

is that saga is an old norse (icelandic) prose narrative, especially one dealing with family or social histories and legends while series is a number of things that follow on one after the other or are connected one after the other.

As an adjective series is

(electronics) connected one after the other in a circuit.




(en noun)
  • An Old Norse (Icelandic) prose narrative, especially one dealing with family or social histories and legends.
  • Something with the qualities of such a saga; an epic, a long story.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=October 1, author=David Ornstein, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= Blackburn 0-4 Man City , passage=Manchester City put the Carlos Tevez saga behind them with a classy victory at Blackburn that keeps them level on points with leaders Manchester United.}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-08, volume=407, issue=8839, page=55, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Obama goes troll-hunting , passage=According to this saga of intellectual-property misanthropy, these creatures [patent trolls] roam the business world, buying up patents and then using them to demand extravagant payouts from companies they accuse of infringing them. Often, their victims pay up rather than face the costs of a legal battle.}}


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  • A number of things that follow on one after the other or are connected one after the other.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=19 citation , passage=When Timothy and Julia hurried up the staircase to the bedroom floor, where a considerable commotion was taking place, Tim took Barry Leach with him. […]. The captive made no resistance and came not only quietly but in a series of eager little rushes like a timid dog on a choke chain.}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-28, author=(Joris Luyendijk)
  • , volume=189, issue=3, page=21, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Our banks are out of control , passage=Seeing the British establishment struggle with the financial sector is like watching an alcoholic […].  Until 2008 there was denial over what finance had become. When a series of bank failures made this impossible, there was widespread anger, leading to the public humiliation of symbolic figures.}}
  • (US, Canada) A television or radio program which consists of several episodes that are broadcast in regular intervals
  • Friends was one of the most successful television series in recent years.
  • (British) A group of episodes of a television or radio program broadcast in regular intervals with a long break between each group, usually with one year between the beginning of each.
  • (mathematics) The sum of the terms of a sequence.
  • (cricket, baseball) A group of matches between two sides, with the aim being to win more matches than the opposition.
  • (zoology) An unranked taxon.
  • (senseid) A subdivision of a genus, a taxonomic rank below that of section (and subsection) but above that of species.
  • Usage notes

    * In the United Kingdom, television and radio programs (spelt in Commonwealth English as "programmes") are divided into series, which are usually a year long. In North America, the word "series" is a synonym of "program", and programs are divided into year-long seasons. * (mathematics) Beginning students often confuse (term) with (sequence).


    * (number of things that follow on one after the other) chain, line, sequence, stream, succession * (television or radio program) show, program

    Derived terms

    * (media, TV) TV series * (mathematics) arithmetic series, basic hypergeometric series, confluent hypergeometric series, formal power series, geometric series, hypergeometric series, power series


  • (electronics) Connected one after the other in a circuit.
  • You have to connect the lights in series for them to work properly .


    * parallel