Oh.... .. That's because when we say she was "on" the tv show, we're talking about how she was "on" the TV. We say "In" the movie because we
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User avatar #4 - djequalizee (08/02/2013) [+] (3 replies)
That's because when we say she was "on" the tv show, we're talking about how she was "on" the TV. We say "In" the movie because we're talking about the movie, not the movie theater. For instance, we can flip flop this by saying she was "In a tv series" or "on the big screen"
#15 - milnerdk (08/03/2013) [+] (3 replies)
She was on The Avengers, and that guy was in Doctor Who...
She was on The Avengers, and that guy was in Doctor Who...
User avatar #7 - demandsgayversion (08/03/2013) [+] (1 reply)
I actually know why this is. A tv show is multiple parts, so people can come and go. You can't take someone out of a movie, so they're IN it. It's like a painting. You can put something on or take it off, but once it's in, it's there forever (within the parameters of this metaphor.)
User avatar #5 - doodnotheface (08/03/2013) [+] (2 replies)
On a slightly related note, my dad says that anything you place inside a van is ON the van. But ... it has a roof and doors so surely it's IN the van? You put something IN a car, you don't say my jacket is ON the car ... so what?
#6 to #5 - thepinkkirby (08/03/2013) [-]
Your dad is a strange man.
#22 - AnonymousDonor (08/03/2013) [-]
it might have something to do with similarities according to time

that is, because a series is an ongoing event, it can be described by any number of metaphors based on other things that are in perpetual movement - trains, waves, streaks, comets, etc. - and the only way to be a part of those phenomena is to ride on them

whereas a movie is a finite point in time that we know exactly (give or take 30 minutes) when it will end, so subconsciously we associate it with other similiar situations like being in a rut or falling into a hole

maybe?
User avatar #33 - OsamaBinLadenz (08/03/2013) [+] (2 replies)
Who the Hell says "on"? I've never heard somebody say somebody was "on" a show. I've heard, let's say "Doctor who is on", but never "He was on Doctor Who"
#29 - dickticklerluv (08/03/2013) [+] (1 reply)
Really scraping the bottom of the barrel with these
Really scraping the bottom of the barrel with these
User avatar #17 - Lambda (08/03/2013) [-]
That's because we use "ON" to describe the act of watching something on TV.
>watching a show on the TV
>Whats on TV?
>[actor's name here] is on TV
>[actor] is on [tv show]

But we don't generally use "on" to describe watching a movie. Movies can be "on" TV, but generally we go "to" a movie.
#8 - pyrusd (08/03/2013) [+] (2 replies)
Also, a show is ON tv. A film is IN theaters.
#1 - aagottl ONLINE (08/02/2013) [-]
It is because movies are singular.
User avatar #32 - yetaxaa (08/03/2013) [+] (2 replies)
Also, isn't The Avengers a TV show?
User avatar #37 to #32 - Hreidmar (08/03/2013) [-]
Actually yes it was. It was a British TV show, but it's far better known as the Marvel movie that came out a year ago.

There was also an Avengers movie based on the show, but it was destroyed by the critics and audience (I don't really get why. It's certainly extremely odd, but not bad...)
User avatar #28 - fukkendragonite (08/03/2013) [-]
I say 'in' for both...
#27 - sundip (08/03/2013) [-]
TV shows have numerous episodes where characters can make appearances multiple times across a set number of episodes. And of course movies can have sequels, so if there's a movie trilogy or just a sequel, 'on' can replace 'in'.

Simple.
User avatar #26 - swazer (08/03/2013) [-]
Speaking of which, I'm gonna watch Zach Braff on Scrubs
#24 - ddylann (08/03/2013) [-]
on sounds more like it's happening currently in sounds like it was a one time deal
#21 - anonymous (08/03/2013) [-]
This isn't even remotely funny
#20 - skinnypanda (08/03/2013) [-]
Same question as why do people say get on the bus?
User avatar #19 - subaqueousreach ONLINE (08/03/2013) [-]
I say an actor was in a TV show though...

As in "J. Augustus Richards was in Angel. He played Gunn."
#2 - ThatGingerGuy (08/02/2013) [-]
I would say "They were on the news." but I would never say "They were on Doctor Who."

It just makes sense to say "in"...
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