Academy Awards: 7, tied for all-time first place.
Plot lines: 1, always the same.
I’d say that any television writers that can pull off statistics like that are sheer geniuses. What show did they write for, you ask?
Tom and Jerry. Take a moment and brighten your day:
Easily the most brilliant cartoon of all time. The plot never changes. Cat chases mouse. Mouse makes cat regret it. Yet William Hanna and Joseph Barbera retold that story in every conceivable setting. Concert hall. Bowling alley. Most often, a simple home, watched over by the faceless Mammy Two Shoes (they did show her face momentarily in one episode).
Always the same yet always different. And NO DIALOGUE! How did they do that?
Ummm… kind of like communicating Jesus. We have a fixed storyline but endless applications of it. There’s even an awards show coming.
“Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” Jude 1:3, NKJV.
One story. No need to mess with it. It works for anybody, any place, any time. It has stood the test of time, and it’s still a good one. The only one, really. It’s sheer genius. Tell me the old, old story of Jesus and his love…