There are television shows that wrap things up in a single episode. They are called procedurals. Then there are the shows that stretch a plot over several weeks or even an entire season. Those are called serials. Guess which is the dominate television drama.
If you go by award nominations, the answer couldn't be clearer. If television networks follow trends, and they do, expect to spend more of your time in front of the DVR or binge watching a show to keep track with all that is happening.