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Short Show ‘The Long Night’ Offers Quality Over Quantity

With just 12 episodes, the latest series by iQiyi, China’s Netflix, is flipping the script.

Chinese TV series typically follow a set formula: low production values, copious cliff-hangers, and endless episodes. But streaming site iQiyi’s latest hit is proving that shorter, higher-quality shows can become audience favorites, too.

Since the first of its dozen episodes went online Sept. 16, crime drama “The Long Night” has earned high praise, scoring 9.2 out of 10 on Chinese review site Douban. Adapted from a suspense novel by author Chen Xu, who writes under the pen name Zijin Chen, the show tells the story of a young prosecutor who spends seven years trying to right a miscarriage of justice.