I’ll admit it, I’m a T.V. addict. I’m not the only one. Television influences our lives in many ways, so it is easy to see why it’s so addicting. How we think about relationships, politics and family are all influenced by what we see on T.V. A show like Scandal is a great example of how a show can effect the way viewers look at politics. When watching Nashville, you get an inside look at the fictional version of the country music industry. Dramas are not the only genre to impact peoples perception of a part of culture. The Mindy Project, a comedy, takes a look at relationships and the world of dating while Modern Family is continually shaping the way we look at family.
Each show portrays a different aspect of our lives and has something that we can all relate to. If you live in the United States, then you may be aware of politics in our country. When watching Scandal, the viewer is given an insidious view of what life may be like inside that famous white house. The problems that they deal with are all things that could have an affect on the citizens if the show were real life.
Even easier to relate to is Modern Family because everyone has a family in some form or another. This show does a fantastic job of showing real life family moments in a comedic and realistic way. The family model seems to be a recipe for success for ABC. Modern Family as well as The Middle are both in their fifth season. The Middle is about a family from the mid west struggling to stay afloat and is something many people can relate to. NBC jumped on the family bandwagon with a drama titled Parenthood, also in its fifth season, that focuses on a large and diverse family. All of these shows have been able to make a lasting impression due to their ability to connect with viewers. All of these shows influence the way people view not only their own family, but the idea of what it means to be a family.
I’m not the only one obsessed with T.V. Other people love to write about this topic too! Jackie, the writer of The (TV) Show Must Go On has taken a liking to writing about what she’s watching. Bryce Fallon of Collider is another great writer of all things TV. Finally, Rob Buckley writes about the latest in television in his blog The Medium Is Not Enough.
T.V. wouldn’t be as popular as it is today if it didn’t relate to society today. That is a connection that I hope to further explore.
To finish out this first post, here are my must see shows on the air right now (and the shows I will most likely be talking about):
- Scandal (If you’re not watching this, please start. It’s amazing.)
- The Mindy Project (Coming back in April, shows the hilarious romantic mishaps of an OBGYN in NYC)
- Modern Family (Seriously. Watch it.)
- Parenthood (A more dramatic, but realistic look at what it means to be a part of a family)
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