Newly Original

I am one of the 75 million subscribers to Netflix. More specifically I’m one of the 40 million subscribers in the United States. I also helped contributed to the 42.5 billion hours of Netflix watched in 2015. Users watch an average of 100 million hours a day but that is an average of 1.8 hours of Netflix per person. I can confidently say that Netflix has a huge impact in the entertainment industry. One of the strongest statistics to this effect is their mark on creating new entertainment options. 90% of users have interacted with Netflix Original material. Since its first partnership show in 2012, Netflix has created a wide variety of shows and movies. Netflix has received high accreditation for their works from receiving 45 Emmy nominations, 10 Golden Globe Nominations, 2 Academy Award Nominations, and getting 3 Emmy Awards for their series “House of Cards”.  (DMR)

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I am a big fan of Netflix Originals. I’ve watched all of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and I’m incredibly excited for the next season to come to Netflix in April. I enjoyed Kimmy Schmidt’s character because she is cute and naïve. The girl grew up in a cult that kept her in a bunker. For most of her life she believed the world had ended and she survived with the small group of women she was with. When they are freed from their evil captor, Kimmy decides to live in New York. Kimmy has a lot to learn to survive on her own and they interesting characters she meets along the way are even more unique. Overall the show is very quirky and original. I enjoy that it isn’t a type of show that I’ve seen before.

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Another great expansion to the Netflix Originals is their collaboration with Marvel. Television shows like “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones” are really well produced. As I’ve shared before, (A Good Series) I enjoy superhero shows and the Netflix Originals do not disappoint. They contain they great fight scenes intense drama while also including sassy characters and supportive roles. Jessica Jones might not seem like a hero but she can’t help from doing the right thing and make right of her past. Matt Murdock coming from a troubled past over comes his injuries and exceeds his limitations to fight injustice in anyway he can.
I suggest watching any of these shows or any other Netflix Original. They have made a number of great productions. “Daredevil” and “Kimmy Schmidt” started off strong in viewer ratings but their highest show after 3 seasons is still the tv show drama, “House of Cards”. (Variety)
My favorite statistic is that I am being saved from 130 hours of commercials per year. Thanks, Netflix!

Maybe Leave the Throwbacks for Insta

The idea of bring back our favorite shows excites many fans and creates an uproar in the Twitter community. Everyone was shocked at the revitalization of the classic Full House show, Fuller House, created by Netflix. The drama about how would return and if it would actually occur flooded social media. However is this new trend of repeating old television shows inspirational or does it signify a lack of creativity in Hollywood trying to use our love of the past to capture our current attention.

I enjoyed watching the reruns of Full House growing up but I wasn’t really a dedicated fan. The show always had a Brady Bunch feeling that felt old to me. So I didn’t expect much from watching Fuller House. I ended up only watching one episode before deciding this wasn’t something I would enjoy. I realize that my opinion of the show isn’t everyone’s but for the purpose of the blog I will share some of my ideas.

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The house is full again. Fuller house is coming to Netflix February 26.

 

I was happy that the show was able to compare to the original. It had almost all of the main characters and effectively created a scene in which they could all come together. Obviously one of the cutest characters in the original was played by young childhood stars and twins, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. It was disappointing that they didn’t return but I also don’t see how the show would have had both girls be one adult. And just having one return to the show would have been very weird. The show often throws shade at the Olsen twins but in really they couldn’t return and play the beloved Michelle Tanner. It is also noted that the adult characters leave the show shortly after the first couple episodes.

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The show also plays back on the original humor of Full House. It is a light hearted comedy where crazy mistakes end in cute life lessons and a love for family. However this since of humor has changed with the years. I thought Fuller House was very cheesy and while this was cute when Full House was on tv, today it just seems outdated. The show received positive responses from viewers but critics were not as pleased. Amy Plitt wrote in her Rolling Stones article that “Fuller House is extremely corny, and unless you were a superfan of the old series it’s likely not going to be worth your time.” I enjoyed this review a lot because it share a lot of my same ideas so check it out: Rolling Stones.

The whole show focus back on the idea of the past show so in the end doesn’t really seem to have a purpose. Domini Patten wrote on the nostalgic audience by predicting that it might not last long he wrote,“Or perhaps, as Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton have been discovering on the Presidential trail, nostalgia sometimes isn’t enough.” Deadline Maybe it’s time Hollywood recognizes that they need to put more work behind there planning and be more creative.

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I am worried because my favorite show Gilmore Girls is getting the same hype on social media about possibly becoming a show again. Of course I would love to see my characters on the screen but will the show also face the harsh criticism. I only hope that if the show returns it can live up to its previous height.

A Good Series

A good television show starts with good characters. They contain a friend dynamic group. (How I Met Your Mother) They make you feel like a connected member. (Modern Family) You fight for the hero and support their development. (Flash) The show has a love that inspires you or one that forces you to make hard decisions. (Dawson’s Creek) You see their growth and encourage their maturing. (Gilmore Girls) They provide you with crazy drama that shocks your life. (Gossip Girl) They cause you pain and heartbreak. (Grey’s Anatomy) But then they can cause you to laugh hysterically. (New Girl) And the best are the shows you can quote and relate to every situation, the ones you have seen over and over again. (Friends)

Over the years and with the access to Netflix I have been able to watch a variety of television shows. Growing up my family rarely had cable tv. We would often borrow DVDs from the library. We also owned Friends, Gilmore Girls, and Dawson’s Creek. My favorite television show is Friends. From that I have developed a interest in shows that demonstrate that similar friend group status. Shows like How I Met Your Mother and New Girl provide that friend dynamic that is very comedic.

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I enjoy laughing. I went through a phase of watching stand up comedy on Netflix. From here I was introduced to Netflix originals that have become increasingly popular. I watched Aziz Ansari Master of None, which showed examples of his comedy in a television show form similar to Louis CK. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a Netflix Original series that is extremely unique in its plot. I have also enjoyed watching shows that are more serious. Grey’s Anatomy provides their audience with a lot of suspense. Shows like Gossip Girl are more socially dramatic. I like crime shows like Dexter. I watched Chuck which is a series about spies. Another popular trend seen in entertainment is the revitalization of superheroes. I liked watching Heros growing up. Out of the superheroes series that have been introduced I am fond of Flash.

When looking at the emotions that television shows demonstrate and stir up in their audience people are concerned about what affects this has on the viewers. An  article from USA Today states that, “most of us know the “out-there” reactions we see on reality and cable TV are largely for effect. But behavioral researchers say we may be more affected than we realize.” (USA Today) Viewers know that the actors and actress in their shows are paid to be dramatic and over-react but this might be causing behavioral issues. An area that claims to demonstrate true emotions are reality tv shows. These shows have some of the highest emotions to increase entertainment value. The article responds to this claim that television is teaching society to over-react by explaining that more educated people are better able to control their emotions. I believe this is from an understanding of the separation of reality.

A good tv shows causes you to feel deep emotions. This might not cause you to become over dramatic but it does effect your mood. An article in Psychology Today says, “If the TV program generates negative mood experiences (e.g. anxiety, sadness, anger, disgust), then these experiences will affect how you interpret events in your own life, what types of memories you recall, and how much you will worry about events in your own life.” (Psychology Today) This is important to recognize. Television  producers and writers want to get their audience attached to the characters of their shows. This comes with emotional bonds that stem from the relatablity of the characters. So when something good happens to a character we feel that excitement and can reflect upon happy experiences in our own life. This can have a negative affect when the experiences are bad and even worse when they deal with death. Constantly being exposed to negative experiences can be detrimental to your real life. It’s important to enjoy shows that make you feel positive and when you watch those serious shows recognize a disconnect between your life and theirs.

 

 

Welcome

This blog is written by Brickell Dotson.

I have not seen every tv show. I have not heard of all of your favorites. I do however enjoy watching tv. This is my journey on exploring the world of popular television shows.