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.
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.