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On US TV shows
« on: July 21, 2011, 11:51:58 PM »
How many US TV shows fall into one of the following moulds?
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The main character is a highly intelligent person (usually male) prone to witty one-liners, who solves cases that baffle the police. He has both medical and investigative skills, and may work as either a police officer or a doctor (or occasionally both). More groundbreaking characters will have a particular area of expertise, such as bone analysis or psychometry, but they will always be able to apply this skill to the case at hand. In any case, he will have a far larger range of duties than his position should suggest, such as doing investigation, forensic analysis, arrests and interrogation. This character frequently has a team backing him up, but he always outshines them in competence - while they will sometimes take over certain parts of the process, there will be few issues with characters filling in for each other (and none if the protagonist fills in for someone). This character will never get into trouble for actions which are illegal or immoral unless a source of conflict is required, in which case he will usually get into trouble for doing something that was perfectly correct (due to his superiors being corrupt or pressured). Things are always back to normal by the end of the episode, unless one of the actors is no longer available.
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A comedy centered around a family, probably dysfunctional, or group of close-knit friends, with the protagonist being the character closest to the target audience in age and gender. Most sources of conflict are created by one or more of the main cast being stupid, foolish or ignorant.  Things are always back to normal by the end of the episode, unless one of the actors is no longer available.
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Re: On US TV shows
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2011, 01:58:48 PM »
That nails a bunch of them I believe.
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Re: On US TV shows
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2011, 02:51:42 PM »
How many US TV shows fall into one of the following moulds?
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The main character is a highly intelligent person prone to witty one-liners, who solves cases that baffle the police. S/he has both medical and investigative skills, and may work as either a police officer or a doctor (or occasionally both). More groundbreaking characters will have a particular area of expertise, such as bone analysis or psychometry, but they will always be able to apply this skill to the case at hand. In any case, s/he will have a far larger range of duties than his/her... *make everything else gender neutral, or inclusive*
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A comedy centered around a family, probably dysfunctional, or group of close-knit friends, with the protagonist being the character closest to the target audience in age and gender. Most sources of conflict are created by one or more of the main cast being stupid, foolish or ignorant.  Things are always back to normal by the end of the episode, unless one of the actors is no longer available.
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Re: On US TV shows
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2011, 08:02:17 PM »
I actually have to cheer when the former is a male; especially since the latter often involve the biggest idiot being male.

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Re: On US TV shows
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2011, 08:19:34 PM »
if you want to see every sitcom ever, watch the honeymooners.

if you want every police drama, try dragnet.

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Re: On US TV shows
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2011, 04:23:55 PM »
I don't think Jeopardy falls into either mold....

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Re: On US TV shows
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2011, 06:42:50 PM »
game / reality shows fall outside of the scope of the classic comedy / tragedy paradigm

i presumed the OP was concerning shows with professional 'actors' / scripted dialog.
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