Television Classification Essay
TV shows can range from cartoons to reality and fiction, which makes a huge gap in between the three genres. Although all of the television shows I chose are on premium channels, they all differ in every way. HBO and SHOWTIME offer more realistic shows, but when comparing you won’t get a lot of results. Dexter, which premiers on SHOWTIME, is a television show about a young man who works as a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department.
He was adopted by a police Sergeant, father after being left in a storage locker with his older sibling, crying in a pool of his mother’s blood after she had been brutally murdered with a chain saw. The older sibling unfortunately grew too emotionally attached to the situation and was sent to a mental hospital for most of his life. Dexter however, was lucky enough to be that young and get adopted into an understanding family. As Dexter grows up, he finds himself enjoying killing small animals and his father thankfully notices this peculiar behavior.
When explaining to his after why he does this, he explains this dark urge he has for killing things. They then talk things out and create some sort of code for Dexter to follow to control himself and not get caught in the acts. As Dexter keeps growing older, his urges do also, moving on to killing humans, but taking the law into his own hands and only killing those who deserve to be put down in his mind, such as rapists and murderers that the police haven’t found yet. This series is all about him growing as a person and still killing people, but following his father’s lifetime code so he doesn’t get caught.
Shameless is also a television show that premier on SHOWTIME. The series follows the dysfunctional family of Frank Gallagher, a single father of six children. While he spends his days drunk, his kids learn to take care of themselves. Dad’s a drunk, Mom split long ago, eldest daughter Fiona tries to hold the family together. The eldest son Philip (Lip) trades his physics tutoring skills for sexual favors from neighborhood girls. Middle son Ian is outted as being a homosexual and wants to join the Army. Youngest daughter
Debbie is stealing money from her UNICEF collection for herself and the family to raise money. Ten-year-old Carl is a budding sociopath and an arsonist, and toddler Liam is – well, he might actually be black, but nobody has a clue how. This series shows the hardships of how this family survives a daily basis and what trouble they can get into next. Game of Thrones is a television show that premieres on HBO. Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Political and sexual intrigue is involves sporadically throughout the series.
Robert Baratheon, King of Westeros, asks his old friend Eddard, Lord Stark, to serve as Hand of the King, or highest official. Secretly warned that the previous Hand was assassinated, Eddard accepts in order to investigate further. Meanwhile the Queen’s family, the Lannisters, may be stirring up a plot to take power. Across the sea, the last members of the previous and deposed ruling family, the Targaryens, are also scheming to regain the throne. The hostility between the houses Stark, Lannister and Baratheon, and with the remaining great houses Greyjoy, Tully, Arryn, and Tyrell, leads to full out war.
All while a very ancient evil awakens in the farthest north. Amidst the war and political confusion, a neglected military order of misfits, the Night’s Watch, is all that stands between the realms of men and icy horrors beyond. All of these shows are on a list of my favorites. Although, the majority of these television shows are a realistic and fictional mix, I do enjoy other genres. Together all of these shows have an “I want more” feeling after each episode and that’s probably what gets me every time. I recommend these shows to all and hope to see more in the future.
University/College: University of California
Type of paper: Thesis/Dissertation Chapter
Date: 18 September 2016
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