Sunday, 26 March 2017

TV Shows That Are Changing Society


As a loud and proud screenwriting student, it’s not unexpected that I spend majority of my spare time obsessing over new TV shows, films, shorts, and virtually any other form of visual media. I am currently taking a class with an emphasis upon the role of a TV writer as an agent of change, and the biggest benefit of this class has to be the amount of TV I get to watch… seriously, I’m talking like three episodes of three different shows. Per class.

Whilst this can be somewhat infuriating (who has time to watch all these amazing series’!?), it’s also incredibly empowering and comforting to witness the sheer vastness of media content that is now being produced and promoted en mass.

Below are a few of the standout shows I’ve watched (generally one or two episodes from each series, with a  few binge exceptions) that I’ve found to touch particularly well on current social topics.
  1. Switched at Birth (If you can excuse the not-so-fabulous acting, this show does a great job of normalizing ASL and shattering the stigmas surrounding deaf people within society, alongside commentaries on social class, wealth, racism and sexism)
  2. Transparent (This show deals marvelously, directly with sexual orientation – homosexuality, heterosexuality, transgender – it covers a wide range and places the rhetoric in a public and current forum for discussion)
  3. Girls (Dealing directly with the recent generational stereotype as directionless and ridden with unfulfilled ambition, Girls also delves into the realities of sex among teenagers and young adults)
  4. Catastrophe (This British comedy comments wonderfully not only on today’s hookup culture, but also depicts the dangers of unprotected sex in the modern age with a twist of romance, catastrophe (duh) and humor)
  5. Speechless (A show that features a character (and actor) with cerebral palsy, Speechless not only comments on disability in society, but magnificently shows the ordinary struggles of a family shared by all viewers, with or without person association to disability. In essence, it normalizes and reminds us what it means to be human).

This is just a start-up list; we all know how many other amazing shows there are out there! Happy watching (and procrastinating … sorry)

Love,

Annabel


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