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TV Shows

I have always been an avid movie fan. However, when I got to college, I realized I had a lot more free time. Coincidentally, my roommate had all the seasons of Scrubs on DVD. I had seen a few random re-run episodes  before, so I decided to give it a shot and start from the beginning. I was now hooked on TV shows.

I was so busy in high school all year, playing four sports, i never had a chance regularly to keep up with any shows. And this was before TV shows and movies were readily available online (at least that I knew of). I also watched a lot of HBO, and Starz, as well as the History and Discovery Channels. My freshman and sophomore years at Drake, I really felt a shift in my desire to watch TV shows over movies.

I think that I started to enjoy TV shows because you get to spend more than 2 hours in the characters world. In some cases I feel that certain shows, especially dramas are like long movies because of their high production value. And the episodes are either 22, or 43 minutes long, which make it more convenient when you’re constantly coming and going in between classes and football practice, etc.

I have grown to like many different types of TV shows. I’ve listed a few below.

Cable Shows/Reality

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,

Network Comedies/Sitcoms

Happy Endings, Scrubs

Network Dramas

The Unit, J.A.G., One Tree Hill, 24, LOST

Cable Comedies

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

Premium Cable

Generation Kill, Homeland, Entourage, Band of Brothers, The Pacific

Cable Shows/Reality/Comedy

Tosh.0, Key & Peele, Sports Center, Conan, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, Rob & Big, Nitro Circus, Reno 911, Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory, Ridiculousness, Reno 911, Jackass

I’ve had a hard time when it comes to starting new shows. I think it has to do a lot with the characters in the shows I already enjoy. You have to start from scratch with a new show, you have to take chance, and more times than not, they don’t come close the characters you already love. I actually think its Ironic, because when it comes to film and cinema, my first priority isn’t Character development and plot. Its usually to shot composition, effects, and editing. Films usually have higher budgets so they can do more with more, where as TV shows have to more with less by spreading the budget out throughout the whole season, so they focus more on story and character development. They’re on opposite ends of the spectrum so I think its a good balance.

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