Monthly Archives: September 2012

The ‘Dispersal’ of Quality TV

This week I’m going to attempt a textual analysis of a particular scene from Mad Men. I’ve chosen my favourite scene from the first season: the last scene of episode six, ‘Babylon’. You can view this short clip below: To … Continue reading

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Reinventing Genre

God only knows what I would be without Big Love. HBO is known for ‘quality tv’, a category that Big Love clings to despite being a tv series that relies on melodramatic conventions typified by daytime soap operas. This mixing … Continue reading

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Narrative complexity, genre and the tv industry

In his article ‘Narrative Complexity in Contemporary American Television’, Jason Mittell explains the contradicting genre of television that has been emerging over the last two decades. While “conventional episodic and serial forms have typified most American television since its inception”, … Continue reading

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Matters of Taste

The true perversion, though, is the sense you get that all of this illicitness has been tossed in as a little something for the ladies, out of a justifiable fear, perhaps, that no woman alive would watch otherwise. While I … Continue reading

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