I’m not a very big television person, not because I don’t like it but because I simply just don’t have time. I do have a few television shows that I love to follow on Netflix or wherever I can watch them online, but I’m not the person that will be sure to be home 15 minutes before the show starts to prepare myself. The TV shows that I watch don’t always fall into the ‘popular’ category, as my favorite TV show is Warehouse 13. So, I decided to do a bit of research on what the rest of America is watching and I have to say, I was surprised at some of the things that have made it to the ‘most popular’ list. Here’s some of what I found:
The Bachelorette: The very first show on the list was The Bachelorette. I can honestly say that I have never watched an episode of what is the most popular television show in all of America. This show has never interested me, watching a beautiful woman toy around with a plethora of men for a few weeks before she decides which one she wants to marry just doesn’t seem like something entertaining. What I don’t understand the most is that since the show has been on, I don’t think there has been one truly successful couple come out of it. So, why do Americans like to watch a relationship form that they know is eventually just going to fail? I don’t get it.
The Voice: I definitely have watched more than a few episodes of The Voice, there are a lot of things that I absolutely love about the show. I love that the concept of the show; I think it’s really great that for once a person’s talent is the thing that will get them through as opposed to just their looks. I think that the reason that the show is extremely successful is because of the extremely interesting concept; it is definitely something different for American TV as most shows showcase a person’s looks and just use their actual talent as a supplement. I love the fact that so many big-time celebrities are also a part of the show and it is definitely nice to see the actual friendships and relationships that form between the coaches and the contestants. Another things that I absolutely love about this show is that although technically there is a ‘winner’ the coaches also make it a point to help out the few other contestants that make it to the finale because they really do care about them and they see potential in them.
Glee: From its very beginnings, I have been a big fan of Glee. I am a huge fan of musicals so when a show came out that was pretty much a musical in every episode, I was extremely curious and all about it. I have to say that I was extremely surprised at the amount of success that the show had because I really didn’t think American’s were that ‘big’ into musicals, but I was definitely pleasantly surprised. This show is another one that is a breakthrough for the American culture not only because it is a musical, but also because it deals with many pressing issues ‘head-on’. it deals with things like homosexuality in teens, teen pregnancy, suicide, and so many more things that many teens deal with but are afraid to talk about. This show gives them a way to see that (as cliché as it is) they are not alone and that these things are things that so many other people deal with on a daily basis. This show is definitely a beacon of hope for some people and because of that, I am all about it!
Keeping Up with the Kardashians: If you’ve read any of my other blogs you’ll know that I do, in fact, keep up with the Kardashians. Yes, it is a rather embarrassing thing to admit sometimes, but hey, as much as I do love watching their shenanigans, I do love to see the good in them and see the relationships between them. This show is one of America’s most popular shows for a plethora of reasons; first, the Kardashians are all extremely good looking (except Rob, currently), second, it is so much fun to see the stupid things that they get themselves into, and third, because as strange as it is, their family dynamic and their relationships are relatable! I know that I can definitely relate to much of their family dynamic (just look back to one of my previous posts all about the Kardashians and their family values). Watching the show is also interesting because it gives you a backstory to all of the photos that you see of the Kardashian clan in magazines or on television. Instead of just reading the caption of the photograph, many times you actually get to see what was going on when the photograph is being taken and you get to know the person just a little bit more.
Well, there you have it; these are only some of the most popular television shows in America but overall, they’re not bad! In my opinion, Americans are definitely moving on up television-wise and are watching things that can at least benefit them…yes, even the Kardashians. Hopefully, in the near future, The Bachelorette will find its way to the very bottom of the television totem pole, but for now, I am definitely pleasantly surprised!
Until Next Time,
- Arielle Ozery