Week five

1.  Wilcox and Lavery (2002) identify 9 defining characteristics of ‘quality TV’ – can you apply (with justifications) any of the 9 characteristics on this list to another TV series (including those on Netflix, etc.) that you have viewed recently ? Are there any other characteristics that you could add to their list?

With the development of time, numerous televisions appear in people’s daily life. People choose the television what they like through the plot, popularity, and cast members. As for quality television, there are nine elements to illustrate what good tv has. The first one is that high-quality television generally has a famous director behind it. The second is that high-quality TV series must go through industry struggles. For example, is a struggle with TV stations, nonprofit TV stations. The third is that high-quality television tends to have large cast members. The fourth is that people usually remember the characters of high-quality TV television. The fifth is that high-quality TV series tend to combine some elements of the old TV series to create a new genre. Sixth, generally speaking, good TV television are based on literature and scriptwriters. Number seven is that good TV televisions are self-aware. Its description of a particular aspect will have a certain degree of control, but not excessive description. The eighth is that good TV television often has socially controversial arguments. These arguments may be rooted in life. The ninth is the pursuit of realism in high-quality TV televisions (Wilcox & Lavery, 2002).

Because I rarely watch western televisions, there is an Asian TV that I watch match to those characteristics of high-quality video. That is Family with Children. Family with Children is a situation comedy from China, and it has four seasons in total. Family with Children mainly talks about a variety of exciting stories between parents and three children after the marriage of two divorced families. The first, second, and third season of the Family with Children use the reorganized family as a platform for the story to unfold. The whole story still shows all the problems of children’s growth in family life, such as study, making friends, integrity, love, interest, conflict of ideas, and other shared concerns. The fourth season mainly discusses university students’ love affairs, adolescent rebellion, and children’s psychological problems. The television’s audience was expected to be dominated by children and parents (Family with Children, 2019). In China, many actors or actresses played a role in Family with Children as their first debut at that time. At the same time, Family with Children combines some factors of The Editorial Story.

The Editorial Story was the first Chinese situation comedy series that made in 1992. It contains ridicule, humor, irony, banter, and other factors — the contents of The Editorial Story based on various popular topics in social life. The whole story of The Editorial Story is about several considerate and helpful editors of different ages and personalities in the editorial department of the Human Guide. (The Editorial Story, 2019). However, Family with Children uses those various social topics to create a family story and attract the audience to watch it. As a result, many people remember characters from this television. For the new features of high-quality television, I assume an excellent television should also include elements of fun, stimulate intelligence and imagination, and cultivate openness to others (The Alliance for Children and Television, n.d.).


Family with Children. (2019). Retrieved August 18, 2019, from: https://baike.baidu.com/item/%E5%AE%B6%E6%9C%89%E5%84%BF%E5%A5%B3/22050?fr=aladdin

The Alliance for Children and Television. (2019). Retrieved August 18, 2019, from: https://web.archive.org/web/20070723172715/http://www.act-aet.tv/enapropos.htm

The Editorial Story. (2019). Retrieved August 18, 2019, from: https://baike.baidu.com/item/%E7%BC%96%E8%BE%91%E9%83%A8%E7%9A%84%E6%95%85%E4%BA%8B/5212070#viewPageContent

Wilcox, R. & Lavery, D. (2002). Introduction, in R. Wilcox & D. Lavery (eds) Fighting the Forces: What’s at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield.

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