Television in the 2000's was about bringing everyday life to the screen, in shows like The Sopranos you see the struggles of a mob boss as he tries to live his life. In the show Lost a plane crashes on an island and strange things begin to happen. Sitcoms focused on the work and personal relationships it had approached in the past, but this time with a more documentary feel thanks to genre changing shows like The Office. Talk shows made their way out of the 1990's with a commitment to less trashy television and more meaningful and entertaining content. The Colbert Show continued to expand the genre of political satire talk shows and television stars like Ellen DeGeneres were reminding Americans what it means to look out for each other during a decade of highs and lows.
More than anything else however, it was the growth in popularity of reality television with shows like Survivor and Big Brother that challenge players in both metal and physical endurance and shows like the Amazing Race and American Idol that keep the audience rooting on contestants to finish strong and strike it rich. America's fascination with television, fame and riches had completely taken over American society and our television sets.
Task 1: Watch the Introductory Video to this Unit (5 minutes)
Task 2: Review the provided videos and attached links for Television during the 2000's (25 minutes)
During your Research Identify THREE(3) Shows you believe best represent a Pop Culture moment in the 2000's
Task 3: Share Your Findings on Google Classroom (20 minutes)
Select THREE (3) shows that premiered in the 2000's that BEST represents a Pop Culture moment.
Provide a brief summary about each selection and why you think it is a good representation of the 2000's
Respond to ONE (1) classmate you DISAGREE with and provide a counter argument (remember to be respectful and explain your reasoning)
Dramas in the 2000's were gaining popularity as Americas were getting tired of the sparkly image of sitcoms. Americans wanted to see reality reflected on the screen and as a result a renewed interest in police procedural shows and work place dramas. This shift allows for new issues to be discussed like the concept of masculinity or the struggle of the human condition as characters look out for one another even in tough times.
Game Shows And Reality Television
Reality TV is the genre of programming in which the everyday routines of “real life” people (as opposed to fictional characters played by actors) are followed closely by the cameras”. In this genre there are three major categories of shows: game shows, dating shows, and talent shows. The 2000s was a time of reality game shows with the creation of shows like Survivor that asked everyday p[people to survive on an island with strangers for a chance at a million dollars, or Big Brother which placed everyday people in a house for a summer and the person who makes it to the end wins big bucks. An era of television centered around vanity and fame was in full effect, the world could not turn away as American Idol searched for the next music superstar or as contestants show their feats of strength on American Ninja Warrior.
American Ninja Warrior
The genre of the situation comedy has come a long way since the early days of the 1950s and 1960s, but in many ways, plenty of familiar characters and stories have remained the same. In the early 2000s, the majority of the sitcoms you could find were built upon the same tried and true format that had worked for decades. Many of the most successful early 2000s sitcoms followed the daily lives of an extended family, featuring a childish husband, a nagging wife, annoying children of differing ages, and either grandparents, neighbors, or immature friends. (https://screenrant.com/early-2000s-sitcoms-defined-era-tv/ )
How I Met Your Mother
Cartoons in the 2000's were able to diversify much like the rest of television in the decades prior. While new adult cartoons had already hit the airways the 2000's allowed for networks to specialize in different types of entertainment. Nickelodeon was able to produce shows that appeal to young and pre-teen kids like the Fairly Odd Parents and Jimmy Neutron while channels like Fox and MTV were able to produce adult cartoons like the Simpsons, Family Guy and others. Networks like the cartoon network aired and produced both adult and children's content, separating their audience by the hours these shows were on - child friendly shows during the day and adult programming at night. Creators continued to push the envelope of what was appropriate with new technology and plot lines that challenged their viewers and American family values.
The Fairly Odd Parents
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius
The Daytime and Late Night talk show segment of television in the 2000's was changing once again as shows like the Daily Show imagined what it meant to entertain and make a difference. Jimmy Kimmel entered the Late Night talk show space on ABC, this meant that for the first time all three major networks had a late night talk show. These shows were like their daytime counterparts, but often had more adult humor and discussions. Daytime shows like Ellen DeGeneres gain significant popularity during the 2000's after Oprah and Rosie O'Donnell changed the landscape of daytime television from trash TV to mom and family time. Hosts took on real social issues and inspired their audience to do more. Alternative talk shows like The Colbert Report also presented political news in a satirical fashion that made issues more relatable and highlighted the hypocrisy of many politicians and public relations pushes of the time. While once thought of as a joke or a distraction shows like this became increasingly important to the political landscape of America.