Television in the 2010's had a number of issues to overcome from an economic recession to the emergence of streaming services that threatened to take away viewers and creators. Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime had been in existence in the 2000's, but in the 2010's they became juggernauts in the industry, producing original content and on demand viewing.
As a result, many networks double down on commentary news programming and reality television as they appeal to a wide audience base and are relatively cheap to make. New shows that were even more niche than before began to air - shows about working on charter boats, competing in drag shows or even sharing a talent.
In addition to expanded reality programming, talk shows during the daytime and at nighttime take on a more theatrical approach. And the sitcom programs focused on the family unit and the flaws every family has.
By the time the 2010's came to an end many of he most influential shows of the decade ended as well, streaming services continued to grow in popularity and help shape the trends of the industry moving forward.
Task 1: Watch the Introductory Video to this Unit (5 minutes)
Task 2: Review the provided images, videos and attached links for Television during the 2010's (15 minutes)
Task 3: Identifying Examples of Pop Culture (30 minutes)
Research television shows from the 2010's
Identify which Television Shows are widely recognizable and invoke similar imagery
Explore beyond the examples provided on this page
Shows can include streaming programming
Select the THREE (3) Television Shows you think best represents a moment in Pop Culture in the 2010's
Create an infographic highlighting you selection for the top THREE (3) Television Shows that are a good representation of Pop Culture
Your graphic should include at least ONE (1) image or chart and two sentences for each selection explaining the Television Show and why it is a good representation of Pop Culture in the decade
You can useCanva Infographic or any other program or platform you would like
Compare and discuss with a classmate your selections
Task 4: Submit your infographic on GOOGLE CLASSROOM
Streaming services began with offering access to mainstream content like movies and TV shows that were widely popular. The easy access to the new blockbuster videos and a system that recommended other movies you may like movie rental stores like Blockbuster and Hollywood Video quickly went out of business. Within a few years the streaming companies saw a potential to create their own original content adding demand and revenue. This new industry created an opening for creatives to produce content never before possible - Actors, Producers, Directors and Writers flocked to these streaming services that gave these creators more freedom and sizable budgets.
Netflix started at very first in 1997 as a website service. During the time it allowed people to rent DVDs online. So that renter can get them through the mail. While it competed to some extent with TV for people’s entertainment time, it was competing more directly with established video rental stores.
Netflix is synonymous to a video platform. It is revolutionizing the way people watches Movies & TV shows. In earlier time people used to watch shows & programs using a cable network. But now the way they watch tends to change rapidly day by day. Netflix is regarded as the first major disruption of television, forcing cable companies to change the way they do business. Timeline of Netflix history shows how the video content we consumed is revolutionizing over the years.
By providing video-on-demand content, creating compelling original programs, using user data to better serve customers and letting customers consume content in the way that they prefer. Netflix is having a knock-on effect on the rest of the broadcasting industry. Historical success of Netflix in the TV industry seems to be forcing the cable company to change the way they operate their business. (https://brandriddle.com/netflix-history/ )
Prime Video is a video streaming service available for Amazon Prime members. With an eligible Amazon Prime membership, you have access to thousands of Prime Video titles at no additional cost. You also have the option to rent or buy movies and TV episodes not included with Prime Video, as well as subscribe to over 100 premium channels with Prime Video Channels subscriptions.
As a way to push their Prime subscription service, Amazon added access to 5000 movies and TV shows for their Prime subscribers. Generally watching streamed content (including pay-per-video items) was termed Amazon Instant Video. Titles that were free access to Prime subscribers were under the Amazon Prime Instant Video moniker. (https://www.amazon.com/primeinsider/video/prime-video-qa.html )
Hulu is an American based company that offers a wide selection of video clips, TV shows, movies, and other streaming media over the Internet. Subject to availability, it allows subscribers to access HD episodes from prime channels like CW, ABC, NBC and Fox via Internet enabled devices. The devices to which the company caters to include not only laptops and computers, but also set top boxes, televisions, tablets, gaming consoles, smartphones etc.
Subscribers of Hulu can select from thousands of episodes of prime time TV shows, documentaries, movies, video clips and many other types of streaming media files. While Hulu is supported by ads for a major part, it has revenue sharing deals with major online giants like Yahoo, MSN, AOL and other partner sites. Hulu distributes content to these sites, in return for which these sites place their ads on its portal. Hulu has picked up a fast momentum with viewers as it offers web syndication services for AOL, MSN, FaceBook, XfinityTV, MSN, MySpace, Yahoo and other sites. (https://successstory.com/companies/hulu )
Drama on television was all over the place in the 2010's with new technology allowing for more advanced storytelling you see shows like Game of Thrones captivate audiences season after season in their fictional fantasy world while other shows like Breaking Bad following the life of a High School chemistry teacher that is down on his luck and battling cancer so he makes his way into the world of drugs and crime. Some shows document the struggles of the average family in a more serious way than sitcoms of the time with shows like This Is Us, tackling some of the more difficult conversations about appearance and perception in an era where that seems to be the only thing that matters. Many of the most popular drama programs were all on cable and streaming channels rather than the big three of NBC, ABC an CBS. Dramas were high dollar productions and they needed big budgets so networks like HBO and streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime begin creating many of these captivating scripted dramas.
Game of Thrones
This is Us
Reality shows ruled the 2010's as a cheap and easy way to create content that Americans can not get enough of. From reality shows that follow the daily lives of everyday workers, to shows that follow the love life of young couples or competitive world of drag queens reality and competition reigned supreme. With an ever growing number of cable networks the shows were able to continue to cater to various niche markets and challenged many Americans to confront a culture of individual expression and personal fulfillment being championed by the millennial generation.
RuPaul's Drag Race
90 Day Fiancé
in the 2010's Sitcoms took us back to in the American home, but this time it showed us all how flawed we really are. The show Modern family took off in the late 2000's and gained popularity throughout the 2010's as the show was a "faux-doc" where the show showed a fictional telling of three family's in the 2010s. Other shows like Last Man Standing take on difficult issues that were causing division in the home - ideas of race and politics and a commentary on how divisive politics were getting in America in the 2010's. We also see shows like Schitt's creek that tell he story of a once wealthy family who is now down on their luck. These story line sand others like them struck a cord with America Viewers as we fight out of a recession, deal with a shifting economy and see race tension reignited with President Donald Trump.
Last Man Standing
Talk shows become an escape for many Americans in the 2010's with the hosts of these shows becoming multi-talented stars in their own right that keep viewers coming back night in and night out regardless of who is on the show. Shows like Late Night with James Corden produce segments like Carpool Karaoke taking world famous singers for a car ride and a sing, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallow features a number of sketches and musical numbers and the Late Show with Stephen Colbert uses the traditional late night stand up host format with a satirical spin, trademarked from his earlier work on The Colbert Report and the Daily Show.