In a recent episode of FOX’s comedy New Girl, culture was placed at the forefront. In “Table 34,” Cece, a beautiful American Indian model, attends an Indian marriage convention hoping to find a man that she can relate to on a cultural level. After breaking up with Schmidt, she convinces herself that she will have an inherent interest in well-to-do Indian men. Schmidt, still in … [Read more...] about TV Culture: India’s “New Girl”
The classical depiction of a scientific laboratory shows two eager scientists amidst a table of steaming beakers and flashing machines. Cages line the walls behind them, filled with mice or frogs. The scientist will grab one of these animals, inject him with some blue substance, and eureka! A new discovery has been made. While this movie-like depiction may not be completely … [Read more...] about Humanity’s Animosity
In the latest episode of Grey’s Anatomy, intrusive photographers followed Alex Karev and Jackson Avery around for an extended photo shoot searching for the new face of Seattle Grace Hospital. Entitled, “The Face of Change,” the main characters, including the hospital, each had significant character arcs. As a series, Grey’s Anatomy has broken barriers than now seem invisible to … [Read more...] about TV Culture: The Face of “Grey’s Anatomy”
If you live in Los Angeles, you’ve probably seen the provocative billboard for The Americans multiple times somewhere along your route to school or work. The pilot episode of FOX’s new drama aired last week, taking viewers back to the Cold War era to explore the question of what it means to be American. This dialogue inevitably included an examination of the complexities of … [Read more...] about TV Culture: Who Are “The Americans”?
NBC’s highly anticipated new drama debuted early this year on January 7, 2013. Meagan Good plays Joanna Locasto, a detective who is sent on an extended undercover mission into a wealthy household to identify and incriminate her best friend’s murderer. Though the show doesn’t base Joanna’s identity in her Blackness, there are subtle references to the reality of her race, … [Read more...] about TV Culture: “Deception” and the Rise of Black Actresses