Test Pilot: File #6, Dawson’s Creek

Test Pilot #6: Dawson’s Creek Debut date: January 20, 1998 on the WB Series legacy: The catalyst for the late ’90s second wave of teen dramas, the beacon of success for the middling WB network and seemingly, one of the most derided series in the teen drama genre. Welcome to the newest regular feature here…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #6, Dawson’s Creek

Test Pilot: File #5, Beverly Hills, 90210

Test Pilot #5: Beverly Hills, 90210 Debut date: October 4, 1990 Series legacy: The first teen drama to really explode on television (and perhaps the remotely successful teen drama, period), the origin for countless series of similar ilk and one of the biggest television-related phenomenons of all-time. Welcome to the newest regular feature here at…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #5, Beverly Hills, 90210

25,000 people are good enough: The hegemonic impacts of the nielsen television ratings system

The [Nielsen] overnight numbers widely reported by the media—and Hollywood’s general barometer of a show’s health—can account for as little as 25 percent of the eventual audience for, say, an FX comedy. – Josef Adalian, New York Magazine[1] Imagine you watch every new episode of your favorite television series (for this example, NBC’s comedy Community)…… Continue reading 25,000 people are good enough: The hegemonic impacts of the nielsen television ratings system

Test Pilot: File #4, The Simpsons

Test Pilot #4: The Simpsons Debut date: December 17, 1989 Series legacy: Not just the most influential animated comedy or most influential comedy, but the most influential television series of the 20th century, set a brand-new bar for animation, comedy and television as a whole, and continues to be important today, in its 22nd(!) season…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #4, The Simpsons