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There seems to of been a boom the past few years of absolutely terrible tv shows. I mean terrible. Shows that teach people it's ok, better yet glamorized, to be shallow, vain, rude, and unintelligent. People let their kids watch this stuff and say it's ok because there is no murders or sex scenes or otherwise, "gritty stuff". If you ask me though, I would much rather let my child watch any of the series I have listed below over anything played on the others. I also do understand there is a difference in the type of show, along with the channel. But for the sake of argument I have listed my favorite series. These are the shows I am referring to when I think of great stories.
First, a quick few notes on what I consider to make a show great:
1. Story. This is pretty self explanatory.
2. Directing. Nothing is worth viewing without a director that knows what he or she is doing. At least know how to fit it with the type of show it is.
3. The actors MUST make you believe that person does not exist anywhere else other than that world. Thus fully developing themselves into character.
4. Lighting. This is a huge necessity to pull off scenes that are engaging. Of course there is room for movement, depending on scene.
5. And last but not least, soundtrack. Having a bad soundtrack can ruin a good thing quick.
These are what I consider to be perfectly made series:
Sons Of Anarchy
Now I'm not saying I'm going to strap my kid down and force them to watch these. As they are arguably a little too violent at times. Just a little. But I can honestly say I think the stuff playing on other channels have a far more negative effect on a growing person than what I have listed. I would much rather have a kid that I TEACH right and wrong to about the story. I can explain to them that these are just made up stories. If I allow my child to watch Kardashians, Millionaire Matchmaker, The Bachelor, The Real Housewives, Dance Moms, then I am going to have to explain that in a totally different way. And not a good one. "These are... people who... have too much money? These are people who... aren't like us?". And again, I am not saying people should switch they're child's breakfast cereal show from Spongebob to Jax Teller, I am referring to a little older age group than that.