What is it that makes us enjoy a television show? What is it the TV show does that makes us want to never stop watching? We take a look at WHAT MAKES A GREAT TV SHOW and try to answer that very question.
This is an obvious one. Good acting makes a TV show believable and provides the viewer with immersion.
If the acting is bad, you're going to snap out of the illusion that a good TV show creates and be reminded that you are, in fact, just staring at an electrical box that produces video and sound.
Would you like good acting? I recommend watching Bodyguard. It stars Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) as Sergeant David Budd - a war veteran who works as a bodyguard. Keeley Hawes (The Durrells) is Julia Montague, the Home Secretary and Conservative MP. The intensity and the passion these two actors give in their roles is thoroughly enjoyable.
Bodyguard was released on DVD in October.
A great script will be the following - the language will suit the character, move the story along and provide essential information to the story.
Just like with bad acting, though - if the script is bad it will ruin the immersion. It will be like a slap in the face and then a shove down a tall flight of stairs. Maybe not that dramatic, but you know what I mean.
Great scripts are also memorable. Take Game of Thrones, for example. In the first season, Cersei (played by Lena Headey) delivers a wonderful line to Ned Stark: ‘When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.’
How chilling and awesome is that? If you look at the dialogue, it is simple and direct (another trait of good script writing). Listening to Cersei's line is enchanting.
Last year, the entire collection of Game of Thrones was released on DVD. Seasons 1-7.
This is usually a huge sign that a show is excellent: rewatchability. The pull characters, stories and visuals can have on you - that bring you back to the world of Only Fools and Horses, or Midsummer Murders to only mention two of the greatest British TV shows ever made.
A good TV show will always force you to rewatch it, to rediscover it. It’ll never get tiring; it’ll never get boring. You will be forever attached and there’s nothing you can do about it.
Want to watch something over and over and never find it boring? Try the UK version of The Office, which stars Ricky Gervais as David Brent and Martin Freeman as Tim Canterbury, who both work at a paper company.
Buy the entire collection of The Office at HMV for only £9.99.