Television and Culture

Television and culture have each affected the other in major ways. From epic historical moments to hilarious TV catch phrases, television and culture influence each other daily. In this section we'll examine the relationship between television and culture.


We Love What John Oliver Just Said About Science

The 'Last Week Tonight' host took an enthusiastic media to task on his HBO show for oversimplifying good science and turning a blind eye to bad studies.

TV Antiheroes Like Cersei and Dexter Enthrall Us. Here's Why

Antiheroes like Cersei Lannister from HBO's crazy popular "Game of Thrones" are all over TV. And we'll cheer for them, too, provided they meet a few conditions.

It Turns Out 'Screen Time' Isn't That Bad for Kids

The American Academy of Pediatrics exchanges its 'turn it off' stance for a more nuanced approach.

Let's Go Visit the Muppets!

We headed to the Center for Puppetry Arts to hang out with some old friends. Want to come, too?

How are drones changing media coverage?

Modern media embrace the flying machines. But is that good for our society?

What is binge watching?

We've all done it. You planned to watch just one episode of your favorite show but ended up burning through four or five in a single setting. Ever wonder why binge watching is so addictive?

Do TV shows and book deals encourage criminal behavior?

Since 2006, there's been an enormous increase in mass murders and many experts think this may be because of the publicity these criminals receive on TV and the Internet. Could the wide coverage inspire copycat behavior?

10 Completely Unrealistic Moments in Television ERs

Emergency rooms on TV are fraught with drama and tension. While nonfictional ERs have their share of stressful moments, a lot of the work they do is misrepresented when it's transferred to the entertainment sphere.

10 Common Sayings You're Probably Saying Wrong

Maybe you could care less about grammar. After all, it's a doggy-dog world, and you're OK as long as people know what you mean, right?

10 Ways TV Has Changed American Culture

Does TV shape culture or reflect it? Since TVs became commonplace in American homes in the 1950s, pundits have debated their positive and negative effects. We'll examine some of the changes.